Focal Dome 5.1 Speakers

When it comes to speakers I’m usually a "no replacement for displacement" kind of guy, but that approach requires enough space and a sprinkle of SAF.  For those with a discerning ear and a challenging environment a system like this might be just what the audiologist ordered.   Each unit is then filled with a four-inch Polyglass mid-bass driver, a […]

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Soundbar Roundup

If you can’t put in a 5.1/7.1 surround system a soundbar is a great way to make a big step up from the TV’s speakers without breaking the bank or pulling wire.    To test the soundbar state of the art and explore the breadth of offerings, we rounded up four models. Customarily in such comparisons, we pit similar products […]

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Panasonic TC-P50G25 Plasma HDTV Reviewed

There is a lot to like in Panasonic’s plasma line-up this year.  For those not interested in 3D, but want Netflix the G series is an affordable way to get an excellent TV.   The 50-inch TC-P50G25 is a THX-certified, 1080p plasma TV: It features Panasonic’s 600Hz Sub-field Drive to improve motion resolution, as well as the new Infinite Black […]

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Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000 Reviewed

Perspective is an interesting thing.  I use ProMonitor 1000s across the front of my home theater so it’s easy for me to agree with the reviewer’s overall conclusion (that they sound really good), but I wouldn’t classify anything Definitive Technology makes as "budget".   The first thing that impressed me was how much they reminded me of the much larger […]

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Boxee Box Opts For Intel CE4100 SOC

I have to say dropping Tegra for an Atom based SOC makes the Boxee Box a lot more interesting.    The ideal solution in the living room would combine the popular UI of HTPC based media centers with the decoding power of the present day media streamers. Unfortunately, these UIs are dependent on some sort of OpenGL acceleration being made […]

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SageTV V7 Plugins

If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of all the modifications available for SageTV V7 GeekTonic has you covered.  Since we’re on the subject, V7’s built in plugin management is a truly beautiful thing.   Below is a comprehensive list of all SageTV 7 plugins as of September 12, 2010.  When available (if none is available there will be no […]

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nMEDIAPC 1080p HTPC Chassis

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  While I love having a full featured home theater PC (HTPC) in my living room I do not want it to look like a computer.  In the past it was difficult to find something that looked the part without breaking the bank.  nMEDIAPC has made its name selling full size HTPC chassis for a reasonable price; let’s take a […]

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GeekTonic Reviews the HD300

I really enjoy getting a myriad of perspectives on anything I’m considering (does anyone else subscribe to "owners" threads on AVSForum before becoming an owner?) picking up, so it was cool to see Brent’s take on the HD300.   The SageTV Extenders including the HD200 and now the HD300 extends your Home Theater PC (HTPC) to your TV using a […]

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Boxee and Amulet Remotes Arrive at the FCC

Am I the only one who really wants a job at the FCC today? They got their grubby hands on some of the first of the cool new remotes coming out–the Boxee remote and the Amulet Devices Voice Controlled remote! Hopefully there are no hiccups for either and we’ll see them soon to market. Amulet Device’s intriguing voice-activated remote for […]

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GeekTonic’s Ultimate Fall TV Guide

It’s not very often that something lives up to the "Ultimate" billing (cough… Vista), but GeekTonic’s guide to the fall TV schedule does it in spades.  If you’re like me and never watch commercials this is how I find out what’s new.   Here’s how this works.  With this post you get a listing of all of the major US […]

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