Dec 01 2015

News - Thecus N4310 NAS Reviewed @ phoronix

The config UI is a bit hard on the eyes, but the feature set and $266 price tag make up for that a bit - considering it's a 4-bay NAS.

Dec 01 2015

News - Western Digital Black WD6001FZWX 6TB Reviewed @ APH Networks

If you can live the noise, I've found the WD Black drives to be one of my favorites for recording disc duty.  I’ve never played with the 6TB model reviewed, or any 6TB HDD for that matter. That’s a lot of data, but the Black has 128MB cache, updated dual-core processor, and WD is claiming better performance than the 4TB Black – impressive.

Dec 01 2015

News - Is the center channel a misunderstood audio component?

It's probably not fair for me to pick at the intro paragraph to a review of two SVS center channels, but frankly it just grated. I've believed, and stated myriad times publicly, that the center channel is the most important speaker in the mix for the majority of common multi-channel use cases. If you listen to TV, movies, or anything but stereo content that doesn't have an upmix encoded in (generally music) - you want a good center. That's where the majority of the dialog is output. Bad center = bad experience. Simple as that.

With that bit of rant out of the way, what were we talking about again? Oh yes, a couple SVS center speakers that were reviewed (and loved)...

Nov 30 2015

News - Jeff Atwood (aka codinghorror) Shares 2016 HTPC Config

I like it when people share their HTPC configs. It's nice to get an idea of what they're doing, and why. Jeff is a proficient blogger, and we've shared similar thought process in the past so I am always quick to have a look when he updates his setup.

IMO, his update is solid - but I find the I/O choices to be a bit odd. Especially, opting for a standard SATA SSD instead of a modern interface. Either way, have a look and if you have any thoughts, I'd love to hear them.

Nov 29 2015

News - Joe Kane outlines Rec. 2020's limitations

Color me better educated. I'm not willing to pony up the $500 for the full talk, but there was still plenty of good information in this write up of Joe Kane's presentation on the limitations of Rec. 2020 in practical applications. I certainly wasn't aware that even though the standard will be used, it's impractical to actually make a display that makes it work.

Nov 29 2015

News - Man laments that progress takes time, sucks for early adopters. 4K Edition.

I guess I might be a bit more sympathetic if I had a 4K display, but I doubt it. Every change takes time, heck the myriad exclusively-non-HD channels still available is testament to that. So I guess while I understand that the pace of progress is frustrating at times, it’s not surprising or frankly unexpected that the current landscape is quite limited. Either way, if you’re up for a so-so-sad vent about the state of 4K video options here’s the piece you were looking for.

Nov 29 2015

News - Should you ugrade to a 4K display?

If you've been wondering if "now" might be the right time to upgrade your TV to a 4K display, C-NET has a quick cheat sheet.

Nov 28 2015

News - What's The Best Fitness Tracker

I've been thinking a lot about finally grabbing a fitness tracker this holiday season, but I'm struggling to figure out which one really suites my needs. If you have experience with one of the shortlist, or have a suggestion that isn't on it - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Nov 28 2015

News - Triple M.2 x4 RAID!!! AT Reviews ASRock Z170 Extreme7+

$240 is a lot to pay for a consumer level motherboard, but the brain melting amount of I/O throughput available from three M.2 x4 RAID SSDs would make for an amazing server. Have to wonder though, outside of server user (VHD, database, etc.) where would the consumer space benefit from that much throughput? Yes, most computing is I/O limited now, but is it THAT I/O limited?

Nov 27 2015

News - Why Is UHD BD Important?

Streaming is winning the format war, but that doesn't mean that Blu-ray is down-and-out. In fact, there's a [last gasp] effort to update the format to support 4K (UHD) and HDR - with Tech Rader making a case for why it's important. I get their arguments, as they are essentially the same as the apology for 1080p Blu-ray (looks better, don't need good Internet, etc.), and I'm personally sympathetic. I just don't know that there's really any wider support in the market for another round of expensive players + updated title releases. I could be wrong, and even falling prey to personal experience bias.

What do you all think? Does Ultra HD Blu-ray have a chance? Would you do another round of physical media upgrades?

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