I’m on the HTPCentric Podcast

I had a great time joining in on the HTPCentric hardware discussion.  We spent a lot of time on GPUs and why deinterlacing performance is really important, but there should be something for everyone if you’re interested in building a HTPC. Enjoy   While we’re a bit late for June, you get a major geek out in return!  This month, […]

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Media Streamer Platforms Roundup

I’m not sure I agree with Ganesh that the main selling point of a Media Streamer is low power, but there’s no argument that he knows the platforms and ecosytem really well.   The advent of digital downloads and music / movie streaming have made the HTPC scene quite popular. While pundits keep on debating the reasons as to why […]

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Moneual MonCaso 320

Moneual MonCaso 320

  Finding the perfect case for your Home Theater PC (HTPC) when it is going in the A/V stack is hard.  The system needs to blend in with the other components and pass the Spouse Acceptance Factor (SAF) all while having enough space for expandability and be easy to keep cool and quiet.  From our earlier look at the MonCaso […]

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Six Core Capable ITX Motherboard Announced

For anyone looking to put some serious BHP in a small form factor (SFF) HTPC or WHS J&W has the board for you.  Cooling it will be a tough, but sometimes a good challenge makes it more fun.   J&W, the company that hides under the MINIX brand, has surprised us with one quite unique and feature packed ITX motherboard. […]

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Cool Sage V7 Main Menu Modification

PluckyHD of Sage Movie Wall fame (and soon Sage My Movies – which just might be my favorite UI import) just released a theme and main menu customization to get back some of the dynamic menu goodness that V6 had. I haven’t had a chance to install it yet, but the video looks really cool.     Plucky’s Menu Mod […]

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Using MPC HC As Your Video Player In XBMC

For those who love XBMC’s attractive HTPC UI but have HD Audio in their videos and the hardware to match, Damien from MediaSmartServer.net has the guide for you.   One of the most important features  I look for when looking at a front end is the ability and ease to bitstream HD audio (DTS-MA and TrueHD) from my Blu Ray […]

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Sage Starting Version 7 Beta Tomorrow

The wait for SageTV V7 should be over soon as Brent is reporting that the public beta starts tomorrow.  The change log is long so it’s definitly worth a full look.  Highlights include a new UI and BDMV/ISO support on the PC.   Probably on the most-requested list for SageTV developers is a re-write of the user interface.  The SageTV […]

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IOGEAR GKM561R Wireless Keyboard

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  IOGEAR GKM561R Wireless Keyboard Finding the right wireless keyboard and mouse for your HTPC can be a huge chore.   For me the ideal solution has to have a wireless range greater than 10’, good battery life and combines a compact keyboard with a pointing device in the same chassis.   The IOGEAR GKM561R has the looks and specs to get […]

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HD Guru Looks at THX Certification

Any article with "WTF" in the title has to be good. When it’s the HD Guru looking at what a display has to go through to get THX certified, and what that means – even better.   THX certification assures buyers a high quality high definition display. TV makers can’t pass the rigid specifications by using low quality LCD or […]

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Native 7MC support for HD PVR

Rumors of a native Media Center driver for the HD PVR have been circulating since before Fiji.  As we all know that never happened – talking about the driver here, Fiji just shouldn’t have happened ;).  Looks like it might not be vapor after all because GeekTonic is reporting that Windows 7 Media Center users won’t have to rely on […]

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