OrigenAE M7 – Stereo Amplifier

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Home theater PC chassis manufacturer OrigenAE has consistently produced some of the most lust worthy high-end cases available on the market today.  Intended as a companion to their M10 mini-ITX enclosure, the M7 integrated stereo amplifier marks the company’s first foray into the audio space.  Offering impressive specifications at an MSRP of $595 this little aluminum enclosed 25W hi-fi is […]

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Sony NSZ-GT1 Reviewed at AnandTech

I’d love to see sales numbers for the NSZ-GT1 and Revue; can’t think the are very good because Sony dropped the price $100 a few days ago.  Besides AVRs I think Blu-ray players have the most potential as GoogleTV devices, but I have to wonder if GTV have the chops to make it in a crowded over-the-top apps market.  What […]

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ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 5

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Introduction It is not that often that we get a chance to take an early look at the next generation of Blu-ray (BD) playback software for the home theater PC (HTPC) so when ArcSoft offered us the chance to review TotalMedia Theatre 5 (TMT5) we could not say no, even though the timeline was very aggressive.  To help account for […]

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NVIDIA GTS 450

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  Offering 3D Blu-ray (BD) via native HDMI 1.4 and HD audio bit stream support, the recently release NVIDIA GTS 450 represents a drastic shift in the market for discrete home theater PC (HTPC) graphics processing units (GPU). With NVIDIA now providing a feature set unmatched by any vendor we finally have serious competition for discrete space in the home […]

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HDI Dune BD Prime 3.0

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Providing full Blu-ray (BD) menu support alongside local and network based file playback the HDI Dune BD Prime 3.0 is an interesting device that defies easy classification as a simple BD player or media streamer. With an extensive feature set including a BD drive, HDMI 1.3, eight channel analog audio output and connected storage, the device offers flexibility for anyone […]

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Panasonic TC-P58VT25

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  Following Pioneer’s exit from the plasma display panel (PDP) market Panasonic moved from also-ran to market leader by delivering the right mix of performance and value to the full range of plasma buyers.  Ultimately the Pioneer Kuro failed to find the right balance between features and a price that enough buyers were willing or able to pay, so while […]

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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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