Apr 19 2017

News - ASUS enters DIY IoT market with $55 Tinker Board

Whether you want to build a super SFF HTPC or have a play, the $55 ASUS Tinker Board should provide a solid platform to build off of. It offers Gb Ethernet, Bluetooth, 802.11N Wi-Fi, and support for HWA H.264/H.265 decoding along with a good selection of I/O options. I'm really tempted to pick one up, but I may just wait until we see a version of OpenELEC/LibreELEC on the roadmap.

Apr 12 2017

News - CyberLink launches PowerDVD 17 with VR, HDR and Ultra HD Blu-ray support

There's no stopping CyberLink in their quest to keep PowerDVD at the forefront of PC content playback. It wasn't that long ago that they added support for Ultra HD Blu-ray, and now there's another update with adds support for VR. It's great to see them continuing to help make the HTPC the best solution for home media consumption.

Apr 10 2017

News - Could Kodi get DRM support?

Ran across an interesting piece on TorrentFreak this morning noting that Kodi was open to working with content owners, including the possibility of of adding support for DRM into the platform. It's an interesting idea, and would definitely make the software more useful for some things. I have to wonder if it would weaken its play in other areas like BD-Lite. What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction, or one too far?

Apr 10 2017

News - SVS Elevation speakers reviewed at High Def Digest

SVS's Elevation speakers are an interesting option for building out a Dolby Atmos setup because of their unique shape. This is the first review I've seen, and there weren't any major suprises (read they did well).

Apr 06 2017

News - Epson announces Home Cinema 1450, projector for bright environments

Projectors are awesome. There really isn't a better way to get that massive movie screen. But, unless you have rigid light control you are very liimited in where you can take advantage of all that goodness. Epson is claiming to have that sorted, or at least more so, with their new Home Cinema 1450 - which is specifically designed for brighter environments, and at $1500 (SRP) it won't break the bank either.

Full PR after the click.

Apr 01 2017

News - Kodi domain seized by ICE

I've been ignoring all the noise about Kodi and piracy that's been circling around the interwebs recently. Because, well, it's just ignorant to think that Kodi has anything to do with illicit video content. I figured that it would play out, and content owners would move on to something a bit more sensible - like blaming your TV, because you can view the illicit content on it. THE HORROR.

Apparently that wasn't the case though, and it seems that Kodi has become a victim to that ignorance. Hopefully this gets sorted out soon, and we can go back to enjoying one of the best FOSS products out there.

Mar 04 2017

News - Reference Home Theater "hands-on" LG OLED, calls it best display ever

If you were waiting for OLED to get perfect, it might finally be time to grab one. Interestingly, all the 2017 LG OLEDs have the same panel and SoC, so the excellent performance should be consistent across all models. No reason to pay extra for the fancy looks.

Mar 03 2017

News - Yamaha YSP-5600 soundbar reviewed at HTR

Anyone who knows me, also knows that the Yamaha YSPs are really the only soundbars that I wholeheartedly recommend. That's not to say that there aren't other models that are just fine, only that they are best if you want a real surround sound HT experience. Unfortunately, they don't come cheap though, this one is $1600, but considering what you'd spend on an AVR + speakers, maybe not so crazy.

Mar 03 2017

News - ASUS launches AMD AM4 motherboards

AMD IS BACK! With so much positive buzz about Ryzen, it's worth covering the company again (sorry AMD...). With that it's great to see boards from ASUS supporting the platform; even if they are more "performace" oriented than I'd use in a HTPC. Hopefully we'll see some of those soon as well.

Mar 03 2017

News - Yale Z-Wave locks Alexa accessible, if you have SmartThings or Wink! hub

You should be able to use Alexa to mess with any Z-Wave device via a scene (worst case) on most HAC, but it's great that SmartThings and Wink! users now have native support.

Let us know in the comments if you've had a chance to play with this.

Mar 01 2017

News - Kodi v17.1 RC out with nice list of fixes

If you're a Kodi house, go grab the 17.1 RC. Good list of fixes there.

Mar 01 2017

News - YouTube launches Live TV service

Network coverage is a bit light, but given sports coverage, support for six users, and unlimited DVR storage it might just work for $35/mon. Even if it's not quite up to your standard, I think we can all agree that the level of competition developing in this space is FANTASTIC. What I'd really like to see though, is a just sports pack. That's really the only thing that I want from "cable" anymore. Anyone else in the same boat?

Naturally it is just US, but ROW probably wasn't expecting anything here Smile.

Feb 28 2017

News - Z-Wave diagnostic tool now available

I like Z-Wave. Compared to "smart" IOT IP devices, it usually just works - as long as you have a good home automation controller (HAC). In the past, when you did have a little trouble it was very difficult to figure out what was going on (usually range problem IME). Fortunately, there's now a tool for installers or curious DIYers that will help you map and troubleshoot any issues with the network. At $250, it's a little pricey, but could be well worth it in the long run.

Feb 18 2017

News - Caavo selling expensive HDMI switcher + universal search

I have to give Caavo credit for a sleek industrial design, but any positive feeling ends there. I just don't see what problem this $400 box solves for me. OK, it will switch inputs, but so does my AVR (while providing audio too). There might be some CEC magic at play here, but that requires that everything plays along, and again does nothing that I can't do with a TV remote.

What am I missing?

Feb 17 2017

News - AMD Ryzen benchmarks looking good

Leaked benchmarks of AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPU look very promising.

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