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domingo, enero 11, 2009
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 priceThat'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
domingo, diciembre 28, 2008
Nuestra triste realidad en Mexico con todo y tantos (inutilmente vitoreados) tratados libre comercio
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%
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.
viernes, diciembre 12, 2008
jueves, diciembre 04, 2008
Otra primicia de Denon: DVD-A1UDCI primer reproductor Blu ray universal (capacidad SACD, DVD y hasta DVD-Audio)
Pioneer atiborra hasta 400GB en un solo disco Bluray y promete compatibilidad con todos los lectores
lunes, diciembre 01, 2008
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.”