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Monday, April 16, 2012

The MCR-040/140 to be your friendly music partner.

The Yamaha MCR-040/140: A Lifelong Music Partner

Cool looking, great sounding

The perfect system for every music lover
We want Yamaha MCR-140WH Micro Component System to be your friendly music partner. Always close at hand. Easy to use, nice to touch, fun to look at, great to listen to. The more you live with it, the more you'll like it. You and your MCR-040/140 are going to be friends for a long time. The cool, colorful appearance is just the start of many things to like about the MCR-040/140. Compact and convenient, it lets you enjoy a variety of music sources, including iPod. And because it features Yamaha digital amp and YST technologies, the sound is much better than you would normally expect from a micro system.

Enjoy All Your Favorite Music
The MCR-040 puts your favorite music sources within easy reach. It's got a CD player, an FM radio, USB and mini jack inputs for portable audio devices, and a dock on top for an iPod, which you can control with the handy card-sized remote control. The iPod and USB device charge both while in use and in standby mode. What's more, it has both a clock timer and a sleep timer.

Perfectly Matched Amp and Speakers
Both the amp and speakers are designed for high efficiency and performance, so the sound is bigger and better than you expect from components of this size. They were also planned and carefully tested for best audio integration.

Advanced YST Technology Delivers Big Bass Sound
Advanced Yamaha Active Servo Technology (YST) is a major reason for the high performance of Yamaha speakers, and is especially suited for small speakers. The CD receiver and speakers work together, using negative impedance drive to produce small low-frequency signals, which are enhanced to large outputs by precisely designed speaker cabinet and port. The result is powerful, accurate bass that seems to be coming from a much larger speaker.

VCCS Technology
Vibration Control Cabinet Structure(VCCS) solves the problem of speaker cabinet vibration with strategically placed pieces of wood whose shapes, positions and angles were arrived at after a long process of experimentation. It also uses special foam rubber that provides excellent vibration isolation performance.

Yamaha's MCR-140 with yAired Technology

Dynamic sound via a wireless connection

Control your music with Yamaha's simple remote
while your iPod charges

Control your MCR-140 wirelessly with your iPod
Wireless Operation of iPod and Subwoofer
The MCR-140 features the same compact design as the MCR-040, with the same 10 colors and same great sound. It also gives you the advantage of yAired (Yamaha original wireless) technology, for wireless enjoyment of your iPod.

Yamaha's Original Wireless Technology
  • Remote control from an iPod
  • Automatic power on and automatic volume control
  • Uncompressed wireless audio transmission (linear PCM)
  • Real-time communication
  • Audio and video synchronization

Technical Specifications

CD Receiver: CRX-040/CRX-140
  • Maximum Output Power: 15W + 15W
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.05% (1W/6 ohms)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 7-1/8" x 4-3/4" x 12-1/8"
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs
Speakers: NS-BP80
  • Driver: 10cm (4") Full Range cone without Magnetic Shielding
  • Frequency Response:
    • 50Hz - 18kHz (-10dB)
    • 50Hz - 24kHz (-30dB)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 4-3/4" x 4-5/8" x 11-1/4"
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs/unit

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bose® CineMate® 1 SR Digital Home Theater Speaker System

Bose Lifestyle 135 home entertainment system

  • Spacious home theater sound from a sleek soundbar speaker
  • System sound customized to room size, shape and furnishings
  • Easily connects directly to your HDTV, no receiver required
  • Wireless Acoustimass® module for low-note performance
  • Flexmount™ technology ensures optimal performance wherever soundbar is positioned









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A roomful of sound. One slim speaker. It's a perfect match for the home theater enthusiast who values elegant design. The CineMate 1 SR speaker system provides thrilling home theater audio that you might expect from a multi-speaker system, but its singular, sleek profile makes an ideal complement to your HDTV.

 It's a minimalist approach to home entertainment—with maximum performance from a soundbar speaker. Exclusive Bose® innovations deliver wide, spacious sound that extends well beyond the speaker's physical size. A wireless Acoustimass module adds emphatic low notes to movies, music and games - and it can be neatly tucked from view. And it's all controlled with a simplified universal remote.This soundbar speaker system packs a notable amount of technology in its slender frame. All you'll notice is immersive sound that resets expectations for 1.1-channel systems.

Bose Lifestyle 135 Sleek Sound Speaker

The sleek soundbar speaker can be flush-mounted on the wall to fit under your flat-screen TV.


Place It Here ... or There

Any way you look at it, the CineMate 1 SR speaker system is designed to fit your style. You can flush-mount it on a wall, or lay it flat on a table. Proprietary Flexmount technology detects the speaker's orientation and ensures optimal audio output however you position the speaker. It's a breakthrough that sets the CineMate 1 SR speaker apart from conventional soundbar speakers. But you'll see it fits right in with your TV.
The CineMate 1 SR speaker also features PhaseGuide™ and array technologies. They work together with TrueSpace® technology to direct sound precisely, sending acoustic detail to the left, right and center of your room. The wireless Acoustimass module adds dramatic low notes to your entertainment - without adding a cable connection from the module to the speaker. From movie and game effects to sweeping crowd noise, you'll feel the unmistakable impact of everything you watch.


Sound Designed for Your Room

The soundbar speaker's performance is also customized to the acoustics of your room with the Bose ADAPTiQ® audio calibration system. Once you've placed your speaker, just run the ADAPTiQ system and enjoy consistent performance throughout the room from then on.
The SmartSource™ input selection system automatically monitors the speaker's two auxiliary inputs. As you switch sources, the system retrieves the best audio signal available. What you see and what you hear are in sync - and as good as can be.

Bose Cinemate 1 SR Acoustimass module

The wireless Acoustimass module can be place out of the way with no speaker cables to run from the module to the soundbar.

Key Features

  • ADAPTiQ audio calibration system analyzes the way your room's dimensions and other variables affect sound, then automatically adjusts the sound of your speaker system to the acoustics of your room.
  • Bose OE2 headphones fold flat
    Sound is directed with precision, sending acoustic detail to the left, right and center of your room.
  • Flexmount automatic placement compensation automatically detects the speaker's orientation - flat on a table, or mounted on a wall - and adjusts the sound to ensure wide, spacious sound.
  • PhaseGuide sound radiators work with TrueSpace technology to direct sound with precision, sending acoustic detail to the left, right and center of your room.
  • SmartSource input selection system continuously monitors the system's auxiliary audio inputs and automatically switches to the best audio signal available that matches what's on the TV.
  • Wireless Acoustimass module produces deep low notes for added home theater realism. A wireless link allows for flexible placement and does away with any speaker cables from the module to the soundbar.
  • Programmable IR remote controls the CineMate 1 SR system and nearly any attached entertainment device to simplify the experience and reduce the clutter of multiple remotes.

Product Dimensions
Soundbar speaker: 4.9 x 36.8 x 2.4 inches ; 7.8 pounds
Acoustimass module: 11.1 x 14.7 x 7.6 inches ; 13.8 pounds
What's in the box
    Bose Cinemate 1 SR REmote Control
  • Soundbar
  • Wireless Acoustimass module
  • Remote control
  • Optical digital cable (2)
  • Coaxial digital cable
  • Stereo audio cable
  • Power cord
  • ADAPTiQ® audio calibration headset
  • USB flash drive (for system updating only)
  • Acoustimass module feet
  • Speaker array extension feet
  • 2 AA batteries

The Bose® CineMate® GS II speaker system

The Bose® CineMate® GS II speaker system is the easiest way to enjoy Bose 2.1-channel home theater performance and bring out the full audio potential of your HDTV. Proprietary TrueSpace® technology enables two Gemstone® speakers and an Acoustimass® module to deliver compelling sound for movies, games, sports and more. The system easily connects directly to your TV, avoiding the need to disconnect other sources. And with no rear speakers, there's no wiring to the back of your room. A programmable universal remote control simplifies operation of other connected sources.

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Bose - Better Sound Through Research

Dedication to research and excellence. It's been the Bose approach to better sound since Dr. Amar G. Bose founded the company in 1964. But the commitment actually began years earlier.

In the late 1950s, Dr. Bose, then a graduate student, purchased a stereo system based on its impressive technical specifications. The avid music enthusiast was disappointed to discover the speakers didn't reproduce the sound of a live performance--and he became determined to recreate that lifelike audio experience for listeners.

After extensive research, Dr. Bose and colleagues introduced the groundbreaking 901 Direct/Reflecting speakers in 1968. Their lifelike sound won immediate and widespread acclaim.

Since those early days of 901 speakers, Bose engineers have kept their focus on creating better technology. You'll find that focus exemplified in the CineMate GS Series II home theater speaker system, with advances that ensure premium performance and convenience.

The CineMate GS Series II delivers a level of realism that can't be matched by TV speakers alone

Powerful Audio Performance, Low Visual Impact

The Simplest Way to Add Bose Home Theater Performance to Your HDTV

The Bose CineMate GS Series II speaker system lets you enjoy Bose 2.1-channel home theater performance and bring out the full audio potential of your HDTV. Proprietary TrueSpace technology enables premium Gemstone speakers and an Acoustimass module to deliver improved digital acoustic performance for movies, games, sports and more. The system easily connects directly to your TV, avoiding the need to disconnect other sources. And with no rear speakers, there's no wiring to the back of your room. A programmable universal remote control simplifies operation of other connected sources.

If you're looking for a home theater upgrade to complement your HDTV, the CineMate GS Series II system delivers--with sound and style. Two powerful Gemstone speakers flank your TV and put you in the middle of dramatic home theater sound. You'll experience a level of realism that simply cannot be matched by TV speakers alone. A hideaway Acoustimass module provides the low frequency effects that make movies and games so compelling. It even includes dedicated bass control. Place the module in a corner or out of view--all the sound seems to come from the compact speakers. Together, the speakers and Acoustimass module provide full depth and clarity for your music, too.

Digital 5.1 decoding provides improved realism from 5.1-encoded DVDs, DBS or HDTV. Combine that with proprietary Videostage 5 decoding and post-processing circuitry, and you'll enjoy a high quality, multichannel surround sound experience from practically any source--such as DVDs, videocassettes and stereo CDs.

Setting up a CineMate GS Series II system is a quick exercise, with only a few wires to connect. With just four simple connections, the system hooks up directly to your TV, and there's minimal--if any--disruption to existing component connections. Intuitive one-way connectors eliminate the guesswork often associated with more complex systems. A small interface module houses your audio input from the TV and displays on/off status for your system. And it's all controlled with a programmable universal remote that works seamlessly with most video components attached to your television.

An ideal enhancement to your existing video components, the CineMate GS Series II system is a perfect setup for small- to medium-sized rooms.

Two powerful Gemstone speakers flank your TV and put you
in the middle of dramatic home theater sound

Gemstone Speakers

The smallest, most powerful 2.1-channel speakers from Bose. Proprietary Bose technology gives these small speakers the strength to produce the exciting depth and resonance of home theater sound. Patented Gemstone speaker array design works in concert with TrueSpace digital surround processing circuitry to deliver a spacious multichannel presentation from just two visible speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module.

Acoustimass Module

The Acoustimass module for the CineMate Series II speaker system works in concert with the small speakers to deliver the full range of sound. The patented Bose design produces low frequencies for all channels with no audible distortion. When the module is tucked behind a curtain or chair, all of the sound seems to come directly from the two arrays.

Proprietary TrueSpace Digital Processing Circuitry

TrueSpace delivers a spacious, multichannel sound experience with strong center imaging from just two visible speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module.

The interface module (front and back views) receives infrared commands for your system

Interface Module

This module houses two LED indicators and connectors for your audio input. It receives IR commands for the speaker system. And it connects directly to your TV while providing status information (on/off) for your speaker system.

The universal infrared remote controls
most video components attached to your TV

Universal Infrared Remote

Delivers seamless system operation and controls most video components attached to your TV.

Easy System Setup

Setup consists of only four simple connections. This eliminates the guesswork often associated with more complex systems.

Digital 5.1 Decoding

Provides improved realism from 5.1-encoded DVDs, DBS or HDTV.

Videostage 5 Decoding and Post-Processing Circuitry

This proprietary technology, combined with digital 5.1 decoding, delivers a high quality, multichannel surround sound experience from practically any source--such as DVDs, videocassettes and stereo CDs.

What's in the Box

  • Acoustimass module
  • Universal remote control
  • Power cord
  • Stereo cable
  • Speaker cable
  • Optical cable
  • Rubber feet for Acoustimass module and speakers
  • Setup DVD

A sound upgrade for your home theater needs
The CineMate GS II system represents a quality home theater upgrade to complement your HDTV. Two powerful Gemstone speakers flank your TV and put you in the middle of dramatic home theater sound. You'll experience a level of realism that simply cannot be matched by TV speakers alone.
A hideaway Acoustimass module provides the low frequency effects that make movies and games so compelling. It even includes dedicated bass control. Place the module in a corner or out of view--all the sound seems to come from the compact speakers. Together, the speakers and Acoustimass module provide full depth and clarity for your music, too.

Simplified setup
Setting up a CineMate GS II system is a quick exercise, with only a few wires to connect. It hooks up directly to your TV with minimal-if any-disruption to existing component connections. A small interface module houses your audio input from the TV and displays on/off status for your system. And it's all controlled with a programmable universal remote that works seamlessly with most video components attached to your television.

What's in the box
--2 Gemstone speakers
--Acoustimass module
--Interface module
--Universal remote control and batteries
--Stereo cable (6')
--Speaker cable (15')
--Optical cable (6')
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Apple MacBook MB467LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

Apple MacBook 13.3-Inch Laptop
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This review is from: Apple MacBook MB467LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (Personal Computers)
I upgraded to a new Vista laptop last year, and have been unhappy and frustrated with it from the start. When my daughter's laptop died a horrible death, I really didn't want to go through the same Vista pains with her, so I decided to replace it with a Mac (it's going to be a Christmas present, so shhh!). As designated tech support for my family and friends, I started learning everything I could about Mac before she started asking questions. The more I learned about it, the more I wanted one for myself, and now that I have one, I am really kicking myself for not switching last year.

It's simply beautiful. I know it sounds like I drank the apple-flavored Kool-Aid, but the Macbook really is a marvel of elegant form and function. It feels solid and substantial, without being bulky and heavy. the aluminum design is a work of art, and I really appreciate all of the eco-friendly choices that were made regarding the components.

The LED screen is brighter and clearer than my old laptop's LCD screen. Looking at them side by side, the difference is amazing (and my old laptop was marketed as a portable entertainment PC, with an upgraded screen). I don't know what kind of LCD screens some of the other users have, but the Macbook screen is far superior to any notebook screen I've ever seen.

The back-lit keyboard is great - no more keyboard light needed. The keys have a solid feel to them, they're not mushy or noisy like some keyboards can be, they're just right, and the key layout is just like a full-size keyboard - no more hunting to figure out where the heck the backslash key is hidden or hitting the wrong key because your pinky slipped off of an undersized shift key.

I'll admit that I couldn't figure out the trackpad at first, but I felt like a dork once I realized how simple it is. I did change the settings so that I can tap to click in addition to pressing down on the trackpad (since that's what I'm used to). It's just incredibly easy once you get going. Swipe two fingers down the pad to scroll, swipe four for expose, tap with two fingers for secondary-click... it does more straight out of the box than my old highly-programed touch-pad. And after about an hour, the gestures become second-nature.

As far as the built-in speakers go, they're nicer than I expected, especially since I can't figure out how the heck they fit any speakers into such a tiny case. Seriously, it's like the whole case is the speaker. As I type this review, I'm listening to the album Paradise Lost by Symphony X and It sounds pretty good to me. of course, it sounds even better played through my Klipsch Room Groove, but um.. hey... they're integrated laptop speakers - though they are very nice ones.

There are only two USB ports, but since the keyboard and trackpad are so functional, you won't need external input devices (though a number pad is a must for me when doing a lot of data-entry). I only use USB for external storage and synching my iPod, so it's not a problem for me (my iPod touch has a program that lets it act like a number pad when I need one). If I ever need more devices at once, I'll get a USB hub.

Now, it's confession time: As a Windows-centric IT Professional, I never liked Apple much, and I spent many years making fun of Mac and Mac users. When OS X came out, I couldn't justify further ridicule, so I just ignored Mac whenever the subject came up. After using Leopard for a short time, I can tell you that I don't have the appetite to eat the big heaping serving of humble pie that I'm owed. Leopard is slick and smooth and oh so fast. I'm truly enamored with iLife and iWork, and Time Machine is just about perfect (better than shadow copies, for the Windows guys and gals). It's packed with a lot of little things (like Spotlight and Preview) that are unobtrusive and helpful, which is a vast improvement over Vista's annoying and unhelpful features.

So, now I'm a happy convert. I still have two programs that are Windows-only (until I find replacements), and I still go back to my old (1 year old) laptop occasionally (for just the two, I don't want to bother with Boot Camp or Parallels). I hate going back to Vista after using my Macbook. Even though that laptop technically has higher RAM and processor specs than the Macbook, it's slow and clunky in comparison. I always sigh in relief when I can put it away again.

Bottom line: I love my Macbook and I wish I hadn't waited so long to make the switch. If you're worried about switching to Mac, visit an Apple Store - even if you have to make a day trip to get there, it will be worth it. Spend a little hands on time with the Macbook, and check out all the free classes the store offers. If you buy from the store, they will move your files from your old PC for you (for free). If all of that doesn't convince you, then come see me, and I'll offer you a tall, refreshing glass of Apple-flavored Kool-Aid. :-) Julia (Walton, KY USA).

This review is from: Apple MacBook MB466LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
Pros: - GREAT OS
- Lightning fast
- Light-weight, sturdy unibody design
- Attractive design
- Dashboard
- Incredible screen
- Great trackpad
- Good battery life
- Keyboard is excellent
- Magsafe adapter
- Excellent iSight Camera
- Boot camp available

Cons: - Glossy screen quite reflective
- Screen is fingerprint prone
- No FireWire
- Small amount of game functionality
- Battery not as good as advertised
- Distant longing for physical trackpad button
- Multi-touch gestures not entirely spot-on
Summary: The new Macbook. It's incredible. With faults. That's all I'm going to say for my introduction. Read on.

Physical Specs

The product physically is very sturdy, thanks to the unibody construction. Normally the chassis would normally consist of various small parts. So instead of taking a small piece of aluminum and adding more aluminum, Apple has taking a big piece of aluminum and subtracted from it. Thus creating a sturdy, yet light laptop. I have heard that the aluminum interferes with internet connectivity issues. I do have to say, unfortunately, it is true. I put the Macbook and my old PC laptop side by side, and the PC was able to pick up better frequency and more networks.

Now for the multi-touch trackpad. It is made from glass, but it feels like there is a covering on it that doesn't nearly have the friction of glass. Clicking and moving the cursor is very easy and enjoyable, with the very large surface. Right-clicking can be done with by clicking with two fingers or by clicking one of the bottom corners after being manually set. It should also be noted that only the bottom 3/4 of the trackpad is clickable.

The multi-touch gestures are fun to use, but are truly unneeded gimmicks that could be done easier with a click.
I'll just go through the gestures now.

There are 2 finger gestures:
The first is scrolling with using two fingers by swiping your fingers vertically or horizontally depending on the page.
Secondly you can rotate a picture using two fingers apart and rotating.
The third gesture is holding the control button and scrolling vertically to zoom in on a page.

And there is one 3-finger gesture:
Swipe with three fingers to navigate. You can do this to go forward or back on a page, or changing a picture.

Lastly there are 4-finger gestures:
Swiping vertically upwards allows you to clear everything off your desktop.
Swiping vertically down launches Expose.
Swiping horizontally in any direction lets you change and view your running applications, which can also be done with command+tab.

On the bottom of the MacBook there is a panel that allows for easy access to your battery and hard drive. This will be handy to many people.

The keyboard is just like the Air, with the spaces between the keys. This creates a very nice typing experience, and are backlit if you purchase the 2.4GHz model.

A major letdown by Apple is the omission of a FireWire port. This is very disappointing to many people, but doesn't affect me at all. Nowadays the average users don't use FireWire too much. Although I do see this as a major problem for professional applications.

There is also a battery life indicator on the side of the base that glows green to show the rounded percentage of your battery.

Software and Performance
Of course the MacBook has the great Mac OS X Leopard software.
It is very fast, and has good security.

The battery life is advertised to have 5 hours of battery life, but Apple obviously means not being connected to the Internet, and having no applications running. You'll probably get about 4 and a half hours with Safari and other apps running. Unless you have a lot of apps on like me, then you'll maybe have 3 and a half to 4 hours.

With the NVidia graphics card, the screen looks pretty good, as do games. I do have to admit, though, the new MacBook Pro screen looks better, especially with blacks. Still, games really pop on the gorgeous glossy screen, unless you are in a bright area. The glossy screen of course attracts bad glares and many noticeable fingerprints. Still, if you are indoors or someplace with low light, the glossy screen is perfect. I mostly use it inside, so I wouldn't trade the beautiful glossy screen. Although for those coffee-shop typing folks, this could be a deal-breaker.

Other than these things, Mac OS X is the same, really.


If you have purchased a MacBook anytime soon, then I would not suggest you purchase this one. Most of the differences are the physical attributes, and the software is pretty much the same.

If you are new to Macs like me, then I would DEFINITELY suggest this phenomenal notebook computer. Of course it does have it's faults, truly I have never used such a simple, enjoyable computer.
Kuroda "Jeff" (Turlock, CA)

Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black)

Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black)Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black)

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Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black)

List Price: $140.00
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Brand Name:Sony
Speaker Type:Left / right channel speakers
Color Name:Black
Item Display Height:20.9 inches
Depth:10.4 inches
Frequency Response Curve:50-50,000Hz
Audio Sensitivity:88 dB
Impdedance:8 ohm
Speaker Driver Material Type:Polypropylene
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches):10.4 inches
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers:120 watts

The quality of the sound is really very good
Powerful sound and they can handle a lot of volume. They sound better if played loud. Great for parties and for really knocking down the walls. They work with any amp/receiver, but a very strong amp will bring out their best. While a weaker amp will display more of their shortcomings. If you are looking for an inexpensive and "decent" set of speakers, these will work great. However, they are enormous for bookshelf speakers. If you have a critical ear, and are used to speakers costing more then $400 a pair, then these probably won't pass your test.  a 25 watt amp and they sound great! the bass is crisp and has a noticeable presence, the highs sound clear and compliment the bass and the mids tie it all together quite well. Do not Reach the "super highs" or the "super lows" but great L/R speakers. A relatively affordable stereo system in my bedroom, not a particularly large space, and when set apart from each other by several feet I can enjoy the best sound possible from these speakers.

Pro: Less expensive Speakers that sound and look great. May buy more for future 5.1. I like the Larger size. Far Better than listening through a ihome or your tv speakers.

Con: Rear Facing Port, not a big deal just not in the front. Much better than listening through a ihome or your tv speakers. You can get better sound from other speakers, but you'll pay more for that luxury. These suit my needs very well; One thing to note that some have mentioned before--these are 20 inches tall; they really don't look like bookshelf speakers to me! I suppose they would fit in a large wall unit or on a shelf but they can just as well stand on the floor.

Chip magazine the couple recommended: Product Details From Apple

  Apple iMac MC813LL/A 27-Inch Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

Apple iMac MC813LL/A 27-Inch Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)
Next-Generation Quad-Core Intel Processor
This iMac is powered by a second-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor (dubbed "Sandy Bridge"), which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. With updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the latest Core i5 increases speed automatically for whatever you're doing, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload.
Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology enables each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time, delivering the performance you need for smart multitasking. And you'll enjoy a rich set of new features for a stunning and seamless visual experience with no additional hardware. The "Sandy Bridge" Core i5 processor also provides faster access to the installed RAM, with an integrated memory controller to connect fast 1333 MHz memory directly to the processor.
Revolutionary Thunderbolt Technology
Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O (input/output) technology delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second of transfer speeds in both directions. Built into the iMac, the Thunderbolt port allows you to connect to new Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals as well as existing USB and FireWire peripherals using simple adapters. You'll be able to move data up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800, and you can daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays.
Bright, Colorful Display
This 27-inch, all-in-one Apple iMac features an edge-to-edge glass display that utilizes LED backlighting for improved brightness and energy efficiency as well as In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology, which delivers consistent color across a wide 178-degree viewing angle.
Clutter-Free Desktop
You'll be able to cut the cord with the included Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse, both of which connect to the iMac using Bluetooth wireless technology. Additionally, the Magic Mouse features a seamless Multi-Touch surface that enables you to use the same intuitive gestures used on the MacBook trackpad to easily scroll through long documents or swipe to move forward or backward through a collection of web pages or photos. And it can be configured as either a single- or two-button mouse.

And with the FaceTime HD camera placed above the display in the iMac's thin aluminum and glass design, you'll be able to make video calls in HD 720p resolution to friends and family on another iMac or MacBook. Additionally, you'll be able to connect to those using an iPad 2, iPhone 4, or iPod touch.

Key Specifications

  • 27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with IPS technology, a 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 178-degree viewing angle (horizontal and vertical). Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display.
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 quad-core processor ("Sandy Bridge") with 6 MB shared L3 cache for excellent multitasking.
  • 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 RPM)
  • 4 GB installed RAM (1333 MHz DDR3; supports up to 16 GB)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor (with 512 MB of DDR5 SDRAM discrete video memory) for high performance when playing 3D games, editing HD video, or running design software.
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer DVD support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/
  • Built-in FaceTime camera for video chatting (up to HD 720p resolution when connecting to other Macs)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on 802.11n specification; 802.11a/b/g compatible)
  • Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000BASE-T)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for connecting with peripherals such as keyboards, mice and cell phones
  • Side-loading SDXC card slot
  • Four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port
  • Two Thunderbolt ports
  • Mini DisplayPort video output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately).
  • Built-in stereo speakers with two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers along with built-in microphone, optical digital audio output/headphone out, optical digital audio input/audio line in
  • Wall-mountable with optional VESA Mount Adapter Kit.
  • Dimensions: 25.6 x 8.15 x 20.4 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 30.5 pounds

Friday, February 24, 2012

Atlantic Technology 4400C-BLK Center Channel Speaker (Black)

Atlantic Technology 4400C Center Channel Speaker

Technical Specifications

  • Type:Sealed-box, 2-way, MTM array
  • Drivers
    • Woofer: (2) 5-1/4" GLH
    • Tweeter: 1" silk dome
  • Frequency Response: 80Hz - 20kHz ±3dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.5kHz
  • Crossover Type: Computer Designed Butterworth
    4th-order asymmetrical (time aligned) Linkwitz-Reily
  • Sensitivity: 90dB
  • Recommended Power: 10 - 150 Watts RMS
  • Magnetic Shielding: Yes
  • Dimensions w/grilles (W x H x D): 18-1/2" x 8-1/2" x 9-5/8"
  • Weight (ea): 17 lbs

Atlantic Technology's Groundbreaking Design

The Atlantic Technology System 4400 represents the culmination of our efforts to develop the world’s finest moderately-priced home theater speaker system. The System 4400 builds on much of the exhaustive research and technology incorporated in our groundbreaking, state-of-the-art systems, the highly acclaimed System 8200e and System 6200e. As a result, the 4400 delivers superb sound with all movie and music formats. Getting a home theater system to sound "just right" is no easy task. As voices or effects move across the room, the handoff from speaker to speaker should not be perceived as a series of singular events, but instead, as a continuous smooth transition. In developing System 4400, we have taken extraordinary care in this process. The key to the 4400’s outstanding performance is that all of the system’s individual loudspeakers have been optimized specifically for their intended use. Although customizing the speakers is more costly for us—it requires three very different acoustic designs, expensive tooling, and task-specific cabinets—the sonic payoff is tremendous. We sincerely believe that within its price range—or even well above—it is one of the finest speaker systems available. Once you see and hear it for yourself, we are confident you will agree.

Atlantic Technology 4400C Speaker Offers an Impressive Level of Refinement and Flexibility

The 4400C Center Channel Speaker Provides Optimum Acoustic Control

For accurate reproduction of a multi-channel soundtrack, the three front-channel speakers must have the same sonic signature, which is why Atlantic engineers designed the 4400C center channel speaker with the exact same driver complement as the matching 4400LR speakers. They are both designed for use with a dedicated subwoofer, and the 4400C includes the same unique acoustic controls as the 4400LR. Other than the 4400C being designed to work horizontally, it is functionally identical to the 4400LR. The 4400C is also magnetically shielded and can be placed directly adjacent to your CRT tube-based TV set with no adverse effects on the television's picture. Additionally, the 4400C can be tilted on its dedicated base to provide optimum sonic coverage over the listening area.

The Best Atlantic Has to Offer

Creates natural, uncolored sound
At the movies or a live concert, everyone wants the best seat in the house. It’s the same way in your living room— you want the best possible sound, no matter where the speakers are placed and regardless of the room’s acoustics. All three front channels of the 4400 address this problem. Each speaker comes with two controls that help customize the speaker to your individual room.
  • High Frequency Switch - The speakers have a three-position tweeter level switch to compensate for overly reflective or excessively damped room acoustics, so the speakers’ sound is never too dull or too "bright."
  • Boundary Compensation - Placing a center channel speaker directly on a large-screen TV, or installing a left/ right speaker in a bookshelf unit can cause a major buildup of lower midrange energy from what speaker engineers call "boundary effects." The result: voices and instruments can sound unnaturally thick and heavy. We developed a circuit that counteracts this problem. Activating the boundary compensation switch will return the lower midrange to its natural, uncolored state.
The 4400C comes with a unique tilting base so the speaker can be aimed at the listener’s ears. The audible benefit of this design is precise intelligibility of voices, dialogue, and on-screen effects.

THX Certified

THX is a series of standards and technologies originally developed by Lucas Film Ltd. (of Star Wars fame) and now an entity unto itself. These technologies and standards are intended to ensure that what you hear and see on your A/V system, as closely as possible, matches what the director/artist/engineer heard and saw during the final mixing of the source material. THX standards are intended to enhance every type of viewing and listening experience including the latest discrete multi-channel digital formats. 

Rich B "Richb1228" (New York)
This review is from: Atlantic Technology 4400C-BLK Center Channel Speaker (Black) (Electronics)
This center channel is great Atlantic technology

Make great speakers thx certified it sounds great

Got it for a great price from wearhouse deals

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black)

List Price: $599.00
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Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black)
the TX-SR608, you’ll know the level you’re entering is far beyond the ordinary. For a start, you get six of the latest HDMI 1.4a inputs for simple hook-up of all your high-def sources. HDMI 1.4a also brings compatibility with the new 3D video format, as well as an Audio Return Channel from your display back to the receiver. Complementing HDMI on the input front, you have an analog RGB video input for connecting your PC, and a Universal Port for Onkyo peripherals. All video sources, regardless of resolution, can be upscaled to big and beautiful 1080p via HDMI and Faroudja DCDi Cinema. Audio processing incorporates quality Burr-Brown DACs, lossless Dolby and DTS codecs, and the expanded surround formats of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry and jitter-cleaning technology work to ensure extremely precise and faithful amplification. In recognition of the TX-SR608’s outstanding A/V prowess, it has been awarded THX Select2 Plus Certification. See Price for 5 New, 4 Used, and 1 Refurbished

Product Features

  • TX-SR608: 100 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz¿20 kHz, 0.08%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC
  • TX-SR608: THX Select2 Plus Certified
  • TX-SR608: HDMI (Version 1.4 to Support 3D and Audio Return Channel) with Deep Color, x.v.Color, LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
  • TX-SR608 : HDMI Video Upscaling to 1080p with Faroudja DCDi Cinema
  • TX-SR608 : Audio and 1080p Video Processing via HDMI (1 Front/ 5 Rear Inputs and 1 Output)
 Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) 

WDH : This review is from: Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Electronics)
Unlike a lot of CEs, Onkyo may have indavertantly cannibalized its own model lineup by pushing so much featureset into an entry level receiver that it might deter buyers from their higher end models. I recently did a thorough comparison of the Pioneer VSX-1020 and Denon AVR-791 and the Onkyo nudged out the Pioneer due to its beefier amp section and OSD capabilities. That said, I must caution users that its value is marred by what appears to be a bug with its ability to pass through HDMI video signals unmolested, even in "Through" modes. This bug manifests itself in two ways: 1. 24 bit sources (like cable hdtv) are upconverted to 30 bit when output on a display; AND 2. for some inexplicable reason, 1080p 24fps sources stutter intermittently as if a frame is dropped. The latter might be more noticeable to plasma owners whereas 120hz and 240hz LCDs might compensate for the frame stuttering with their interpolation software (ie the soap opera effect).

With that caveat, the Onkyo is a terrific performer offering strong power (power consumption is up from the 607 to a very grown up 756 watts), terrific flexibility (four speaker terminals can be assigned to wide, height or zone 2). The Denon is limited to merely 7 speaker terminals and the Pioneer has only a pair of assignable terminals. The Audyssey auto-callibration (2EQ) is a notch behind Denon, but the inclusion of Audyssey DSX (for wide arrangements) is a feature that the Denon does not offer. While it lacks the USB terminal for Ipod playback of the Pioneer and the Denon, it does offer a computer input which might resolve the HDMI handshake nightmare many face with htpcs.

Onkyo rather smartly included a fan atop of the receiver, which is silent and all but eliminates the historical Onkyo toaster oven effect.

I really enjoy this receiver, but found the HDMI video molestation issues to quite problematic and what mar an otherwise incredible buy. Hopefully Onkyo can issue a firmware update.

Bob :
 This review is from: Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Electronics)
As others have said, the two 1 star reviews do not review this new Onkyo 608 (makes no sense to me).

Anyway, I absolutely love my new OnkyoTX-SR608 . I never review stuff, but I wanted to give props to this receiver. I was debating between this one and the new Pioneer 1020. However, I've heard that the amps in the Pioneers don't compare to the amps in the Onkyos TX-SR608 . Though I cannot verify the truth of this, I do believe that the amp in the Onkyo is of a very high quality. I have already noticed a tremendous amount of power increase over my previous Yamaha receiver (the model that was included with the Yamaha 390 HTIB). This puts out a lot more sound, and I absolutely love the ability to take advantage of HD audio. I noticed a huge fidelity difference in the compressed Dolby Digital track for Dark Knight and the Dolby True HD. The track was intended to include a lot of bass, and the HD includes all of it. The regular Dolby did not compare. Thus, HD audio TX-SR608 is definitely worth having if you own a blu-ray player. Just like video quality (some transfers are better than others; aka reference quality), not all sound tracks will have a huge difference, but to me, it's still worth it. Back to the Onkyo: I love it. There are so many settings that you can tweak. If you like the ability to configure your equipment, you will love this receiver! You can also bi-amp with this receiver, which is nice if you don't have 7 speakers.

By. T. Elfers "Elfy" (Wisconsin)
  : This review is from: Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Electronics)
First and foremost, people that don't even own the "TX-SR608" shouldn't even be posting here. Trying to compare the "TX-SR608" that has a built in fan and the "606" that doesn't AND has the fact the "TX-SR608" has 2x the amount of features is like apple and oranges. Enough said about that and onto a review by a person that actually owns the "TX-SR608".... Pushes my polk audio speakers very very well (2 @ 70 monitors, 4 @ 50 monitors, 1 @ cs2 center, and powered psw505). Volume hardly goes past 1/2 way / 50,,, anymore and the neighbors start calling cops im sure.. Loads of options and can be tweeked untill you are blue in the face. Got sub set @ 80hz, front main 70's set @ 60hz, all 4 surround 50 speakers set @ 80hx THX, and cs2 center set @ 80hz THX. One really really nice thing about the onkyo TX-SR608 is how cool it is and stays @ room temp with the built in fan. I'm loving this receiver so far and would highly advise anyone to purchase without a 2nd thought. More receiver than I need with no need for seperate amp.