Stepping up to Blu-ray without 5.1 sound is like eating blinis without the caviar and sour cream. That's reason enough to consider an all-in-one home theater system. The HT-C5500 outputs 1000 Watts of power to 5.1 channels, so whether you’re watching movies on DVD or Blu-ray Disc or feeding your DVR through the system’s optical audio input, the Samsung home theater system will bath you in digital sound.
Music is in the mind of the beholder – literally when you go out with an iPod. But when you’re home or at work, there are better ways to enjoy the beat. The iDS3 plus from Boston Acoustics might be the mother of all docks. The system combines stereo speakers in a striking contoured bar meant for tabletop placement and a powered subwoofer to which it’s wirelessly linked. The duo lets you sit back with a pint-size remote (left).
For travel, landscape, architectural, and other outdoor photographic applications, your most valuable imaging tool (after your camera and lens) is a Polarizing filter. But the benefits of Polarizing filters come at a cost, specifically, light loss. To soften the blow (and in many cases make the difference between a ‘keeper’ and an ‘almost-but-not-quite-a-keeper’ photo) we now stock Hoya HRT-series Circular Polarizing filters. These filters transmit about 25% more light compared to conventional Polarizing filters, which when shooting works out to about 1/3-stop more light.
Shopping for a professional camcorder can take weeks or even months of research. Consideration of optics, format, frame rates, and more is huge in determining the right camera for you. Does anyone put this much thought into buying a camera bag? They should. I’ve owned plenty of good and bad cases over the years. Finding the right balance of protection, usability, and price has been a chore -- until I found the D-Light Capsule from Kata.
Though hardware is replaceable, the same can't always be said for the data on a hard drive. That's why a robust data storage system attached to your network can make the difference between disaster and recovery. Whether you run a small business or want to protect your family's digital memories, the Drobo series of hard-drive arrays from Data Robotics goes a long way to giving you peace of mind.
The year 2010 marked, for better or worse, my fourth consecutive National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention. It was, for the industry's sake, good to see larger crowds than I remember from the past couple years, and, at the very least, there seemed to be more “excitement” in the air. In particular, 3-D was all the rage (and, should you be interested, 2009 was notable for DSLR Video, 2008 for The Great Recession and 2007 for Final Cut Studio and The Red Camera). It was as though most companies had, overnight (post-Avatar), transitioned their entire business model to remodeling your favorite sporting event or video game. I was skeptical at first, thinking 3-D sounded a bit “gimmicky,” but that all faded away the moment I laid my bespectacled eyes on the massive 3-D purposed screen in Sony's booth. It appears the third dimension really does make all the difference.
Our customers have always been Sennheiser fanatics. Their Evolution Series wireless systems and wired microphones have maintained a well deserved popularity. Even when I walk around the B&H executive offices, I always see lots of our employees wearing Sennheiser's HD-280 Pro headphones (because they sound so nice and really block out noise). So it goes without saying that B&H is indeed proud to be named Sennheiser's Dealer of the Year in their professional audio business category.
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