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.

Oct 13 2015

News - ASUS RT-AC88U AC3100 802.11AC Router With Eight Gigabit Ports

I haven't seen an official announcement, but there is a product page up for the ASUS RT-AC88U. This is a two radio (1x “1000Mbps” 2.4GHz + 1x “2167Mbps” 5GHz) model based on Broadcom’s hardware, with support for MU-MIMO. What makes it particularly interesting, besides the looks of course, is that that it includes eight Gigabit Ethernet ports and support for Link Aggregation (specific schemes weren’t listed). When official PR is available, we’ll definitely let you know.


Oct 09 2015

News - NETGEAR & Best Buy Release AC1900 Router + Extender Bundle

I must admit that when I first saw the announcement of the Nighthawk DST AC1900 DST & DST Adapter bundle I thought it was just a repackaged R7000 and EX6100. Which while convenient, really doesn’t offer much new to the mix. Fortunately, before writing that up I checked with NETGEAR and they let me know that it’s actually a R7000 + Wi-Fi extender with Gigabit powerline built-in to both components, providing the backhaul between extender and router. Which I think we all can agree is much more interesting!

It is a bit on the expensive side ($300) and only available at BestBuy, but since support and installation is included it just might be the perfect thing to get the less technical started.

Best Buy.

Oct 06 2015

News - Roku 4 Announced With 802.11AC and 4K Support

Rumors have been floating around for a couple weeks now, and it looks like all the ones I saw were correct with the Roku 4 supporting 4K content, 802.11AC, quad-core SoC, and somewhat surprisingly the return of optical audio out (TOSLINK) -- probably for the soundbar user. It is a welcome update both for those holding out for updated hardware, and current owners who should see the Roku OS 7 update sometime in October. I was hoping for a $99 price point, but alas, that was not to be; with the updated streaming available for pre-order for $129.

Full PR after the click.

Oct 03 2015

News - SiliconDust Opens HDHomeRun DVR Early Access

If you've been kicking yourself for missing out on the HDHomeRun DVR funding campaign, and the associated early builds of the software. SiliconDust is now allow you to opt-in to get access and a year of service for the same price as the original Kickstarter.


Oct 01 2015

News - NETGEAR Announces Quad-core A15 ReadyNAS 212/214

We recently reviewed NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS 202 finding it an excellent option for consumer NAS. Building on the device’s solid performance, NETGEAR announced the ReadyNAS 212 & 214 today bumping the spec from dual to a quad-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A15 for the 2XX family. The general feature set hasn’t changed; still offering all of the great backup and cloud goodness as before. The increased CPU performance has been put to good use in the ReadyNAS 21X, with software based (single stream 1080p->480p) transcoding now available via Plex, penalty free real-time A/V scanning, and the full potential of dual Gigabit link aggregation in the box. I for one am very interested in seeing how these $329/$499 NAS devices perform in real conditions, especially with NETGEAR making link aggregation much more approachable to the average consumer with today’s other product announcement.

Full PR after the click.

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