Mar 25 2014

News - D-Link Dual Band 750Mbps 802.11AC (DAP-1520) Wireless Extender Now Shipping

As wireless networking has gotten faster and become more reliable, I've found myself relying on having a quality signal in more places around the house. As good as my router is, there are a few places where, while there is signal, it's not quite as fast as I would like it to be. I saw a few new products at CES to help resolve this, with the D-Link 750Mbps DAP-1520 being one. If you were counting the days until the $70 extender shipped, your wait is over.

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Mar 24 2014

Podcast - Missing Remote Podcast Episode 14

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Mike Garcen (@mikegarcen) our fearless leader joins us this week. We convince him to install Media Browser 3 and try it out and report back. Amazon Streaming Stick coming with Game options soon? We talk Plex, Media Browser 3 and did we tell you that we like Chromecast? We had a lengthy discussion on twitter this week about copy once, copy freely and Windows versus Linux for Live TV. 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, or check out the Audio Downloads below. 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.

MP3 Download:  http://s.missingremote.com/podcast/MissingRemoteEp14.mp3

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4OVVAb730

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MissingRemote Podcast

Mar 20 2014

News - Home Theater Review, Reviews Epson Home Cinema 2030 LCD Projector

Projectors used to be strictly for those with expensive setups, but now it's quite feasible to get a decent 1080p system without breaking the bank. Everything requires some compromise, so obviously you won't get the same performance from a sub-$1000 device as something that cost 5x as much, but if you have the space it's hard to argue with 100".

Epson's Home Cinema 2030 ($899.99) is the perfect example of a home entertainment projector, in both its design and its performance. From a design standpoint, this 1080p 3LCD projector is less than half the size of its higher-priced brethren in the Home Cinema line, including the 3020, the 5020UB, and the new 5030UB (stay tuned for a review). Measuring 11.69 by 9.72 by 4.13 inches and weighing just 6.4 pounds, the 2030 has a light and easily portable form factor. You wouldn't think twice about quickly picking it up and relocating outside for a movie night under the stars or taking it to a neighbor's house for some big-screen Monday Night Football. The projector's lens sits off the left of the front chassis, and there's a lever to manually open and close the screen cover to protect the lens during travel. The 2030 has an integrated speaker that also gives you flexibility to move your entertainment system around without needing to take speakers with you. The speaker doesn't have much in the way of dynamic ability, but it will get the job done. Perhaps a better option is to use the analog mini-jack output on the unit's backside to connect the projector to a good tabletop/wireless speaker to improve the audio experience without needing a complete HT setup.

Home Theater Review

Mar 18 2014

News - Home Theater Review, Reviews Monitor Audio's ASB-2 Soundbar

There is no substitute for discrete speakers, but sometimes compromised is required when provisioning the home theater. Soundbars are a good option when you can't put a speaker where you want - anything is better than TV speakers. I'm a little disappointed that even though the ASB-2 has HDMI it doesn't support HBR audio decoding, but that's a small tradeoff if it fits the bill otherwise.

At the moment, Monitor Audio makes one soundbar, the $1,649 ASB-2. It's certainly not the most expensive soundbar you can buy, but that price does put the ASB-2 into a category that's expected to be high-performance, especially since the ASB-2 does not include a dedicated subwoofer. It does, however, incorporate a unique auto-sensing LFE subwoofer output that changes the soundbar's filter/crossover settings when a subwoofer is connected to the ASB-2. With its long, elliptical curves and shiny, brushed-aluminum side panels, the word that comes to mind to describe the appearance of the ASB-2 is sporty or, maybe, modern chic. It's ... well ... you can see the pictures. Come up with your own hoity-toity term for the way it looks. I like the design. It's neutral enough to fit in with most decors, yet the chassis' curves and metal sides keep it from being boring.

Home Theater Review

Mar 18 2014

News - Home Theater Review Explains Rec 2020

I like big TVs, so there isn't much selling required for me to see the value of 4K. That said, on a smaller display (IMO, anything less than 60") I can also agree that there isn't much benefit to throwing more pixels at the problem, but there is another potential benefit to the developing standard...

You've likely also heard the debate over whether 4K has any real value at smaller screen sizes, where it is very difficult to discern the step up in resolution from 1080p at the viewing distances from which most people watch their TVs. During such debates, you may have heard a statement along the lines of, "When we get the better color that goes along with that higher resolution, then 4K will really appeal to the masses, at any screen size." We've certainly said as much on our site over the past few months, but what is the "better color" we're talking about? Upon what are we basing this statement?

Home Theater Review

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