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Marantz intros entry-level slimline AV receiver

Posted in Receivers by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2009

Marantz intros entry-level slimline AV receiverMarantz has introduced an entry-level AV receiver in the NR1501. List priced at $600, the AV receiver comes with four HDMI inputs, onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and analog video upconversion.

The NR1501 is a tad smaller than most receivers. The NR1501 has an onscreen display, but it’s the basic white text on a black, while many receivers in this price range feature full graphical user interfaces.There are also no 7.1 analog inputs, multizone functionality, or satellite radio connections.

HP announces new Pavilion, Elite, Slimline & Compaq Presario desktops

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

HP announces new Pavilion, Elite, Slimline & Compaq Presario desktopsHP announced a new range of desktop PCs, along with an update to their MediaSmart Server software for TouchSmart PCs. Slimline, Pavilion and Elite desktops have all been announced, together with a new Compaq Presario desktop.

AMD and Intel processors are available across the ranges, and Blu-ray is an option on some models. The Pavilion Slimline features an AMD Athlon single-core LE1660 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 320GB hard-drive, up to a Pentium dual-core CPU, with twice the RAM and a 500GB drive. The Pavilion has an AMD Sempron LE1300, while the Pavilion Elite starts with a dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 and goes all the way to an Intel Core i7-920 with 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB storage and a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics card.