Audio Video News June 2008

Hands On With BD Live
Tweak Town :: Friday, June 27, 2008
“Thanks to Sony Pictures, I recently had a chance to play with Blu-ray’s fancy new BD Live (formerly known as ‘Profile 2.0’) system. The first Blu-ray disc on the Australian market to come with such a feature – Men In Black, streets on Wednesday 25th June (look for my in-depth review within the next few days).

Keep in mind however, there are very few Blu-ray players on the market that come BD Live equipped; essentially it means that a player needs an ethernet port, and persistent flash storageof at least 1GB. Of course, most Australians with a Blu-ray player have a PlayStation 3, which became BD Live equipped earlier this year, and indeed I sampled BD Live using a PlayStation 3.”

Men In Black HD Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Friday, June 27, 2008
“To properly review Men In Black, one most cast their mind back to the time in which it was produced. The year is 1997. Hollywood audiences were enjoying the resurgence of the summer blockbuster and the reinvention of the disaster and science fiction flicks. The special editions of the Star Wars Trilogy put the science fiction genre back in front. Will Smith was also coming off the back of the massive hit the previous year; Independence Day.

Men In Black arrived after a hugely successful ad campaign that ensured that the film would be nothing other than a massive hit. Even the films tie-in theme song of the same name, performed by Will Smith was a worldwide hit, charting at number one in Australia.”

ATEN CS1782 USB 2.0 DVI KVM Switch
Bjorn 3d :: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I have used an array of KVM switches over the years both in my work as a database administratorand also at my home to run multiple computers simultaneously with one mouse, monitor, and keyboard. These, however, were not DVI based and had very few features other than a few that used USB instead of PS2 for keyboard and mouse connections. I had also come to know that each of the KVM switches I had used, including the professional quality ones at my workplace, had idiosyncrasies that in some cases compromised their efficiency. So my quest to find a switch that would meet my rather heightened needs at home continued in silence and up until recently I had all but given up.

As luck would have it I was recently contacted by ATEN, a company that is well known for manufacturing excellent KVM switches. ATEN wanted to know if we would be interested in reviewing a DVI KVM switch they had recently released with a slew of features that targeted the gamer and the computer enthusiast. One look at the specs and features and I felt as though my prayers just might have been answered. Having written computer products reviews for a number of years I knew better than proclaim the product a winner without first taking a long test drive. Today it is my pleasure to share the results that we assimilated from our review of the ATEN CS1782 USB 2.0 DVI KVMP Switch.

HT-X810 Home Theater System Review
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
“The Samsung HT-X810 was one of the coolest soundbars announced at CES 2008, mostly because of the 5.8GHz wireless subwoofer. That plus Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, HDMI output, and an on-board DVD/CD player put it ahead of most competitors, and the glossy black styling matchesSamsung’s HDTV line (especially our 40-incher) perfectly. At nearly $700, it isn’t an entry-level product, but it’s a lean, mean home theater system that can eliminate a lot of the clutter of more traditional setups.”

Can Netflix, Apple and Vudu Compete with Cable Offerings? 
Digital Trends :: Monday, June 02, 2008
“We covered the launch of the Netflix Player recently and were not particularly excited about the offering, and those that posted their response after the piece were less than excited as well. AppleTV which came from a company that appeared to be unable to find a flop, turned out to be one, and I’ve been using the Vudu product which works at least as well as the AppleTV does but I? wonder if I would abandon my Netflix subscription for it.”