Nov 01 2006

Blog - Contest Winner!!!

We have a winner!!

jennyfur! Come on down, you have 72 hours to contact me via email, pm, or pony express!!! Of course, you have to take pictures of your goodies once you get them!!! Please include your shipping information in your email. Thanks to all who entered, I consider it a pretty dang good success considering this site is less then a month old. Thanks to those who tried to bribe me, but it just wasn't enough so I had to do it the old fashioned random number generator way.

Nov 01 2006

News - New Packaging Announced for Vista & Office

The Windows Vista Team Blog are the first to release some new packaging designs from Microsoft for their upcoming Vista & Office release. I like the front I suppose, but I withhold judgment until I see the back.

Check out the pictures here.

Nov 01 2006

News - DivX 6.4 Adds 1920x1080 HD Video & More

EHomeUpgrade points out that DivX just announced their latest 6.4 codec, with some nice improvements. Check em out.

DixX 6.4 Codec Highlights:

  • Compress digital video 5 to 10 times more than MPEG-2/DVD format and hundreds of times over raw digital video
  • Encode high-definition (HD) video at resolutions up to 1080p or 1080i
  • Maximized performance for all HyperThreaded, dual core and dual CPU (SMP) systems
  • Improved support for interlaced video
  • Six carefully optimized encoding modes for balancing visual quality and performance
  • Automated noise reduction reduces grain and low-light noise (common with DV cameras) without significantly degrading the video

Read the rest here

Nov 01 2006

News - Canton Speaker Set Review

Filling your Home Theater with these speakers will no doubt require a favour or two to your significant other, but the 5 piece Ergo series from Canton may win you something else later on;). If nothing else, a fantastic case is made in this review to have floor standing speakers as your left and right main.

From the article: 

 Brian Florian made a good comment the other day. He said, "I need an almost full-range speaker for my mains so that I can get by in case anything goes wrong with the sub". That isn't a bad argument especially in my house where I have a tendency to sell off my speaker setup every couple of years, and lately it seems the sub is always the first component to sell, leaving me with no LFE for a couple of weeks.

 

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Nov 01 2006

News - JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofer

Ahh It must be my lucky day to catch a few speaker reviews on the net. Courtesy of Sound& Vision, this next review takes a look at the ins and outs (no pun intended) of the JL Audio Fathom f112. Weighing in at $2400 the Sound & Vision crew find nothing wrong with this 12 inch bad boy except a case of hernia and a lost paycheque or two.

From the article:

Widely respected in high-end mobile sound, JL Audio has only recently navigated into home theater waters. Domestic notoriety may come quickly, however. The new JL Audio Fathom f112 subwoofer has a high-tech 12-inch driver rated at more than 3 inches peak-to-peak linear excursion, mated with a digital amp said to produce "unclipped output voltages equivalent to 1,500 watts." Weighing in at a measly 115 pounds (less than half the mass of JL's largest sub), the f112 certainly has a big-bass recipe.

 

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