LCD cheaper than PDP in 40-44" HDTV market in North America

The average street prices for 40-44" LCD TVs and business displays in North America dropped below those for high-definition (HD) plasma panel display (PDP) TVs of the same size range for the first time in July, according to research firm Pacific Media Associates (PMA).

Logitech preps wireless Bluetooth headphones for Ipods

Logitech has received FCC approval for a new set of wireless "Free Pulse" headphones. The unannounced device is squarely aimed at Ipod owners, as Logitech provides custom wireless adapter fit plates for 4G and 5G Ipods as well as the Ipod nano and Ipod mini. However, according to the manual, the headset should work with any other MP3 player as well. The headphones transmit audio via Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. There was no information on availability and pricing of the "Free Pulse"set.

Panasonic to launch Blu-ray recorders in November

Osaka (Japan) - Panasonic today unveiled what the company is calling the world's first Blu-ray Disc recorders that can play back BD-video discs. The devices can store high-definition video onto the built-in hard drive and burn content onto recordable BD-R and BD-RE media. Blu-ray Disc players for 2006 ...

JVC to demo 'pulsating sphere' speakers

Yokohama (Japan) - At an upcoming electronics expo, JVC will demo sphere-shaped speakers that are supposedly acoustically perfect. Resembling the floating assassin droids in Star Wars, the 12-sided speakers will emit sound from every side, except for the bottom. JVC claims the speaker will "disappear acoustically" to most listeners.

Opinion: Zune in, Zune out

Apple is about to get some more serious competition for its most important revenue source. Microsoft just released some details about its soon to be launched Zune portable media player to tackle the dominance most sold MP3 player on the planet. There are some new features. But what's up with that funky design - and brown color? Is Microsoft serious?

Toshiba releases 'second-gen' HD-DVD players

Toshiba has fired another salvo in the war between the competing high-definition DVD formats by releasing a new range of HD-DVD players in the US.

Samsung to fix Blu-ray image problem

Samsung Electronics moved Thursday to address image quality concerns noted by some reviewers of its high-definition Blu-ray disc player, the first on the market, saying it would make production changes.

Pioneer unveils new digital tuner-supported HDD/DVD recorders

Pioneer announced the introduction of a series of new digital tuner-supported DVD recorders for the Japanese market.

Hitachi busts out new LCD, plasma HDTVs

Hitachi today announced that its latest line of TVs, the 2006 Director's Line, has begun shipping to retailers across the country. Included in the series are plasma and LCD high-definition TVs with sizes of up to 55 inches.

New Slingbox in the works

Sling Media has received approval from the FCC for a new version of its media streaming console Slingbox. Currently titled the "Slingbox A/V," it comes with audio/video cable inputs on the side to allow streaming of recorded content from external sources like a DVR or DVD player.

Infrant moves upmarket with 3 TB, $4K media server

Infrant Technologies today announced a "virtually silent" media server targeted at the audio/visual enthusiast home theater market.

BenQ to offer super-slim 7.2-megapixel digital camera model X720

BenQ will offer a 7.2-megapixel digital camera, model X720, claimed to be the world's slimmest in the 7.0-megapixel and above range, with the launch scheduled for late next month and the recommended retail price yet to be determined, according to the company.

Tivo enters HD age with Series 3 DVR

TiVo today announced details and availability of latest set top box. The Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder is the first TiVo recorder to capture and present video in high definition from your cable connection, and according to the company, the world's only digital media recorder with THX certification.

Adobe updates Photoshop and Premiere Elements software

Adobe today announced new versions of their Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements software Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 will be available later this year.

First mini HDMI cable announced

Accell claims to be the first cable manufacturer that is offering a HDMI mini compatible cable. HDMI mini, which was announced on 22 June of this year, offers the same feature set as HDMI 1.3 through a more compact connector that is expected to be integrated into consumer electronics such as digital still and video cameras. Accell said that the mini HDMI cable will eb available in 7-ft length. Pricing and availability were not announced.

JVC to release 1080p projector with 10,000:1 contrast ratio

JVC said it has developed a new display technology for high-definition home projectors that can deliver a native contrast ratio of 10,000:1. The technology will also offer a brightness of 800 lumens and 1080p resolution (1920x1080 progressive). JVC said that it will offer the first 10,000:1 1080p projector early next year. If you are planning to upgrade your home theater with such a device, be prepared to spend about $7000.

Amazon opens digital video download store has officially launched its digital video download service, Amazon Unbox, which reportedly will allow customers to watch movies on their PC in DVD quality. According to the company, more than 30 movie studios and TV networks have already confirmed plans to provide content to Unbox.

MSI preps Bluetooth audio transmitter for Ipods

Chicago (IL) - Micro Star International (MSI) has received FCC approval for a Bluetooth audio transmitter that will enable users of Ipods and other MP3 players as well as other devices with audio jacks to wirelessly stream music to Bluetooth-enabled headsets. The "FS320" package comes with an Ipod Nano-sized transmitter, an audio cable with 3.5 mm input, an USB-based charger as well as drivers and other software on a CD.

Sony increases outsourcing LCD TVs

Facing the fast falling ASP (average selling price) for LCD TV panels and competitive LCD TV market, Sony now has to place more orders with LCD TV makers to gain more profits, according to sources.

Samsung releases LED LCD TV and full HD LCD TVs

Samsung Electronics recently announced the release of a 40" LCD TV with LED backlight technology, along with 40" and 46" LCD TVs with full high-definition TV (HDTV) functionality.