Pioneer Powers Speakers Thru AC Lines – Pioneer Home Audio has introduced the MT-01 Power Line Sound System, which links together up to six networked speakers around the home via regular AC lines in the walls. A Sound Station control unit has two USB ports, a digital input and two analog audio inputs. Motion sensors turn on the speakers when someone enters a room, and it comes with a remote control. Both large and small speakers are available for the system.
Panasonic Announces Blu-ray Player – Panasonic Electronics announces their DMP-BD10 Blu-ray player, which will be available next month, together with a Blu-ray speaker system and receiver. The three units are designed to be paired with Pioneer’s new 1080p 65-inch plasma display due later this fall. The Blu-ray player performs IP conversion at the pixel level and uses a 296MHz, 14bit video D/A converter with 4x oversampling for 1080i/720p output. Noise-shaping video processing shifts video noise to an unused band to boost the signal-to-noise ratio. The player also upconverts standard DVDs to 1080p using HDMI. It will retail for $1499.95.
Pioneer Has First 1080p 50″ Plasma – While continuing in popularity with thin flat-screen devotees, plasma panels have been behind in the resolution department, with no 1080p models to match with the higher definition of both new hi-def DVD formats. Pioneer has filled the need with their PRO-FHD1 50″ plasma monitor with 1920×1080 resolution. Materials originally shot on film can be displayed at 72 frames per second – exactly three times the rate of 24fps movies – thus solving the problems connected with previous 3:2 pulldown schemes to improve film display. 1080p front projectors are also coming on the scene; Marantz is one of the first with their VP-11S1 DLP model.