HDMI 2.0 has just been officially announced, just in time for the world to adopt Ultra HD TVs. And it looks set to provide your AV set-up with some kick arse capabilities.
Tagged With av
The open nature of the Android platform, along with its growing popularity has made it something of a potential target for malware. To combat that, there's a number of paid and free AV products that you can run on your Android phone or tablet. The only problem? They apparently don't work well — if at all.
All audiophiles know that having a good AV receiver is imperative for a high performance home theatre setup. So Yamaha has just launched their Aventage lineup of receivers to try and both cater to the audiophile, as well as the growing generation of people who think the iPhone is the ultimate AV device.
A diminutive black box with an equally quiet announcement, Sony's netbox is their take on the Roku box: It streams Bravia Internet Video (read: Netflix and Amazon), is DLNA-compatible and plays MKV and DivX files streamed across your local network.
After years of Mini DVI and Mini DisplayPort, will Apple really give us HDMI? A bucketful of rumours from AppleInisider say HDMI is replacing DVI in the next Mac minis, and reveals a long lost audio/video Mini DisplayPort adaptor.
That freshly popped Popbox media streamer looks as good connected to a TV as we were hoping for yesterday. Shown off at the CES Unveiled stand, the size difference between the last model was noticeable, and yup, the price is $US130.
Take Syabas' Popcorn Hour C-200, the much-loved streamer of choice for AV nerds. Now make it smaller, add Netflix support and a far superior interface, and cut the price from $US300 to $US130. That's the Popbox.
Yes, I'm a touch freak, and I love the Mphony AV receiver. No buttons except for what it looks like a big analogue wheel. The rest is just one giant touchscreen covering the whole front plate.
According to PhoneNews, Apple has instructed licensed retailers to put their old iPhone/iPod touch A/V cords on clearance. Why? There's a new cord coming that supports HD output for AppleTV-like functions.
Finally! Almost four years after Sling Media launched their very first Sling branded streaming box onto the US market, us Australians are finally going to be able to get a taste of universal entertainment access next month. Digital Products Group have announced that they'll start selling Slingbox products starting next month.
Tired of over-complicated universal remotes, industrial designer Brian Garret Schuur created this single button remote that allows to change channel, volume, pause, play, record, and switch the TV on and off. This is not only a concept however, it's a fully functioning prototype that uses a microcontroller connected wirelessly to a laptop. Despite all these functions, it looks quite clever and easy to operate.
Sony's DA6400ES and DA5400ES hi-def A/V receivers won't exactly get your nerd juices (it's a thing) flowing, but if you're in the market for a high-end unit for your home entertainment system, they might be worth considering. Merging a relatively predictable feature set with newer DLNA streaming technology and an array of connection and input options, the receivers are intended to help integrate your central home entertainment system with the rest of your household media hardware, streaming files from your DLNA-compliant PC as well as sending out a second HD signal via CAT5e (ethernet cabling) so that you can distribute the system's output over your home network.
If you have money to burn on a home theatre projector, but you are on the fence about the virtues of buying an LCD over a DLP, the guys over at PaNLoaD have thrown in their two cents. Obviously there are advantages and disadvantages to both technologies, but in the end, the nod went to DLPs for a number of reasons: DLPs tend to be smaller and lighter, have better contrast and suffer less from pixelation issues. For a full breakdown of the LCD vs. DLP verdict, hit the following link.