Contest - Amulet Devices Voice Remote Control

Apr 06 2011

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Amulet

We once again have a great prize to give away. Please note, we've modified the entries a little bit, so please read carefully how to enter below!

This time up, courtesy of the fine folks at Amulet Devices, their Voice Enabled Remote Control for Windows Media Center!

With an MSRP of $149 and continuing to have their software improved, Amulet Devices have developed the best way to control your Windows Media Center HTPC--simply pick up the remote, speak the command and voila!

We took an in-depth look at the Amulet Devices Remote Control and really loved how easy it was to use.

In exchange of extreme universal devices functionality and a touch screen Amulet provide you instead with voice controls to help you navigate--basically what touch screen buttons would do anyways. The big key here is whether the programmable buttons on the Amulet device are sufficient for your needs. In my case my setup was simple--a TV, AVR, HTPC and Xbox360...the Amulet will more than satisfy the universal needs while also providing me the ever crowd pleasing voice commands. Honestly, I could even see music aficionado opting to own both a universal remote like the Harmony and purchasing the Amulet if only for its dominance with managing music libraries. 

HOW TO ENTER

We have made some changes, so please READ all the rules.

To change things up, we've also added several other methods to increase your chances of winning by adding more entries possible.

  • Respond to this thread with one of the following to be considered in our future podcasts:
    A. Topic of the Month
    B.
    Ask the Panel Question
    C.
    Poll of the Month 
    (You may also +1 someone else's entry - just quote the entry and add +1)
    (1 entry) MANDATORY 
  • Create a legitimate forum thread (1 entry)
  • Reply to a forum thread or article post (1 entry for every 3 posts)
  • Twitter Users (1 entry)
    • Follow us at Twitter @MissingRemote
    • Tweet the following:
      USERNAME wants to win Amulet Voice Remote from @MissingRemote http://bit.ly/mramulet2
    • Make sure you replace "USERNAME" with YOUR MissingRemote.com username!
  • Facebook Users (1 entry)
    • Visit our Facebook Fan Page and click the "Like MissingRemote" button at the top of the fan page (if you don't see it, that means you're already a fan!)
    • And reply to the question on our Wall for this particular contest, with your MissingRemote username

Good luck everyone Smile

RULES/TERMS

Entries will be accepted from 1:30PM PDT on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 through 11:59PM PDT on Saturday, April 16, 2011 . Winner will be selected by April 25, 2011.

  • This contest is unfortunately only available to US residents in one of the 50 states. Sorry to our international readers, but we are looking into expanding our prize packages in the future.
  • You are only allowed to enter using each method one account. Multiple account entries will disqualify you.
  • Must be a registered user to be eligible to win (remember, if you are entering additional entries when applicable via Twitter/Facebook you must mention your MissingRemote username in that entry)
  • Editors and staff, and associated family of staff are not eligible to win
  • Each prize may have its own rules for eligibility established by Product Sponsors, please read the directions carefully
  • Users may reply to this thread as many times as desired, but only one post will be counted towards the drawing
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail, as well as posted in a news post on the home page of MissingRemote.com; Failure to respond within 72 hours will result in a forfeit of prize and the prize will be re-drawn
  • Most prizes will be shipped to winners via either USPS Priority Mail or Fedex Ground and tracking numbers will be provided. It is the recipient's responsibility to coordinate receipt of item.
  • Some prizes will be shipped to winners directly from Product Sponsor--tracking will still be provided to those as well
  • Prize packages are in excellent condition and have not been used outside of for review purposes and are delivered in AS-IS condition
  • Any attempt to circumvent contest rules will cause ineligibility for user

Comments

Poll: WHS V1, WHS 2011, or NAS.

mcewinter wrote:

Poll: WHS V1, WHS 2011, or NAS.

+1

mcewinter wrote:

Poll: WHS V1, WHS 2011, or NAS.

+1

Topic of the Month- Making a wife friendly setup (or child friendly, husband, guest...)

oliverredfox wrote:

Topic of the Month- Making a wife friendly setup (or child friendly, husband, guest...)

 

+1 most definitely.

oliverredfox wrote:

Topic of the Month- Making a wife friendly setup (or child friendly, husband, guest...)

+1

oliverredfox wrote:

Topic of the Month- Making a wife friendly setup (or child friendly, husband, guest...)

+1

oliverredfox wrote:

Topic of the Month- Making a wife friendly setup (or child friendly, husband, guest...)

+1

+1

C. What do you use for commercial skipping? (if any)

jennyfur wrote:

C. What do you use for commercial skipping? (if any)

I've had great success (and very high WAF) using these two tutorials:

http://hd.engadget.com/2009/10/22/how-to-automatically-skip-commercials-...

http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/p/93855/486926.aspx#486926

Couldn't live without SA + DVRMSToolBox Smile

 

I'm going to +1 on Oliver's comment regarding a set up for children. Netflix doesn't support seperate profiles so there's already one hang up. I'd like to hear how or if others find success.

The XBOX supports parental controls on Netflix. I can't remember how it handles NR - Not Rated titles which might let Anime through, and some of that can be pretty graphic.

 

Topic: Cheap (sub 500) HTPC builds to expand your library to other TVs besides the theatre room/family room.

Topic: Loseless audio from your HTPC.

What is your operational HTPC setup at home?

- WAF Factor and how to maximize simplicity

- Lossless Audio and Lip Sync Issues

- AV Receivers, recommendations, things to avoid

- Extra low cost front ends

- Commercial skipping, I have struggled to get this to work many a time and still have yet to get it right. I generally get frustrated and just skip manually. 

LLano vs Sandybridge

meoge wrote:

LLano vs Sandybridge

 

+1  Or just a LLano review to go along with your earlier Sandybridge reviews

meoge wrote:

LLano vs Sandybridge

+1

i like the responses so far, but man there are few entries! you folks who are entering are going to have a GREAT chance of winning!

but man there are few entries

The rules have confused people and now they're afraid to give the answers they really want.  So I'll go ahead and say it for them:
Topic of the Month  -  The Tourist (Screensavers, backgrounds, little Angelina and Depp icons)
Ask the Panel Question -  How can we make it so no matter what movie my spouse picks, The Tourist plays instead?
Poll of the Month -  The Tourist, Greatest movie ever or the best movie ever?

(I really should watch the movie, it's hardly fair to make fun of a movie I've never seen.)

Poll:  What is the best Media aggregator/organizer plugin for WMC?

Topic of the month - Integration.  Getting different programs from different vendors to work together. I use Itunes and Media Center, and can't easily control my music through a 10' interface.

Ask the Panel Question - Has the use of Windows Media Center increased with the introduction of the InfiniTV4 (and up coming SD HDHR Prime, etc.)?

Ask the Panel Q:

Since WHS2011 has hit TechNet, is there any reason NOT to use RAID as an alternative to folder backups? WHSv1 really kinda sucked performance wise, (DE along with demigrator is dead), so I for one am looking forward to creating a RAID 5 array for my Blu-ray library. I'll probably use folder backups for docs, pics, & music.

How do you guys setup/backup/create redundancy for your media librarys? I know babgvant & mikinho use Server 2008 R2 with VMs. What about RAID?

Topic: Cloud media streaming versus "hard" media (Bluray, dvd, etc...).

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