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Posts Tagged ‘surround sound’

Bose VideoWave 2: Your single-solution for home theater needs!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Nick from Abt goes over the specifics for the latest entry to a long line of Bose Home Theater Systems: The Bose VideoWave II.

The Bose VideoWave II is a great idea if you don’t want to run speakers, but want exceptional sound quality.  With one purchase, you can get a 55-inch LED TV with Bose speakers built into the bezel.  The Bose control box acts as a receiver and allows you to control all your components through one single Bose remote.  Enjoy your favorite programming as you are immersed in incredible sound and stunning image quality.

Polk Audio Adds to Personal Audio Line

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Polk Audio plans to add to its personal audio collection with a series of devices that will include desktop audio products, including a successor to the company’s discontinued I-Sonic tabletop entertainment system.  The company’s personal audio products currently consist of its first six headphones launched in mid-year .

The I-Sonic 3 tabletop audio systemwill be available soon, according to Polk It will replace the out-of-production I-Sonic 2, which was a tabletop single-chassis HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, embedded iPod/iPhone dock, video output, and 360-degree stereo sound.

Referring to Polk’s entry into headphones, senior sales and marketing VP Ben Newhall cited the need to adapt to a changing market in which “consumers have radically changed the way they choose to listen to their music.” According to Newhall, headphones out-sell all types of traditional loudspeakers, including car and home theater.

Streaming Blu-ray on Netflix? Not This Year.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Neflix began streaming movies in May of 2008. They expanded to streaming on gaming systems like XBOX and then to an independent box, made just for streaming video. Could it get any better than that?  It did.  Netflix currently streams on game systems like Xbox360 & Sony’s PS3, as well as higher end television sets from Sony and LG, and blu-ray players from Sony, Samsung, and LG.

Netflix is aiming to release a Netflix option with surround sound with Blu-ray video, but will probably not be during the 2010 calendar year. Thank goodness for the Netflix Blu-ray option….

Vudu, on the other hand, does have quite a few hi-def options. They have more choices available in high definition and higher quality formats. Vudu’s technology works in select product from LG (blu-ray), Mitsubishi (HDTVs), and will be coming soon to select products from Samsung, Toshiba and Sharp.

Currently, there’s no word on the possible release of Netflix streaming with surround. We’ll keep you posted. CNET notes that 5.1 surround sound will be available for their instant watching product in 2010. No word on when 1080p video will be available, but we would assume they are working on that next.

Would you stay loyal to Netflix or switch to Vudu because they have more HD options?

-Kelly B.