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May 28, 2010

Onkyo To Sell Through Walmart.com

Onkyo, like Vizio and others before them, has discovered the pot of gold that is being associated with the mega retail chain Wal-Mart and while Onkyo is staying clear of their retail stores (for now) they're going to be making their presence known on Wal-Mart's website real soon. Continue Reading

May 24, 2010

Cisco beta testing $500 consumer version of TelePresence video conferencing

Cisco is currently testing a consumer-oriented version of its TelePresence video-conferencing system. The company claims that the simplified consumer version would just plug into your television and should be available in late 2010 for about $500. Continue Reading

May 24, 2010

Home Theater Video Nears Digital Cinema Standard Thanks To Advances In Digital Technologies

Technology continues to advance. Now, even movie industry professionals like legendary director Francis Ford Coppola acknowledge that home theater equipment is at least as good as what is at your local movie theater. Want proof? Coppola, for example, uses a SIM2 home theater projector in his postproduction suites when coloring and mastering his films. Continue Reading
Home Theater Video Nears Digital Cinema Standard Thanks To Advances In Digital Technologies

May 20, 2010

Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform to Bring Web to TV

Several high-profile consumer electronics players--namely, Sony, Intel, Google, and Logitech--have teamed up to develop Google TV, an open platform that unites TV and the Web. The idea isn't new, of course. Will this new team succeed where others have stumbled? Continue Reading

May 20, 2010

Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser Dies

The audio industry has said farewell to another giant in the field, Professor Fritz Sennheiser. Sennheiser founded the electronics firm Sennheiser GmbH & Co. KG, as well as creating many advances in the field. He passed away on May 17, 2010 at the age of 92. Continue Reading
Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser Dies

May 14, 2010

A Weekend With Francis Ford Coppola and SIM2

Italian projector manufacturer SIM2 recently partnered with legendary filmmaker and wine coinsure Francis Ford Coppola. To kick off this unique partnership, SIM2 flew a few AV industry guests, including Home Theater Review's Andrew Robinson, to the Napa Valley in Northern California for a chance to meet with the cinematic icon. Continue Reading
A Weekend With Francis Ford Coppola and SIM2

May 07, 2010

Americans Are Spending More On Consumer Electronics Despite Recession

While a lot of sources define consumer electronics as luxuries, it seems that American consumers beg to differ. Even though times are tough for a lot of people, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reports that the average U.S. household spent more on electronics than in the past. Continue Reading
Americans Are Spending More On Consumer Electronics Despite Recession

Apr 26, 2010

Would Raising The Mortgage Interest Deduction Revive The High End Home Theater Market Nationally?

HomeTheaterReview.com publisher/editor Jerry Del Colliano discusses a concept - based on the idea that most people who can afford high-end home electronics own their own homes - that could benefit the American home theater market. Continue Reading
Would Raising The Mortgage Interest Deduction Revive The High End Home Theater Market Nationally?

Apr 19, 2010

DTS Partners With LG To Bring Better Audio To Their HDTVs

Future LG TV owners--at least, those who live in Korea--will soon be able to enjoy integrated DTS audio decoding. The two companies have announced that DTS technology will be added to LG's digital TVs in Korea and set-top DMP units in Europe. Continue Reading
DTS Partners With LG To Bring Better Audio To Their HDTVs

Apr 12, 2010

Life Without AV Dealers

You've seen, or at least read about, speculated-on futures for the Earth: life after humanity is gone, life after an asteroid strike, life after the Rolling Stones. HomeTheaterReview.com publisher/editor Jerry Del Colliano speculates about life after AV dealers are gone. Continue Reading
Life Without AV Dealers

Apr 08, 2010

D&M Holdings Dumps Escient and Snell Brands

Sometimes even being great isn't enough if other people can't figure out where you go within the big picture. This seems to have been the case with Snell, a high-end audiophile brand that won great acclaim, but hasn't caught on with integration into mainstream home theaters. Continue Reading
D&M Holdings Dumps Escient and Snell Brands

Mar 29, 2010

Competing With Costco When Selling HDTVs

How does the specialty retailer compete with Costco and the other big-box chains? Jerry del Colliano shares his thoughts on value-added services and the art of the upsell. Take the right approach, he says, and you will have success. Continue Reading
Competing With Costco When Selling HDTVs

Mar 22, 2010

Israeli Police Catch Smugglers With Speakers Loaded with 238 Pounds of Cocaine

Well, you've got to give them credit for chutzpah - that's nerve to you non-Yiddish speakers. Speaking of speakers, that's exactly what a gang of smugglers used as containers when trying to move 238 pounds of cocaine, but Israeli police weren't fooled. Continue Reading
Israeli Police Catch Smugglers With Speakers Loaded with 238 Pounds of Cocaine

Mar 09, 2010

SIM2 Inks Promotion Deal With Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola, five-time Oscar winner of Godfather, Zoetrope and wine-making fame, has signed a deal with SIM2 Multimedia to be one of the focal points for their new international promotional campaign that will run 2010/2011. Continue Reading
SIM2 Inks Promotion Deal With Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola

Mar 07, 2010

Here We Go Again - HDMI 1.4a Released With Focus on 3D

The latest enhancements for 3D applications from HDMI have been released and they include the addition of mandatory 3D formats for broadcast content as well as the addition of Top-and-Bottom 3D format. Continue Reading
Here We Go Again - HDMI 1.4a Released With Focus on 3D

Mar 01, 2010

Why "Build It And They Will Come" Never Works in the AV Retail

My dad always said measure twice and cut once. In business the same is true only it's identify demand then fulfill accordingly. Sounds easy enough yet so many bad business decisions, especially those surrounding the need to open a specialty AV shop, are not based upon hard facts or detailed planning but instead passion and desire, two things that often don't equal big sales as some who took the plunge are quickly finding out. Continue Reading
Why

Feb 28, 2010

AV123.com's Mark Schifter Indicted in Colorado For Alleged Charity Fraud

According to Colorado-based website TimesCall.com, a Colorado grand jury has indicted Mark Schifter, who works for another website, AV123.com, for a number of charges relating to misappropriating funds earmarked for a variety of charitable organizations. Continue Reading
AV123.com's Mark Schifter Indicted in Colorado For Alleged Charity Fraud

Feb 28, 2010

Appliances To Be Featured at CES in 2011

When one thinks of consumer electronics, the first items that come to mind are HD television sets, Blu-ray players and great sound systems. However, toasters, blenders and microwave ovens also qualify as consumer electronics, and this year, they'll be at CES. Continue Reading
Appliances To Be Featured at CES in 2011

Feb 28, 2010

Panasonic to Provide HD Display Systems Throughout Angel Stadium

Angel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has received an A/V makeover, brought to them by Panasonic. The ballpark is now outfitted with 350 HD plasmas and LCDs, as well as a new large-screen LED board. Continue Reading
Panasonic to Provide HD Display Systems Throughout Angel Stadium

Feb 28, 2010

Walmart to Purchase VUDU

Well it appears Wal-Mart is getting into the streaming content business with their recent acquisition of Vudu a device and service not unlike Apple's iTunes or AppleTV. Vudu is one of the few mass market streaming devices with adult content, something I'm sure isn't going to go over well with the holier than thou folks at Wal-Mart. Continue Reading
Walmart to Purchase VUDU

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