Apr 21 2016

News - SVS PC-2000 subwoofer reviewed @ RHT

I've never contemplated a cylindrical subwoofer, actually only barely knew they existed. After reading the review of the SVS PC-2000, I think I'm going to have to do some research into the benefits of this shape versus a standard cabinet design.

Apr 20 2016

News - NETFLIX Original release schedule

If you have NETFLIX, I'm sure you've also been impressed with the depth, variety, and [mosly] quality of their "Original" content. I really enjoyed the first season pf "Bloodlines", so that's what I'm looking forward to the most. What's your top show?

Apr 20 2016

News - HTR Review DISH Hopper 3

DISH network is one of the few MSOs that pushes the evelope when it comes to home DVR capability. So I always make a point to check out their CES announcements. The devices aren't reviewed that often so it's nice to see a reputable 3rd party take a look.

Apr 19 2016

News - SNB reviews Linksys AP clustering solution

If you have a large house, and want to build a seemless Wi-Fi network. Using AP clustering is a great way to accomplish this goal. While it's possible to make things work with a few consumer Wi-Fi routers, there's little substitute for specialized hardware. Generally, that will run some serious dosh, but the Linksys AC1200/AC1700 business APs are very reasonably priced at $142/$170. A steal considering the price of a single high-end router. There are some feature deltas though, most notably the lack of seamless roaming, but it's still a quite tempting proposition.

Apr 15 2016

News - RHT reviews Denon AVR-X2200W

I usually end up buying AVR from the mid-range, so it's great to see a solid model from this segment covered over at RHT.

Apr 15 2016

News - Sling TV will stream OTA channels via AirTV STB

Zatz Not Funny! has the scoop on Dish's end run around OTA channel licensing. Sling TV will Sling the channels via a STB - check out their post for all the details.

Apr 14 2016

News - D-Link Connected Home Ecosystem Connects with Amazon Echo

 

I haven't had a chance to play with Amazon's Echo (Alexa) ecosystem yet, but they sure seem to be getting a lot of good press, and OEM support. I think that's a great thing; we really need some cohesion in the devices market. Today, D-Link announced that their Wi-Fi HA devices will play nice with Echo and IFTTT - full PR after the click.

Apr 14 2016

News - Speaker placement 101

Not only does SVS make some killer speakers, they also have a blog with lots of useful information for home theater enthusiasts. This one is on speaker placement. I'm assuming you all are comfortable with the 5.1/7.1 setups, but past that into Dolby Atmos... I certainly learned a thing or two.

Apr 14 2016

News - Emby Theater 2.1.9 released

Some good stuff, like support for external players, YouTube trailers, and a bit more...

Apr 12 2016

News - Legit Reviews reviews Intel Pentium G4400 IPG

The review is really light on the critial aspects for HTPC use (read MIA), but that doesn't mean it doesn't contain a lot of useful information about this budget ($65) Skylake CPU.

Apr 12 2016

News - C-NET explains HDR10 v. Dolby Vision, or why you want a Dolby Vision display

I'm not sure I agree that 3D was a bust, but we can agree that it wasn't the commercial success that the TV OEMs would have liked. HDR on the other had is universally loved, but like [seemingly] every other format there has to be a "war" this time between HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It's not quite the same thing as HD-DVD/Blu-ray, but it is important and if a 4K HDR display is on your wishlist you will want to understand the breakdown.

Apr 12 2016

News - Arq Version 5 released

If you read the Arq V4 review, you'll know that I'm a big fan. The software was exactly what I was looking for to provide off-site storage in a format (encrypted in transport and at rest on the remote "Cloud" location) that I was happy with. Today, V5 dropped which changes around the licensing scheme a bit (now per-person is an option) along with some new features (faster upload/download and search to name a couple). If you have a V4 lifetime subscription you should be receiving an upgrade key sometime today.

Check out the video of Arq V5 after the click

Apr 10 2016

News - DUNE HD Solo 4K

Just finished reading the PR for DUNE HD's upcoming Solo 4K player. WOW, there is a lot of information to be had. First off, the player itself looks fantastic. Small, lots of power, all the great stuff we've come to expect from DUNE HD's "just plays" experience, and with DVB-T/T2 tuners and 2.5" HDD for DVR support we have a great start for a complete media player. Add in Sigma Design's VXP video processing engine (which is supposed to be amazing), and the news that they've made the switch to ARM which should make it easier for DUNE HD to support, as well as enabling the Android OS boot option, and it's looking even better. Finally slather on a built-in Z-Wave HAC (Home Automation Controller), and I think you'll have to agree that this is something to get excited about. MSRP is a reasonable $349/€349, so the only real question is when.

Apr 10 2016

News - NETGEAR Announces Arlo Q Plus Camera

NETGEAR is rapidly expanding their Arlo suite of monitoring products, now with a power over Ethernet (PoE) model targeted at small business. The NETGEAR Arlo Q Plus carries a SRP of $250/camera you get seven days of rolling recording accessible via the mobile app or web. PoE isn't a requirement, and there is flexibilty in connectivity as well with standard Ethernet or Wi-Fi also available. Be prepared to wait a bit if you want one though; US should see them in May and ROW in June sometime.

Mar 31 2016

News - Brewie automated brewing machine at Gadget Show

I have to admit that covering a home beer brewing machine is a bit of a strech, but first-off IT'S A HOME BREWING MACHINE and secondly about the only time I don't have a cool malt beverage companion when sitting down for a movie is when it's a distillate of said beverage. So definitely part of the home viewing experience, at least for me. Anyway, I digress. If you missed the chance to have a look at Brewie at CES, and are heading out the Gadget Show (which is open to the public), might want to have a stop at their booth and try a sample.

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