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Yamaha Updates Ysp Digital Sound Projectors

Yamaha Updates Ysp Digital Sound Projectors
At this year’s CEDIA and IFA shows, Yamaha showed off updates to their single-box surround sound line known as “digital sound projectors.” The top-of-the-line YSP-1100 features 40 high/mid-range speakers and 2 woofers, along with 42 discrete amplifiers to position sound using beam-focusing technologies.

Record Video Directly Into Your iPod

Record Video Directly Into Your iPod
At just under $200, the iLuv i180WHT Video System allows you to record VGA quality (640×480) video directly into your iPod. Simply feed in your camcorder or other video source via Composite or S-Video and RCA inputs for audio.
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Universal Done With Blu-ray

Universal Done With Blu-ray
In another blow to Sony’s floundering Blu-Ray format, Universal Pictures has announced that it will be dropping support for the disc format. For the forseaable future, the will solely release high definition discs in HD-DVD format. With all of the problems with Blu-Ray laser supplies affecting the PS3 launch, I’m beginning to think Sony’s got another Betamax on their hands.

Xbox 360 HD-DVD Priced, Dated in Japan

Xbox 360 HD-DVD Priced, Dated in Japan
Kotaku has revealed information from a reliable source that Microsoft will announce a November 22nd launch for the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive accessory in Japan. Pricing is expected to be a Blu-Ray killing 19800 yen (appx.

Apple and Creative Price Drops Put the Squeeze on Zune

Apple and Creative Price Drops Put the Squeeze on Zune
Hot on the heels of Apple’s recent announcement to drop the price of it’s latest (5.5 generation) iPod 30gb model to $249, Creative Labs has just dropped the price on their Zen Vision:M 30gb model to $249 as well. With so many rumors pointing to a $299 launch price for Microsoft’s Zune 30gb model, the question is: Are people willing to drop an extra $50 for Microsoft’s as yet unproven social networking and song sharing features?

Take of Inches Fast With Your Digital Camera

Take of Inches Fast With Your Digital Camera
Need to slim down, but don’t have the time or patience for diet and exercise? Hewlett-Packard’s latest digital camera technology can help! HP’s new digital slimming technique cuts unwanted pounds in seconds using the old funhouse skinny mirror technique on your digital camera.

Just in Time for Halloween: Costumes for Your Speakers

Just in Time for Halloween: Costumes for Your Speakers
For those out there who’d prefer their home theater sound system heard and not seen, Audiovox’s AR Home Decor speaker enclosures might be just the ticket. The Home Decor collection provides a number of disguises for the Acoustic Research HD510 series of speakers.

1080p Games Coming to Playstation 3 After All

1080p Games Coming to Playstation 3 After All
After earlier rumors that Sony’s Playstation 3 might not have any 1080p gaming titles, it’s been confirmed that at least two upcoming titles will support the holy grail of high definition resolutions, with a full non-interlaced 1920×1080 picture.

Headphones With True Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound

Headphones With True Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
TRITTON Technologies has just introduced their new AX360 headphones with Dolby 5.1 surround capability. The headphones have 4 speakers in each earmuff to create true surround sound, with certified Dolby Digital and Pro Logic playback. An external audio controller box contains the electronics for sound processing, and has ports for coax and fiber optic digital inputs.

Minox Classic Camera Gets 5 Megapixel Love

Minox Classic Camera Gets 5 Megapixel Love
The teensy classic Minox Leica M3 was first converted into a digital camera back in 2002 at a measly 1.3 megapixel resolution. Minox has just upgraded the camera to a much more admirable 5 megapixel resolution.

Samsung Shows Portable Broadband Tv

Samsung Shows Portable Broadband Tv
Samsung has unveiled this super-slick Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) portable television featuring a 4-inch widescreen LCD TFT display. The DMB-T450 will also feature built in MP3 playback, virtual surround sound, and USB connectivity (oddly it’s USB 1.1,

Geek Chic: Dot Matrix Wallet

Geek Chic: Dot Matrix Wallet
Throw out that old duct tape wallet! It’s time for the latest wallet for the

You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid.

You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid.
Ever wanted to be a gunslinger, but were afraid you’d wind up doing some bodily harm? Well don’t despair, because now you can play everyone’s favorite trailer trash game, shooting crap off of a log with a gun, with no risk of injury. The Wild West Gunslinger Game, uses a battery operated gun that fires at a plastic log with four infrared sensors embedded in it.

Delphi Xm Skifi3 Satellite Radio Details Leaked

Delphi Xm Skifi3 Satellite Radio Details Leaked
The folks over at OrbitCast came across a product page on the JJI Electronics website for Delphi’s new XM SkyFi3 satellite radio. Apparently the folks at JJI jumped the gun on this as yet unannounced radio.

Sony “Pearl” Sxrd Projector Officially Announced

Sony “Pearl” Sxrd Projector Officially Announced
Sony has finally rolled out details of their latest SXRD front projector, the VPL-VW50 (originally codenamed “pearl.“) The new model features an array of three 0.61-inch SXRD chips at a full 1080p (1920×1080) resolution, capable of outputting all currently available high definition signals at full resolution.

Optoma Intros Least Expensive High Definition Dlp Projector

Optoma Intros Least Expensive High Definition Dlp Projector
At this week’s CEDIA show, Optoma unveiled a new projector capable of displaying widescreen 16:9 high definition 720p images for just $999 USD. The Optoma HD70 projector features a single 0.62-inch DarkChip2 DLP chipset from Texas Instruments.
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