Damian Reviews the Dune BD Prime

I have to admit that the Dune BD Prime is a very tempting media streamer/Blu-ray player, too bad the price isn’t.  With big CE companies (i.e. Sony) starting to build streamer features into their decks this will be a very interesting segment in the next couple years.   There are two models currently, the Dune HD Base 3.0 and the […]

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Dell Zino HD

Anyone in the market for a small and sleek entry level home theater PC knows that there are many options. With so many systems at very different price points, finding the right balance between capability and dollars can be difficult. The Inspirion Zino HD from Dell certainly has the right look, and being based on AMD’s 780G chipset, the right […]

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Michael Gartenberg Doesn’t Buy 3DTV

Michael Gartenberg might end up right about 3D’s viability, but his reasoning for why is all wrong when viewed in historical context.  While 3D could be LaserDisc, it could also be the next phase of HD – take a look at his points: 1) Cost – Yes you will need a new TV, but even now in the first year […]

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Ganesh Reviews ASRock’s Core 100HT-BD

I’m not sold on the 100HT-BD’s PC look (that power button looks really bright in the pictures), but for ~$700 it’s really hard to argue with the capability it provides.  Ganesh did an amazing job of testing ASRock’s Arrandale based HTPC – even if you’re not in the market for a off the shelf SFF box it’s well worth a […]

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Xbit HTPC GPU Roundup

I would have liked to have seen more on picture quality and a look how colorspace is handled between the different vendors, but overall Xbit does a good job of quantitatively measuring (IMO, their HQV HD scores are a bit generous) GPU performance for HTPC use.   It is almost impossible to install longer graphics cards – such as ATI […]

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HDTVexpert Examines Ghosting on 3D TVs

If you’re in the market for a new 3D HDTV (or top end HDTV that happens to support 3D) take a look at what the HDTVexpert has to say about ghosting issues on displays from Sony, Samsung and Panasonic.   Our first stop was the Sony booth, where numerous Bravia 3D LCD sets were showing the Germany – Ghana World […]

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HT Mag Reviews Panasonic’s G20 Plasma

If you don’t care about 3D or 24p and still want all the plasma goodness – you owe it to yourself to take a hard look at the G20/G25 family.    Panasonic’s G20 series is strictly 2D and offers 50- and 54-inch models. As of this writing, they are exclusive to Best Buy stores. If you shop for either set […]

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Noctua NH-U9B SE2 reviewed

Noctua has an excellent reputation for making quiet fans, so if you have a full height HTPC case, this might be the right HSF for you.   Noctua’s NH-U9B SE2 cooler is a special edition of the NH-U9B cooler for HTPCs or smaller cases. The NH-U9B SE2 now comes with two of Noctua’s NF-B9 92mm fans and adds support for […]

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7-Way SSD Round-Up: Sandforce vs. JMicron

If you have the budget, adding a SSD to your HTPC is a solid way to improve performance and best of all they are completely silent and produce very little heat.   It is hard to believe that almost two years has passed since we first rounded-up some of the first solid state drive offerings for the PC. Since that […]

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