ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre


ArcSoft has had the buzz for the last few months in the HTPC Blu-ray player world. Out of the nether regions of photo slide show software, a lesser known company, ArcSoft has developed their own Blu-ray and HD DVD playback solution called TotalMedia Theatre. It includes all the features a player should have and some features only ArcSoft has implemented. Click on for […]

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HP’s MediaSmart Connect Extender


HP has always been involved in Media Center, since the early days of their z-line of PC’s which really wanted to be placed into the living room. Times have changed, and things are different at HP, but with the introduction of the Media Smart line of products they have shifted gears in how they attack the market. HP initially released […]

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Antec Fusion Black 430


The search for a great frontend has met its match today in the Antec Fusion Black.  Sporting a black front panel, LCD with integrated IR receiver and a quiet design, what more could you need?  Read on to find out. Intro   Antec is a name that most have heard before.  They have a number of great computer cases and […]

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OrigenAE S16V Review


It has been over two years since we first saw the oft-hyped S21T demonstrated at CES. The curved chassis caught our eye and we knew big things were ahead with the "S" series of cases from OrigenAE. Our first look at the "S" series will not be the opulent $1000 S21T but instead the more reasonably priced, but still quite classy, S16V. OrigenAE has been […]

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S16V Unboxing


Today is a good day for HTPC cases! Not only were we lucky enough to bring you a first look at Omaura’s new case concept , we also get to bring you a little unboxing love today. OrigenAE sent me a S16V for evaluation and here are a few pictures to get you drooling. The full review including a build […]

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Omaura TF8

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Omaura is a newcomer to the HTPC case market, but they have certainly started with a bang.  Today, we will be taking a look at the low-profile microATX TF8.  Curious as to how it looks on the inside?  Then read on. Remember, you have until 12:01 PM ESTon Monday to enter our kick ass giveaway with Omaura. Specs Specs Can accept either […]

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Snapstream BeyondTV 4.7 Update

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  Snapstream Beyond TV 4.7 On September 27, 2007 Snapstream released their latest version of Beyond TV and added a bunch of new fucntionality. Let’s take a quick look at some of the fun new toys they’ve bundled in. Snapstream has added some great new functionality in their latest release. Here’s the official line on what’s available: Automatically Sync Recordings […]

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Hava Platinum HD Review: Part 1

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Placeshifting is a term that has been around the Media Center enthusiast world for a while now. Although not perfected, it has certainly come along way in the past couple of years. Programs like SageTV and Orb, and hardware like Slingbox and Hava have allowed you to take your TV whereever you may roam. I am fortunate enough to take […]

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Antec A/V Cooler


  Antec has been known for years as being a great company to provide quality cases and power supplies, which are as great for gamers as they are quiet for Media Center users. They have come to embrace the Home Theater PC audience slowly, but have developed a product line dubbed "Veris ," which they’ve tied together their current HTPC […]

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Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 Soundcard

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  Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 Soundcard The X-Meridian has been on the market since last fall and has developed a strong following among the HTPC audiophile market. With high quality DACs and replacable Op-Amps this sound card shows a lot of potential. Let’s take a look at how it performs in an average home setup and on our audiophile test bench. […]

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