Sep 26 2016

News - Plex Cloud - Hosted Plex server announced

Hosting my own Plex server isn't challenging for me, and I imagine most of our readers. But, that doesn't mean there aren't other issues like upstream bandwidth, caps, etc. that make putting your Plex server, and the associated content up in the Clouds. Storage is BYOC[loud storage provider], so that bit will need to be worked out (I also wonder how transcoding will work). Still a very neat idea. Excited to see how this plays out. If you are too, head on over to Plex and register for an invite.

Sep 22 2016

News - Axiim announces 4K Q, will upgrade existing users FOR FREE!

Wow. Just wow. It's not that often where you open a product announcement email to find out that the company is upgrading existing users for free. But, that's just what Axiim just did in their latest newsletter. Fixing one of my few, and arguably most important, complaints with the Q.

I need to lay down...

Sep 22 2016

News - GIGABYTE GB-BSi7HAL-6500 reviewed @ Anandtech

With two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, this might just make the perfect router. Except that it's noisy, the i7 is probably overkill, and it's not that cheap (why, oh why, can't there be a dual LAN i3 "NUC"?).

Sep 22 2016

News - SVS announces Prime Elevation directional speaker

In an ideal world, we'd all have perfectly shaped theater rooms. With ample space to place speakers in all the right places to create the right sound now matter what. Unfortunately, architects and spouses don't always allow for these environments to takes shape. That's where the recently announced SVS Prime Elevation speaker comes in with an angled shape that lets you point the output in a more targeted way. Allowing us to get the best from the room we've been dealt Smile.

Sep 20 2016

News - Netflix releases 4K HDR sample file

I have a reasonably good sized collection of sample/test clips that I use when testing kit. On the odd chance that you also horde these sorts of files, you'll be interested in a 4K HDR sample that Netflix just released.

Sep 20 2016

News - Kodi app in Microsoft Store

If you've been waiting to get your Kodi on, and can't install the old-school version. There's no an option straight out of the Microsoft Store. Oddly, it's PC only... So Windows Mobile and XBox One are left out. Which at least one of them should find pretty typical.

Sep 14 2016

News - Vizio P65-C1 reviewed @ RHT

If I'm honest, I wasn't expecting much when I clicked through to look RHT's review of the Vizio P65-C1. While scanning through I ran across this "...the Vizio P65-C1 provided the best non-OLED performance I saw this year". Naturally, this required a more thorough read and I must that it impresses most of the way throughout. Quite a lot of TV for $2,000.

Sep 14 2016

News - Epson introduces four new projectors

Ranging from $1,300-$2,000, the three consumer 1080p projectors are the most afforable of the set. But, if your pockets are a bit deeper (OK, quite a lot deeper), there's also a Laser model in the mix. It's also 1080p, but will support 4K + HDR input, and carries a CI targeted $8,000 MSRP.

Sep 12 2016

News - Faux K (I love that name)

It's possible that I'm just posting this link because I love the name "Faux K" (who doesn't like a good pun?) to describe those fake 4K projectors that have been cropping up lately. Everytime I see one, I get interested (mostly because they are cheap, for what they're claiming), only to be disappointed by the spec sheet. Understandably Sony, who has a real 4K solution want's to set the record straight. Alas, maybe someday I'll be able to afford one Smile.

Sep 12 2016

News - Raumfeld wireless speakers reviewed @ RHT

I hadn't heard of Raumfeld before, but after reading the review I'm quite intrigued. While there are few issues pointed out by the reviewer, it seems like solid kit and a welcome entrant in to the wireless home audio market.

Sep 12 2016

News - Don't call it a comeback, Kaleidescape wasn't down that long

According to Inside CI, Kaleidescape used it recent troubles to restructure a bit. Although I'm not that confident given market trends, and even what Kaleidescape has to say for itself.

Sep 10 2016

Blog - Site maintenance

You may have noticed the site going up and down a lot today. We were doing some maintenance to update core software and get the site setup with an certificate.

Please drop me a line if you notice any issues.

Thanks

Sep 08 2016

News - ASUS announces RT-AC58U 802.11AC 2x2 Wi-Fi router

Not everyone wants, needs, or is willing to pay for the top-of-the-line tri/quad stream 802.11AC Wi-Fi router. For those who fall into that category, but still want modern features like MU-MIMO the ASUS RT-AC58U might be just the thing. It is launching at the end of September, but price hasn't been disclosed yet so we'll have to wait and see it where this falls in the value-for-money spectrum.

Update: I was able to run down pricing (£89.99), but unfortunately is now delayed until December.

Sep 06 2016

Review - Olloclip Active Lens iPhone 6 / 6s & 6 / 6s plus

I typically rely on my manual 35mm SLR to take higher quality pictures. I have in the past only used my camera phone for casual picture taking. I recently switched to an Apple iPhone 6s plus and acquired an Olloclip Active lens at the same time to see if I could get photos with the two that would replace my SLR in most situations. The Olloclip Active lens is 99.99. It is more expensive than the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens but should allow iPhone photography to capture wider scenes, more detail from close up objects and focus on further objects than without it.

Sep 05 2016

News - CNET knows OLED

I'd really, really like an OLED TV, but with a still quite decent PDP to "make do" with it's been a bit difficult to justify the purchase; especially given #3 on CNET's "should I upgrade" questions. Even if you're not in the market. It is a good breakdown of what's out there, and how much it will hurt to bring it home.

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