miércoles, junio 03, 2009

Nuevo Zune HD

A mi en lo particular, como usuario Zune desde hace un par de años este nuevo equipo anunciado si me resulta más que atractivo, me mantendré en la marca.

lunes, febrero 09, 2009

Una extensión HDMI inalámbrica de hasta 10 metros

Features: Real-time, visually lossless HD video compression Two HDMI inputs and one Component Video / Analog Audio input Support for Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Fully HDMI and HDCP compliant Supports HDMI 1.3 Lip Sync features for source devices 2-ch Audio and PCM @ 32KHz, 44.1KHz, 48KHz supported as well as multichannel compressed 5.1 audio IR Blaster and IR Receiver jacks Input Selector Switch
Specifications: Up to 30 feet line-of-sight wireless operation with 65 Mbps throughput Frequency band range: 3.1 - 4.8 GHz Resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p@24Hz, 25Hz, and 30Hz HDMI 1.3 Compatible, HDMI 1.2 Compliant Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) compliant ADI JPEG 2000 visual lossless compression Operating temperature: 0 to 40 degrees C Operating humidity: 10% to 90% relative humidity, non-condensing

domingo, enero 25, 2009

La UE podría prohibir las TV de plasma por su elevado gasto energético

15 Enero 2009 Las autoridades comunitarias podrían estar estudiando una normativa dirigida a limitar el consumo eléctrico de los aparatos electrónicos domésticos . De signo de ostentación, a estigma en una sociedad progresivamente más concienciada con la eficiencia en el consumo energético. Ese es el camino que podrían seguir las pantallas de plasma, cada vez más presentes en los hogares de los ciudadanos de los países del Viejo Continente, de salir adelante una normativa que podría estar estudiando la UE dirigida a establecer los límites de consumo energético de los aparatos electrónicos en el entorno doméstico. La normativa, según informa el rotativo británico ‘Daily Mirror’, tendría por objetivo contribuir a aminorar las emisiones de CO2 para reducir el calentamiento global y obligaría a los fabricantes a optimizar el consumo energético de los aparatos que suministran. Todo apunta a que esta nueva legislación se empezaría a aplicar a partir de la próxima primavera. Aunque las televisiones de plasma serían uno de los primeros dispositivos en verse afectados por esa futura disposición de la UE, dado que contamina hasta cuatro veces más que las TV convencionales de tubo o de LCD, también podría alcanzar a otrosequipos de uso tan común en los hogares europeos como, por ejemplo, algunos tipos de videoconsolas.

miércoles, enero 14, 2009

Algunos ya claman muerte al CD y al SACD y apenas el Laserdisc se dejó de producir.

Mucho leemos que el SACD murió y que el CD va por el mismo camino, pero resulta paradójico que apenas se ha detenido la producción de Laserdisc, un formato que fue ampliamente reemplazado pro el DVD y que ni un servidor estaba al tanto que seguía fabricándose por Pioneer. Desde fines de los 70´s Pioneer produjo 9.5 millones de Laserdiscs del los 16.8 millones producidos en total, un numero ridículo comparado al DVD o los estándares actuales.
Descanse en paz este formato que nunca fue muy popular por los precios y la carencia de discos con subtitulos, pero cuando se trataba de calidad de imagen mucho tiempo no hubo nada mejor que sus 425 lineas limpiamente entregadas por cable S-Video. Moraleja, no le echemos tierra aun al CD y al SACD

domingo, enero 11, 2009

Memorex lanza un Bluray perfil 2.0 de solo 200 USD

Interesante esta noticia, si lo puedo conseguir y hacer apto para la región 4, sin duda me interesa uno.

Blu-ray ran into plenty of consumer confusion regarding the differing Blu-ray profiles, but the good news is that almost all (excluding a few Philips players) of the new players we saw announced at CES 2009 are Profile 2.0 compatible. Memorex's new MVBD-2520 doesn't have any of the extra bells and whistles seen on LG's BD390 or Samsung's BD-P4600, but it does look to have the minimum specs to be a solid budget player. Here are the details.
Key features of the Memorex MVBD-2520:
•Profile 2.0 compatible
•Onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution decoding
•SD card slot and USB port
•Available in early summer, $200 list price
That's a decent set of features for a Blu-ray player coming out right now, but it's worth noting that Vizio's announced player, the VBR100, is coming in April for $200 as well, plus it includes DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and 7.1 analog outputs. It will take a hands-on review to figure out which $200 player is better, but Vizio is in the lead from the spec sheets.

miércoles, diciembre 31, 2008

Diciembre 31, 2008 el día que se congelaron los Zune

Casi a medio dia me dirijo a un buró con mi telefono movil y mi Zune y me percato que el ZUne muestra la pantalla de inicio pero está congelada, ese no fue el estado en que dejé el aparato la ultima vez. Lo primero que pensé es "ya se descompuso".
Una busqueda rapida y en http://www.zuneuser.com/ el alivio, no solo es mi Zune si no muchos más, al parecer mayormente del de 30GB.
Ya alguien reportó haberlo abierto y desconectado al pila como solución pero no tenía en mis planes hacer una cirugia de aparato el día de hoy, a ver si surge otra solución.

domingo, diciembre 28, 2008

Nuestra triste realidad en Mexico con todo y tantos (inutilmente vitoreados) tratados libre comercio

Para quienes al igual que un servidor son cacharreros o dicho en inglés "gadgeteers" y gustan de novedades y productos peculiares implementando tecnologia en modos nuevos, diversos o simplemente en productos poco comunes seguramente conocen la tienda llamada Thinkgeek.
Pues bien, hace unos tres días me di tiempo de visitar la tienda en busca de un reloj autoajustable via señal de radio, al revisar y ver que había de nuevo, una, dos, tres cosas interesantes más surgieron... bien, me decidí que haría un pequeño pedido, de no mas de 200 USD y envío por FedEx. Eso era mi intención pero el entrar a la sección de confirmaciond e envío no encuentro a México en las opciones de envío ni facturación. Sin resignarme contacté a servicio a clientes de esa tienda para notificarles el error, México, país colimítrofe y con quien hay un aceurdo comercial suscrito con USA y Canada no está listado.
Habiendo enviado el mensaje recibí esta respuesta:

Dear customer,

Thank you for your interest in ThinkGeek! Unfortunately, we've had to stop accepting orders from, and shipping orders to Mexico. This is due to very high customs fees and import taxes imposed by the Mexican government for many of our items. As a result, many orders were refused or abandoned. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks, ThinkGeek Customer Service http://www.thinkgeek.com/help/ 888-433-5788 - phone 703-293-6299 - local 703-839-8611 - fax 9am - 6pm Eastern Mon-Fri

Y antes esto, me pregunto ¿ Entonces para qué tanto alarde de las autoridades mexicanas sobre tratados de libre comercio si al final de cuentas se mantiene una politica restrictiva y discriminadora al comercio internacional de USA a Mexico y de pequeña escala ? Como siempre aqui solo se hace politica pero se favorece a los grandes que tienen para pagar miles de tramites y el know how, pero un particular se enfrenta a un laberinto engañoso de tramites y leyes que las más de veces son bastante discrecionales.

Lo más absurdo y estúpido es que haciendo la compra via mensajeria, ya estando aquí se debe pagar no más que un 17% en teoría de impuestos más gastos de la mensajeria que no deben ser mas de unos 20 0 30 dolares, pero es legal y correcto, sin embargo los productos que Thinkgeek dice le obstaculizan por lso altos gastos los puede ver uno en bastantes ocasiones, en versiones o modelos similares, en fayuca o pirateria en la calles y plazas de ese tipo (tan desagradables), y esas personas ahi andan sin problema alguno vendiendo, seguro que como han de traer mucho le resulta mejor a alguien aventarse el "tramite" Ni hablar, este país está al revés.

domingo, diciembre 21, 2008

¿Lo actual es MP3 y servidores? ¿El CD esta agonizando? Diganle a los ingleses que compraron 50% mas de reproductores portatiles de CD

Portable CD Player Sales Up 50%

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/12/portable-cd-pla.html

By Charlie Sorrel December 08, 2008 6:49:17 AMCategories: Music, Retro

The CD is far from dead, at least in the UK. According to the Telegraph, sales of portable CD players have surged this holiday season, with UK high street store Curry's shifting 50% more units than last year -- 45,000 have been sold country-wide in October. And much-loved department store John Lewis has seen such demand that it has started stocking the players again after a four year lapse.

Why? The Telegraph offers some interesting reasons, but then swiftly falls into the realms of the ridiculous. Most plausible is price. A cheap portable CD player can be had for as little as £15 ($22), and this brief downward blip in the economy is causing otherwise smart gift buyers to cheap-out at the checkout. Second, the Telegraph says that many people find MP3 players hard to use or too small, and that there are still a lot of people who have not yet ripped their music collections. This sounds to us like an older demographic, and is certainly believable. But then the splendidly named Harry Wallop, the Telegraph's Consumer Affairs Editor, goes absolutely crazy:

Though MP3 players have proved enormously popular, helped by the market-leading iPod, there are still eight million people who do not have access to the internet in the UK. (emphasis added)

What? What does the Internet have to do with this? Yes, to get music on to any MP3 player you need a computer, or at the least semi-regular access to one, but the internet? Still, it makes interesting reading. I've spent the last few days at a the house of some friends, looking after the dog while they are away. One is a musician, and he has a kick-ass old stereo with a huge collection of CDs. It sounds amazing. Side by side with even high-bitrate MP3s, the uncompressed CDs are clearer, sharper-sounding and just more real.

Sadly, even after my continued claims that optical media is dead, there still isn't a real non-CD alternative for audiophiles. Maybe one day, as internet connections get faster, we'll be able to download uncompressed WAV files, but until then we're stuck with convenient but inferior MP3s, or DIY CD ripping into lossless formats.

jueves, diciembre 04, 2008

Otra primicia de Denon: DVD-A1UDCI primer reproductor Blu ray universal (capacidad SACD, DVD y hasta DVD-Audio)

World's First Blu-ray Player to Feature both DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD Playback with Native Digital Audio Output via HDMI/DENON LINK or PCM Conversion with Full Bass Management Denon Electronics, one of the world's premier manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment components, is proud to announce the introduction of the ultimate 'Universal' Blu-ray Audio/Video player, Model DVD-A1UDCI (SRP: $3,800). The DVD-A1UDCI 'Universal' BD Player joins the Denon AVP-A1HDCI A/V Preamplifier (SRP: $7,500) and the POA-A1HDCI 10-channel Power Amplifier (SRP: $7,500) in the company's flagship HD home entertainment system. With the combination of the proprietary DENON LINK 4th and HDMI transmission technology, digital signals from optical discs can now be transmitted virtually "jitter-free" to produce the purest high-quality images and sound possible, including the world's first fully-balanced 2-channel transmission in a Blu-ray player for analog signals. The Denon DVD-A1UDCI will be available in February 2009. The Denon AVP-A1HDCI and POA-A1HDCI are currently available. To create the breakthrough DVD-A1UDCI, Denon re-engineered its original Advanced S.V.H. Mechanism to produce unparalleled picture and sound quality. The result is a revolutionary new type of leading-edge "total entertainment" source component that delivers unprecedented video and audio perfection, as well as breakthrough network interconnectivity and advanced gaming capabilities. In addition to its ultimate quality video, the DVD-A1UDCI is the world's first Blu-ray player to feature both DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD playback with native digital audio output via the HDMI/DENON LINK or PCM conversion with full bass management. Denon's first Profile 2.0 Ready (BD Live) Blu-ray DVD player, the DVD-A1UDCI incorporates innovative interactivity features that make it quite literally the most advanced and "future-ready" source component. Shortly after the product ships to the marketplace, BD Live activation firmware will be made available via the Ethernet connection that will provide DVD-A1UDCI owners with a host of leading edge 21st century networking facilities. Hirofumi Ichikawa, President, Denon Brand Company based in Kawasaki, Japan, commented on the DVD-A1UDCI's landmark introduction, stating: "Advancements in digital signal processing technology have significantly improved the quality of pictures and sound from packaged media. The new DVD-A1UDCI, successor to our flagship DVD-5910 DVD player, reflects the wealth of expertise in digital playback technology that Denon has accumulated since the advent of PCM recording. We have combined both analog and digital signal processing technology and precision mechanism engineering to reproduce the most delicate and refined aesthetic video and audio details recorded on disc. The DVD-A1UDCI literally allows discriminating home entertainment consumers to experience the very best that Blu-ray, as well as DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD, and CD, have to offer." Highest Possible Resolution Video and Audio, Total Home Theater Flexibility The DVD-A1UDCI offers home entertainment enthusiasts unprecedented levels of performance, flexibility and convenience. It features the acclaimed 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta chipset for the highest resolution high-definition video available today via HDMI connection, with upconversion and IP scaling to 1080p. Thanks to its dual HD video output scalers, the DVD-A1UDCI allows images to be output in HD resolution quality via both the HDMI output and component output ports. And in yet another world's first for a universal Blu-ray player, the DVD-A1UDCI includes a Vertical Stretch feature that enhances 16:9 HD displays when playing back titles with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Vertical Stretch eliminates the black bars at the top and bottom of the image without adding distortion, or artifacts, for HD displays, but it's most beneficial for those users of Cinema Scope screens and projectors with anamorphoric lenses, as the processing is done in the digital domain. For the ultimate in audio performance, the DVD-A1UDCI features all-new Advanced AL32 Processing, allowing digital upsampling of 16- and 24-bit digital signals to 32-bits. The player offers full on-board HD Audio decoding from Denon's DDSC-HD branded circuitry, as well as allowing for Bit Stream Bypass to HDMI for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio digital transmission to an AVR/AVP for decoding. DENON LINK 4th Edition Further Enhances Audio and Video Performance In yet another major advancement, the DVD-A1UDCI features the new DENON LINK 4th Edition digital interface, which significantly enhances both video and audio quality. DENON LINK 4th fully supports all digital audio transmission specifications, including SACD as well as CD and DVD-Audio. The 4th Edition of DENON LINK adds the exclusive Denon Flow Control feature; when using the HDMI interface for A/V output, Denon Flow Control takes over the Master Clock and Jitter control -- a feature that will be especially useful when used with upcoming Denon A/V receivers. DENON LINK is a proprietary, high-quality digital audio transmission technology that utilizes a real-time balanced transmission system to protect the signal from external noise. With the new advanced DENON LINK 4th used in an HDMI connection, as well as for HD audio read from Blu-ray discs, the master clock that operates the D/A converter of the A/V surround amplifier is transmitted to the player, enabling the circuitry to be operated while sharing the same clock, thereby achieving digital audio transmission with virtually no jitter. Sound localization becomes more precise, and a greater sense of space is produced in the sound images. When combined with a Denon A/V surround sound receiver that supports DENON LINK 4th, users will now be able to enjoy the absolute maximum level of sonic quality possible with HD audio. Denon will make available a DENON LINK 4 upgrade for customers of the AVP-A1HDCI and AVR-5308CI; details to be announced shortly after the launch of the DVD-A1HDCI. Solid, Virtually Vibration-Less Construction The DVD-A1UDCI's solid direct mechanical ground construction is engineered to virtually eliminate vibration. The unit's structure was designd with a low center of gravity for maximum vibration resistance and quiet operaton. It features a heavy-duty dual-layer steel top cover, heavy-duty clamper cover, Zinc diecast mechanism case, as well as newly-developed floating dampers and a thin aluminium diecast tray. The unit's power transformer, itself a source of vibration, is placed near the ground and immediately above the insulators to allow direct release to the ground and dramatically reduce the propagation of unwanted vibration or noise. Furthermore, the unit's hybrid construction (using heterogenous materials) with dual-layer top cover and triple-layer bottom cover suppresses vibration and resonance, and specially built B.M.C. side panels in high-specific-gravity and high-density hybrid construction suppress vibration and resonance. Solid cast-iron insulators provide absorption of vibrations and release it to the ground. The unit rests firmly on four sturdy cast iron feet, with a rock solid bottom and internal "block" type structure. Gold-plated brass 7.1-channel analog outputs ensure reliability and long-lasting quality connections. Onboard Ethernet Port for Advanced Internet Connectivity and More For the highest level of connectivity to both a host of exciting current-day as well as future entertainment enhancements, the DVD-A1UDCI features an onboard Ethernet port that allows for Internet connectivity, firmware updates, BD Live interactivity and IP control. Dual, assignable, HDMI outputs are provided with the option of full audio and video output to 2 systems, or dedicate one HDMI for audio, the other for video -- this option promotes a high level of jitter reduction for both signal paths. An SD card slot on the front panel allows for expanded memory for BD Live and Bonus View movie titles, as well as playback options for photos and music files. As with all Denon CI products, third-party control systems can also be managed via the RS-232C port. Flagship Denon System Marks Another World's First... The introduction of the DVD-A1UDCI also marks the world's first fully balanced transmission of 2-channel analog sound in a universal Blu-ray player. When combined in the flagship system with Denon's AVP-A1HDCI A/V Preamplifier and POA-A1HDCI 10-channel Power Amplifier, fully balanced transmission is made possible from the D/A converter of the player to amplification of the power amp. The resulting fully balanced circuits are extremely resistant to noise, as the plus and minus sides of the music signal are transmitted separately. Noise theoretically flowing to the ground can be ignored. If external noise occurs and disturbs the mutual waveform, the disturbance is canceled out at the end of the transmission when the plus and minus sides are combined, enabling the original music signal to be output virtually free of noise. In this way, the flagship system provides for the ultimate reproduction of audio quality. The DVD-A1UDCI 'Universal' Audio/Video Player joins Denon's lineup of Bonus View Profile Blu-ray components, the DVD-1800BD Blu-ray Disc Player (SRP: $599), DVD-3800BDCI Blu-ray Disc Player ($1,999) and the DVD-2500BTCI (SRP: $899) Blu-ray Disc Transport, bringing custom installers and discriminating consumers a more affordable option for enjoying high-definition video and audio performance. About Denon Electronics Denon is a world leader in the manufacture of the highest quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and groundbreaking commercialization of PCM digital audio. Denon Electronics is owned by D&M Holdings Inc. About D&M Holdings Inc. D&M Holdings Inc. is a global operating company providing worldwide management and distribution platforms for premium consumer, automotive, commercial and professional audio and video businesses including Denon®, Marantz®, McIntosh® Laboratory, Boston Acoustics®, Snell Acoustics, Escient®, Calrec Audio, Denon DJ, Allen & Heath, D&M Professional and D&M Premium Sound Solutions. Our technologies improve the quality of any audio and visual experience. All product and brand names with a trademark symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of D&M Holdings, Inc. or its subsidiaries. For more information visit www.dm-holdings.com.

Pioneer atiborra hasta 400GB en un solo disco Bluray y promete compatibilidad con todos los lectores

16 capas de grabacion y lectura posible solo actualizando el firmware de lecctores actuales. Suena bastante bien.
Pioneer's 400 GB Blu-Ray Disc Coming 2:30 PM - December 4, 2008 by Tuan Nguyen Source: Tom's Hardware According to Pioneer, Blu-ray technology will be in for a huge upgrade. The firm claims that it has developed a new disc manufacturing technology that will allow up to 400 GB of data to be packed onto a single disc. Sounds too good to be true? Here’s the real kicker: Pioneer claims that the new 400 GB Blu-ray discs will be fully compatible with existing Blu-ray readers. This means you can go out and buy a 400 GB who knows what, and pop it into your existing drive without a hitch. The new discs are 16-layer discs, compared with today’s dual-layer discs, and utilize a smaller pitch and beam wavelength. Despite this, Pioneer still claims compatibility—although existing players and records may require firmwares to adjust the pickup. Pioneer also claims that when these new discs start rolling out, 400 GB Blu-ray burners will accompany them as well. Just imagine what kind of things you can jam onto a disc of that capacity!

Cambio de region a Samsung DVD-F1080

Para quien lo necesite:
  • Encender DVD : ON
  • Esperar a que en esquina superior izquierda aparezca

lunes, diciembre 01, 2008

Los consumidores prefieren comprar disocs que hacer descargas via Internet.

HD consumers vote for Blu-ray Disc over internet downloads
A new consumer study commissioned by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) indicates HDTV and Blu-ray Disc player owners still find packaged media — such as Blu-ray discs — preferable to alternative Internet streaming and download services to play premium HD movie and video content.
The independent study was conducted by market research firm SmithGeiger and surveyed the inclinations and behavior of more than 1,100 HDTV owners in the United States, along with 500 HDTV owners each in the United Kingdom and Japan.
According to the DEG research, 96 percent of Blu-ray Disc users in the survey said they are familiar with downloading and streaming services, with two-thirds stating, “Watching a movie on Blu-ray is a better overall entertainment experience.”
HDTV owners familiar with Blu-ray favour the format over downloading and streaming by a nearly 10-to-1 margin, with almost 70 percent of those respondents citing the fact that “you actually have a physical disc that you can keep” as a key factor in their decision to buy Blu-ray.
Additionally, nearly nine out of 10 Blu-ray users express likelihood to recommend the format to potential buyers. The study also found a preference for Blu-ray across virtually all markets and demographics, meaning that Blu-ray Disc was preferred to Internet streaming and downloads even by younger audiences that are very familiar with Internet platforms, the DEG said. The study found that 96 percent of Blu-ray owners said they had experienced downloading or streaming video over the Internet, but when they compared them the majority sided with Blu-ray while only three percent said downloading or streaming was better than Blu-ray. Thirty-five percent of respondents were in the middle. Sixty percent thought the sound quality of Blu-ray was better than streaming or downloading; 57 percent said the overall entertainment experience was better with Blu-ray than with streaming and downloaded material. Thirtyseven percent said the availability of content was better for Blu-ray vs. Sixteen percent for downloaded or streaming content. On price, Blu-ray didn’t fare as well but still held a slight lead over downloading and streaming. Comparing all video options, 28 percent of HDTV owners said they had a Blu-ray Disc player compared with 78 percent who use a standard-def DVD player with their HDTV set, 43 percent who use video on demand, 21 percent who use downloading or streaming and 14 percent who use an up-converting DVD players. Among Blu-ray owners, 60 percent said they were satisfied with the number of titles available in the format compared with 68 percent for standard-definition DVD. Among Blu-ray owners, 85 percent were satisfied with the sound quality, compared with 70 percent for DVD and 74 percent for video-on-demand. Respondents were asked to assess their overall satisfaction with HDTV and with the various cable, satellite and telco services currently available. They were also asked to compare the entertainment experience associated with viewing HD programming on various formats and platforms, including digital downloading or streaming via a set-top box or PC extender, movies viewed on a portable media player, and both upconverted standard definition DVDs and full high-definition (1080p) Blu-ray discs. The results suggest that while HD digital downloads and streaming offer potential for the future, HDTV owners strongly believe that Blu-ray delivers a better value proposition, offering not just superior picture and sound quality but interactivity, collectability and greater convenience, the DEG said. “The results of this global study clearly show that HDTV owners are enthusiastic about High Definition content and are familiar with a variety of HD delivery systems,” stated Amy Jo Smith, DEG executive director. “The research Kung Fu Hustle on Blu-ray Disc further showed that HDTV is transforming the home-entertainment landscape and is paving the way for other emerging platforms such as Blu-ray Disc.”