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!

AVS Forum

Oct 28 2015

News - Zotac Announce Two Zbox Braswell Mini-PC

Looking for a cheap OpenELEC or HTPC streamer? You could do worse than a Braswell (Atom) based system, and Zotac just announced two new boxes, in two different formats.

These new systems use Intel's Atom N3150 SoC, part of the Braswell family of products. The N3150 contains four low-power CPU cores, rated with a max TDP of 6 W, operating at 1.6 GHz. The CPU cores can also increase their clock speed to 2.08 GHz for short periods. The CPU cores share a 2 MB pool of L2 cache and can access up to 8 GB of DDR3L memory over a 64-bit interface.

Tom's Hardware

Oct 28 2015

Blog - What Should Missing Remote Be?

This might seem like a strange question, but I've been thinking a lot about what Missing Remote should be. Where it should go. What we should cover. What we do right/wrong.

Oct 27 2015

News - Is the Roku 4 Worth It?

I was all set to pull the trigger on a Roku 4 until I found out it had a fan, and it can be quite loud. So I started wondering if it was worth 2x the price of the 2015 Roku 2, and frankly I'm on the fence. I have a couple months to figure it out, but I'm curious if anyone has experience with the Roku 4 or 2015 Roku 2.



Oct 27 2015

News - Deal Alert: Sony PS4 $299 @ Woot

Woot PS4

If you're in the market for a Sony Playstation 4, $299 isn't terrible. The kids love ours for games, and I use it as the go to Blu-ray player when I haven't had a chance to free the bits, or pulling a title from sneakernet storage.


Oct 27 2015

News - singlecue Now Available


I was very impressed by singlecue when I played with it at CES, but they seemed to drop off the map soon afterwards so I assumed, that like many slick things you see at CES, they'd missed their date or disappeared. Well it looks like it was the first, as IIRC the gesture based remote was supposed to ship in April. Either way, it's neat that it's now available on Amazon.

Oct 25 2015

News - Reference Home Theater Reviews LG 55EG9100 OLED

If you have an aging plasma, and are looking for the display that could replace it. Only OLED will do the trick. I've seen this display in passing and it does look fantastic, but 3D lovers (like me) will lament the passive nature of LG's implementation and (like me) need to wait for the 4K displays to come down in price a bit before making the plunge.

The 55” LG 55EG9100 OLED display is the entry-level LG OLED for 2015. For plasma fans, OLED has been billed as the great savior. Not only would an OLED be thinner than our plasma sets, but it could be brighter and have pure blacks. We wouldn’t have to live with the LCD compromises of worse off-axis viewing and backlights that can’t deliver the darkest blacks. OLED promises the potential to make us forget about plasma once and for all.

Reference Home Theater

Oct 21 2015

News - Amped Wireless Announces AC1750 Touchscreen Wi-Fi Extender

In many larger, or particularly solid, homes one Wi-Fi router can't quite get to the edges, so it is necessary to add an extender or second access point. There are many options about there, but AFAIK this is the first, and only, touch screen model. I'm not sure what the touch screen really adds to the mix after first run besides "Digital Clock Mode", but since it's also a media bridge with five Gigabit ports there is something to justify the $199 MSRP.

Full PR after the click.

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