May 05 2016

Guide - Install Pulse-Eight internal HDMI-CEC adapter in Intel Skylake NUC (NUC6i5SYK)


As you all know, one of the major disappointment with the Intel Broadwell NUCs was that Intel made it much harder than is should have been to leverage the HTPC’s HDMI CEC header. So when the Intel NUC6i5SYK (Skylake NUC) review unit arrived, one of the first things I did was crack the case to see if Intel had done anything to make it easier to use a Pulse-Eight internal CEC adapter, or if a soldering iron would still be a critical part of the install. What I found was a fantastic improvement.

May 04 2016

News - NETGEAR releases 10GbE Smart Switch family for business

It's probably a bit too early for wide adoption of 10GbE in the home, but it is becoming more important for small and medium sized business (large has been there for quite a while). Pricing is also still very business oriented, but it is nice to monitor and see what's available. There are three new managed switches available ranging from 8 to 48 ports.

Apr 30 2016

News - LG E6 OLED reviewed at HDTVtest

LG's OLED display continue to review very well, with some improvements from previous years. It's actually this reasonably rapid improvement that makes me hesitate the most when it comes to picking up an OLED display.

Apr 28 2016

Review - Intel NUC Kit NUC5PGYH Braswell Mini PC


Like the rest of Intel Atom systems, home theater PCs (HTPC) based on the CPU have come a long way over the last few years. The Intel NUC5PGYH offers hardware accelerated video decoding up to 4K (HDMI 1.4b output) via the quad-core Intel Braswell Pentium N3700. Now add in 7.1 multi-channel audio support, Windows 10 preinstalled, RC6 CIR (consumer infrared), 2GB DDR3L RAM, 32GB eMMC, and support for 2.5” storage expansion. This particular low power system has the makings of a serious media consumption device. And when considering that you can bring one home for $250/£220 ($280 SRP), even the price sounds too good to be true.

Apr 27 2016

News - Emby Android TV / Fire TV Apps updated

The biggest change looks to be improved support for multi-channel compressed audio CODECs like DD & DTS, but there are quite a few fixes and improvements listed in the update.

Apr 22 2016

News - Longest DD-WRT writeup ever...

This has to be the most approachable, and longest, guide to setting up DD-WRT ever. There's even an eBook available if you can't dedicate the time in one browsing session.

Apr 22 2016

News - The Wirecutter does "Best Budget Subwoofer"

I love a good sub. It's an essential part of the movie, and many times, music experience. Naturally, not everyone's budget can strech to accomodate something that costs several hundred $ - which is where this "best of" list comes in. With an entry at $110, it's probably time if you don't already have some thump in your HT room.

Apr 22 2016

News - D-Link EXO AC1900 Wi-Fi router now shipping

Not everyone wants, or needs, a monster Wi-Fi router that costs $200-300 so it's great to see that D-Link is bringing out devices like the EXO, that with AC1900 speeds should be plenty in many scenerios and still ahve that angry insect look (that I like) going on.

Apr 21 2016

News - SVS PC-2000 subwoofer reviewed @ RHT

I've never contemplated a cylindrical subwoofer, actually only barely knew they existed. After reading the review of the SVS PC-2000, I think I'm going to have to do some research into the benefits of this shape versus a standard cabinet design.

Apr 20 2016

News - NETFLIX Original release schedule

If you have NETFLIX, I'm sure you've also been impressed with the depth, variety, and [mosly] quality of their "Original" content. I really enjoyed the first season pf "Bloodlines", so that's what I'm looking forward to the most. What's your top show?

Apr 20 2016

News - HTR Review DISH Hopper 3

DISH network is one of the few MSOs that pushes the evelope when it comes to home DVR capability. So I always make a point to check out their CES announcements. The devices aren't reviewed that often so it's nice to see a reputable 3rd party take a look.

Apr 19 2016

News - SNB reviews Linksys AP clustering solution

If you have a large house, and want to build a seemless Wi-Fi network. Using AP clustering is a great way to accomplish this goal. While it's possible to make things work with a few consumer Wi-Fi routers, there's little substitute for specialized hardware. Generally, that will run some serious dosh, but the Linksys AC1200/AC1700 business APs are very reasonably priced at $142/$170. A steal considering the price of a single high-end router. There are some feature deltas though, most notably the lack of seamless roaming, but it's still a quite tempting proposition.

Apr 15 2016

News - RHT reviews Denon AVR-X2200W

I usually end up buying AVR from the mid-range, so it's great to see a solid model from this segment covered over at RHT.

Apr 15 2016

News - Sling TV will stream OTA channels via AirTV STB

Zatz Not Funny! has the scoop on Dish's end run around OTA channel licensing. Sling TV will Sling the channels via a STB - check out their post for all the details.

Apr 14 2016

News - D-Link Connected Home Ecosystem Connects with Amazon Echo


I haven't had a chance to play with Amazon's Echo (Alexa) ecosystem yet, but they sure seem to be getting a lot of good press, and OEM support. I think that's a great thing; we really need some cohesion in the devices market. Today, D-Link announced that their Wi-Fi HA devices will play nice with Echo and IFTTT - full PR after the click.

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