Installing SageTV V7

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  SageTV V7 Installation Guide If you are new to SageTV getting it installed and everything like ISO playback and HD audio/video playback working can be bit of a challenge; so when I needed to do a V7 install a few days ago I decided to document the process to hopefully make it easier for everyone to get the server […]

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CNET Reviews Samsung’s PN50C8000

I can’t say that CNET’s conclusion came as a surprise, but it was nice to see the VT25 maintain its crown as 2010’s best HDTV.   The PNC8000 is an excellent performer, and deserves the silver medal among plasma TVs we’ve tested so far this year. In addition, we’d wager no other as-yet-announced TV will outperform either one in 2010. […]

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ASRock 3D Vision Reviewed

I’ve been following the 3D Vision for a couple months because it is one of the first full featured SFF pre-bulit HTPC available that actually look like they belong in the A/V stack.   Sporting HDMI 1.4 (3D MVC support and bit streaming) via Nvidia’s newest lineup of GPUs it should be pretty future proof, although with Sandy Bridge coming in […]

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GeekTonic Checks TV Series’ Pulse

I’m a little disappointed that "The Good Guys" is on the list because as bad as it is, I still enjoy it.  Check out the rest of the status check over at GeekTonic.   As we move into October, it’s time to check the pulse of various TV Series.  Here’s my take so far on the shows that have been […]

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Silverstone LC19 Case

When I was looking for the perfect ITX HTPC case a while back, I came really close to picking one of these up.  It has the right look and is just about perfect except for the slimline optical driver requirement which killed it for me.   Slim HTPC cases are great for 2 things: low profile desktop machines or, as […]

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Maximum PC Moonlights With a HTPC Build

There’s some really questionable component choice (and handling for that matter), in the Maximum PC HTPC build.  I hope they expensed the parts because the system was at least $400 more than it needed to cost, and they forgot to include PowerDVD 10 in the bill of goods.   In this video (originally presented as part of the inaugural Maximum […]

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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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