Stardome panels shoot for the stars

As home theaters become an increasingly large part of the home entertainment market, custom component makers have found a niche for the home theater enthusiast. Numinus is one such vendor and makes "Stardomes", decorative and acoustic panels filled with glittering stars and glowing nebulae.

Hide your television behind your art with TV Coverups

Showcasing the latest model of itsart-over-TV product, TV Coverups is on hand at the Electronic House Expo with one of the more artistic showings. The company now offers a more affordable, manual mechanism that allows consumers to flip between a large-screen TV and a framed piece of artwork, in addition to the automatic, remote control-based model.

Ferrari busts out $20K home audio speakers

One of the more interesting things we found at Electronic House Expo is a full-room home speaker tower from Ferrari. The elegant and expensive car maker wants to make the speakers as luxurious and exclusive as possible, and at a $20,000 standalone price, it meets that depiction.

Stealth Acoustics' nearly invisible speakers clean up the home

Speakers are usually big and ugly boxes, but Stealth Acoustics wants to change that with their invisible in-the-wall speakers. All the components are housed inside the dry wall and the speakers make sound by vibrating the wall and surrounding wood studs.

Toshiba launches second-generation HD DVD players in Japan

Toshiba today announced the launch of its second-generation HD DVD players in the Japanese market.

DLP RPTV half as costly as LCD/DLP for 52" TVs

The material costs for a 1080p 52" DLP (digital light processing) rear-projection TV (RPTV) are about $807.52, nearly half of that from a 1080p 52" LCD TV and a PDP (plasma display panel) TV, according to Displaysearch.

Sony introduces new LCD projectors

Sony recently unveiled two business projectors that use a new LCD panel design.

Microsoft's Xbox iTV surprise

We've known for some time Apple was planning a spoiler party at MacWorld during CES to take the edge off Microsoft's Vista launch later that same month. Today Microsoft struck first by launching Xbox Live Video Marketplace their own iTV like offering with the Xbox 360 and folks that already have one, in effect get an iTV for free.

Samsung to release more slim DLP RPTVs in 2007

Samsung Electronics is planning to launch more slim DLP (digital light processing) RPTVs (rear-projection TVs) next year, according to sources.

Wal-Mart lowering prices on gadgets

Wal-Mart is rolling back prices on dozens of televisions and gadgets in an effort to attract cooler shoppers. Televisions will have the deepest cuts with a Panasonic 42" HD plasma television selling for $1294 and an RCA 32" LCD HDTV for $847.

Save $20,000 on Panasonic's 103" plasma TV

Panasonic's 103" plasma TV recently became available for purchase on a number of U.S. websites. And apparently, the device isn't quite a hot seller, with even a limited supply resulting in ample availability on the web. As a result, prices for the TV already have dropped considerably, with most etailers offering a $20,000 discount: Instead of the suggested retail price of nearly $70,000, the TH-103PF9UK is offered for just under $50,000.

Universal Studios claims to have the first true HD movie on HD DVD

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the 5 December release of Miami Vice will mark the first HD DVD release of a movie that was shot in full high-definition. With features like Microsoft's HDi technology and TrueHD lossless sound, Miami Vice will be one of the most technologically superior movies on the HD DVD format, says Universal.

LGE to offer $150,000 LCD TV

LG Electronics (LGE) is scheduling the time for mass production in overseas market, the Korea-based company noted.

Stream uncompressed HD video with new wireless specification

Sunnyvale (CA) - A new wireless protocol spec promises to stream multiple uncompressed HD videos up to 33 feet away. The spec is being spearheaded by the Wireless HD group composed of several consumer electronic manufacturers that include LG, Matsushita, Samsung and Sony. While the spec isn't finalized yet, it will probably function in the 60 GHz band which can transfer at more than 25 Gbps allowing for two to three uncompressed 1080p streams.

Benq announces portable front projector

Benq recently announced the introduction of its newest professional DLP (digital-light processing) projector, MP510, with and MSRP of $499.

Opinion: Should you buy a PC now or wait?

Buying a new PC looks much more interesting this Christmas than in many previous years. There are new and much more powerful and power-saving processors as well as new tech such as flash-based hard drives. And there is Windows Vista, which could be reason enough for some to ditch that old PC. Rob Enderle takes a closer look at Apple and Microsoft and has some food for thought.

Pou Chen, Kolin and Syntax-Brillian to partner for new LCD TV line in US

Taiwan-based Pou Chen Group and Kolin and US-based Syntax-Brillian are partnering for a new LCD TV line recently opened in the US.

HD RPTV sales surged 30% in August

Rear-projection HD (high-definition) TVs (RPTVs) in North America recovered from a weak performance this summer and jumped 30% for both units and revenues in August, according to research firm Pacific Media Associates (PMA).

Flat-panel TV sales jumped 19% in August, prices continued to drop

Unit sales for flat-panel TVs and business displays in North America rose 19% sequentially in August, according to Pacific Media Associates (PMA).

Canon and Toshiba highlight 55" SED TV at FPD International

Canon and Toshiba are showcasing a new 55" SED (surface conduction electron emitter display) TV at FPD International 2006, according to the Japanese-language Nihon Keizai Shimbun .