The Power User’s Apple TV: Mac Mini Updated for 2011

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When the orginal Mac Mini was announced back in 2005, it immediately became my model of what an HTPC should look like. I’ve completed two HTPC upgrades since then, and each time I have tried my darndest to justify the extra expense to go with a Mac Mini instead of my usual homebrew. Not as fun, but way sexy. This year’s models […]

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Aleutia H3-R Fanless Core i5 Media PC

Unless you closely follow news announcements you probably have never heard of Viako, but they’re a company in Korea who are aggressively taking on the HTPC market. Although no current US distribution, the products themselves look very attractive, so it’s good to hear that they can actually perform as well. The package contents on the otherhand are anything but a […]

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Boxee Software Client Getting an Update…Eventually

Every few months I get curious about WMC alternatives and end up loading Boxee. I’ve always found it just a little too rough around the edges. When the Boxee Box first came out I was hopeful that this would provide the development impetus that would turn Boxee into a viable WMC replacement, at least in my book.  Unfortunately, my hopes have […]

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Zotac ZBOX: Brazos Goes HTPC

Zotac ZBOX: Brazos Goes HTPC

How did I miss posting this review of the latest SFF by our very own Andrew Van Til over at Anandtech. As we’ve come to expect the review is extremely thorough and Andrew does a great job of analyzing it’s performance which he deems is worthy of your living room (as long as your CPU requirements aren’t too demanding). Looking […]

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Creative Launches Multi-Core Audio Chip

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I have always been a fan of Creative audio products even from the beginning of my computer building days. Lately though, Creative has gone by the wayside, so it is interesting to see them revamp their products and go after a market like this. Creative Labs decided to reignite its core business with the launch of a new multi-core audio […]

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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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