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CES: Samsung Fills Home Theatre Vacuum

Samsung is extending its vacuum tube technology from audio dock speakers and home theatre systems to its latest soundbar – and the first in the world that can connect with a TV via Bluetooth. The HW-F750 will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, along with a new Blu-ray player […]

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HD Feed: September 28

The Sydney Morning Herald reports a surprisingly cheap solution for HD fans wanting a region-free Blu-ray player that’s more affordable than Oppo’s. It turns out Toshiba is marketing a range in Australia and NZ that at least one retailer is providing with a firmware CD for “unlocking the player’s factory-set Blu-ray region coding”. The SMH says […]

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HD Feed: September 19

The latest PS3 upgrade will be not only smaller and lighter than its predecessors but also cheaper. This afternoon Sony Computer Entertainment announced the new-look PS3 would go on sale here later this month. The 500GB hard drive console will sell for $520 from September 27 and the $400 12GB flash memory console will be […]

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Oppo in 3D an Optical Delight

Oppo in 3D an Optical Delight

Oppo’s first Blu-ray 3D player is worth buying just for its 2D capability. The BDP-93 is priced higher than most of the competition but picture purists won’t begrudge the $1350 price tag given the calibre of the extras – even if the appreciating dollar is making it harder to justify. However, the premium’s partly due […]

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Samsung HD Systems Go 3D

Samsung’s 2011 home entertainment HD systems will combine Blu-ray 3D playback with wireless Smart Hub streaming. Only the top-of-the-range HT-D6750W will have 7.1 audio but the three 5.1 systems – HT-D7500W, HT-D550W and HT-D5530 – will offer virtual 7.1. All will have “3D Depth Sound”, for generating sounds that move with the 3D picture, and […]

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Sony Launches 3D TVs Last But Not Least

The last of the consumer electronics giants to start selling 3D TVs in NZ, Sony, has just started shipping to retailers three LED models with varying 3D capabilities. They range in price from $4000 for a 40-inch display to $10,000 for a 60-inch, and each TV is being bundled with two pairs of 3D active […]

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Sony Sneak Peek II: 2010 Blu-ray Players

Two of Sony’s 2010 Blu-ray players will be 3D-capable. The BDP-S570 (left) and BDP-S770 will play 3D Blu-ray movies on 3D-enabled TVs, using specialist Active Shutter glasses, while the third new model, the BDP-S370, is being pitched as a multimedia hub that will play formats from a variety of sources, including Bravia Internet Video. Sony’s […]

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Sony Sneak Peek I: 2010 Theatre Systems

Sony’s range of 3D-capable home theatre-in-a-box systems will be released here ahead of its 3D TVs (which will be demonstrated in its Style stores from April 1). The Bravia Theatre Systems will go on sale in May, for prices that have still to be disclosed. Of the five new models, three will offer 3D Blu-ray […]

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Two More Oppo Blu-ray Players Debut

Oppo’s success in the burgeoning Blu-ray market is reflected in it launching two more HD models to complement the BDP-83. Both the high-end BDP-83SE (above) and the entry-level BDP-80 (below) go on sale this month in NZ; the latter has just landed, for $799, and the former’s due next week, for $2135, compared to $1350 […]

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3DTV: Panasonic’s Next Top Model

Panasonic NZ expects to be selling two Full-HD 3D-capable Viera plasma TVs here by July/August. TV and Blu-ray products manager Grant Shaw told ScreenScribe.tv initially two sizes will be offered: 50 inches and 65 inches. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed but the premium they’ll command won’t be as steep as that of Panasonic’s wireless Z1 plasma […]

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