Also, for the reasons why finding a DVD recorder or DVD recorder/VCR combo takes more effort these days, read my article Why DVD Recorders are Getting Harder to Find.
Related Resource: DVD Recorder Basics.
Sony is early out of the gate with an indication that they will be emphasizing 4K. Although that, in itself, is not a big surprise, but they are further indicating that they will not just be showing off new 4K Ultra HD TV offerings, but will be providing either prototype or product introductions that emphasize both hi-end and affordable 4K content access, such as camcorders, smartphones, and Blu-ray Disc players.
What is most interest in this tease for me is the mention of Blu-ray Disc players. There are already an increasing number of Blu-ray Disc players that provide 4K upscaling, but are we in store for the beginnings of a new native 4K Blu-ray Disc format? I have previously reported that Panasonic and Sony were developing 300GB Blu-ray storage discs, and that a Singulus Technologies had revealed a 100GB Blu-ray Disc stamping machine.
Stay tuned for more info as it is made available, before, during, or after the 2014 CES.
Also, for more information, check out my Complete Guide To Watching 3D at Home.
What makes the H6 series sets different is they will be the first Hisense TVs to incorporate Marvell's Armada 1500 Plus 88DE3108 media processor. This processor will provide support for both 1080p video upscaling and menu display tasks. The 88DE3108 also supports 2D and 3D viewing, but there no indication yet if Hisense will provide this capability on the H6 sets.
Also, the H6 sets will incorporate an LCD display panel and LED backlight technology, a 120Hz refresh rate, enhanced Google TV-supported internet content streaming, and voice controllable remote control.
Along with the H6 series sets, Hisense is also teasing a new media streaming box, the Pulse PRO, which will incorporate all of the Smart features that are available in the H6 series TVs, but in a plug-in box that can be connected to any TV that has an HDMI connection.
It is anticipated that both the Hisense H6 series TVs, and Pulse PRO media streamer, will be on display at the upcoming CES 2014 to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 7th through 10th, 2014. Stay tuned for more details, including pricing, as they become available.
For the rest of the information provided so far, read the Official Hisense Press Release.
Starting with its core audio features, the AVR-X3000 provides up to a 7.2 channel speaker configuration with 105 wpc (measured with 2-channels driven at 8 ohms from 20Hz to 20KHz .08% THD). On-board decoding for most Dolby and DTS audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as Dolby Prologic IIz, Audyssey DSX, and DTS Neo:X audio processing.
However, it is also important to new that the AVR-X3000 does not have a phono turntable input, 5.1 or 7.1 channel analog audio inputs, 5.1/7.1 channel preamp outputs, or S-Video inputs.
On the other hand, this receiver provides a lot of network and streaming options, including access to Internet Radio and media files stored on PC and media servers via DLNA compatibility. Also, this receiver includes Apple AirPlay capability. You can also access content from Flash Drives and other compatible devices by plugging directly into the provided USB port.
For additional suggestions, check out my list of Midrange Home Theater Receivers.
However, against this backdrop, TV and home theater product innovation continues as both 4K UltraHD and OLED TVs are now available purchasing choices, and internet-enabled home theater receivers and Blu-ray Disc players are very common.
For consumers, the variety of TVs and other home theater products available have never been greater, and for those on a tight budget, the prices have never been lower.
So, what were the top home theater products of 2013? After sorting through my product reviews and trade show exhibit access, I have come up with my picks for best products of the year in several product categories. Check out my choices in my listing of Home Theater Products Of The Year for 2013.
Also, if you have your own favorite 2013 product picks, put in your "two-cents" in the comments section below.
Also, if you have a very special someone in your life, also check out my Home Theater Gifts For Lovers
For additional terms and definitions, check out my Home Theater Glossary