Apr 12 2016

News - Arq Version 5 released

If you read the Arq V4 review, you'll know that I'm a big fan. The software was exactly what I was looking for to provide off-site storage in a format (encrypted in transport and at rest on the remote "Cloud" location) that I was happy with. Today, V5 dropped which changes around the licensing scheme a bit (now per-person is an option) along with some new features (faster upload/download and search to name a couple). If you have a V4 lifetime subscription you should be receiving an upgrade key sometime today.

Check out the video of Arq V5 after the click

Apr 10 2016

News - DUNE HD Solo 4K

Just finished reading the PR for DUNE HD's upcoming Solo 4K player. WOW, there is a lot of information to be had. First off, the player itself looks fantastic. Small, lots of power, all the great stuff we've come to expect from DUNE HD's "just plays" experience, and with DVB-T/T2 tuners and 2.5" HDD for DVR support we have a great start for a complete media player. Add in Sigma Design's VXP video processing engine (which is supposed to be amazing), and the news that they've made the switch to ARM which should make it easier for DUNE HD to support, as well as enabling the Android OS boot option, and it's looking even better. Finally slather on a built-in Z-Wave HAC (Home Automation Controller), and I think you'll have to agree that this is something to get excited about. MSRP is a reasonable $349/€349, so the only real question is when.

Apr 10 2016

News - NETGEAR Announces Arlo Q Plus Camera

NETGEAR is rapidly expanding their Arlo suite of monitoring products, now with a power over Ethernet (PoE) model targeted at small business. The NETGEAR Arlo Q Plus carries a SRP of $250/camera you get seven days of rolling recording accessible via the mobile app or web. PoE isn't a requirement, and there is flexibilty in connectivity as well with standard Ethernet or Wi-Fi also available. Be prepared to wait a bit if you want one though; US should see them in May and ROW in June sometime.

Mar 31 2016

News - Brewie automated brewing machine at Gadget Show

I have to admit that covering a home beer brewing machine is a bit of a strech, but first-off IT'S A HOME BREWING MACHINE and secondly about the only time I don't have a cool malt beverage companion when sitting down for a movie is when it's a distillate of said beverage. So definitely part of the home viewing experience, at least for me. Anyway, I digress. If you missed the chance to have a look at Brewie at CES, and are heading out the Gadget Show (which is open to the public), might want to have a stop at their booth and try a sample.

Mar 30 2016

News - Journey towards the right subwoofer

There is a lot of useful information included in the write-up. It's more personal journey, than review, but either way well worth a read if you want to learn more about subwoofers in general and the SVS lineup in particular.

Mar 30 2016

News - NETGEAR launches M4200/M4300 PoE+ managed switches

The prices of the M4200/M4300 ($1800/$1600-7000) place them solidly in enterprise or large scale CI territory. But that doesn't mean we can't drool a little at the capability Smile. Mostly intended for 802.11AC AP deployments, they offer 10Gbe inbound links and PoE+ out with a variety of port counts. Yum.

Mar 28 2016

News - Samsung UE55KS9000 4K display reviewed @ HDTVtest

As awesome as OLED displays are, they aren't for everyone. Whether it's cost or some other reason, maybe a curved LED backlit LCD is more your thing. From the looks of it the Samsung UEKS9000 would be a solid contender, even though it doesn't quite offer the same blacks as a full-array local dimming and has some issues with HDR content. That is unless you want a display that will support 3D content, because this guy, like all 2016 Samsungs, does not.

Mar 23 2016

News - 3D BD/MKV support added to JRiver Media Center

It was really just a matter of time after madVR added 3D to its feature-set, and the time has come. With JRiver Media Center (unsurprisingly) being quick to add in official support. Fantastic news for fans of BD-Lite.

Mar 23 2016

News - The Wirecutter chooses best universal remote

In what can only be called a Harmony lovefest, The Wirecutter has picked out a few universal remotes at different price points. Naturally they are all Harmony branded, and while I would normally take issue with that kind of ah... focus, in this case it's really hard to argue. I've used Harmonly remotes for years, and frankly, it would take something really special to displace it.

Mar 18 2016

Review - NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S R7800 AC2600 Wireless Router

The quad stream NETGEAR AC2600 Nighthawk X4S R7800 802.11AC wireless router is the successor to last year’s AC2350 Nighthawk X4 R7500 (and R7500v2). Besides a bump in “S”, for Smart, the Nighthawk X4S also jumps to the dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm IPQ8065, adds 200MHz of theoretical bandwidth to the 2.4GHz radio (800Mbps + 1733Mbps = AC2600) by increasing to 4x4 in both bands, and enables 160MHz channel width for 5GHz. Priced at $270/£230 SRP ($260/£213 street) the Nighthawk X4S R7800 looks to be a solid contender for the mid-range performance 802.11AC router market, and with Wave 2 features like MU-MIMO enabled out-of-the-box (OOTB) a fair degree of future proofing.

Mar 18 2016

News - axiim nears BETA end point

You should have read Missing Remote's first look at the axiim Q Wireless Home Theater System (if you haven't, seriously!!!). So you'll all know that it's currently in BETA, and therefore offers a pretty steep discount off the eventual SRP. If you have been pondering potentially purchasing this WiSA based home audio system, there won't be much more time to pick it up without paying full price.

Mar 18 2016

News - FLUANCE announces XL5F floor standing speaker

I have to admint that I really like the looks of these speakers, and the spec's are enticing at the $400/pair price point.

Mar 17 2016

News - Sling TV & Sony Playstation Vue compared @ Cord Cutter News

I was planning to do this, but looks like I won't have to Smile. Thanks to Cord Cutter News.

Mar 16 2016

News - Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player reviewed @ WHAT HI-FI

It doesn't look like you can actually buy this £600 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which is disappointing because it certainly was loved by the reviewer at WHAT HI-FI. Naturally you will need a 4K TV to make it useful, and there aren't many titles out yet, so I guess there's plenty of time for it to become available.

Mar 15 2016

News - ASUSTOR AS3104T 4-bay NAS reviewed @ Mad Shrimps

Having recently reviewed an ASUSTOR NAS, I know it's very capable machine. This ATOM based NAS, should have plenty of go and many of of the features, like HWA transcoding, to make it a good home solution.

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