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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review
     Thu, Jul 30 2015 | 4:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I so very much wanted to award an Editor's Choice due to its gaming prowess that is unmatched by any other Android system out there, not to mention 4K support, but sadly I cannot overlook its non-gaming pitfalls. Until the Android TV ecosystem matures, it's hard to justify the purchase if gaming isn't your primary use, even with built-in Google Chromecast support, and certainly not if you do not have a wireless mouse to connect. If you're in the market for an Android TV device, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is hands down the one to get, but otherwise you may want to hold off a bit for Google's ecosystem to mature first. Unless, of course, you happen to already have a 4K TV, in which case, this should certainly be on your wishlist.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Asrock Beebox N3000 Review
     Fri, Jul 24 2015 | 4:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Asrock Beebox N3000 measures 0.6L and boasts a mere 4 watt TDP. This incredibly low power rating has allowed Asrock to create a tiny HTPC that is completely fanless draws less than 10 watts under typical usage. The company is heavily promoting the fact that its latest mini PC can support triple-monitors using three video outputs simultaneously, including 4K video thanks to its unique dual-channel memory, a feature other Braswell mini PCs don't support.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

HMDX Craze Bluetooth Earbuds Review
     Sun, Jun 28 2015 | 4:03P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HMDX is best known for their award winning Jam Bluetooth speaker line. While Jamz Audio and HMDX Audio are now separate companies, many of their designs are still very similar. HMDX has the Craze Bluetooth ear buds, while JAM Audio has the Transit. If you take a look at these, they are nearly identical, with just slight variation in design and a difference in cost. The HMDX Craze Bluetooth ear buds, are self-explanatory, they are wireless earbuds that connects to bluetooth enabled devices. Read on to see how they perform!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Steiger Dynamics Maven Core HTPC.
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 9:03A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With a HTPC, some of the most desired traits include low power consumption, quiet operation, all while maintaining a high performance level so you can do things like transcode video quickly. Older components that you have outgrown don't tend to be nearly as efficient as newer components. To have a good HTPC experience, you really want to pick components from the ground up, which is why I was excited to take a look at the Steiger Dynamics Maven Core HTPC.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Slingbox M1 Review @ Technogog
     Sun, Jun 14 2015 | 4:02P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What if you could bring the TV service you pay for at home to anywhere with Internet access? This is what Sling Media has been providing for years with their Slingbox line. Today we will look at their current mid level entry – the Slingbox M1. "
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOGOG

Genius DVR-FHD568 Vehicle Recorder Review
     Fri, Jun 12 2015 | 4:03P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not all that long ago Benchmark Reviews tested the Genius DVR-FHD590, which received high marks for it’s clear picture and wide viewing angle. The minds at Genius went right back to work implementing our suggested improvements into their latest dash camera; replacing the distracting LED lamp with six-layer glass lens and high dynamic range (HDR) image sensor technology. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Genius DVR-FHD568 Vehicle Recorder. Featuring wide-angle 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second, the Genius DVR-FHD568 Slim Style Wide Angle Vehicle Recorder uses a large f/2.4 lens aperture paired to an 8-Megapixel 1/2.7? CMOS image sensor to capture the sharpest details.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
     Fri, Jun 12 2015 | 4:00P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NVIDIA Shield Android TV is the most powerful Android-based set-top box yet thanks to its Tegra X1 SOC mobile processor that combines an 8-core 64-bit ARM CPU with an integrated Maxwell 256-core GPU typically seen in the chipmaker's high-end graphics cards. The high-end components are intended to bring streaming media and game content to 4K displays, so long as your internet connection is beefy enough to match. We put NVIDIA's latest Shield device to the test in our review.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

 
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review
     Fri, Jun 05 2015 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At last years conference Google talked about how Android would be everywhere, all the time and in January 2015 a number of companies were showing off Android TV devices at CES 2015 that showcased that Android would be a force to be reckoned with in the living room. NVIDIA announcing a device the day Google I/O 2015 kicks off is no coincidence as NVIDIA wants the software developer community to know that they have one of the premier devices for Android TV. The Android TV enabled device that we are talking about would be the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. Read on to find out more about the device!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
     Wed, Jun 03 2015 | 2:16P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Android TV is here and NVIDIA's SHIELD acts as its flagship piece of hardware. Can this combination lead to success in the set top market? Maybe....
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

NZXT DOKO Streaming Device Review
     Tue, Jun 02 2015 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Snippet: "The bottom line for the DOKO is that it is a very small easy to hide device that has a lot of potential but in my opinion is not quite ready for the mainstream crowd yet. To summarize the DOKO succeeds at streaming your one powerful PC to the biggest screen in the house (a TV with HDMI) and uses a hardwired connection to do so."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
     Thu, May 21 2015 | 9:02A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The BDM4065UC is possibly the largest 4K PC display on the market, with a whopping 40-inch diagonal screen size. It’s absolutely huge, resembling the size of many living-room family televisions. It uses a VA LCD panel with a typical W-LED backlight. With standard 8-bit colour, along with a 3ms SmartResponse G2G pixel latency, it’s more for general-purpose use and gaming than for colour-accurate graphic design work.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

NZXT DOKO PC Streaming Device
     Fri, May 01 2015 | 4:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up our review of the NZXT DOKO Streaming Device. NZXT claims that this allows you to stream your PC "Anywhere" - on your home network of course. It streams your entire computer experience, so it's much more useful than a Chromecast, Steam In-Home streaming, Roku and more. Check out our review and see if it lives up to the promises or if it falls flat on it's face.
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

The BenQ W1080ST+ & W1070+ Home Cinema Projector
     Wed, Jan 14 2015 | 7:47P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, BenQ officially launched their W1080ST+ and W1070+ home cinema projectors, which are targeted at the consumer home theatre market. They use the DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology that supports a full HD resolution of 1920x1080 with 1.07 billion*colours. Basically what everyone would look for these days in a home theatre TV.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Dune HD Connect Universal Media Player Review
     Sat, Dec 27 2014 | 1:18A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Three to four years ago i used to review standalone hardware media players by a long list of manufacturers all the time but since most modern TVs now come with such media players built-in (well the majority may not be as good as standalone ones but for most consumers they are just fine) that specific segment of the market isn't as "exciting" as it once was (several manufacturers have also ceased operations). Luckily there are still manufacturers out there that spend large amounts of money for the research and development of standalone media players aimed primarily at more demanding consumers who are just not satisfied with current built-in solutions. Dune HD is without doubt one of the most popular media player manufacturers around (if not the most popular) and today we will be taking a look at their latest addition in their product line the Dune HD Connect Universal Media Player.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

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

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