Audio Video News April 2009

Why Your New TV Will Shortly be Obsolete 
Digital Trends :: Monday, April 27, 2009
“Last week I was at the IFA press event in Malta. It’s pretty much the European version of CES, but unlike that show, it actually comes at a time when folks are interesting in buying cool new toys. One of the interesting aspects of this press event is that they showcase some of the products and trends that will be topical in the fourth quarter. This year had a lot to do with the fact that most of the TVs currently in the market were about to be made obsolete. Why? There are three major changes in upcoming sets that will make current models look antique.”

Elgato EyeTV Hybrid USB TV Tuner 
Everything USB :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Elgato is back at it again with the latest incarnation of their do-it-all TV tuner for Macintosh, the EyeTV Hybrid USB TV Tuner (2009). Whereas the 2008 version was already jam-packed with the ability to record analog, ATSC digital, and Clear QAM broadcasts up to 1080i all in a package the size of your thumb, the new model boasts improved HD reception, a much-improved electronic program guide and the addition of FM radio. Walk with me as Everything USB takes an in-depth look at all the new Hybrid has to offer television aficionados, and what needs work.

Rosewill RMS-HDA5000 and RMS-DA7600 Antenna
Bjorn 3d :: Saturday, April 18, 2009
The truth is that all television antennas are designed to receive signals at Ultra High Frequencies (UFH), Very High Frequencies (VHF), or both regardless or analog or digital. This means that even the old antenna that you have in your house from the analog age would still work with current HDTV. Do not get fooled by all of the marketing hypes of HDTV antenna. However, even among all of the antennas, there are some with good reception and some are having poor reception. In my opinion, as long as an antenna is able to receive a clear signal, then it is a good antenna.

Today, we are going to look at two amplified antenna courtesy of Rosewill. The RMS-HAD5000 is an indoor/outdoor antenna and the RMS-DA7600 is an indoor antenna that is designed to be portable.

IOGEAR (GCS1204) 4 Port Dual-Link DVI KVMP Switch Reviewed
Futurelooks :: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In order to get all the horsepower out of an OS, you need to have the dedicated hardware, but what you don’t need to have is a set of dedicated monitors, mice and keyboards for each box. That’s where IOGEAR comes in with their line of KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) switches that allow you to run multiple systems from a single set of peripherals. Today we’ll be looking at one of IOGEAR’s products called the IOGEAR GSC1204 4 Port Dual-Link DVI KVMP Switch: The perfect solution to a multi-OS environment.

Logitech Harmony 1100
Inside HW :: Friday, April 10, 2009
“The evolution of Logitech Harmony universal remote controllers, that started with Harmony 1000 model, is continued with newest Harmony 1100 model. It is obvious that traditional shape is abandoned in favor of shape that is more suited for two hand navigation. Most of the controls are available through touch screen that has QVGA resolution and 3.5 inch diagonal. Advantages of new model compared to previous one (Harmony 1000) are larger number of hardware controls (buttons) that can be used for most frequently used task…”

Samsung SP-P400B Projector
Accelenation :: Friday, April 10, 2009
A principal concern when purchasing a new projector is the lifetime of the lamp. Rather than using a “standard” bulb, Samsung have opted to use an LED lamp for this projector. This lamp has an estimated lifetime in excess of 20,000 hours, which amounts to 2.3 years of continuous use.

Terratec Grabby – a low prives video-converter 
Tweak PC :: Monday, April 06, 2009
If you are still using a video recorder, then you should take a look at the Terratec Grabby. With the Grabby it is no problem to convert the videos in digital formats.

AUX Classic Review 
Digital Trends :: Friday, April 03, 2009
There comes a time in all music lovers lives when they wonder, “Couldn’t this sound better?” If you listen at your computer and still use inexpensive computer speakers this question probably pops up on a regular basis. If you are ready for a giant step forward in sound quality, AUX has a speaker system for you. It promises to rock your world and relegate doubts about how good your music can sound to the back burner of your consciousness.

Logitech Squeezebox Boom
Techgage :: Wednesday, April 01, 2009
While there’s more competition than ever in the network music player space, Logitech’s Squeezebox division continues to push out products that are both feature-rich and also excel in what they do… not to mention look good. The Boom is the latest product off the line, and as we had hoped, it impresses in many different ways.

Argosy HV675 MediaPlay HDMI Media Player
Big Bruin :: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 carries a wide variety of tech goodies, including a large inventory of discount electronicsitems that you might not necessarily see anywhere else. The Argosy HV675 MediaPlay HDMI mediaplayer is one such item, and it was chosen for this review due to its rather unique attributes. Basically, it connects to your television via HDMI, composite, or component video and can be used to play back a variety of audio and video files stored on a USB drive.