By Robert Silva
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These sets are compatible with 3D Blu-ray Discs, cable/satellite, and broadcast. 3D glasses must be purchased separately. Even if you don't partake in 3D, these sets produce great 1080p 2D images with the excellent motion and black level repsonse that Plasma technology provides. The PX950 series also provides access to internet content, such as Netflix and Vudu. The PC950's can also be used as a Skype terminal. The PX950 is available in either a 50-inch (50PX950) or 60-inch (60PX950) screen size.
The BDX3000 also provides built-in ability to stream audio/video content from the internet, such as Blockbuster Video, Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, and more. For more on the Toshiba BDX3000 3D and network-enabled Blu-ray Disc player, read my Review and also check out my supplementary Photo Profile and Video Performance Test Results.
However, XpanD a third party company that makes 3D glasses for both commercial and consumer applications makes Universal 3D Glasses that can work on most currently available 3D TVs that use the Active Shutter system. For more details, check out XpanD's Official Announcement and the XpanD Universal 3D Glasses product page.
The newest media player in Western Digital's WD TV Live line has been named the Live "Hub" because it is more than a network media player. It is also a media server with an internal 1TB hard drive. You can use the WD TV Live Hub as a dumping ground to store media, rather than using network attached storage (NAS) or an external hard drive for your network's central media library. For more details and perspective on this exciting product, check out the review by About.com contributing writer, Barb Gonzalez.
In addition, a separate, compact, Moxi Mate unit can be added to a TV in another room for access of all the content stored on the HD DVR, as well as web-based content via network connection. For more details on the Moxi system, check out my Review and Photo Gallery
The E5Ci center channel speaker delivers good vocal presence and satisfactory detail for both movie and music listening applications.
The E5Bi satellite bookshelf speakers, which were used as both left and right mains and surrounds, projected sound into the room well.
In addition, the ES10i powered subwoofer is a good match for the system. However, from a design standpoint, it is large in relation to subs provided with more compact systems. For more details, check out my Short and Full Reviews, and Photo Gallery.
One solution to all this mess is to get a centralized power management system that not only provides all the outlets you need, but also includes additional connectivity organizes coax and ethernet cable connections, provides a practical way to monitor your voltage level, aids in clearing up power interference, and also provides emergency battery backup. One product that might do the job for you is the Panamax MX5102.