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Acer Revo RL100-U20P Home Theater PC Review @MissingRemote
     Tue, May 01 2012 | 1:47A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many home theater PC (HTPC) enthusiasts dream of a system that is as slim as other consumer electronic devices such as a dedicated Blu-ray player. It is also an expensive and difficult proposition for most; thus, when Acer introduced its newest Revo 100, many took notice. Not only is the Revo 100 only one inch high, it also has a unique slide-out keyboard/touchpad clearly designed as an input device for the ten-foot experience. With a sub-$600 retail price, the Aver Revo 100 which packs an AMD K325 CPU and NVIDIA ION GPU certainly deserves a closer look. *"
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-MP3011Plus Network Media Player Review
     Fri, Apr 27 2012 | 9:02A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many people who enjoy watching movies but don't really know much about technology have recently turned towards Blu-Ray players not only because of their very affordable price tags but also due to extreme simplicity, just drop the disk into the tray/slot, press play and that's it. I also used to do that, starting almost 14 years ago when i bought my first Philips DVD player and then with the EP35 HD-DVD player by Toshiba which although quite impressive and aggressively priced it eventually lost to the Blu-Ray format by SONY (it's worth checking out that story if you are not familiar with it). However during the last 5 years or so with the introduction of standalone hardware media players it became quite obvious that the next generation/future format would not be based on optical drives but in standalone media file formats capable of reproducing FullHD content like the extremely popular matroska video format (.MKV extension). RaidSonic has been manufacturing such media players for quite some time and their latest Icy Box IB-MP3011PLUS is more than enough to remind us of that.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote Review
     Mon, Apr 23 2012 | 4:45P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In my bedroom alone i have a grand total of 7 remote controls for quite a large range of devices so you can certainly understand how frustrating having to find the right one every time can be. Universal remote controls have existed for many years now but never could a single remote cover 100% of your needs so if you were really lucky and you didn`t have many devices of the same type to control you would just need to keep the AC remote around. The very first universal remote i used was the rather impressive (even by today`s standards) Philips SBC RU880 i bought back in 2004 and which is still working just like the first day. However much like everything in this world the time has come for something improved to take its place and i just couldn`t think of anything better for the job than the Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote by Logitech."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-MP3011Plus Network Media Player Review
     Mon, Apr 23 2012 | 4:02P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many people who enjoy watching movies but don`t really know much about technology have recently turned towards Blu-Ray players not only because of their very affordable price tags but also due to extreme simplicity, just drop the disk into the tray/slot, press play and that`s it. I also used to do that, starting almost 14 years ago when i bought my first Philips DVD player and then with the EP35 HD-DVD player by Toshiba which although quite impressive and aggressively priced it eventually lost to the Blu-Ray format by SONY (it`s worth checking out that story if you are not familiar with it). However during the last 5 years or so with the introduction of standalone hardware media players it became quite obvious that the next generation/future format would not be based on optical drives but in standalone media file formats capable of reproducing FullHD content like the extremely popular matroska video format (.MKV extension). RaidSonic has been manufacturing such media players for quite some time and their latest Icy Box IB-MP3011PLUS is more than enough to remind us of that."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

New 2012 AppleTV Review @MissingRemote
     Wed, Apr 18 2012 | 4:21P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our first look at the new 2012 Apple TV it was clear that the form factor and basic function was consistent with many of the other over the top (OTT) media streamers on the market, but it was the visual appealing user interface (UI) that really shines compared to similar devices which became apparent in the video walkthrough. What was not clear, given the brief time with the Apple TV, was how it performs after the first-impression sheen has worn off or how the recently upgraded 1080p iTunes content stacks up against established OTT services like Netflix and VUDU, or the current top-end option, Blu-ray. Having spent the focused energy to really get to know the device it is time to come back with answers to those questions, as well as provide a fuller picture of what is provided by Apple?s OTT streamer refresh. *"
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

Noontec MediaHome V8 Review
     Thu, Apr 05 2012 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After our recent review of the IcyBox IB-MP3011PLUS we thought that home media centers were really starting to develop quite nicely. Without the need for a large outlay of money anybody can get their favourite media streamed to the comfort of their living room. But is the Noontec MediaHome V8 as good as the IcyBox product we saw last week? Today we aim to find out...
  FULL STORY @ NOONTEC

AC Ryan VEOLO Media-Player
     Wed, Mar 28 2012 | 4:38P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AC Ryan VEOLO Media-Player arrived Technic3D. Internet, Android and a Media Streamer on your TV? We will check the Features on the VEOLO Player."
  FULL STORY @ TECHNIC3D.COM

 
Apple TV (2012)
     Tue, Mar 27 2012 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Two years later the set-top box Apple TV is back, and it's new and improved. An overhauled iOS-like interface gives the Apple TV a fresh menu system, but that's available to last-gen Apple TV owners through a software update. Still, the new model supports 1080p video and keeps its under-$100 price."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

Video Connectors Tutorial
     Sat, Mar 24 2012 | 12:03P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There are several types of video connections that you can find on PC and consumer electronics ("CE") products such as TVs, DVD/Blu-Ray players, video game consoles, cable TV receptors ("set-top boxes"), and video projectors. Even though they all serve the same purpose - to connect video signals from one device to another - the video quality obtained by each type of connection and/or the number of features available are completely different. Since you probably want to get the best video quality from your equipment, we've written this tutorial to explain the differences between each kind of connection and when to use each of them, with many tips on how to improve the video quality generated by your equipment."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Noontec A9 Review @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:16P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whilst Noontec have a wide range of media players currently on the market, the A9 represents a new product avenue for the company: rather than developing a bespoke OS for their media player or updating previous players, the A9 utilises version 2.3.1 of Google`s Android OS. This OS is typically used in the Smartphone sector rather than set-top devices; as with smartphone manufacturers, Noontec have tweaked the 2.3.1 OS into a better fit for the hardware."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media Center
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 12:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Home entertainment is quickly changing, and computer techology has become integrated with the personal space. Data storage and playback is becoming more diverse and streamlined by the second. More and more entertainment can be found on the Internet; TV shows, movies, music... the list goes on. To keep up with the demand for instant entertainment, manufacturers such as ARCTIC are designing devices that are ever more sleek and quiet, usually with an array of features to keep the consumer content in their own personal empire. If you are looking to update your home theater with personal entertainment devices, or simplify your leisure time, there are many new Windows Media Center devices emerging on the market. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center with Blu-ray player to see if this Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium HTPC can combine the benefits of personal computer with multimedia streamer.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Warpia Easy Dock Pro SWP220 @ TechwareLabs
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 1:08P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ever wanted to display multimedia content from your laptop to that television? I have, and for time had to settle with my laptop being over by my TV while I sat on my couch."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

Infographic: I Scream You Scream We All Scream for iPads @ TechReviewSource.com
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 8:03A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not every first-time tablet buyer planning to purchase one in the coming days is lining up for the new iPad, but Apple`s rivals shouldn`t rejoice just yet?a whole bunch of them say they`ve got their eyes on the recently discounted iPad 2 instead."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

First Look: New AppleTV Review @MissingRemote
     Fri, Mar 16 2012 | 5:12P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the previous generation stuck at 720p, many did not consider the previous generation of Apple TV to be a serious contender in the A/V stack. That changed with the most recent iteration of the device, and now that it supports 1080p output and playback -- even full 1080p60 -- we could have a serious contender for space in your living room. The unit just arrived earlier today, so this is just a first look with a much more detailed examination of the device to follow. *"
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

Dell M110 Projector Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
     Wed, Mar 14 2012 | 4:43P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A small, lightweight, high-definition multimedia projector that you can simply pop into your bag and take with you on the road? We`ll be very impressed if this is the case for the Dell M110 projector. Let`s run it through some tests and see how it performs.* ** * **"
  FULL STORY @ TECH-REVIEWS.CO.UK

HP Omni 27 Quad Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Tue, Mar 13 2012 | 9:25A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HP Omni 27 Quad offers a huge 27-inch 1080p HD display that makes it the largest Windows-based all-in-one available. The display looks really great as well as the design, but with Windows 8 on the horizon, you might want to wait on purchasing a computer like this one."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

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