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Friday, 09 January 2009 ,  Written by Donald Tibbs
Onkyo TX-SR706 AV Receiver
The BasicsThe Onkyo TX-SR706 THX Certified Seven Channel AV Receiver is a 7.1 channel AV receiver that builds on what was best about the previous TX-SR606 model. The TX-SR706 strengthens its value with vast improvements in video upscaling of up to 1080p, breathing new life into just about any DVD collection. It also has an Audyssey automatic speaker setup and room-equalization program that delivers more accurate sound.However, its top selling point (as detailed in its product name) is that the Onkyo TX-SR706 is THX Select2 Plus certified. To many home theater enthusiasts, this is a deal maker. This model was evaluated by THX (of George Lucas/Star Wars fame) against some very strict benchmarks. THX has indeed found the 100-watt-per-channel receiver more than capable of delivering accurate as recorded sound at volume levels typical of most home theaters. All in all, ...
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 ,  Written by Thomas Garcia
Onkyo TX-NR905 AV Receiver
Introduction Founded in 1946, Onkyo has produced many memorable AV components over the last half-century, including several behemoth receivers from the 1970s which are still sought out by vintage equipment collectors.  Their reputation for building robust, feature-laden components has been instrumental in creating universal brand recognition and a loyal following.  Aggressively incorporating the most recent technological advances in audio and video processing, they continue to develop new components, which offer sophisticated features and functions often found exclusively in higher-priced, high-end equipment. Onkyo’s continuing efforts are definitely evident in their heavyweight audio/video receiver, the TX-NR905 ($1,999).  This THX Ultra2-Ccrtified 7.1 multi-channel receiver offers a plethora of standard and high-definition audio decoding formats, including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS 96/24 and DTS Neo:6.  ...
Friday, 09 May 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Okoro OMS-CX100 Home Theater PC
The Basics: Okoro Media Systems has six different Media Center PC lines, with varying degrees of functionality and connectivity. The OMS-CX100 is one of the lower-priced models, hailing from the CableCARD Series, but it still has a lot of features and is highly configurable. The specs listed above reflect the base configuration, but you can upgrade the video card to a higher-level Nvidia model and up the hard drive size to 1TB. The system comes with a DVD/CD burner and a single ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner, which includes one CableCARD, Clear-QAM, an NTSC and ATSC tuner. (You can upgrade to two ATI tuners for $250.) Okoro even allows you to replace the Windows Vista Ultimate OS with SageTV Media Center V6, SnapStream Media Center Suite, or no software at all. The OMS-CX100 has a solid connection panel, with DVI in ...
Thursday, 24 April 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Olevia 242T FHD LCD HDTV
The Basics: This 42-inch model, part of Olevia’s 2 Series, has a 6.5ms response time and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. There’s also a basic 242T (without the FHD tail), which has a 1366 x 768 resolution and costs $1049. The 242T FHD does not use the Silicon Optix Realta HQV processing chip found in the 65-inch 265T FHD model; instead, it uses the MTK MDDI processor. This TV has a solid connection panel, with two HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24, two component video inputs, one PC input and one RF input to access the internal tuners. There’s also an RS-232 port for integration into an advanced control system, plus a USB port that allows you to load firmware updates obtained from the company’s website. Instead of using common picture presets like vivid, natural and movie, the 242T FHD’s picture modes ...
Tuesday, 08 April 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Otterbox Equipment Cases
Introduction Like many of you, I have a plethora of electronic gear that I carry around. I typically have a cell phone, Blackberry, iPod and laptop with me on most days. Despite my efforts to protect all of my equipment from drops and other damage, I don’t think a week goes by without something hitting the deck. Otterbox provides a whole slew of cases to protect your gear, which range in price from approximately $10 to $200 dollars. The majority of Otterbox cases are made specifically for the product being protected. A perusal of their online catalogue shows that most of today’s popular devices are covered. In addition to the custom fit cases, Otterbox also offers general use cases in a variety of sizes.   Two of Otterbox’s more popular lines are the Defender and Armor series. The Defender series offers less protection ...
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