by Oliver Amnuayphol
Specialty A/V separates manufacturer Anthem A/V is making its first foray into A/V receivers with a new line dubbed the MRX series. Anthem will initially debut three different models, the MRX300 ($999), MRX500 ($1499), and MRX700 ($1999), while the flagship MRX900 ($3999) is expected to debut by summer of next year. Power output is a continuous 80, 100, 120, and 140 WPC for the 300, 500, 700, and 900 respectively, all channels driven. All four receivers feature Anthem's proprietary room correction calibration program (ARC), HDMI 1.4 and 3D compatibility, robust power supplies, and dual USB inputs. Of course, all of Anthem's new receivers feature the latest in surround decoding including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA for the best hi-res sound possible. If Anthem's snazzy new receivers are anything like their separates, then you can expect stellar audio/video performance for sure. Look for the 500 and 700 to hit stores by the end of October; the 300 should street by December.
Got yourself some shiny-new Panasonic gear with Viera Cast? Then you also now have Netflix streaming in addition to the other included goodies (like YouTube and Amazon Video on Demand). Any $8.99 and up Netflix plan will stream content straight to your Panasonic Viera Cast Blu-ray or TV, and there's even a USB port for a wi-fi adapter and playback of AVCHD video or JPG pics to boot. All of the VT20 (Full HD 3D), VT25 (Full HD 3D), GT25 (Full HD 3D), G25, and G20 series of Panasonic plasmas are Netflix capable, as well as the following Blu-ray players:
- DMP-BDT350 (Full HD 3D)
- DMP-BDT300 (Full HD 3D)
- DMP-BDT100 (Full HD 3D)
- DMP-B500 (portable Blu-ray disc player)
According to Panasonic's press release,“Panasonic is constantly looking to provide the best possible entertainment experience for our customers,” said Panasonic Corporation of North America Vice President Merwan Mereby. “The addition of Netflix to our 2010 VIERA CAST™ offerings now gives consumers access to the leading online movie subscription service right from their 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled VIERA® HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players. The features now available on VIERA CAST provide consumers with access to a wide range of the leading entertainment and interactive sites which allow them to enjoy high definition movies and connect directly with family and friends right from their HDTV in the comfort of their own living room.”
Movie Releases for This Week.
DVD: Robin Hood; Spartacus: Blood and Sand - The Complete First Season; Charade - The Criterion Collection; Ondine; The Peacemaker; Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue; How I Met Your Mother: Season Five; Modern Family: The Complete First Season.
Blu-ray: Robin Hood; Spartacus: Blood and Sand - The Complete First Season; Charade - The Criterion Collection; Ondine; The Peacemaker; American Beauty; Vigilante; Calvin Marshall; Ride the Divide.