Logitech Harmony universal remotes not good enough for you? Home Theater Master doesn't quite match your AV receiver? You're in luck, because yesterday Denon announced a high-end universal remote with the same sort of PC programmability as those clickers. With the purchase of a special base station, Denon's remote can use radio frequency (RF) to control components through walls and around the house. Both ship in August 2007.
If animatronic heads like the "WowWee Alive Elvis" freaked you out, we don't recommend reading on with this post. As if the turban-wearing mannequin in Big weren't bad enough, "Zultan"--an "animated speaking fortune teller"--brings carnival creepiness to an entirely new level.
The baritone-voiced Zultan's head, which bears a remarkable resemblance to Linda Blair's possessed noggin in The Exorcist when it wasn't doing 360-degree pirouettes, remains hidden behind a curtain until it detects sound or senses someone approaching. Then the fortune teller emerges from the shadows as its &… Read more
Denon's new feature-heavy tabletop units outshine every other tabletop unit we've seen. The S-32 and S-52 both include iPod docks for instant music playback, and feature wireless network streaming capabilities. In addition, the units have the ability to decode MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV formats as well as FLAC-encoded files. The tabletops will even support the Rhapsody music service.
For even more performance, the top-of-the-line S-52 adds an HD radio tuner, a CD player (which can also read and play data CDs), satellite radio support, and a USB port--expanding the realm of connectivity options even further.
Both the … Read more
Denon hopes to attract consumers who want to add virtual surround sound to their flat-panel TVs, with the company's new DHT-FS3. The unit's piano-black finish is meant to seamlessly blend in with most setups.
Using "X-Space Surround" technology, the DHT-FS3 emulates the surround sound normally produced by a 5.1 system. The sound bar also comes with three digital inputs and one analog input in order to satisfy an assortment of additional devices. An included slimly designed subwoofer is provided to round out the overall surround experience.
The DHT-FS3 retails for $1200 and is available now.… Read more
At Denon's 2007 Line Show in Jersey City, NJ, we were introduced to two new networked docks that do more than just play your iPod. The ASD-3N and ASD-3W (same as the ASD-3N, with added wireless connectivity) allow you to play streaming data off your home network through any receiver or device that can take analog RCA audio.
Even more appealing, the docks ship with a newly implemented GUI that has the ability to display album art. This will make use of the S-video output on each of the docks--also allowing you to view videos stored on your iPod. … Read more
Not to be outdone by all the other manufacturers making a mint overcharging for Blu-ray players (PS3 notwithstanding), Denon announced its own Blu-ray player today for the ice-cool price of $1,999. The DVD-3800BDCI will be available this fall.
The at-least-$1,000 premium over current Blu-ray players gets you BD-ROM Profile 1 Version 1.1, which will enable, according to the press release, "simultaneous playback of a secondary audio and video track, which may be used for interactive audio and commentary and for picture-in-picture capability (respectively). Additional information (subtitles, audio streams, camera angles, trailers, games, etc.) can be … Read more
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The latest episode of The Queue is now live on CNET TV.
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Getting your company e-mail on iPhone; limiting game-playing time; the enhanced CD makes a comeback; cool Web 2.0 logos; and one way to find out if you're afraid of heights?
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The latest episode of The Queue is now live on CNET...and we also have a new schedule. You can find fresh episodes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, repeating the following days on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Watch this episode here: http://www.cnettv.com/9710-1_53-28607.html
Bringing back Broadcast.com; the least TiVoed-through commercials; summer camp for geeks; Youlicit-ing similar Web sites; and why your cell phone is making you stupid.
Remembering Broadcast.com http://www.blogmaverick.com/2007/07/15/remembering-broadcast-com/
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Game fans know that E3 is America's big, annual video game trade show, traditionally known for oversize displays and loud music and filled with anyone even vaguely affiliated with the interactive entertainment industry. Until this year, that is. Rebelling against the high costs of the LA-based show, the big game companies instead elected to put on a radically different show in 2007, losing the massive convention center booths and moving to a handful of hotels in Santa Monica, along with cutting attendance to less than 10 percent of last year's.
The great experiment dubbed the E3 Media & … Read more