Dec 19 2015

News - Emby Android apps get music support

While I don't frequently listen to my music library on the go, those without a music service sub will find it indispensable. Which makes the latest feature addtion to Emby's Amazon and Google Android flavors quite welcome.

Dec 18 2015

News - Will hard drives hang on for 20 more years?!

Twenty years ia a long time, especially in the computing world. While I think it's quite likely that hard drives will still be around, I'm not convinced that no matter how hard companies like Seagate push the envelop that it will be a mainstream consumer technology that far in the future. If I had to guess it will be primarily cold storage (like tape now), flash is only getting faster and cheaper. Once we start seeing multi-TB SSDs at reasonable prices, it will be really difficult to find a use for magnetic storage in the home. All that said, Anandtech has a really interesting writeup of what's coming down the road, well worth the read - even if you agree with me. If not, go ahead and tell me why I'm wrong in the comments Smile.

Dec 17 2015

News - Plex opens arms, frees consoles

If you're a PlayStation 3/4 or Xbox One PLEX aficionado, you will be pleased to learn that according to Neowin all three apps have been freed from the shackles of service fees.

Dec 17 2015

News - Who is axiim?

For many, a fully* wireless multi-channel home audio solution is the perfect solution. There are a few players in the market, but I've never run across axiim before. Now obviously we can't be covering every bit player that happens to put out a some home audio kit, but there's something really interesting about the set of people who are following this entrant...

Dec 16 2015

News - Emby adds support for openSUSE, Tumbleweed and Leap

It is beta only currently, but it's great that Emby is expanding to more platforms.

Dec 16 2015

News - Polk Audio T50 Tower Speaker Reviewed @ HTR

When I started building my first real audio system, many (many) years ago, funds were well short of what I would have liked, so hunting for a good value proposition was essential. I ended up with a great (for the $) set of Pioneer mains that I absolutely loved, but it took a lot of time and a lot of listening to find them. So I completely agree with the HTR reviewer's praise for Polk Audio expanding the good sounding/great value segment with the $258/pair T50.

Dec 15 2015

News - Be Quiet! Shadow Rock LP CPU Cooler Reviewed @ Nikktech

I'm not in love with the SFF-dissing intro, but this Be Quiet! cooler looks nice and comes from a proven brand in um... quiet computing.

Dec 15 2015

News - What's that? Crazy non-K overclocking is possible?!?

It's been a while since I've overclocked my PC, and it's generally frowned upon to even think about overclocking a HTPC (with which I wholeheartedly agree), but this is newsworthy stuff. The concept is essentially the same as the last time I cranked my Pentium 733s up, have a mess with the bus clock because the multiplier is locked, but with Skylake the risk is much, much lower because...

Dec 15 2015

Review - Diamond Multimedia STREAM2TV WPCTV3000 Miracast, iPlay, & DLNA Endpoint

With the explosion in the use mobile devices for storing and playing content it is important to pick the right technology to push your media to the big screen when sharing the experience with multiple people. Whether it is photos, family videos, or Netflix choosing an endpoint which meets all your needs is essential. It is not hard to find a single device that handles Miracast or iPlay, but finding one that has both, plus DLNA, and can do digital and analog output is quite a bit more difficult. Diamond’s $90/£110 WPCTV3000 includes each of those features on its spec sheet; let’s see if it can deliver.

Dec 13 2015

Podcast - MissingRemote Podcast 63

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The Missing Remote podcast is back. I'm afraid that I forgot to ask for this episode's show notes, and since I missed the live recording we'll just have to listen together to figure out what it's about Smile.

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Dec 12 2015

Guide - How-to enable Emby mobile photo backups

I’ve been really impressed with the pace of improvement with the Emby media server and companion apps, but there was one thing that really stopped me from embracing the suite – automated mobile photo backup. As it turns out, the problem was ignorance instead of a feature gap versus competitive software like Plex.

Dec 12 2015

News - Ecobee has an eyesight problem

If you have an ecobee3, and the proximity sensor doesn't seem to be working right. Zatz Not Funny! has a quick fix for a common manufacturing issue.

Dec 11 2015

News - SVS announces line of reasonably priced audio accessories

Good audio cables and accessories don't have to be expensive. In fact they don't even have to be that high quality, as long as you've caveated properly. That said, coat hangers are hard to work with (unless your car needs opening, in which case...), and frankly they don't look very nice either. Thankfully there's a lot of space between that, and the $1000 triple-braided unicorn mane based kit many "audiophiles" swear by. Personally, I think it most important thing is that it fits in the environment and easy to work with. This why I'm happy to pay a little bit more for quality terminals or dual-color in-wall wires, and when I can't hide it away - maybe even spring for some nicer looking runs.

SVS made a name for themselves by selling high quality subs (and speakers) at a reasonable price, and it looks like their new SoundPath accessory line fits quite cleanly into the same paradigm.  I know that if I still had hardwood floors, I'd be looking pretty hard at that sub isolation kit.

Dec 11 2015

News - Streamcom F12C HTPC chassis reviewed @ TweakTown

Streamcom HTPC chassis look fantastic, have good build quality, and are well thought out – at least that’s been my experience. The F12C looks to be no exception either, although I do find the front to be a bit too boring-slab-of-aluminum for my personal taste.

Dec 11 2015

News - Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 reviewed @ HardwareAsylum & ThinkComputers

Picking the right chassis for a server build can be just as hard as what you select for your HTPC. Not usually because there are too few options, but the opposite. Finding a chassis that will keep everything cool, quiet, have plenty of expansion, and look good without breaking the bank can be difficult. We’ve reviewed a few options in the past, but never had the chance to go in depth with Be Quiet! Kit. I have to say that the Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 certainly looks the part (love the orange accents!), and checks all the right boxes at $90/£80– so if you’re planning an upgrade it’s certainly worth consideration.

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