Jun 19 2014

Review - Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830

Logitech K830

For home theater PC (HTPC) the value of a good wireless keyboard should go without saying. After all, despite its special role in the A/V stack a HTPC is still a PC – so text entry and pointer based navigation is an essential aspect of configuration, use, and maintenance. Also as over the top (OTT) content’s search based consumption takes an ever-larger slice of our eyeball time, both on the HTPC and the myriad of increasingly complex streamer type devices, an attractive wireless keyboard that clearly looks like it belongs is an important “best tool for the job.” The market for living room friendly wireless keyboards is relatively crowded, but too often product selection requires more compromise in functionality, features, range and style than is ideal. Logitech hopes to resolve that conflict with their newest Unifying enabled “Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830.” The K830 specifications are impressive, including a back light, Windows 8 gesture support, 33’ of range and a built in rechargeable battery--but the most obvious feature is the way it looks. The $99 (£89) Logitech K830 is relatively expensive in this segment; let’s find out if it can deliver enough value to warrant its price tag.

Jun 18 2014

Podcast - Missing Remote Podcast Episode 26

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HDBaseT was the topic of discussion this week again. They have more alliance members and Kyle is still playing with his setup and is working on a blog post. Links in the show notes on some deal and the HDBaseT alliance site with more details on the standards they are pushing out. We also are discussing Smart Thermostats and the new Honeywell Lyric. Do you have one in your house? Leave a comment below.  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. 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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Jun 17 2014

News - D-Link’s New Wi-Fi Audio Extender for Streaming Music

Pretty interesting way of making your own type of Sonos home, with your own components.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – June 10, 2014 – D-Link today announced that the Wi-Fi Audio Extender (DCH-M225) is now shipping. Designed to stream music from a smartphone or tablet directly to virtually any connected speaker or home stereo, the Wi-Fi Audio Extender is a seamless way to enjoy music throughout the house. The compact and ultra-portable extender works with any speaker with a standard 3.5mm audio jack and connects wirelessly to an existing home network, allowing users to play music in any room with a Wi-Fi connection. It can also be quickly and easily moved from room to room so there’s always music playing, no matter where the party goes.


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.


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