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Arctic MC001-BD Media Center @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Nov 24 2011 | 2:57P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Arctic has been diversifying their product range greatly in recent years. While their foray into some things like toys or gaming consoles may be a bit too far fetched for some, the MC001-BD Media Center takes the company back to the roots. The Home Theater PC offers all the bells & whistles like Blu-Ray, USB 3.0, Intel Atom in combination with Radeon Mobility graphics and much, much more, while managing to cool the entire system passively. We take a look at the new, compact system along with a few accessories to see if it can take center stage and shine."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

RCA DHT235C Portable Digital TV Review at Overclockers Online
     Thu, Nov 24 2011 | 10:18A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
RCA is making an active push in the portable TV market and the DHT235C Portable Digital TV is the entry model. The DHT235C runs on four AA batteries that provide up to three hours of runtime. The built in digital antenna provides a clean and crisp picture and proves that terrestrial television isn?t dead."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSONLINE.NET

Puget Systems Serenity Core i5 HTPC Review - Essentially Silent
     Sun, Nov 20 2011 | 8:35A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To be honest with you, we had a hard time even noticing that the system was on, let alone running under a full load! The ambient room sound level was 31 dB even! Again, just as we saw in our previous Serenity review, the key selling point here is a silent running machine and for picky users like those that are interested in upgrade their home theater, that is a must have!"
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

ZOTAC ZBOX Plus ? Media PC @ TechwareLabs
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 1:58P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac is joining the Brazos fray with their latest offering, the ZBOX Plus. Powered by an AMD E-350 Zacate APU, this compact device promises smooth 1080p video playback and competent day-to-day performance on productivity tasks. Lets see how well this little box stacks up."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

CryoPC Alto HTPC Review - XSReviews
     Fri, Nov 18 2011 | 6:33P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Media PCs and media centres are becoming more and more common, especially with people losing a little faith in their stalwart desktop system. Today I`m looking at a rig from Cryo PC that looks to bridge the gap between traditional desktop and media centre, offering decent performance in a lounge setting, with some media features thrown in for good measure. I give you the Alto. Because testing a system can take quite a while, this review is being split into two parts. This first one will focus on raw performance and synthetic testing, while Part 2 will be more gaming and subjective in nature."
  FULL STORY @ XSREVIEWS.CO.UK

Pivos Aios HD Media Centre Review
     Wed, Nov 16 2011 | 7:20P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Aios had no issues playing any of the files I threw at it. Several raw camcorder m2ts files that I have trouble playing back on my own computer played flawlessly on the Aios. Although this is likely due to missing codecs on my part, the fact that the Aios can play them immediately and without work-arounds is excellent. Audio files were also played with absolute ease. FLAC files are indeed able to be decoded without issue, and I commend Pivos for choosing (and Realtek for making) the excellent RTD1185DD media processor. ISO image files were able to be played back as well and provided no difficulties. The remote control worked well, and all the buttons performed their functions admirably. Playing files from a hard drive or an external flash card saw no slow downs, skips, or any other unwanted occurrences."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

TechwareLabs Review: Western Digital TV Live Hub
     Sat, Nov 12 2011 | 5:53P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If a media player and a video streaming NAS mated and had a child, and if that offspring were beautiful and produced by Western Digital then you would have the WD TV Live Hub. The Live Hub looks to be the best Home Theater Media player we have seen to date, will it hold up to the high expectations? Find out as we review the Western Digital TV Live hub."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

 
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011) Blu-ray Movie Review
     Sat, Nov 12 2011 | 11:19A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After many, many hours of Star Wars during the last few weeks, I was keenly looking forward to a break before we do it all again in 3D in a few months time. But then I stumbled on this disc. All fans owe it to themselves to indulge in a little official Star Wars that doesn`t take itself too seriously. Enter Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace. In 1999, the same year as the release as The Phantom Menace LucasFilm inked a deal with the Lego Group to release Lego themed products with Star Wars branding. The initial batch of toys, including the iconic X-Wing fighter sold extremely well, leading to the release of many more Lego toys. Later, the brand mashing continued with a range of popular PlayStation and Xbox game releases. Now, the series has extended to a 22 minute Cartoon Network short, which based on the laughs, I certainly hope can be made into a regular animated series (although I do not believe it`s currently on the cards)."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC Review @Hi Tech Legion
     Sat, Nov 12 2011 | 5:18A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Sapphire Edge HD2 is an improvement over the original Edge HD. The Edge HD2 adds a little extra for a user that needs a bit more juice. With the HD2 we get an improved processor, the Intel Atom D525. This processor features dual cores, 1.8GHz in speed, and hyperthreading technology. Another addition to the HD2 is the optional bundled operating system. If chosen, Windows 7 Ultimate will be pre-installed and ready to go. The previous Edge HD came completely bare and required an OS purchase. The rest of the features included are 2GB of 800MHz DDR3 memory, a 320GB SATA 2.5 HDD, both wired and wireless networking capability, and the Nvidia ION 2 graphics processor. A complete system crammed into a case no bigger then an outstretched hand. All you need to supply is the monitor, mouse, and keyboard."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

News: Diamonds VStream wireless HDMI adapter
     Mon, Oct 24 2011 | 6:55P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This $120 adapter promises to output 1080p video wirelessly via nothing more than a USB dongle. Does it fulfill its promise and is it worth the money?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Samsung UN55D7000 55 Inch Smart LED 3D TV Review
     Sat, Sep 03 2011 | 12:00P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Samsung's UN55D7000 Smart LED 3D TV is a display that pushes the boundaries of what a consumer can expect when purchasing a HDTV in today's market. Not only can they view their favorite Blu ray movies and HD satellite/cable content, they can now use their TV to browse online. With the integrated WIFI, internet browser and Youtube/Facebook/Netflix widgets, your TV could become a very basic Home Theater PC."
  FULL STORY @ SAMSUNG

Samsung PN59D8000
     Fri, Aug 26 2011 | 2:13A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Samsung PN59D8000 is a 59-inch 3D plasma HDTV that has fantastic picture quality and very deep black levels. The 3D image performance is also very good and the included remote is double-sided with a QWERTY keyboard, which is really unique.”
  FULL STORY @ ENTERTAINMENT

Pivos AIOS HD Media Center
     Fri, Aug 12 2011 | 12:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MEGATechNews checks out a very affordable media player with a lot of features... MEGATech Reviews ? Pivos AIOS HD Media Center A full-blown home theater PC can introduce so much entertainment and functionality to your living, but it?s not for everyone. There is some added complexity, to be sure, not to mention the added cost. Regular media players have tried to overcome both of these obstacles, but they?re still not quite the same thing. "
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Samsung UN55D7000 55 LED 3D HDTV Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Thu, Aug 11 2011 | 12:13A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
$2000 is more money than most people would pay for an HDTV but Samsung`s new UN55D7000 is one of the few products that bridges the gap between lower quality sets and the ultra high end market. On paper, it doesn`t look like any sacrifices have been made in order to hit a lower price point since the D7000`s specifications and features look nearly identical to those of the $2700 8000-series. Could this be a bargain in disguise or are there some hidden pitfalls waiting beneath the surface?"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

Blu-ray Importing: December 2011 Buying Guide
     Tue, Jul 12 2011 | 3:16P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since last time we looked at the Guide to Buying Blu-rays from Overseas the Australian dollar has continued its meteoric rise against the green back, hitting an all time high of $1.10 and then settling around parity, only getting buffered by the economic uncertainty of Europe. Coupled with the Black Friday bargains in the US, it`s never been a better time to import some new titles. So let`s jump into the latest instalment of this epic series, covering some of the later titles released only to import, but safe from the horrors of region coding."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) Blu-ray Movie Review
     Tue, Jul 12 2011 | 11:23A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
And so it comes to that special time of the year, where sado-masochism and cinema collide to unleash another Twilight film. In dubious honour of the theatrical release of the fourth of five films Breaking Dawn: Part One, I`m here to take a look at the Blu-ray of Eclipse, so you don`t have to. The rivalry between Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) temporarily takes a back seat see the woman they both love, Bella (Kristen Stewart) protected from a new threat, the evil Newborn vampires, who want to drink Bella`s blood. Despite Bella`s strong feelings for the two leading men, she`ll need to make a hard choice between one of them, which will decide her earthly future."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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