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NVIDIA Shield Android TV console review
     Sat, Apr 23 2016 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia have released their NVIDIA Shield Android TV to the European Benelux market, as such we finally have received a sample for review. The Android TV box based unit is a little gem as it properly takes over your Smart-TV experience, but can also function as a simple game console. You can use Nvidia Grid to stream games (subscription based) and, if you install Kodi, you'll have a fully fledged Ultra HD ready media player.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Is it time to buy a 4K TV?
     Thu, Apr 21 2016 | 4:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The typical resolution of a 4K TV is 3,840-by-2,160-pixels, which is about four times the number of pixels in the hi-def 1080p televisions that most of us are currently viewing. This produces a clearer, more detailed, and more true-to-life picture. While the 4K moniker was first used to describe these high resolution TVs, the name Ultra has emerged as a …
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

First Look axiim Q Wireless Home Theater System
     Thu, Feb 25 2016 | 6:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not everyone will agree, but I think there is a compelling argument to be made that audio is the most important aspect of creating an immersive home theater experience. Yes, video matters, a lot, but what really draws you into the experience? Better contrast, or when you can hear the shell casings hit the ground behind you to the right? Which raises the obvious question around why more households opt to have a large HDTV and a soundbar than a real muti-speaker audio system? There probably are many reasons, but if I had to speculate [lack of] installation convenience for a wired system would be pretty near the top. Getting a traditional wired audio video receiver (AVR) up-and-running with five speakers and a subwoofer can be very complicated; after all, if you do not already have wires in the wall that will need to get sorted, which can be costly, time consuming, and certainly involves a lot more planning than slapping a “good enough” soundbar under the TV. Wireless audio provides another approach to getting around the installation complexity problem, but until recently wireless audio was either proprietary, substandard, or both. Which is exactly why we have been covering WiSA over the past few years as it evolved from ether to product. The axiim Q Wireless Home Theater System is the first holistic example of an AVR + 5.1 (or 7.1) speaker setup using the 5GHz wireless audio technology available for purchase. It is still in BETA however, with an introductory price of $1,500 for the 5.1 ($3,143 post BETA), and $2,000 for the 7.1 ($3,741 post BETA) systems, placing it currently on the higher end of the home theater in a box (HTIB) pricing scale. But, if it can deliver the same result as a wired system, without the hassle of wires then that is certainly worth a “convenience fee”, and with the Q’s streamlined user experience, including HDMI CEC, it could end up a bargain compared to a standard HTIB. Because it is an unfinished product, this should not be viewed as a comprehensive review; that will come later. Instead, let’s have a first look at the system.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

Guide to HEVC/H.265 Encoding and Playback
     Thu, Feb 25 2016 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HEVC’s main advantage over H.264 is that it offers roughly double the compression ratio for the same quality. This means that a video file encoded with HEVC can occupy half the space of its H.264 equivalent with no noticeable change in quality, or the same amount of space with improved quality.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Beelink MX64 TV Box
     Thu, Feb 11 2016 | 4:03P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This month we have been handed the MX64 Android streaming box to take a look at. These new devices are designed for connecting to your TV at home and streaming content from external hard drives, home NAS systems, SD cards and online. The MX64 is essentially a stripped-down HTPC for watching media and utilising various applications on the Android platform. The hardware includes HDMI 2.0 support, an x64 CPU and H.265 GPU decoding."
  FULL STORY @ PCREVIEW

Samsung K8500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player Revealed.
     Wed, Feb 10 2016 | 12:26P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Samsung K8500, or as it is officially known as – the Samsung UBD-K8500, is a Blu-ray player that supports 4K Ultra HD movies. Its built-in upscaling engine will automatically upscale lower-resolution content to full 4K resolution for display on your 4K UHD TV.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Android 4K Media Player Review
     Wed, Feb 10 2016 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos is performing as promised by the manufacturer, being able to playback 4K content without any issues at all and at the same time it is able to output at this resolution with a frequency of 60Hz. We do get plenty of possibilities to connect extra storage to it via the included USB 2.0 ports, the SATA Data/Power interface but also via LAN, Wi-Fi or even the SD Card reader. The 3D performance of the product is also quite decent so considering that we do actually have a fully-functional Android 5.1.1 mini-PC on our hands, we can install plenty of other applications on it via Play Store.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

 
2016 Samsung SUHD TV Models Revealed
     Mon, Feb 08 2016 | 4:02P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the recent Samsung Forum 2016, we were given the first look at the 2016 Samsung SUHD TV models to hit the market in the coming months. Join us as we share with you the videos and pictures we took of these new Samsung SUHD TV models.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Nyrius Aries Home+ Wireless HD Transmitter Review
     Sat, Dec 12 2015 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we will be taking a look at an outstanding product brought by our friends at NYRIUS. The ARIES HOME+. What is that you ask? Well, it provides a wireless HDMI transmission to anywhere in your home. Follow along to find out more.
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

Nvidia Shield Android TV Review
     Thu, Nov 26 2015 | 5:48P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Nvidia Shield TV is here at last, the much-anticipated successor to the already feature packed and exciting line of Android-powered Nvidia gaming devices. The original Shield is a great little hand-held, and we’ve tested it extensively since it was released, pushing the limits of what can be done with it, just check out the links below to see more. Then we have the Shield Tablet, a mini powerhouse of mobile gaming that still dominates the mobile gaming market for Android, in my opinion at least. Now we’ve got the Shield TV, a set-top box packed with some of the latest and greatest Nvidia mobile hardware, promising greater performance than any previous Shield devices, and more than any other competing devices on the market.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Amazon Fire TV (2015) Second Generation Review
     Thu, Nov 12 2015 | 9:03A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not long ago, Amazon announced a revamped Fire TV with a handful of new and upgraded features including 4K Ultra HD video support and Alexa functionality. Although the original Fire TV which we reviewed last year had voice capabilities, those voice controls were limited to searching for content and applications. With Alexa built in, the second-generation Fire TV now has additional features, such as the ability to provide sports scores, weather and traffic information, or play music.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ 27-inch 4K G-Sync
     Mon, Nov 09 2015 | 4:02P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ROG Swift PG27AQ is a 4K gaming monitor from Asus that supports Nvidia G-Sync up to 60Hz. It’s a 27-inch IPS display with a 4ms response time and a 10-bit colour panel. Add on a flexible stand with pivot, tilt and rotate support, with a redesigned software interface, and it could be a contender for the best gaming display on the market.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Logitech Harmony Elite Review
     Fri, Nov 06 2015 | 4:02P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like regular universal remotes, Logitech's Harmony models consolidate your electronic controllers into a single piece of hardware, only they do it in spectacular fashion. They're also far more capable than the no-name models that places like K-Mart peddle in the clearance bin and at the checkout line, and for what it's worth, they look good too. What we're evaluating here is Logitech's Harmony Elite, the new flagship model in the Harmony line. It's the first in the series designed from the ground up as a whole-home controller to extend universal control beyond the living room, which is where the Harmony line's been headed over the past couple of years...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Amazon Fire TV Review
     Tue, Nov 03 2015 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We bring you an unbiased and detailed review of the new Amazon Fire TV, including a comparison of the Gaming Edition vs. Standard, and the pros and cons of Echo integration.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Beelink GTQ 4K Android Media Center Review
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 9:02A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we test the Beelink GTQ Android TV BOX Media Center. Promoted as a 4K-ready media player with quad-core Amlogic S812 CPU and eight-core ARM Mali-450 GPU utilizing the new H.265 decoder ideal for 4K Ultra HD picture quality, the Beelink GTQ fills its compact metal shell with powerful hardware comparable to most laptop computers. While a 1000-Mb Gigabit Ethernet port is available, the Beelink GTQ also takes advantage of 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz wireless b/g/n networks.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Rikomagic V5 4k Android TV Stick Review
     Tue, Oct 06 2015 | 12:00P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Watching movies and series on a large TV screen and in the best possible quality is something I’ve liked ever since i can remember. For good or bad my generation grew up with VHS tapes and later on laser discs so unfortunately since high quality in movies and series is something that really started to be possible in the late 90's with the appearance of the first DVD players that wasn't really possible. Now it did take a while for the first Blu-ray and HD-DVD players to make their appearance after the DVD ones and make it possible for people to watch HD and Full HD content on their TV screens (that's history now since Blu-Ray won the Full HD race years ago / still have my HD-DVD players however) but after that things changed rapidly and so now not only do we have 4k hardware and content available but manufacturers are even working on bringing 6k and 8k hardware to the masses as well. Rikomagic is one of the newest yet well-established network media player manufacturers in the market and since they released their first 4k compatible HDMI dongle called the V5 we just had to check it out.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

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