The Daily Button: May 15th, 2009

I have started testing on the Bravo Hybrid PCI-E from Avermedia. I enabled QAM in VMC and after several hours of troubleshooting I realized that over the weekend my cable co encrypted all QAM but the locals. Argh, what a waste of time, I was sure it was the software. At any rate, below is a very quick initial summary of my testing, a complete review will follow in the near future.

  1. When tuning HD channels, there is a few second of stuttering before everything smooths out.
  2. Analog tuner appears to be ok.
  3. No tests on composite or S-video capture

All in all I am not getting the warm and fuzzies quite yet.

VMC Plugin News: Hauppauge has released a beta VMC QAM plugin for the 1250, 1600, 1800, 2250 @ SHSPVR

VMC Plugin News: MCE Media Manager open source plugin released (Torrent plugin) @ Chris L.

Tru2way News: CableLabs plans to demonstrate Tru2way at The Cable Show @ mediaexperiences2go  

Hardware News: VidaBox release in-wall flush-mount touchscreen w/ XP embedded @ Chris L

Home Theater News: 9 ways to even out your audio tracks (disarming the big explosions)@ Sound & Vision

Home Theater News: Sony STR-DA4300ES  HDMI 1.3a, DTS-HD, TrueHD, $1299 MSRP & BDP-S500 $599 MSRP review @ Home Theater Mag

Streaming News: Logitech Squeezebox Duet Music Server review @ Audioholics

Cooler News: OCZ Freeze thermal compound review @ Elite Bastards

Cooler News: Xigmatek HDT & Red Scorpion cooler review @ Madshrimps  

Motherboard News: Asus Striker II DDR-3 motherboard review @ Hardware Overclock Austria

Storage News: OCX SATA-II 32GB 2.5" SSD review @ Benchmark Reviews

Video Card News: GeForce 8800 GT performance review @ Digit-Life 

Video Card News: GeFroce GTX Extreme OVerclocking article @ Madshrimps  

Video Card News: Radeon HD 4850 (rumor mill says full HDMI audio implementation) coming in June @ The Tech Report

Misc News: EVO-G MP1 Mousepad review @ Hardware Logic

Misc News: Nova Winner 3 mouse pad review @ Tech-Reviews

Misc News: Samsung ML-1630 printer review @ Overclockers Online