Oppo BDP-S83 Blu-ray Player May Be First (Almost) Universal Disc Reader

Oppo, pimps of the upscaling DVD realm and makers of one of the best » 9/05/08 7:38pm 9/05/08 7:38pm (and last) SACD/DVD-Audio capable machines out there, are moving into the Blu-ray business with the BDP-S83 player. There are no announced deets, but an AVS Forum member spotted this unit at CEDIA. And from what we can see in this image and the back…

Panasonic's 65VX100U Premiere Kuro-Killing Plasma Reviewed (Verdict:…

Just yesterday we got our first taste of Panasonic's new TH-65VX100U plasma technology, which features specs that meet or exceed Pioneer's Kuro. Our initial impressions were extremely positive, but Gary at HD Guru managed to get his hands on an early production sample for a closer look, and he too was impressed. In… » 9/05/08 5:52pm 9/05/08 5:52pm

Twelve of CEDIA's Most Beautifully Expensive Audiophile Speakers

Put simply, CEDIA is a trade show that trains its attendees to prep a home for MTV Cribs. Simple as that. So as a result, the audiophile gear on display is a sight (and an expenditure) to behold. Especially if your Cribs client prefers speakers that cost more than some small countries' GDPs in their champagne room to… » 9/05/08 1:00pm 9/05/08 1:00pm

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Tonight in Denver, Panasonic revealed its newest plasma technology, the 65" custom-install-only VX100 monitor, whose specs meet or beat Pioneer's hallowed Kuro. That means 60,000:1 contrast ratio with 7,160 shades of gradation for visible detail in the darker shadows. At 65 inches, you will pay $10,000 a panel, but not… » 9/04/08 8:52pm 9/04/08 8:52pm

iPhone: The Home Automation Remote Killer

There are already a few home automation iPhone apps in the store, but here at CEDIA it's clear that all of the home automation heavies have definitely discovered the obvious: the iPhone makes for a great universal touchscreen remote for everything from your AC to your living room blinds to your music collection. And… » 9/04/08 6:15pm 9/04/08 6:15pm

Lifeware's LMS-810 Media Center PC Can Drive Ten TVs at Once

See these 10 TVs? They're all being driven by the same, single Media Center PC. Taking what they came with last year » 9/04/08 5:42pm 9/04/08 5:42pm and doubling it, Lifeware has crammed CableCARD tuners (two on board and six more in the external Lifetuner box on top) into a dual Intel Quad Core, 12TB RAID 5 box that can stream out to Media…

Sony's Prototype 400-Disc Blu-ray Mega Changer Spied in Dark Corner

Last year at CEDIA, Sony made a splash with a refrigerator-sized Blu-ray home server with 200-disc changer » 9/04/08 4:22pm 9/04/08 4:22pm. This year it's nowhere to be seen, but in its place, Sony is showing a 400-disc changer of a more sensible size. The company isn't saying much, except that it's coming in 2009, it's going to be BD-Live capable,…

NLighten IT7202 72-inch Touchscreen HDTVs Put Google Earth At Your…

Rear-projection may be deader than dead » 9/04/08 2:20pm 9/04/08 2:20pm as far as the biggies are concerned, but the folks at nLighten are intent to squeeze a bit more life out of these 72-inch 1080p DLP sets by sticking an infrared camera inside next to the light source that detects cursor points from an IR-tipped pen, allowing for a simple (no…

Tru2way TVs from Panasonic and Sony, Live For the First Time

Fans of Giz Explains know that Tru2way is the cable industry's latest cable card scheme » 9/04/08 1:50pm 9/04/08 1:50pm. Today, Sony and Panasonic are showing off their own Tru2way-enabled TVs, Pana's PZ80Q with a built-in box, and Sony's Bravia with a box that connects via HDMI. What's cool is that this is the first time their showing it connected…

Chi Lin's Liquid-Cooled LED Projector Has 6-Year Lamp Life, Expertly…

Taiwanese OEM Chi Lin is claiming the world's first liquid-cooled, LED-lit 1080p projector here at CEDIA using TI's latest DLP chipset. The liquid-cooled RGB LED light source is rated at 50,000 hours-5.7 years of continuous runtime-and spits out 128% of NTSC's color set and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio at sizes up to 130 … » 9/04/08 1:38pm 9/04/08 1:38pm

Epson First to Drop Below $2K With 1080p Projector

Last year, Epson brought the price of 1080p projectors down to $2,700 » 9/04/08 11:20am 9/04/08 11:20am and today it's dropping it again, to $2,000 (officially $1,999) for the all-new Powerlite Home Cinema 6100. We're not saying it's going to be as high-performance as or new $3,500 projectors, but damn if that's not the right price to build yourself …

JVC DLA-SH4K Is World's Smallest 4K Resolution Projector: 10 Gorgeous…

No surprise that JVC is showing off their own ultra high-def 10MP wonder projector, since JVC's D-ILA tech » 9/04/08 11:20am 9/04/08 11:20am also powers the one we saw from Meridian . That means it should deliver the same stunning 4,096x2400 resolution image—it's like IMAX in your house. Or you can watch up to four full HD screens at once. The D-ILA…

JVC 1.5-Inch Slim Procision LCDs LT-42SL89 and LT-46L89 Don't Kill The…

At CES, JVC showed off its super slim LCDs » 9/04/08 10:41am 9/04/08 10:41am, but at the time there wasn't a lot of detail on them. Today, the 42" LT-42SL89 and 46" LT-46L89 are shipping, priced at $1,900 and $2,400. Though the 1.5-inch thick TVs actually measure 2.9 inches in the middle, they come with an integrated HDTV tuner, which other slim TVs…

Sharp XS1 Flagship Ultrathin LCDs and D65U & D85U Little Friends Headed …

We saw Sharp's "Limited Edition" Aquos XS1 LCDs at IFA » 9/03/08 8:38pm 9/03/08 8:38pm, and now at CEDIA they're official for an as-of-now unpriced US release in October (seeing a pattern here?). The 65-inch LC-65XS1U-S and 52-inch LC-52XS1U-S are 1-inch thin (at their thinnest point), and feature Sharp's RGB LED backlight, which they say improves…

Sony US Confirms VPL-HW10 and VPL-VW70 Projectors ($3,500 or $8,000,…

Sony may have teased us with its newest projectors at IFA, but today in the US, the company announced availability and pricing. We guessed $3,000 for the VPL-HW10 » 9/03/08 7:01pm 9/03/08 7:01pm, but we were close but not totally right. The solid 1080p Bravia SXRD (LCOS-based) projector with 30,000:1 dynamic contrast is a "value" play, but it's still…

Sony VAIO RT All-In-One PC Is A 25.5" Widescreen, HDMI-Filled, Video…

The VAIO RT is Sony's beast of an all-in-one PC, an "extra-widescreen" (read: 16:9) 25.5" display, created with designers and video editors in mind. It's big feature is that it not only has an HDMI-in port in order to work with HD content, but it also has an HDMI-out, for connecting a second monitor. Other features… » 9/03/08 7:00pm 9/03/08 7:00pm

Sony's $2000 BDP-S5000ES Flagship Blu-ray Player: Stuck Between Pioneer …

Sony is trying to bargain with potential buyers of Pioneer's $2,200 BDP-09FD » 9/03/08 7:00pm 9/03/08 7:00pm: For $200 less, you can get yourself the BDP-S5000ES. Meanwhile, it's equally intended to regain the love of all those home-theater enthusiasts who bee-lined it for the PS3 (rather than a dedicated BD player) because of its networking and…

Sony Ultra-Thin KLV-40ZX1M and 240Hz KDL-52XBR7 LCD HDTVs Getting…

Just like we spied earlier today, Sony's two baddest IFA LCD TVs—the 9.9mm-thin KLV-40ZX1M LCD (above) and the 200Hz Motionflow Z4500 (below, known as the KDL-52XBR7 at 240Hz here in the US, due to our 30fps broadcasts vs. Europe's 25fps)—are both getting an official US rollout here at CEDIA. Jesus got a chance to… » 9/03/08 7:00pm 9/03/08 7:00pm

Toshiba Continues Their Upconverting Crusade With New Regza XV545,…

At Toshiba's CEDIA press conference today, they're continuing to pull out all the stops with their " no need for Blu-ray » 9/03/08 6:47pm 9/03/08 6:47pm, we upconvert everything" strategy, rolling out a boatload of new LCDs with their new SRT upconverting processor, which auto-detects SD sources and upconverts to 1080p inside the set. The…