Audio Video News February 2009

Car and Auto Technology 
Digital Trends :: Friday, February 20, 2009
Carputers, smartphones and cloud computing will transform our car into a mobile command center.”

Kentech Labs Ps-Mi Portable Apple iPod Audio System Review 
Legit Reviews :: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
“With more than 173 million Apple iPods sold as of September 2008, the iPod has become a staple in households and offices around the World. Since the Apple iPod has become so popular many find themselves unable to part form them and take them to and from work, which means you have to have a way to listen to your large collection of music at both locations. Using headphones to listen to your music in the privacy of your own home does not really make sense, and transporting a docking station between multiple locations isn’t going to happen. That leaves you with the option to buy a docking station for wherever you plan on listening to your music. With tough economic times you have to get certain ‘bang for the buck,’ and the Apple iPod universal docking station by Odio called PS-Mi might just be a winner from both an audio and price perspective…”

7 Ways to Save on Home Theater
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
“Want it all when it comes to the ultimate home theater, but don’t have the spare funds to afford splurging? Behold a few simple ways to build the ultimate A/V center without breaking the bank, or shortchanging the kids’ college fund.”

Interview with James Hildebrandt of Psyko Audio Labs
Tweak Town :: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
“Our audiophile James has caught up with the CEO of Psyko Audio Labs to talk about the company’s new award-winning Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headphones.

Thank you for the opportunity to conduct this interview about your exciting new award-winning product, the Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headphones. What was your key motivation for designing a dedicated headphone solution that does not use software to create an artificial surround environment?”

Aten CS1782 KVMP Switch
Hardware Bistro :: Monday, February 16, 2009
“Two months ago we have tested Aten CS661 which is a KVM laptop USB switch and today we will take a look on another Aten KVM switch; CS1782. Aten CS1782 is a desktop DVI KWMP switch by combining 2-port KVM switch with a 2-port USB 2.0 hub and 7.1 channels surround sound is supported as well. Let us go through further to find out this interesting device.”

Dream Theaters: Five Stunning Home Setups 
Digital Trends :: Friday, February 13, 2009
“Some home theater enthusiasts dream of kitting out their pad with 50-inch plasma HDTVs and surround sound audio in every room. Others refuse to settle, instead shooting for the moon with the type of custom cinemas guaranteed to shame the local Cineplex and make the neighbors’ jaws drop. From over-the-top entertainment centers to house-sized residential theaters, here’s a look at five incredible home cinemas that’ll give any audio- or videophile something to dream about:”

HD and Internet Radio 
Digital Trends :: Friday, February 13, 2009
“Radio certainly has come a long way since the days of the dial. Aside from fancier presets, and the presence of pushbuttons, free music is no longer constricted to the car or a tiny transistor set. Don’t worry about huddling around a boombox or even the computer. Thanks to advances in technology, there are now plenty of ways to listen to radio, without having to sample the snaps, crackles and pops that are a trademark of the medium.”

Death At A Funeral HD Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Thursday, February 12, 2009
“When a family patriarch dies, the extended family, including son Daniel (Matthew McFayden) come together to bid the man goodbye. However, the good intentions slowly unravel by way of incorrect corpses, accidental drug taking, an extortion attempt by a Dwarf (Peter Dinklage) – with a revelation that would destroy the deceased mans reputation, capped off by another possible death.

Death at a Funeral is a very British comedy, directed with style by Frank Oz. It runs fairly briskly at just over 80 minutes and is fairly unrelenting in its comedy. With so many low brow comedies produced these days, Death at a Funeral is a breath of fresh air for the genre. Highly recommended.”


10 Best Blu-ray Movies for Home Theaters
Digital Trends :: Sunday, February 08, 2009
“There is nothing quite like popping a Blu-ray disc or DVD into your new system, hearing that first explosion or the swelling score, and witnessing the opening scenes of a truly great film. No doubt you’ve read many articles about the best discs to show off your system with. Unfortunately, you’d be hard-pressed to actually sit through some of these recommended movies, because despite how great the audio and video may sound and look, the film may suck. So toss your Fifth Element and Speedracer discs aside and enjoy one of these 10 films that feature excellent audio and video, not to mention incredible stories.”

Badaboom Media Converter v1.1.1
Legit Reviews :: Friday, February 06, 2009
“Just yesterday Elemental Technologies released a second update to Badaboom Media Converter with release v1.1.1. This version fixes 12 bugs and also adds new features like FRAPS support for gamers that record demos and a new 960×540 resolution for Apple TV users. Legit Reviews asked Elemental Technologies to think about including FRAPS support in December as I thought that gamers and enthusiasts would see a value in being able to easily record and format movies for social networking sites like YouTube. It is a great feeling to see your ideas come to life, so let’s take a look at the latest version of Badaboom Media Converter…”

Western Digital TV HD Media Player Reviewed
IT Reviewed :: Tuesday, February 03, 2009
“All of us have large digital libraries that are all but trapped on our computers. In order to play our content on our TV we have to struggle with clumsy solutions such as copying onto multiple CDs and DVDs or connecting our PCs to our TV via wires or complicated home networking solutions. The WD TV HD Media Player enables anyone to easily access their high-definition content on the biggest screen in the home in a matter of minutes. Using the WD TV HD Media Player couldn’t be any simpler – plug in a storage device and the unit will automatically scan it for multimedia and automatically add the files to its library, which is split up into video, audio, and images. That’s it! WD is onto a winner here, as long as you don’t crave a fantastic selection of outputs (including Ethernet), 5.1 surround sound, and expandability with optional extras like Wi-Fi and a Freeview receiver.”

Slingbox Pro-HD and SlingLink Turbo review
Tech Spot :: Monday, February 02, 2009
Some of the best inventions are envisioned when ordinary people find a void in the marketplace and aim to exploit it. The Slingbox concept was developed by two sports fans in 2002 when they were away from home and missed some key MBL baseball games. Three years later, the Slingbox became a reality.

The Slingbox is a placeshifting/media extending device, meaning that it allows you to listen or watch media remotely over the Internet. The latest Slingbox model is eloquently called the Slingbox Pro-HD, as its name suggests, the Pro-HD offers high-definition streaming to Windows-based systems out of the box as well as other notable improvements over the previous Slingbox Pro.

We will also be taking a look at the optional SlingLink Turbo 1-Port accessory which lets you extend your wired connectivity at home using power lines.

How To: Setup an HDMI Home Theater
Digital Trends :: Sunday, February 01, 2009
“Although today’s high-definition televisions (HDTVs) are more technically advanced than ever, the good news for everyday users is that connecting home theater components keeps getting simpler. Thank the advent of HDMI, an all-in-one digital cable that carries both audio and video signals between individual pieces of equipment. With just one cable connecting each device to your AV receiver or your TV, it’s easy to mix and match parts in minutes. Here’s a step-by-step guide to connecting standard home theater components using the format, including a Blu-ray disc player,satellite (or cable TV) receiver, an AV receiver for surround sound and an HDTV.”