HD Guru Prioritizes HDTV Features

For those looking for more guidance than “get the biggest plasma you can fit in the door” the HD Guru hits the feature list and helps break them down into easy buckets.  Most of it won’t come as a surprise if you keep current, but it is a great read for those just getting started.  There’s a lot to consider […]

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Installing Pace RNG110 Set Top Box FireWire Drivers

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As anyone who has used a set top box (STB) with infrared (IR) blasters can attest; while they work most of the time even a minuscule failure rate is not acceptable with spouse acceptance factor (SAF) on the line.  So when something besides IR is available to execute channel changes is available, the additional reliability is a welcome addition.  So […]

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HD Guru Explains Projectors

The cost and installation considerations have made direct view displays a much more appealing alternative in my home theater right now,  but at some point (maybe when the kids get old enough that I can “multi-purpose” the family room) I’d love to have a nice projector.  If you’re at that stage, and like me, need a good refresher on the […]

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HDGURU Gets the Scoop on 2011 Panasonic Plasmas

So far details around the specific performance improvements found in Panasonic’s 2011 Plasmas have been scarce.  We’ll still have to wait for reviews to get the whole story, the HDGURU has been able to round up some details for those itching to upgrade.  I think the most disappointing thing that came out of CES around the 2011 lineup was that […]

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Diamond Theme V3.00

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While the SageTV V7 interface is better than V6, it still lacks some “WOW” and that’s where the Diamond theme fills in nicely.  I’ve been using the beta for a couple weeks and beside the obvious UI enhancements there are some really slick features (like custom movie walls – a feature I’ve wanted for forever). Finally the date has come […]

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Intel Core i5-2400S and DH67GD Micro-ATX Motherboard

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Having previously examined both the 95 and 35 watt extremes in the Sandy Bridge CPU lineup, we now turn our focus to the 65 watt 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2400S and Media Series DH67GD micro-ATX motherboard with built in IEEE 1394a (FireWire) support.  With the basic capability questions already answered, let’s find out if by providing four physical cores with lower […]

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SageTV 7.1.2 Public Beta

Looks like it’s time for another SageTV beta.  Lots of good stuff in there including bug fixes and some new features.  Check out Jeff’s post for the full list.  Highlights below: Changes of note already included in V7.1 -Support for Hauppauge Colossus -Complete over the air analog & digital lineups for the entire US and Canada (all channels on Zap2it’s […]

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Wesena ITX7

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Historically one of the hardest parts about going DYI (do it yourself) with a small form factor (SFF) home theater PC (HTPC) has been finding a nice mini-ITX case that actually looks like it belongs in the A/V stack.  Until recently enthusiasts have had to choose between “the cube” and killing the pig for a benchmark chassis like the OrigenAE […]

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Intel Core i3-2100T and DH67CF Mini-ITX Motherboard

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In our launch coverage of Intel’s Sandy Bridge we took an in-depth tour of the platform’s capabilities.  But our previous coverage was limited to a higher end member of the CPU lineup with a 95 watt TDP, that made is less ideal for dedicated home theater PC (HTPC) use–especially considering its tantalizing siblings scheduled to arrive shortly thereafter. Fortunately we […]

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A Quick Look at Boxee Box Netflix

Since it’s Valentines Day I have to make this quick so just the highlights. Boxee’s Netflix uses the new HTML5 Netflix application HD is available Multi-channel audio tracks are listed (Dolby Digital Plus!), but don’t play – see the screenshot gallery for the error. Subtitles are listed and work DVD titles are listed in the results (but I wish they […]

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