Finally, a Blu-ray player that can actually contend with the PS3. The LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player ($TBA; Fall 2008) will combine 1080p DVD-upconversion and Blu-ray playback with the ability to stream movies from your Netflix instant queue to create a strong one-two living room punch. Add in the ability to update the player over the internet, and you've got a winner. [via]
Cables are your enemy. Your secret weapon is the Belkin FlyWire ($1,000). Operating in the open 5GHz band, this system wirelessly transmits high-definition 1080p video and audio around your house. This means that you can hang your HDTV on a wall and store your components (Blu-ray player, Wii, DirecTV receiver, etc.) out of sight in a closet or cabinet. The FlyWire offers 3 HDMI inputs, 2 Component inputs and 1 Composite input.
Forget those home-theater-in-a-box systems at your local big-box retailer: this is a real home theater in a box. Epson's new Ensemble Home Cinema Systems ($5,000 - $7,000) include everything you need for a real theater experience at home, including a 100-inch motorized screen, an Epson PowerLite 3LCD projector with either 720p or 1080p resolution, an Atlantic Technology speaker system with a 150-watt sub, an A/V controller with HDMI handling and an upconverting DVD player, and a universal remote. Popcorn not included. [via]