Oct 12 2006

News - Legends of Jazz: Showcase Blu-Ray DVD

If you like Jazz & own a Blu-Ray DVD Player (doesn't everyone?!?!), then check this out. 

"According to a publicist for the studio, 'Legends of Jazz: Showcase' will be presented in widescreen 1080p video and include a trio of audio tracks: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1, and PCM Stereo. Unless there is an unfortunate listing error, and we don't think so, this will mark the first Dolby TrueHD track on a Blu-ray Disc."

Read the rest Here.

Oct 12 2006

News - Pioneer Sponsors Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announces its renewed agreement for title sponsorship of the Pioneer PureVision™ Las Vegas Bowl.  The announcement by bowl executive director Tina Kunzer-Murphy and Pioneer senior vice president of marketing Russ Johnston is a key component of Pioneer’s new advertising campaign, which is heavily concentrated in sports programming.  RPA, the largest independent advertising agency based on the West Coast, negotiated the renewed title sponsorship on behalf of Pioneer. 

The Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl is part of Pioneer’s HD sponsorship of college football programming on ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD.  The bowl game represents a culmination of an entire season of college football brought to fans in remarkable HD resolution.

“Sports programming allows us to promote our PureVision plasma TVs very effectively.  Renewing our title sponsorship of the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl is an integral way to reach a primary demographic: sports fans,” said Johnston.

Oct 12 2006

News - Onix x-sub Subwoofer Review

What would you rather have? Your neighbour knocking at your door telling you your bass just knocked a picture off his wall? Or Dude, your bass sounds like an old man on prunes. Hopefully number one is your answer. If you are in a budget situation, or your wife is your CFO, you may want to check Audioholic's review of the Onix X-sub Subwoofer. This 8" mass loaded subwoofer gets pretty good grades in music and movies for its price point.

From the review:

Overall, this sub over-performs for the amount of money you put into it. At this price point, I wouldn’t be surprised to find a boomy, muddy mess. What I found was a speaker that could make a worthy addition to any budget home theater. Will it fill a large room with bone crushing bass? No, but do you really expect it to at this price point? What it will do is provide convincing and at times tactile bass in a small to medium sized room. Port chuffing is a problem during certain scenes that you need to be aware of before you purchase. For a system that is mostly geared towards music, the x-sub is a no brainer. This sub would be an easy recommendation for any budget minded consumer in a small to medium sized room

Oct 12 2006

News - Term of the Week - VCD

This week's term of the week at About.com is VCD. VCD utilizes a mpeg1 CODEC which allows 74 minutes per CD. Resolution was comparable to your VHS tapes we all know and love. This format became popular overseas as well as on P2P clients. :o.

From the article:

Employing a compression system known as MPEG1, 74 minutes of audio and video can be stored on a standard CD at a 352x240 pixel resolution in NTSC or 352x288 PAL, which is somewhat comparable to standard VHS. Special VCD players and many DVD players do have the ability to play back VCDs, and almost all PCs have the ability for the user to record their own VCDs. Keep in mind, however, that even though that VCD content is stored on a CD, standard CD players cannot play them back as they have no way to read or output video content.

Oct 12 2006

News - The Media Center Show Awards 2006

This year's MEdia Center Show Awards are coming soon. It is sorta like the Oscars, except with more pocket protectors and less money. You know what they say, if you don't vote you can't bitch.

Media Center Show Awards 

*Best Media Center Utility:
*Best Online Spotlight application :
*Best Video Conversion / Editing Tool :
*Best Communication Tool:
*Best Community Resource:
*Best Hardware Manufacturer:
*Most innovative application for Windows Media Center :
*Best Enthusiast Media Center Blog:
* Best Microsoft Employee Media Center Blog:
*Best Overall application for Windows Media Center:
*Best Free application

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