Jun 17 2014

News - Reference Home Theater Reviews Vizio S5451W-C2 5.1 Sound Bar

It's hard to argue with the installation simplicity of a soundbar and wireless surrounds, especially in a rented or older house where pulling wires can be a chore. I ended up with a pricey Yamaha sound projector a few years ago because there weren't really any good alternatives that supported HDMI and real surround sound, so it's nice to see that cheaper and more flexible alternatives are coming out.

Like the Vizio S4251, the S5451W-C2 adds a wireless subwoofer and surround sound speakers to the front three channels. For $500 you get a true 5.1 channel system without having to run wires all across your room. The S5451W-C2 sounds wonderful for the money, even pairing up to my 122” projection screen and filling the room. If you want an easy, full-featured 5.1 channel system without running a lot of wires, the Vizio S5451W-C2 is your choice.

Reference Home Theater

Jun 17 2014

News - HTR: How to Pick the Right Amp for Your Speakers

If you've ever wondered how to approach matching up a set of speakers with an amp (or AVR), but didn't know where to start Home Theater Review has a great primer available.

But first, a caveat: this article is intended as a quick primer for beginners. As such, it contains a number of simplifications, many of them bordering on grossness. The goal here isn't to write the definitive treatise on the subject, but rather to give budding audio enthusiasts a foundation of knowledge on which to build. To keep things simple, we'll mostly be focusing on the characteristics of your typical solid-state amplifier and ignoring things like OTL (output transformerless) tube amps. Still, even a simple discussion of the relationship between speakers and amps can get a bit mathy; so, if you're merely looking for a cheat sheet to help you find a new amp for your favorite speakers (or vice versa), you can skip straight to the conclusion.

HTR

Jun 11 2014

Podcast - Missing Remote Podcast Episode 25

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This week we mention Apple’s iOS 8 logo which has an reseblence to Google’s logo. Paul talks about his projector and we do some talk about various frequency bands as the projector mentioned uses a wirelessHD standard to send an HDMI signal from projector to a small box by your television. Also more router discussion as Eric gets a small upgrade, Kyle waits for firmware to improve his 802.11ac connection, and we wonder if router prices are stuck at a new higher level. Paul declares his feelings for iOS. As always this weeks podcast is powered by Geekinated.  

This show is run by Kyle Button(@techbutton), Senior Editor MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall (@wxrocks), John McMahon (@JohnMcMahon_) and Paul Belser (@interwebtactics), all Co-founders of Geekinated. Also joining us in studio is Lee Clark, who doesn’t have a Twitter account (but if you send mail to social@geekinated.com telling him he needs one, we will forward every one to him). Check out the show notes and links below. We record each week, and you can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, we are also on iTunes. We now have Live shows and chat available during the recording CST 6-7 watch Twitter and Facebook for the links. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek.

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MissingRemote Podcast

Jun 10 2014

News - Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Wow...I didn't expect to see something so Nest-like aesthetically pleasing from Honeywell.

Checkout their Honeywell Lyric Thermostat.  Smart and sex.  I've been very happy with my Nest but I like the companion app idea for better monitoring of when we are home.  Well if done right.

Hopefully we'll have a full review for you in the near future.

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Jun 09 2014

News - MSI Introduces "Eco" Motherboards

It looks like MSI is bringing out a line of "green" motherboards which allow you to disable features/components that aren't being used to save power. Frankly, I think this is an amazing idea as long as it can be done without compromising the stability of the system. My only complaint is that it appears that only mATX boards will be offered, although perhaps that's because there isn't as much to disable on an ITX system Smile.

Hopefully, we can get one in and find out what the actual savings are.

 

As part of their display at Computex, MSI was showing a new element to their range based on low power systems.  The ECO range, in a white and green, is aimed at low power scenarios, and MSI seem to focus on micro-ATX sizes for H81 and B85 chipsets. 

One of the main elements to this is the MSI software, allowing users to disable unused PCIe and USB ports, or disabling fan headers.  We saw the early versions of this software on the Z97 MPower Max AC, but the ECO software is more extensive in terms of options.

Anandtech

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