Home Theater

We have an Apple TV, and we love watching programming with it.   In keeping with the Apple design ethic, the device and its remote are both sleek and minimal.  Despite only having two buttons and a 5-way navigation control, the remote works well for selecting and controlling programming - until you need to enter [...]

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A few weeks ago, I told you about a portable, wireless TV speaker from Hammacher Schlemmer that lets you bring the sound closer to you without moving the TV.  I did a little more research, and I found that the speaker is made by Serene Innovations, which makes a lot of products for people with [...]

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When I lived in a standalone house, I could crank the TV volume loud enough to hear what was being said over the music and background noises.  Now that I live in a condo building, I have to worry about keeping my noise levels down, so I constantly find myself asking "what did he say?" [...]

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If you are thinking about replacing your big, power- and space-hogging flat screen TV with a tiny projector like Chris Haynes did, you are probably considering what you can project the image on for the best picture.   You can just project it onto a white wall, but that doesn't give you the best picture, [...]

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My fascination with tiny houses and micro houses continues, and I saw a home theater system in one of the small homes that would work equally well in bigger spaces.  I was watching a video made by Derek Diedricksen for his Relaxshacks website in which he toured the small house built by Chris Haynes of Tiny [...]

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The S-9 SD Sound Bar System from Sherwood is a full featured, multipurpose sound bar that aims to provide rich "surround" sound for small to medium sized rooms. It supports a wide range of input devices (3 HDMI, one optical, and one stereo analog input, 1 HDMI out, Bluetooth, FM radio, and USB for MP3 and [...]

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If you have all your AV gear hidden away in another room or closet to keep your home theater looking neat and tidy, you know it's pretty tough to control those devices with an IR remote control, because they require line of sight. The Vanco HDMI IR Control Kit looks like a pretty nifty solution [...]

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The picture above is dominated by my giant 65" TV, but you'll notice two little speakers sitting in front of the screen (click for a larger view).  These little beauties are Mod 2 speakers from Orb Audio, a US-based "high-end speaker manufacturer who has proven that price does not equate to quality in the home [...]

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Sharp introduces a new audio system to complete your home theater setup.  Their HT-SL70 system includes twin sound bars and a subwoofer.  The sound bars can be used vertically beside the TV on their included stands or placed together horizontally in front of the set like more traditional sound bars.  Each slim sound bar produces [...]

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RedEye products and apps from ThinkFlood have allowed you to use your iOS devices as home theater remotes for a couple of years now.  If you add some of their hardware connectivity products, you can even use them to control lights and appliances in your home.  But why should Apple users have all the fun? [...]

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Soundscience promises that these rockus 3D|2.1 speakers, designed by Antec, sound as good as they look.  The satellite midrange speakers are made of anodized aluminum to reduce vibration and minimize distortion.  The active subwoofer with passive radiator technology delivers as much bass as bigger subwoofers.  Drivers are 3D-optimized for Soundscience's 3Dsst technology so you can [...]

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IOGEAR is introducing two 2.4GHz keyboards. The GKM581R is a full sized ergonomic on-lap style keyboard and the GKM571R is a mini keyboard with an integrated trackball and backlit keys. The keyboards require a small USB RF receiver and are compatible with both PCs and Macs. IOGEAR’s GKM571R mini keyboard will be priced a $99.95 [...]

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You know how you can control some smartphones with your voice? Would you like to do the same thing with your home theater? Now you can with the Amulet Voice Remote for Windows Media Center. This remote doesn't look much different than a typical remote control, but it has a built in microphone that listens [...]

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Controlling a PC, Mac or Playstation 3 that is connected to your television can sometimes be a huge hassle. Wireless keyboards are too large and bulky, while regular sized remote controls are too small and limited. The GlideTV Navigator Remote combines features from both and packages them into a hand friendly design. But let's see [...]

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The “world’s first” Man Wall includes four flat-screen HDTV (all operated by one remote). There's a 42" Vizio and three 26" Vizios. You also get a 1000 watt 5.1 home theater system, a DVD player with a 5-disc changer, wireless surround sound speakers, an iPod dock, a live 7-foot sports ticker (with a year of [...]

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