Bring Your Digital Media to Life with True HD and Dolby(R) Digital Surround Sound Technology

Seagate  unveiled its new FreeAgent Theater+(TM) [Plus] HD media player, the next generation home theater solution designed to instantly and easily connect your digital media library to your home entertainment system.

The FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player leverages a docking system unique to Seagate FreeAgent Go(TM) portable drives and accessories, providing a quick and easy way to connect your external hard drive to your television or home entertainment center. After loading the drive with your favorite movies, videos, music and pictures from the home PC, simply slide it into the FreeAgent Theater+ dock to get instant access to your digital media library. With the FreeAgent Theater+ player, you can just sit back, relax, point, click and enjoy as digitally captured memories and your favorite movies come to life in 1080p HD video, DTS(TM) 2.0 + Digital Out, or Dolby Digital technology. The interface is easily navigated with the included remote control, and you can choose from video, photos or music with the up/down arrows on the remote to make your selection.

The Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player includes two additional USB ports for connecting other USB attached storage devices. Also incorporated into FreeAgent Theater+ is an Ethernet port for network connectivity, which allows access to digital media through your home network. Seagate intends to launch a USB Wireless Adapter in October to enable this same access with 802.11n wireless connectivity to a home network. Enjoy it all, with the included new and improved remote control, from the comfort of your couch.

“There is so much media that is now being captured and created through various methods and stored on the PC, yet the computer is not the ideal way to enjoy these photos and videos,” said Terry Cunningham, senior vice president, Seagate Branded Solutions. “The FreeAgent Theater provides the easiest way to view and enjoy video and photos on your HDTV. Simply load up a Seagate FreeAgent Go(TM) hard drive and drop it into the FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player dock. It’s a behavior we’ve all been familiar with for years with VHS and DVDs, but now with digital HD enjoyment.”

The new FreeAgent Theater+(TM) HD media player solution includes:
— HDMI with 1080p HD video playback for high-definition content viewing
— Dolby Digital and DTS(TM) 2.0 + Digital Out audio support surround sound where available.
— Unique docking system eliminates fumbling with cables and connections
— Ethernet connection for accessing shared content on your network or streaming of content from the Internet
— The optional wireless connectivity feature, expected to be available in October, will allow you to access stored content on any networked computer in the home at your fingertips
— Two additional USB ports and one front-mounted port for digital cameras and additional storage devices
— Simple sync software for PC and Mac computers
— Intuitive user interface with DVD-style navigation
— Support for Windows XP, Windows Vista , Windows 7, and Mac OS X operating systems, as well as NTFS, FAT, FAT32, HFS+ file support
— Component video and Composite video support
— Optical S/PDIF audio and Stereo RCA sound options

The software included with FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player is a rich media-specific synchronization application that enables the automatic transfer and organization of all photo, music, video and movie files stored on your computer.

Technical Specifications

The Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player now supports even more Audio/Video and sound formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (VOB/ISO), MPEG-4 (DivX /Xvid formats), DivX HD, Xvid HD, AVI, MOV, MKV, RMVB, AVC HD, H.264, WMV9, VC-1, M2TS, TS/TP/M2T, JPEG files up to 20 megapixels, BMP, GIF, PNG and TIFF. Audio formats supported include 5.1 channel surround sound, where available, and popular digital audio formats including: AAC, MP3, Dolby Digital, DTS, ASF, FLAC, WMA, LPCM, ADPCM, WAV and OGG. The FreeAgent Theater+ player also offers support for SAMI (smi), SRT and SUB subtitles. To download and transfer content to a Seagate FreeAgent Go portable drive using a Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operated PC, a 256MB RAM and an available USB port is required. Mac computer users must be running Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5.6 or later and have an available USB port. FreeAgent Theater connects to any TV with composite, component video or HDMI connection and stereo, optical S/PDIF or HDMI audio connection

Pricing and Availability

The Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player is available immediately via Seagate.com and other online retailers. It comes as a stand-alone unit for use with any USB storage device for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $149.99, or bundled with a 500GB FreeAgent Go drive for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $289.99. The FreeAgent Theater+ Wireless Adapter is expected to be available in October as a separate accessory through Seagate.com for $69.99.


Wireless LCD HDTVs Offer Flexible and Convenient Custom Installation Options

Offering diverse integration options for custom installers, LG Electronics is highlighting its first-ever series of wireless LCD HDTVs, including an LED model.

Whether it’s design, technology or screen size, LG’s wireless HDTVs have something for everyone, according to Peter Reiner, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA, Inc. LG’s 55-inch class* Slim Wireless LED-Backlight HDTV (model 55LHX) combines advanced technology with cutting-edge style for a TV that blends beautifully into any home environment. For those seeking a variety of design options, LG’s LH85 series of wireless LCD HDTVs will be available in 47- and 55-inch class* sizes.

“As custom installers look to create a truly unique space, the wireless capability found in the 55LHX and LH85 models allow the freedom to place the HDTV anywhere in the room,” said Reiner. “With wireless HDTVs, LG continues to expand home entertainment design and placement options to meet consumers’ ever evolving needs.”

Entertainment Freedom

Both 55LHX and LH85 wireless models allow installers the freedom to place the HDTV virtually anywhere in the room – without messy wires. To achieve this wireless experience, LG uses a supplied media box to transmit an uncompressed Full HD 1080p signal with virtually no interference or delay directly to the TV. The HDTVs can receive a wireless signal up to 30 feet away, allowing consumers to hook all content sources (such as a cable or satellite box, Blu-ray disc player, game console and home theater systems) into one box.

Enhanced Picture Quality

The 55-inch LHX model features superior picture quality with an elegant ultra-slim design – less than one-inch thick at its thinnest point. This unit has attained THX Display Certification. This certification ensures that the 55LHX delivers exceptional images, bringing a more immersive and enjoyable movie, broadcast and video game experience to consumers’ living room. Since THX certification begins during the initial product design phase, every product detail is meticulously mapped to THX standards and tested in laboratory and home theater environments to ensure quality, usability and compatibility.

By presenting HD and standard-definition content at the maximum resolution with the correct color and luminance level, the LHX provides consumers a crisper, clearer image. To achieve this, LG uses a full-array LED backlighting system with local dimming technology, for precise picture control resulting in deeper blacks, wide color gamut and an incredible 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. This model also incorporates TruMotion 240Hz technology for smooth motion during fast-action scenes.

LG’s LH85 series delivers an 80,000:1 contrast ratio for deeper blacks and greater picture detail. Additionally, the LH85 series features LG’s 24p Real Cinema technology that allows consumers to enjoy a true cinematic experience at home, the way the movie was intended to be seen. For those that want more from their HDTV, the LH85 also includes USB 2.0 functionality allowing easy access to MP3 files and viewing of JPEG photos for a more enjoyable TV viewing experience.

ISFccc Calibration Options

Those seeking advanced calibration based on their own home theater environment, will appreciate LG’s ISFccc option on both the 55LHX and LH85 series. The professional ISF calibration helps to deliver picture quality, representing what filmmakers intended viewers to see.

Using the LG Expert Mode, an ISF-certified calibration technician will use professional equipment to calibrate the HDTV using ISF parameters based upon individual home theater environments and ambient lighting. Once calibrated to the optimal setting, the calibrations are saved as ISF “Day” and ISF “Night” modes. With ISFccc, LG offers a superior 10-point calibration. This provides an extra level of precision for gray scale calibration resulting in a more uniform picture.

Energy Savings

With Intelligent Sensor, both wireless models automatically optimize the picture to the lighting conditions in the room for a personalized and more enjoyable viewing experience; and potential energy savings. Both the LHX and LH85 series are Energy Star 3.0 compliant, and with LG’s “Smart Energy Saving” package, which consists of features such as backlight control options and video mute, LG further paves the way toward greater energy savings, while also allowing consumers to customize their viewing experience.

The 55LHX will be available soon at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $4,799 and the LH85 series will be available later this Fall in 55- and 47-inch class* screen sizes with MSRPs of $3,199 and $2,399, respectively.

* 55LHX 55-inch class/54.6-inch diagonal
* 55LH85 55-inch class/54.6-inch diagonal
* 47LH85 47-inch class/47.0-inch diagonal
*Specifications subject to change without notice

Source: LG Electronics USA, Inc.


Enjoy music and never miss a call – Sennheiser Communications introduces the MM 400 Series, combining the quality of luxury headphones with the superior functionality of an advanced Stereo Bluetooth(R) communications headset.

Sennheiser Communications is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking wireless stereo series. Featuring advanced Stereo Bluetooth(R) technology, the MM 400 and MM 450 TRAVEL are best-of-breed communications headsets for the demanding global traveler. Designed to work seamlessly with the latest mobile phones and other Bluetooth(R)-enabled devices, they also deliver world-class stereo sound with all types of music – thanks to the mature A2DP profile developed especially for Stereo Bluetooth(R).

As Product Manager Johannes Kaulfuss states: “Bluetooth(R) technology together with the advanced A2DP profile is so mature that great stereo sound is now possible. That means we at Sennheiser Communications have developed and launched probably one of the world’s best Stereo Bluetooth(R) headsets.”

Enjoy music and clear communications – all on your mobile

Now that modern mobiles offer music in addition to phone functions, you need a headset that lets you listen to music without having to worry about missing a call. That is why the MM 400 Series headsets feature a high-performance invisible microphone that lets you easily take calls at just a simple press of a button.

Listen with Sennheiser-quality sound

The MM 400 and MM 450 TRAVEL feature drivers and technology from Sennheiser’s renowned hi-fi headphones line – to reproduce music in superb stereo quality. The invisible microphone and Stereo Bluetooth(R) technologies come from the headset specialists Sennheiser Communications.

Both models deliver clear and balanced music reproduction without the exaggerated bass or muffled vocals of lesser sets. Phone calls are crystal clear at both ends.

Choose wireless or wired – for the best of both worlds

Both Stereo Bluetooth(R) headsets offer total freedom from wires and a convenient wired solution for when wireless transmissions are not allowed, for example on a flight. Wireless or wired, Sennheiser Communications’ fully mature Bluetooth(R) 2.1 and A2DP technology deliver excellent stereo sound under any circumstances. If a wireless connection is prohibited, simply plug in the headset using the supplied audio cable and adapters.

Stay friends with your neighbors

The closed-capsule design on the MM 400 Series means you can listen to music in peace, without annoying the people sitting around you. Unlike most in-ear headphones, closed capsules keep your music in and background noise out.

Get used to smart design that’s easy to use

The MM 400 Series stands out with its stylish but practical design. Both headsets boast a rugged, “travel-proof” build and are exceptionally easy on the ears – with ultra-soft pads to keep you listening in comfort on even the longest trips. They are also very easy to use, with the intuitive controls all clustered conveniently on the right capsule. The invisible microphone has no protruding boom to get in the way, while the on-capsule volume control saves you scrambling for the volume on your source device.

Carry on listening

Designed with travelers’ needs in mind, the MM 400 and MM 450 TRAVEL fold flat and pack away easily in carry-on luggage. To prevent damage in overhead lockers, the headband is metal-reinforced and comes supplied in a molded travel case. An airline adapter is also supplied.

Listen in comfort with NoiseGard(TM) 2.0 (MM 450 TRAVEL only)

NoiseGard(TM) 2.0 electronically removes 90% of unwanted background noise, including the drone and roar of jet engines or the clatter of rails, so you can listen to music and calls at a relaxing volume. This makes the MM 450 TRAVEL ideal for use in planes, trains and other noisy environments. Sennheiser pioneered noise compensation headphones over 20 years ago and the MM 450 TRAVEL benefits from our unparalleled expertise in this technology.

Stop for a chat with TalkThrough (MM 450 TRAVEL only)

With one press on the MM 450 TRAVEL headset, you can use our unique TalkThrough feature to turn on the external microphone and open a voice channel through the NoiseGard(TM) feature. It is ideal if you want to catch an announcement or speak to the flight attendant without ever having to remove the headset.

The MM 450 TRAVEL and the MM 400 will be available in September 2009.

MM 400 Series at a glance:

  • Wireless freedom – Bluetooth(R) 2.1 guarantees hands-free convenience without wires and the advanced A2DP profile for Stereo Bluetooth(R) delivers optimized hi-fi stereo sound
  • Invisible microphone – with high-performance sound quality for clear conversations
  • Direct cable supplied – for use on airplanes, with an airline adapter included
  • Easy headset controls – in one intuitive cluster
  • Sennheiser sound quality – hi-fi headphone drivers ensure superior dynamic range, detail and excellent bass
  • Wearing comfort – padded ear-cushions provide an excellent soft fit, even on long trips
  • Easy-2-GO – both headsets fold into a compact bundle for travel and storage, while the headband is metal-reinforced for durability
  • Flexible charging – replace the battery with a spare on long trips – or recharge it via the USB port on your laptop or the supplied lightweight wall charger with different plug fittings for Europe, the USA, the UK and Australia
  • Connect everywhere – to mobiles, laptops, MP3 players or in-flight entertainment systems with an all-in-one headset solution
  • Peace of mind – thanks to the 2-year international warranty

Additional features on the MM 450 TRAVEL

  • NoiseGard 2.0(TM) – advanced Sennheiser active noise cancellation lets you enjoy music in peace
  • TalkThrough – one press of a button turns on the external microphone so you can talk to fellow passengers or the flight attendant without removing the headset

Source: Sennheiser Communications A/S


The Revel Performa B150 is the ultimate in subwoofer sound and performance thanks to its massive 15-inch transducer and integrated high-power amplification.

Revel®, a leading name in high-end home theater sound, today introduced the new Performa™ B150 Subwoofer, the most advanced subwoofer in its class.  The B150 raises the standard for low-frequency sound reproduction with a combination of its large, long-excursion 15-inch woofer and 1,200 Watts RMS of integrated amplification.

The Revel Performa B150 raises the performance bar, both in terms of low-distortion output capability, as well as in accurate, uncolored sound quality. Its 15-inch woofer and 4-inch voice coil are integrated with a 36-pound motor system and a true 1.5-inch linear excursion, resulting in the capability to provide enormous amounts of low-distortion bass. . Distortion is extraordinarily low without resorting to servo-feedback, thanks in part to the B150 woofer’s symmetrical magnetic field, flux stabilization ring and copper shorting ring.  This is combined with an integrated amplifier which produces1,200-Watts RMS continuous power and an extraordinary 2,800 Watts of peak power, providing the B150 with substantial headroom to avoid low-frequency distortion.  Furthermore, Revel has engineered-in advanced protective circuitry that allows the B150 to reproduce natural bass with maximum dynamic “punch”.  For the custom home systems integrator, this means they can reliably build home theater and music systems that can accommodate anything film sound can dish out, with a subwoofer that can hold its own mated with the finest loudspeakers available.

“The Revel Performa B150 puts the punch in the ‘point-one’ of 5.1 sound,” says Kevin Voecks, Market Director, Harman Performance AV Group. “It is simply the finest subwoofer available for its size and price.  Custom home systems integrators will have no problem matching it with any loudspeakers; so as far as building ever-more amazing home theaters, the sky is the limit.”

Source: harman.com


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