Audio Video News July 2008

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Making the Switch to Digital TV
The Tech Lounge :: Monday, July 28, 2008
As the world changes so do the demands of consumers — this is particularly true with technology. One of the most pressing issues today is that of digital television. But to most this subject is shrouded in mystery. Why are we being forced to convert to digital signals? What does going digital even mean? Most importantly, how will the shift to digital television affect me? These are all excellent questions, ones I hope to address sufficiently, and thereby purging the digital switch from its aforementioned shroud of mystery.

Pinnacle PCTV nanoStick
BIOS Review :: Thursday, July 10, 2008
“The PCTV nanoStick is great value for money if you’re looking for the smallest USB digital TV tuner on the market. But similar to other Pinnacle TV tuners we had a nightmare scanning for TV channels using the supplied antenna. Internet radio quality was quick and easy. After quickly glancing through Pinnacle’s forums, it seems a lot of other users have problems scanning for channels – regardless of reception area. When we gave up and connected a rooftop aerial, video quality was good – even at full screen – and the added benefit of being able to trim videos and burn them onto DVD means you can watch recorded programs on the big screen once you get back to the comfort of your living room. Advanced users not needing to compromise on size should look at Pinnacle’s PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick, which sports twin digital TV tuners so you can watch one channel while recording another or record two different channels at once. Overall, the PCTV nanoStick is an attractive package considering its size and price, but it comes with a serious caveat: you need to get the aerial in just the right position to work perfectly on all channels – or just ditch it and use a proper indoor aerial to get the best signal every time. But that’s defeating the object, of course.”

Apple TV Review
SpicyGadget :: Wednesday, July 09, 2008
“Movie rentals, movie rentals, movie rentals, did I mention movie rentals? We either drop by a brick and mortar store like Blockbuster or rent our movies by mail through Netflix. Driving out to a store or waiting for your movie in the mail isn’t so bad when you have no other alternatives, but what if I told you there was a better way? What if I said you could choose a movie and start watching it in under 30 seconds? If living in America for 25 years has taught me anything, it’s that we love instant gratification and convenience, which nicely sums up Apple TV movie rentals.”

VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder
i4u :: Tuesday, July 08, 2008
“Today we are looking at the VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder. The device allows you to record movies and TV shows from your TV to the VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder internal HDD. You can also copy files and images directly from camcorder and digital cameras.

Once the DVD was playing all you do is hit record and the video is automatically stored to the VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder in AVI format. After you are done recording your video you can immediately play the recording back. There is a noticeable difference in the video quality between the DVD version and what the VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder records.”

Flip Video Mino Digital Camcorder Review
Futurelooks :: Friday, July 04, 2008
From a pure techie/gadget standpoint, the Flip Video product line is nothing special as similar products littered overseas shelves even before the first Flip hit the market. So what make’s the Flip so special? Well, for starters Oprah Winfrey got a hold of it and showed it to her millions of fans. But more importantly, Pure Digital, makers of the Flip, keyed in on the fact that people were starting to make use online video services like YouTube in a big way. Despite the fact that the Flip doesn’t do HD, or heck, even the same quality as a quality compact digital camera, Pure Digital got one thing really right for the YouTube generation: Ease of use.


Samsung SC-HMX10A High Definition HD Solid State Memory Camcorder Review
Twaeknews :: Thursday, July 03, 2008
“Samsung’s first foray into solid state HD recording can be easily summed up to be a success. Everything works perfectly, controls are easy to use and video/photo quality are excellent for an all-in-one product. With the rise in HDTV sales, HD camcorders are going to get more and more popular. Consider an HD camcorder as future-proofing your purchase so it will be compatible with the new TV standard for several years.”

PCTV HD Pro Stick (801e
Techware Labs :: Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Artiom takes a look at he Pinnacle Systems HD Pro 801e USB stick. For you video editors out there this may be just what you need. Take a look at our review to find out if the HD stick 801e is what you need for your video editing.

How To: Record Streaming Audio Off The Net
PC Mech :: Wednesday, July 02, 2008
“With the now mainstream use of broadband, it is no longer a novelty to stream audio and video over the Internet. It is now par for the course. If the data is coming to your computer as it is, it is safe to assume you can record it for later use, right?

Yes, you can. With the right software, it is very easy to accomplish.”

Mvix MX-780HD Wireless HD Media Center
Tweak Town :: Tuesday, July 01, 2008
“Founded in 2005, Mvix USA is a company who believes in the concept of digital entertainment. With a product line that offers different versions of this ideal, Mvix is about getting your digital content displayed where it should be, on your television. Sure, you can watch your ripped movies on the PC monitor, but why not take it to the next level and enjoy that same content on a large screen TV?

Enter one of their latest arrivals, the MX-780HD. While having many similarities with the older 760-series media center, MVix has raised the bar and brought newer technologies to the scene. On top of this, they have also improved output as well. So kick up your heels as we take a look at the Mvix MX-780HD. We will look at the features included, then take it for a test drive by displaying digital movies on a 37” LCD television and see if it is worthy of consideration for your media center.”