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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ATI Hardware Gets H.264 L5.1 Support

Driver updates aren’t news that often, but AMD/ATI video cards have consistently taken a PR beating in the community when it comes to H.264/AVC profile L5.1 support.  Looks like AMD finally added the feature to Catalyst 10.4 for all the l33t bittorrenters and x264 archivers out there.   ATI Catalyst – Video enhancements H.264 Level 5.1 support ATI Catalyst can […]

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DMZ Movie Podcast

The guys over at The Digital Media Zone sure like to talk.  Looks like Adam (Entertainment 2.0) and James (Seen in 3D) have started up another podcast – this time about movies.  I’ll let them explain the details:   Welcome to the first episode of The Movie Podcast. This show is for all of your content junkies out there. Each […]

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Win a Ceton InfiniTV 4

Jere Jones is giving away a Ceton InfiniTV 4 (yes, the quad tuner Cable Card tuner).  Details on how to win are posted in his forum.    You could win a Ceton InfiniTV 4 cable card tuner in the month of April! How to enter: 1) Buy a copy of ShowAnalyzer via PayPal and enter the word "ceton" in the […]

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Updated Haali Splitter

I haven’t had a chance to test it out, but given all the trouble reported with the last rev it has to be better 🙂   27/03/2010 New Features: Added AC-3 in MP4 support Fixed items: Show error code in GDSMux when muxing is aborted Accept more AAC media types in the muxer Use correct timescales when processing MP4 edit […]

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Moneual MonCaso 312

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Moneual MonCaso 312 Review If you’ve decided to put your HTPC where it can be seen, you owe it to your eyes to put it in a chassis that makes it look like it belongs. A nice case is an essential part of any build but unfortunately are not inexpensive. The Moneual MonCaso 312 looks the part of a sleek […]

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Intel DH57JG and Core i3-530

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  Intel DH57JG and Core i3-530 Review With more mini-ITX options than ever it’s a great time for small form factor (SFF) PCs.  Enthusiasts are finding more ways to get the most out of these tiny boxes both in the A/V stack and backing it.  Take a look with us at the soon to be released Intel DH57JG motherboard paired […]

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SDV Explained (Part 1)

For everyone looking to kill some time while we wait for Ceton’s quad DCT to show, VP Jerremy Hammer provides an excellent primer on switched digital video (SDV).  Can’t wait for part 2.   Many people have been wondering what SDV is, why it exists and how it works. Here I will try to answer these questions. First I am […]

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Is Bit streaming more efficient than LPCM?

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The recent update to the Haali Media Splitter (enabling Dolby TrueHD in DTS-MA MKV) got me thinking about revisiting our guide to getting lossless audio off the PC.  When an interesting discussion got started about the benefits of bit streaming v. LPCM over at AVS Forum it was time to do some testing. To setup the test I muxed TrueHD, […]

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