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.

Apr 14 2016

News - Speaker placement 101

Not only does SVS make some killer speakers, they also have a blog with lots of useful information for home theater enthusiasts. This one is on speaker placement. I'm assuming you all are comfortable with the 5.1/7.1 setups, but past that into Dolby Atmos... I certainly learned a thing or two.

Apr 14 2016

News - Emby Theater 2.1.9 released

Some good stuff, like support for external players, YouTube trailers, and a bit more...

Apr 12 2016

News - Legit Reviews reviews Intel Pentium G4400 IPG

The review is really light on the critial aspects for HTPC use (read MIA), but that doesn't mean it doesn't contain a lot of useful information about this budget ($65) Skylake CPU.

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