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Seeing the Big Picture: The Perfect Projection Screen

Elite Screens Spectrum 84 inch Diagonal 16:9 Electric Projection Screen. A home theater system consists of many different elements that need to come together in order to deliver a truly satisfying viewing experience. By far, two of the most important of these elements are the type of display and the sound system. A true home theater experience relies upon the fusion of both the visual and aural elements. If the two are able to complement each other well, the end result is sure to be spectacular. However, if the either element is lacking in terms of quality and performance, the impact is greatly lessened. In terms of visuals, nothing else says “impact” like a colossal screen, such as the Elite Screens Spectrum 84″ Diagonal 16:9 Electric Projection Screen.

EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC Edition

The <a href=EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC Edition Graphics Card is a great choice for gamers on a budget’ />In lieu of today’s “Do It Yourself” overclocking, “factory overclocked” has a nice ring to it, especially for some who like to have others do the hard work and allow you to focus on the fun stuff – games! With the introduction of the EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC Edition, an added plus has been thrown to the fray – high performance at a mid-range price; translation – a whole lot of bang for the buck.

VMD – the DVD Format War may Continue

HD VMD Keeps DVD Format War GoingFighting against the new DVD champion, VMD is the disc format that thinks it can – but only time will tell as this highly versatile format, which uses standard discs now in use and is backwards compatible, continues to push their low-price players and recorders.

The company just issued a press release saying “All indications are that VMD can fill the void left by HD DVD,” and that “The way is now clear for VMD to be embraced by the industry.” We suppose thats true — the Asian bootlegging industry really hasnt weighed in with a format choice yet, has it? In any event, VMD players have apparently been shipping to the US for a month now.

1080p for the Masses: Olevia 52-inch High Definition LCD Television

Olevia 52-inch LCD TVEveryone wants high definition. But no one wants to invite the neighborhood over to check out their smallish, 20-something inch LCD. It’s just not a “conversation starter” anymore. Don’t get me wrong, anything that counts as High Definition is cool with me, but if you’re a bargain hound and want to get over 50 inches of true HD display, you should check out the Olevia 252TFHD LCD. It’ll have your friends grumbling about how much they paid for 1080p.

Lite-On Blu-Ray Drive: Blu-Ray Playback For Cheap

lite-on-blu-ray-playback-drive.jpgThe format wars are over, and Blu-Ray has won. For those of you who got an HD DVD player (Get one! They’re fun, soon-to-be nostalgic, and under 100 bucks!), I’m sorry. Kudos to those of you who bought a Playstation 3. So now the question is, are you going to go out and buy an expensive Blu-Ray player? I’m not. In fact, this is possibly the one thing that could trigger me to finally, finally build a multimedia center PC. You see, there’s a trick: the Lite-On DH-401S-08 Blu-Ray Playback Drive costs a bit less than a Blu-Ray Player. A few hundred dollars less.

InFocus IN10 DLP Projector: In Your Bag, In Your Office, In HD

infocus-big-picture.jpgProjectors are for board meetings and showing off your wares to clients, right? In fact, the only time you’re going to see a projector anywhere other than at work or in the classroom is in one of those swanky “Cribs” style homes with a stand-alone theater room. I’ve got a theater room myself, and one that multitasks as a living room and dining area, as well. But that aside, let me introduce you to the InFocus IN10 DLP Projector…a device that’ll display content (even HD) at home, the office, or anywhere else, for that matter.

Format War is Over: And Blu-Ray Has Won

200801007_11.pngHere’s the press release that confirms it: Toshiba Corporation has decided to throw in the towel. With earlier defections from Warner Bros., Disney, and a few other key video production giants, the end has been in sight for a while now. Interesting note: Toshiba intends to review and possibly retain the use of HD DVD players in Notebook Computers. Um…why?

WestingHouse TX-47F430S HD LCD TV: Big Performance, Little Price

westinghouse-tx-47f430s-hd-lcd-tv.jpgA lot of people are in the market for new TVs these days as we have less than a year to make the switch to HD. I couldn’t help but take notice of this 47-inch stud from Westinghouse. The price friendly TX-47F430S HD LCD TV may be just the television for you.

Apple Gets into America’s Living Room

apple-tv.jpgApple may have started with the wrong foot, but it is determined to turn the tables this month! It recently revealed its new strategy for the device: a significant software update that will unhitch it from the computer, coupled with online movie rentals that will be available in high-definition as it heads into the family entertainment room!

Speakers Surround without Surrounding

Watching a movie, playing a video game or even watching television these days, the focus seems to be all about high definition. Yet what you hear is really just as important as what you see. And while what we’re seeing on the screen is still pretty much two dimensional, three dimensional sound can truly enhance the viewing experience.

The whole idea about sound that surrounds you is to give you an immersive experience to what you are observing. In the real world, even with your eyes closed, you can tell where something is related to your position as well as the direction it’s moving and how close it is to you. These audible dimensions are what movie theatres try to create even when you’re watching a two dimensional screen. Just look at the walls when you walk in to your local movie house and check out the rows of speakers on the walls all around you. That really nice television setup you recently purchased or are going to buy more than likely has the ability to surround you in some kind of digital sound and if you don’t have the right speakers set up in the proper manner, you’re really shortchanging yourself. Speakers can really make or break the overall experience. So while you’re keeping your eye on the ball, make sure you also keep your ear to the ground.