Jan 21 2016

News - SVS SoundPath Cables reviewed @ RHT

I'll be honest. I usually avoid audio cable reviews because, well... they are generally fluff. There just isn't any value to be had from getting riled up reading about the unicorn mane and dodo tears that went into the manufacture of an over-priced bit of metal. But, when I saw SVS's new SoundPath cables reviewed on Reference Home Theater, I thought it just might be worth 30 seconds Smile. Fortunately, there was no mention of arcane manufacturing processes and we already knew the cables were reasonably priced... I can't help but wonder though; given the reviewer's own words on the subject - why only 4.5/5 for performance?

Jan 20 2016

News - Securifi adds Almond 3 to consumer home automation router lineup

I love the idea of a home router hub that integrates all the radios necessary for home automation (HA) in the same box. I've heard mixed reviews of Securifi's kit since it launched, but it's great that they are inovating and bringing a cheaper model to market. Hit up AnandTech for the details on their newest, cheaper, model.

Jan 20 2016

News - Intel 750 NVMe SSD reviewed @ Technology X

For most workloads, I find my PC to be I/O limited much more frequently than by the CPU, so while an NVMe SSD wouldn't find it's way into most HTPCs... I still think it's cool enough to post a review of Intel's 750 SSD Smile.

Jan 19 2016

News - Epson PowerLite 2040 LCD projector reviewed @ RHT

I think Chris pretty much nails the main reason why you would consider an LCD projector in this (<$1000) price range over DLP - rainbows. I don't see them, but they are a real, blocking issue for some...

Jan 15 2016

News - Robert Heron and Patrick Norton spin up new home theatre focused podcast

If the names Robert Heron and Patrick Norton sound familar, it's because they used to do the "HD Nation" video show on Revision3. I really liked the show, so I am hoping that their new podcast is just as awesome. I had intended to have a listen before posting, but after churning on it a bit I thought that was a bit selfish. So go listen to the AVEXCEL podcast.

Jan 15 2016

Review - Arq Cloud Backup for Mac and PC

Between us, I have been procrastinating. Unwilling to take the final step towards a truly comprehensive data protection plan. The first two stages (multiple copies, multiple formats) have been in place for years. Leveraging RAID1 (redundancy), multiple hard disk drives (backup), and DVD archival (format shift) but taking my important data off premises has been a sticking point because of trust, and simplicity. Frankly, I just do not have enough faith in any cloud storage provider’s security. They are all big juicy targets and the risk of a breach just seems more likely (cough, iCloud) than the type of event that would wipe away all of my home storage. Fortunately though, I recently found a solution that I am comfortable with – something that protects the data itself, and significantly reduces the risk of data leakage if there is a breach. Thank you Arq.

Jan 15 2016

News - Ring, Wi-Fi doorbell reviewed at Neowin

I know the HA market is still young, but is it really too much to ask that players start to integrate with each other? How many apps should I need to get a best-of-breed solution? Rant done, the Ring looks interesting, go check out what Neowin has to say...

Jan 14 2016

News - Cherry Trail Intel Compute Stick reviewed @ AnandTech

The review reads a lot like the last rev, at least when it comes to HTPC performance, so I am a bit disappointed. That said, it is in interesting look at year-on-year gains in the form factor.

Jan 14 2016

News - LG upgrades OLED line-up, Robert Heron breaks it down

Nothing brings [mild] regret for electronics purchases like CES, and it looks like a big one for anyone who picked up a 2015 LG OLED owners with the 2016's getting a slew of really nice upgrades (10-bit support!). Display expert Robert Heron breaks it down for us.

Jan 14 2016

News - Silicondust enables HDHR DVR for ClearQAM users

It's an unfortunate reality in the US, that ClearQAM is slowly disappearing. But equally true, is that when it works, it is fantastic - sometimes even magical, like when HBO HD is broadcast in the clear Smile. So it is great that SD has added [sort of] support for the capture method in their developing HDHR DVR project.

Jan 13 2016

News - UK finally getting UniKey tech lock from ERA Locks

The lack of smart locks in the UK is lamentable, there just aren't any locks that work with the "Night Latch" scheme that is somewhat popular. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will work in my door though (it has a complex multi-bolt through the frame system) Sad.

If you do have a "Night Latch" lock, and were waiting for a Revo-style smartlock, the wait is just about over.

Jan 13 2016

News - Double length GIGABYTE BRIX POC

I reviewed the Iris Pro Brix so I have more than a passing familiarity with the platform. While it was a nice system, it was simply too much CPU in such a tiny box (read loud). So in concept, I can kind of see where GIGABYTE is going with the double length BRIX concept AnandTech is showing off, but on the other hand... the whole point of mini-PCs is that they are small. Small enough to stick on the back of a monitor and roll your own AIO, so I'm not really sold on the idea unless they use the extra size to make something a lot more targeted a the HTPC market. Like a passive BRIX Iris Pro Sky Lake with a BD drive Smile.

Have a look at the board on AnandTech, then let us know what you think of the idea in the comments.

Jan 12 2016

News - NETGEAR R8500 + RN214 + LACP tested @ Anandtech

To get the most out of Link Aggregation, you really need enterprise hardware. Well, that used to be true anyway. NETGEAR has had the technology in their consumer ReadyNAS line for a while, and recently brought it to their high-end Nighthawk X8 R8500 802.11AC router. If you're curious about what that looks like in real terms AnandTech has tested it out.

Jan 12 2016

News - 3D audio firm Auro Technologies steps into hardware. Will launch two AVR lines this year.

Audio is a critical part of the immersive viewing experience, perhaps even more so than the visual aspect - it draws you in, makes you forget reality, suspend disbelief, and embrace the filmmakers fable as it unfolds. As good as the home theater experience has become, there is still a lot of ground to cover when it comes to 3D audio. Which is where a company like Auro Technologies comes it. Historically they have focused strictly on the software sides of things (CODEC/algorithims), but they have decided to branch out and make hardware as well this year and will be launching some high-end AVRs. While they will probably focus primarly on the CI market, as we all know these sorts of things eventually trickle down to the rest of us with a little time. I for one, will be watching them closely to see how both sides of the business develop.

Jan 11 2016

News - Intel Compute Stick nets upgrade

I reviewed the original [Bay Trail] Intel Compute Stick about a year ago, and while it was neat - the media/Wi-Fi performance was a bit anemic. Of course, as is the case with many things, a little bit of time (allowing for steady march of improvement) can fix a lot. So I'm much more enthusiastic about the upcoming Cherry Trail and especially Core M versions of the Compute Stick. If you are interested in seeing what is in store, Anandtech has the skinny.

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