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best HTPC platform for the future
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 12:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“If you want to assemble a HTPC that is ready for the future you will have to conclude that the components needed for that are not available at this point in time. As long as HDMI 2.0 and H.265 hardware decoders are not added to (integrated) GPUs it will be a struggle to play content in Ultra HD. The only option would be to build a system with a very powerful CPU, like a Core i7, and connect it to a TV sporting a DisplayPort 1.2. A Core i7 system however is very difficult to build cheaply, as well as keeping it silent and low power. Those three things happen to be the most important criteria for a HTPC.”
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

iBUYPOWER SBX entertainment system
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 9:08P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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There are very few instances where one product category can leap frog over to another and make a profound impact. Today, iBUYPOWER, makes one such leap.
Introducing the iBUYPOWER SBX Entertainment System, an ultra-simplified system designed to do one thing: entertain. Melding together the simplicity of a traditional game console, but harnessing power usually available to only high-end desktop PCs, iBUYPOWER is able to usher in both performance and content unheard of in the living room space.
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Designed in Los Angeles, iBUYPOWER labored to create a highly tuned and optimized system that would deliver a sustainable 60 frames-per second gaming experience at true high-definition resolutions. Powered by a high-performance AMD multi-core processor paired with the latest Radeon HD graphics technology from AMD, customers will be able to jump a full generation ahead of the latest game consoles.
“What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way,” said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER. “All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door.”
Customers can expect an out-of-box experience unlike any other. Every iBUYPOWER SBX comes with a Microsoft Xbox game controller so customers can jump into the action immediately. All aspects of design and hardware are optimized for a gaming experience that sheds away legacy PC overhead. Make no mistake about it; this is not a PC.
Customers will be able to configure their SBX to boot into Steam Big Picture mode, or any other configuration. Games, media, streaming, the SBX handles it all. It’ll even be the perfect system for those who want to enjoy their classic games on emulation on the big screen. SBX is also fully Steam OS ready.
iBUYPOWER’s SBX is available for pre-order immediately 4 and will ship in 3 weeks starting at $399 and is available in matte black.

  FULL STORY @ IBUYPOWER

Harman Kardon BDS 880 Home Theater System Review @ TestFreaks
     Tue, Aug 12 2014 | 1:56A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Im reviewing the Harman Kardon BDS 880 which is a combined 3D Blu-ray player (the BDS 580) with its integrated 5.1-channel decoder/ 325Watt amplifier and the HKTS 65 speaker system. Youll get everything you need to transform your living room into that home cinema experience youve always wanted (except the TV of course). If you think 5.1 isnt enough, then youve the option to upgrade to 7.1. You can get the BDS580 separate to the HKTS 65, but Im looking at the bundle which comes in one colossal box and is the all-you-can-eat of home theatre systems."
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

Diamond MDS3900 DisplayLink USB to HDMI/DVI/LAN Mini Ultra Dock Review
     Mon, Aug 11 2014 | 1:56A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Do you have the need to increase monitor output from your laptop? Well, read on as Tyler tells us about the Diamond MDS3900 DisplayLink Ultra Dock device."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Samsung U28D590D 28-in 4K panel
     Fri, Jun 06 2014 | 4:03P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this month I took a look at the Samsung U28D590D 28-in 4K panel that was capable of 60 Hz refresh rates for just $699. This display used a single-stream transport DisplayPort connection to keep setup simple but used a TN panel rather than IPS/IGZO. This meant viewing angles were not as strong (though better than most TN screens you have seen before) but...that price! Today we have our second low cost, SST 4K monitor to evaluate, the ASUS PB287Q. We saw it at CES back in January and with a launch date of June 10th and an MSRP $649, ASUS is setting itself up for an impressive release.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

H.265 a.k.a. HEVC: Videocodec of the future
     Mon, May 19 2014 | 12:14P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: By now, H.265 (or HEVC) has proven that it is able to reduce bandwidth usage by 50% compared to H.264. In all likelihood, the new codec will play a large role in the increasing popularity of 4K video. However, for the time being we'll have to wait for devices, and thus chips, which actually support this new standard. Parties such as Qualcomm and PowerVR have already made announcements, but other parties remain suspiciously quiet. To be continued!
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Datacolor SpyderHD Color Calibration for PC TV and Camera Review - BCCHardware
     Mon, May 05 2014 | 9:05A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This kit really offers quality - not just in the build, but in the performance it delivers. The Spyder HD delivers on not just most of their claims, but in every single one that we`ve tested. If you are into photography or video and want the best results with the least effort, give this kit a shot. You won`t be disappointed."
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

 
Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Server and XBMC Home Theater Computer Review @MissingRemote
     Fri, Apr 25 2014 | 9:12A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NAS (Network Attached Storage) units have been growing in popularity over the years, due to their ease of use in providing a lot of storage in a compact enclosure, while making redundancy a simple matter of replacing drives when warned. With the HTPC continuing to evolve however, where does the NAS stand in supporting or replacing your traditional server box filled with your media? The N5550 from Thecus has been out for almost two years now, but the modifications made to this affordable five-bay NAS box allow us to pose the question whether a NAS can truly replace your need for a traditional HTPC. By having simple integration with XBMC media center software the N5550 can offer the unique hybrid opportunity of being both your NAS and your media center in a single unit."
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

dia Players and Video Formats: A Detailed Battery Life
     Thu, Apr 24 2014 | 4:00P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Video playback is one common case scenario where efficiency is crucial and where a lengthy battery life is an infrequently found godsend. But what you may not realize is that the video player itself, and the format your videos are encoded in, can also have an impact on battery life consumption.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Blu-ray Movie Review
     Thu, Apr 24 2014 | 9:12A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nobody ever wins the games. Period. There are survivors. There`s no winners."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Microlab M-1910 Review
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Equipped with four input sources that can be selected via the included remote control, the M-1910 allows for various media devices to be connected all at once. To top it off, the use of PCM technology allows the M-1910 to stream uncompressed audio for high quality lossless sound.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

VidaBox OpenSqueeze Network Players @ techPowerUp
     Mon, Apr 21 2014 | 11:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
VidaBox`s new media player, dubbed the OpenSqueeze, fills the gap left by Logitech`s Squeezebox devices. The OpenSqueeze is powered by an open source OS and comes with the same functionality as the original Squeeze products."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Samsung PN64F8500 64 Inch Plasma Smart TV Review @ Tweaknews
     Mon, Apr 21 2014 | 9:12A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With close to six months of use in my den, I can easily say that Samsung`s PN64F8500 Plasma Smart TV is an excellent TV with pretty well every feature any buyer would appreciate. If you are looking into buying a large TV that will not have to be upgraded for years to come and with every bell and whistle known in the industry, then your search stops here."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS.NET

Samsung UN60F8000 60? Smart HDTV User Review
     Wed, Mar 05 2014 | 3:27P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our report today will speak to a HDTV that has earned the reputation as being one of the best viewing experiences in the world. Unlike many other review websites however, we have had the Samsung UN60F8000 LED 3D 240Hz Smart HDTV in our hands for some time. We will be offering the reader a first hand user opinion of the Samsung HDTV user experience, some points good and others that identify deficiencies that Samsung might improve upon. Our purpose in publishing this report is to strike the potential buyer head on with the day-to-day features that they might use after such a purchase, rather than the host of extras that many just never seem to find the time to learn.
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

Monsters University (2013) Blu-ray Movie Review
     Mon, Mar 03 2014 | 9:48A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I act scary, Mike. But most of the time, I`m terrified."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Last Vegas (2014) Cinema Review
     Thu, Feb 27 2014 | 8:33A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Boy these vodka Red Bulls are strange. I feel like I`m getting drunk and electrocuted at the same time!"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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