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Pioneer Introduces New A/V Receivers for 2012

April 14, 2012
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Pioneer Introduces New A/V Receivers for 2012

Pioneer has refreshed its line-up of home theater A/V receivers with four new models. Starting with the entry level VSX-522 ($249 MSRP), all four models feature 3D HDMI connectivity, audio return channel support (ARC), HDMI pass-through and Pioneer’s room calibration system: MCACC. With the exception of the entry level model which does not have...

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THX Introduces Small Compact Speaker Certification

January 30, 2012
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THX Introduces Small Compact Speaker Certification

Yep, still got some CES news to share. For me, like many folks, my home theater system resides in the living room, given I don’t have a dedicated room for it. To peacefully co-exist in the living room, most folks don’t have monster speakers but something on the smaller side. While some simply opt...

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Netflix’s Advantages over Amazon Instant Video

January 30, 2012
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Wired’s Tim Carmody provided a thoughtful analysis of how Amazon Instant Video could overtake Netflix as well as iTunes in the streaming video area. Carmody makes a strong argument about Amazon’s value proposition as a one stop shop for video with it’s all-you-can-watch Prime video streaming, on-line rentals and purchases as well as its...

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Metadata Crisis at Netflix

January 24, 2012
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What’s a metadata crisis? It has nothing to do with the “Human Time Lord Meta-Crisis” from Doctor Who. It also has nothing to do with the resignation of Netflix’s Chief Marketing Officer. Instead, over the last week, Netflix has had some issues with the accuracy of their metadata. The metadata is what describes each title...

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Panasonic Introduces High-End Blu-ray Player and 24 FPS VOD Support

January 11, 2012
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Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Blu-ray Player

At CES, Panasonic announced a new line-up of Blu-ray players, building on their successful line up from last year. Last year, the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 was one of Tech of the Hub’s favorite Blu-ray players given its quick load times and excellent Netflix player. This year, Panasonic introduced a new high-end player to the line-up, the...

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HBO GO Selects Dolby Digital Plus for Surround Sound

January 10, 2012
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Dolby Digital Plus on HBO Go

Some of the best content is now getting great sounding audio to go with it. It was announced today that HBO will utilize Dolby Digital Plus in its HBO GO streaming video app. The important word here is app. Connected devices that use the web-based version of HBO GO will probably not be able...

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The Future of HDMI at CES 2012

January 10, 2012
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For some time, HDMI has been the king of home theater cables in terms of convenience and quality. In one cable, HDMI carries high-definition audio and video as well as ethernet (in the latest version). Now, there are challenges to HDMI’s supremacy: From one side, there’s wireless streaming tehcnologies such as Apple’s AirPlay and Intel’s WiDi....

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The Search for a Home Theater A/V Receiver: Part 2

December 7, 2011
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The Search for a Home Theater A/V Receiver: Part 2

Final Part of Finding a Home Theater A/V Receiver Welcome to the second and final part of our A/V receiver search. We’ve spent quality time with the Onkyo TX-NR609, the Pioneer VSX-1021-K and the Yamaha RX-V671. In part one, we looked at aesthetics, connectivity, streaming services and iPod connectivity of the Onkyo, Pioneer and...

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Why You Need A New A/V Receiver Part II

November 21, 2011
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This past summer, I realized it was time to purchase a new A/V receiver. While the ability to hear the best audio possible from streaming video services like Netflix and VUDU was the impetus, I’ve come to realize there are a lot of other reasons to upgrade to the latest and greatest. I’ve had...

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Airplay Alternatives to Apple TV

November 8, 2011
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It’s easy to assume that one needs to have an Apple TV to use Airplay. Airplay is Apple’s technology that allows you to stream music, video or photos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac OS X computer. What you may not know is that there are alternatives to Apple TV as an...

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What is THX Media Director and its Opportunities

September 10, 2011
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What is THX Media Director and its Opportunities

At this year’s CEDIA, THX made significant announcements fleshing out its Media Director ecosystem. Media Director’s mission is to ensure that digital content plays optimally on your home theater system. Optimally is defined as how the director intended it to be seen. It essentially auto-calibrates your home theater system on-the-fly by title. While Media...

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