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Cutting the Cord Part 3: Building your HTPC - OS Install and Tuning
     Fri, Dec 07 2012 | 1:22P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As I mentioned before, I originally was planning to do this build with Windows 8 Professional and the Windows 8 Media Center pack, but theres a few things that Microsoft has removed from Media Center in the new version that make using it for a Media Center a non-starter in my opinion. Not being able to boot directly into Media Center and having to boot into Metro and then launch Media Center is a deal breaker for me so I fell back to whats been working great for me these past few years, Windows 7 Home Premium."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Steams Big Picture - Gaming goes to the Big Screen TV
     Thu, Dec 06 2012 | 9:45A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The team behind Half-Life and the Left 4 Dead series launches a new piece of its Steam digital distribution puzzle - Big Picture, destined for big-screen TV."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

REVIEW: Pivos XIOS DS Media Player
     Sun, Dec 02 2012 | 10:15P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In recent years we have seen the progression from the old school VHS, to DVD players, to Blu-ray players. Now, media players are the popular medium for entertainment. Today we have the opportunity to look at the New Pivos XIOS DS Media Player. The XIOS DS Media player combines the power of digital home theater and its powerful Android OS and aims to provide you the best overall solution. You can watch TV, stream movies (live or locally), follow your favorite social network like Facebook or even browse the internet right from your TV. All of this is without having to turn on a PC. This simple device developed almost like a mini PC, and can be considered one of the smallest media devices available today. Can it fill nearly all of your digital entertainment needs? Let`s give the Pivos XIOS DS Media Player a thorough look and find out."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

Sony Bravia KDL-42EX440 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Thu, Nov 29 2012 | 1:08P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Sony Bravia KDL-42EX440 is a 42-inch edge-lit LED HDTV offering good color quality and wide viewing angles. It doesn`t get very bright or very dark, and lacks some of the features that come standard on many HDTVs, but its low price is appealing."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

Samsung PN64E8000 64 Inch Plasma Smart TV Review @ Tweaknews
     Thu, Nov 29 2012 | 5:08A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung`s PN64E8000 Plasma Smart TV can be summed up as an easy purchase for the consumer that has the upgraded budget and is smart enough to see that with this one purchase you don`t only get an upgradable fantastic livingroom display, but also a trimmed down home theater pc. Add on the additional features like voice and motion control, webcam, future processor upgrades, SMART TV functionality, WIFI, Samsung APPS, Games (Angry Birds) and the difference in price seems to dwindle to an investment that over time will be boiled down to a difference of mere pennies a day."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS.NET

Samsung PN64E8000 64in. Plasma Smart TV Review - BCCHardware
     Wed, Nov 28 2012 | 10:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The back of the TV houses all of the connections and there is quite a decent sized area that is dedicated to hold the three USB ports, three HDMI ports, optical audio out, component video, LAN and tuner. All of these add up to give you a nice selection of connection options. I did notice one thing missing on this TV however; a VGA connection. . ."
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

Roku LT Streaming Media Player Review - XSReviews
     Wed, Nov 28 2012 | 3:18A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In a little break away from computer hardware, we`re moving to the lounge today to look at the Roku LT: a streamingmedia player for your TV. Roku are a relative latecomer to this already busy market place, and have to fight with some big players like Apple with the aTV, so let`s see how they cope. A link to the article would be much appreciated."
  FULL STORY @ XSREVIEWS.CO.UK

 
Samsung PN60E530 60-Inch Plasma HDTV Review @ ModSynergy.com
     Tue, Nov 20 2012 | 11:42P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today I look at the Series 5 PN60E530 60 1080p Plasma HDTV and go over its features, main selling points, performance, and determine if it`s a good pick for your hard earned money this coming Black Friday and Cyber Monday!"
  FULL STORY @ MODSYNERGY.COM

[DreamWare Computers] Samsung UN55ES8000 LED Smart TV
     Mon, Nov 19 2012 | 4:07P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today I have Samsung`s latest UN55ES8000 Smart TV on the test bench and will be taking you through everything this model has to offer. With a lot of the built-in features and included extras in the box, the UN55ES8000 can actually eliminate the need for many additional home theatre components and can give you a nice and integrated home theatre solution."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS.COM

Logitech TV Cam HD review: couch Skyping
     Thu, Nov 15 2012 | 12:03P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Skype is an extremely useful and indeed cost saving application, but a disadvantage of this particular method of communication is its requirement to sit at a computer, which does get old after a while. Logitech recently introduced its TV Cam HD, which allows you to video call while just sitting on your couch. While there are television sets with built-in webcam and Skype app, the TV Cam HD has been designed to work with any set with an HDMI port.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

[Tech ARP] Satellite TV Going Bonkers? Blame Your DECT Phone! Rev. 2.0
     Thu, Nov 15 2012 | 8:12A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are having problems watching certain channels on your satellite TV, don`t blame your service provider just yet. It is very possible that the culprit is actually the DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) phone you recently installed. This is actually an old problem, but one that not many people realize until they install a DECT phone, or subscribe to a satellite TV service, or both. In this article, we are going to explain to you why DECT phones interfere with satellite TV services, how to determine if they are the cause, and how to fix the problem. If you find this guide useful, be sure to share it with your family and friends so they won`t get frustated at their satellite TV provider for the wrong reason. We all have plenty of other reasons to complain to them about anyway!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

Arctic MC101 review: HTPC in media player format
     Wed, Nov 07 2012 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Watching digital content in your living room, it remains a challenge sometimes. Of course there are plenty of media players, settop boxes, smart TVs, intelligent Blu-ray players and the old favourite, the HTPC. The latter is the most flexible, but until now also the largest in size, which can be a drawback in the living room. Arctic has attempted to solve that problem, by creating an HTPC that is the size of a media player.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

First Look - Ceton Echo Windows Media Extender @MissingRemote
     Sun, Nov 04 2012 | 7:40P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The XBOX 360 has ruled the Windows Media Center (WMC) extender market since it killed off third-party completion with the release of Windows Vista, but for many the brutish gaming consoles size, appetite for electricity, and unpleasant noise levels made it unwelcome in the A/V stack. With a lithe chassis, miserly power consumption, and a modern system-on-a-chip (SOC) offering the potential for proper HD file support the Ceton Echo could be just the thing to breathe fresh life into Microsofts aging platform. Our sample just arrived so it has not been run through the wringer yet, but since the hardware is set and pre-orders starting it is worth taking a look to getting a basic understanding of what the Echo has to offer. Check back later for our full review when the software is finalized. *"
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

Pulse-Eight Internal HDMI CEC Adapter Review @MissingRemote
     Mon, Oct 29 2012 | 12:04P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In an HDMI A/V environment, Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is the glue that ties components together into a cohesive unit--able to be controlled by a single remote without the hassle, or expense, of a normal universal as well as removing infrareds (IR) line-of-site requirement for playback devices. Where there can be problems with the protocol, most often the root cause is linked to the unfortunate fact that CEC works [best] when every component on the HDMI bus supports it which until recently has left home theater PC (HTPC) users out in the cold. Coming to market with an HDMI+USB dongle, Pulse-Eight brought this segment into the modern age, but with the form factor trade-offs demanded of an external adapter and lacking of wake-from S5 (soft- off) some compromise was still required. Fortunately for those with Intel Media Series motherboards offering an HTPC_HEADER like the DH61AG or DH77DF, Pulse-Eight is back with an internal solution able to correct both of these gaps. *"
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

Asrock VisionX 321B
     Wed, Oct 24 2012 | 9:03A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Asrock VisionX 321B is an awesome little HTPC that packs a serious punch. Actually we really shouldn’t label the VisionX as a HTPC as it is so much more than that. Whereas other models such as the VisionHT rely on integrated graphic solutions, such as the Intel HD Graphics 4000, the VisionX employs a far more powerful solution making it a very capable gaming machine.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

55LM960V review: fully-featured Smart TV
     Mon, Oct 22 2012 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
LG’s 55LM960V is a very attractive and thin TV with a different-looking base, and the image-quality is outstanding. The contrast was a little bit of a let-down, considering that the nano full LED technology has more potential. The colour rendering is very good, and LG's passive 3D technology works well, preferable over active 3D because it's easier on the eyes. A nice library of 3D content is included even. The TV is complete in terms of features, and the Smart TV functionality is very comprehensive.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

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