DIY Hardware News

Welcome to today's posting of DIY Hardware News. Feel free to list any additional HTPC hardware news in the comments section or submit them to news <@>   The Tech Report: nForce 590 SLI round-up Overclocker Cafe: HIS X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo Bjorn 3D: GeForce 7950GT Techgage: Asus P5N-E SLI Hardocp: MSI P965 Platinum Digital Trends: Best Products Of 2006 […]

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VIA intros Mini-ITX mobo for the living room


Via's making a name for themselves building super low wattage motherboard/cpu combinations to be used anywhere you'd like, so your home theater would be a great fit since: low wattage = low heat = low noise, which everyone knows increases WAF. Barely wider than a DIMM, the VIA EPIA EX features an embedded C7 processor and VIA's latest chipset with […]

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mceBackup 2.0 Beta Update

Ian must have way too much time on his hands these days, as he continues to update his mceBackup software. This time around: updated mceBackup 2.0 to include backing up of atscchannels.xml, this the manual channel assignment for ATSC tuners Download the latest version here. 

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Windows Vista “Capable” and “Premium-Ready” System Requirements

Planning on upgrading to Vista? Well, your system better be up to par according to Microsoft. The requirements here are pretty overwhelming, as even with the Vista-Capable, you need 512mb of Ram!!!  Windows Vista Capable modern processor (min. 800MHz) 512MB system memory DirectX 9-capable graphics processor Windows Vista Premium-Ready 1GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 1GB system memory Support […]

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Klipsch Synergy Sub10 Powered Subwoofer


I think it's good to see separate components for stereos still being popular. It's so easy for people to see HTIB (Home Theater's In a Box) and think they're great because of their price. But they can't compete with a properly built home theater with receiver & speakers. Don't judge me because I live in a small apt so only […]

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Consumer Expectation for Digital Experiences


Interesting analysis based on what consumers are expecting from the digital lifestyle. My favorite part is that most people leave a website's homepage within 8 seconds…so if you're reading this…STAY!!!!! In summary, Forrester believes that consumer expectations for digital experiences are built on three fundamental elements — appeal to their emotions, provide easy access, and offer useful value. Apparently, it's […]

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Media Center Show Extra #5

Ian's got out his latest of his video add-on to his weekly Media Center Show podcast, so check it out if you want to see some of what he's discussed in action. On this on the all Vista show I will be taking a look at mceBackup 2.0 my backup tool for Media Center, Big Screen Headlines a RSS reader […]

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Onix Strata Mini Floor-Standing Speakers

Home Theater And High Fidelity has the Onix Strata speakers up on the old test bench this week. Interestingly enough, each speaker includes a 8"  350 watt powered 8" subwoofer on each speaker. The speakers seem to garner a great review from the reviewer. The MSRP is currently $1500 and will go up after the new year to just under […]

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