Nov 02 2015

News - 2015 LG OLED Will Do HDR

This isn't really new news but it was the first time I've seen confirmation from a reputable source that 2015 LG OLED models will be (are?) updated to support HDR. This is fantasic, and really the only reason I would have said to hold off grabbing one of these panels if your budget allows.


Nov 02 2015

News - Pocket Lint Reviews LG 950V / EF9500 4K OLED HDTV

Every review I've seen for one of LG's OLED HDTVs has the review drooling all over the panel (and TBF, every LG OLED I've seen in person has elicited the same response from me). If you have the dosh, and the space for one of these large panel displays, it would be hard to do better - this year.

For many serious AV fans - the sort of people who still own or sigh wistfully over the loss of Pioneer or Panasonic plasma TVs - OLED technology has long looked like the answer to their post-plasma TV prayers. The LG 950V (or LG EF9500 as it's known in the US) is the company's first affordable(ish) flat 4K OLED panel, following-up the already excellent curved 960V from earlier this year.

Pocket Lint

Oct 30 2015

News - TweakTown Reviews Areca Technology ARC-1883i Eight-Port 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter

I must admit, that I've never heard of Areca before so it was interesting to see what their entry level solution was capable of. It is probably a bit expensive for most home users, but if you're planning to roll-your-own ultimate NAS it could fit the bill.

With the launch of third-generation SAS products, Areca is now offering a full lineup of 12G SAS adapters including the 1883ix-12/16/24 along with the 1883LP, 1883x and the solution we are testing today the ARC 1883i. The 1883i is a dual SFF-8643 RAID controller featuring 2GB of onboard DRAM with a 1.2GHz dual-core RoC.

This solution along with each of the third-generation adapters from Areca are capable of supporting up to 256 12 Gb/s SAS SSD/HDD using the ARC 8028 Expander. As this unit sits it is capable of driving up to eight 12 Gb/s SAS or SATA hard drives along with SSDs if you are so inclined.


Oct 30 2015

News - NikKTech Reviews Noctua NH-L9x65 Low-Profile CPU Cooler

I'm a big fan of Noctua coolers, but they are a bit pricey compared to competing solutions so it's important to do your research and make sure that the HSF you select is providing good value for money.

Most people we know may be serious gamers, overclockers, enthusiasts and professionals who are pretty much always after high-performance when it comes to their PCs but there are also quite a few who are just looking to build a cost-effective system which they can use as an HTPC or just for basic functions like downloading, web surfing and casual gaming. With that into account PC case manufacturers have focused a lot lately in the design and manufacture of small m-ITX and m-ATX PC cases (even 3 liter ones) which as expected really are nowhere near as spacious as regular ATX compatible models and thus require to be fitted with low-profile hardware components. Noctua is one of the very few manufacturers to have released a good number of m-ITX and m-ATX compatible CPU coolers recently and today with us we have their latest NH-L9x65 model which is based on their award winning NH-L9.


Oct 30 2015

News - TweakTown Reviews Promise Pegasus2 R2+ Thunderbolt 2 RAID

I prefer my external storage to be a bit more networky, but I can completely understand why it's not the right choice for everyone. If Thunderbolt is more your thing, this R2+ is worth a read.

The R2+ is the latest two-bay hardware RAID solution from Promise Technology. It carries a unique design that has the standard two bays for your 3.5" hard drives. It also utilizes a pod system for a third media bay that allows media professionals the ability to access media from sources such as SD and Compact Flash while swapping out to a 2.5" Pod allows access to your choice of SSD.



Oct 30 2015

News - Projector Central Reviews BenQ HT3050 and HT2050 Projectors

If you're in the market for a reasonably priced projector, you pretty much have to take a hard look at BenQ's lineup.

The BenQ HT3050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors being released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $999, it is the middle option, being a step up from the HT2050 at $799, and flanked on the high side by the HT4050 at $1,399. Since the HT3050 and HT2050 are the same basic projector with some noteworthy variances, this review will focus on the HT3050 and note where the HT2050 diverges. We will address the HT4050, which is a different projector altogether, in a different review.

Projector Central

Oct 29 2015

News - You Get PLEX, and YOU Get PLEX...

Everybody gets a PLEX* Smile.

*Assuming you have an Android TV or Smart TV. Terms and conditions may apply. Your mileage may vary.

After some quality time with our Plex Pass members as an early preview, our Android TV and smart TV apps are available for free to everyone, joining the ranks of our other free big screen apps like Roku, Tivo, Chromecast, and Xbox 360! The apps include filtering and sorting for rich content discovery, Plex Companion for casting, flinging, and remote control, as well as support for Plex Channels. In addition, you can watch TV show episodes back to back and play trailers before a movie for that genuine theater feel. The apps also support Plex Pass features you already have and love, like parental controls, premium music features, trailers and extras and more!

For a complete list of compatible smart TVs, click here.

Oct 29 2015

News - Wait, You Can Still Buy Windows Media Center Pack?


Frankly, it seems a bit unconscionable that Microsoft was still selling the Windows Media Center Pack after they euthanized the DVR software with the release, and nag-you-to-update, of Windows 10. Well this is coming to an end...

If you want to add Windows Media Center to your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 system via the addon media packs that Microsoft sell you will have to hurry. Microsoft are discontinuing the Media Pack and Pro Pack which includes Media Center on October 30th.


Oct 29 2015

News - AVS Forum Contest: Win a Pair of SVS Prime Tower Speakers

I have heard amazing things about SVS kit (pun intended), so I must admit that I had some reservations about posting about this contest (fewer entries, better odds and all that). Fortunately for you readers, my sharing side got the better of me.


SVS speakers are very popular on AVS Forum, and for good reason—they provide tremendous performance at surprisingly low cost, making them an exceptional value. To see just how much they offer, check out our official AVS reviews of four different systems comprised of the SVS Prime Towers, Prime Bookshelf and Center speakers, Prime Satellites, and a complete 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos system, all with various SVS subwoofers.

In fact, the only thing better than paying so little for such great speakers is to get them for free—which can happen to you if you enter our sweepstakes! A pair of SVS Prime Tower speakers in black piano-gloss finish (total value $1199.98) will be given away by random selection.

AVS Forum

Oct 29 2015

News - AVS Forum Contest: Win Pioneer Elite Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

From what I understand Pixels is a pretty rubbish movie, but who doesn't like to win free stuff? You will have to answer some questions though, so better brush up on your Google skills.

Answer a few trivia questions about this action comedy starring Adam Sandler and you could win a Dolby Atmos-ready AVR from Pioneer!

In conjunction with the Blu-ray release of Pixels, our friends at Dolby, and Pioneer are offering a terrific opportunity for AVS Forum members to win a Pioneer Elite 4K Ultra HD 9.2 Channel Network AV Receiver with built-in Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, featuring Dolby Atmos, valued at $1600.00. As a bonus a copy of Pixels Blu-ray will be included in the prize pack!

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