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XGIMI has released the battery-powered Halo+ FHD Smart Projector ($849, available at Amazon) which the company says is ideal for portable movie shows over the spring months. The 1080p beamer, with vertical and horizontal keystone correction, includes auto focus and a screen adaption intelligence suite to create suitable screen sizes when on the road.

The projector requires no manual focusing and avoids wall obstacles, such as light switches or on-wall pictures, making it useful for RVs or outdoor locations. A fast-boot feature achieves image creation within 10 seconds and relies on its ‘point-and-play’ usability. Onboard Android TV allows access to apps, screen mirroring and content syncing across devices when away from home. Battery life supports 2.5 hours of viewing time and there are two purpose-built 2 X 5W Harman Kardon speakers built in.

With the vinyl segment growing hotter each year, Monoprice has released three new belt drive turntables with state-of-the-art connectivity features enabling audio performance with “pristine detail.” Starting at $199 and available direct online from cable supremos Monoprice, the turntables offer Audio‑Technica cartridges, aluminum platters, carbon fiber tonearms with adjustable counterweight and anti-skating adjustments. A built-in phono preamp includes output options consisting of phono/line level RCAs, USB and Bluetooth. With machined aluminum knobs, the spinners also feature a tinted hinged dust shield sitting on top of either a piano black or walnut finished base.

“With vinyl records making a massive comeback, we set out to create a line of turntables capable of capturing the depth, texture and warmth of LP and 45 listening, that doesn’t break the bank,” said Hobie Sechrest, Monolith Business Unit Manager, Monoprice. “Our new premium belt drive turntables are precision engineered and rich with modern features like USB output and Bluetooth connectivity.”



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