SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME Digital Cable Tuner

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As the long-time leader in network connected digital TV tuners, when SiliconDust announced the three CableCARD tuner HDHomeRun PRIME labeling it “highly-anticipated” would be an understatement.  Offering native support for Window 7 Media Center via its gigabit Ethernet port, the PRIME is also unique in what is becoming a [welcomely] crowded market for Digital Cable Tuners (DCT) not just because […]

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SageDCT Updated For SiliconDust & Hauppauge DCT

SageDCT Updated For SiliconDust & Hauppauge DCT

It just took a couple tweaks to get SageDCT working with the Hauppauge and SiliconDust Digital Cable Tuners previewed last week.  With all the testing we’ve been doing to evaluate the tuners in their “native” environment (Windows Media Center) there hasn’t been much time to really guarantee 100% support in SageTV, but it does work and with the Prime starting […]

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MANHATTAN 2800 Acoustic Series Bluetooth Bookshelf Speaker System

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As desirable as placing an audio video receiver (AVR) or amplifier and full set of speakers at each point of media consumption would be, it is impractical from a cost and aesthetic perspective.  With the convenience of wired and wireless audio support alongside medium density fiberboard (MDF) construction, the MANHATTAN 2800 Acoustic Series Bluetooth Bookshelf Speaker System promises to deliver […]

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SilverStone CW02 HTPC Reviewed

If you’re into really large HTPC cases, this may be the guy for you.  My preferences generally run the other way though – preferring to push the hard drives into another location where the rattle doesn’t matter as much. The CW02 from Silverstone’s Crown Series is crafted to allow users to really appreciate the design of this high quality HTPC […]

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24p Works on Intel Sandy Bridge With UAC Enabled

Last week we posted an update on the need to disable User Account Control (UAC) on Intel’s second generation HD Graphics IPG (Sandy Bridge) systems, but we still weren’t sure how to reliably reproduce the results.  Well a new DH67BL showed up today along with instructions on how to enable the feature on existing hardware which explains why we couldn’t […]

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IOGEAR GKM581R Wireless HTPC Keyboard

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Often a good wireless keyboard/mouse all-in-one separates a good home theater PC (HTPC) experience from frustration.  Unsung when functioning properly and abused otherwise, it is critical to select a device with good range and a feature set that matches the expected use–which if it includes anything more than casual typing a larger keyboard is the way to go.  With up […]

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Intel SandyBridge UAC Update

In the last podcast I mentioned that I’d heard some talk that Intel was working on a fix for the UAC work around requirement for better refresh rate precision with Sandy Bridge GPUs, but hadn’t figured out how to reproduce it yet…  Well I found a semi-public driver that might just be the key. Taking a look at the screenshots […]

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GeekTonic – Why Did Google Buy SageTV?

I have to agree with most of what Brent says in his editorial on what Google hopes to do with SageTV – especially the points on AllVid.  Whatever they have in store for us, I’m looking forward to reviewing it 🙂 It’s been three weeks since Google gobbled up the tiny Home Theater PC company, SageTV.  The tech blogs, mainstream […]

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