... the very model of a modern major stereo

Subject: Systems | November 26, 2009 - 12:38 PM |
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The return of the tube amp is something that many wish for, but there is a lot of legacy components that
really do not belong in a modern stereo system, especially if you are using it in conjunction with an HTPC.  There is little point in picking up a sound card that provides HD audio if you are hooking it up to an amp that has played a Velvet Underground album on the day it came out.  Digital Trends takes a look at the modern A/V receiver and explains what the best features are, along with hints on price points for certain features. 

Don't look now, the Network Media Tank is a comin'

Subject: Systems | November 19, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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The Popcorn Hour C200 bills its self as a Network Media Tan, theoretically able to manage anything you could accomplish by building your own HTPC, but without needing to set it up.  Once you strip off the marketing speak, what you are left with is a NAS optimized for local networked media sources as well as YouTube, Blip.tv, Revision 3
and the like.  The list of supported formats and sources on the second page of the Techware Labs review is impressive and you can catch a video of

Leadtech spurs on transcoding

Subject: Systems | November 13, 2009 - 01:01 PM |
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Leadtek has an interesting new product, the PxVC1100 MPEG-2/H.264 Transcoding card based around the Toshiba SpursEngine BXA32110
chipset.  It is designed specifically to provide Inter-transcoding between H.264 and MPEG-2 and up-convert SD/DVD video to HD like quality.  Legit Reviews testing showed

Perhaps there is a reason to visit the Microsoft store

Subject: Systems | November 9, 2009 - 02:50 PM |
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Apart from the obvious lack of Apple Genii, TechReviewSource has spotted a different reason to visit one of the two stores that opened in the USA.  Microsoft sells Signature Series computers that come with a minimum of preinstalled bloatware.  Bing is probably the most offensive thing on the computer, they don't even load it with trial MS Office software, according to the information on the link.  Microsoft might not be the first brand to come to your mind when buying a new system, but maybe they s

Time to toss out the cable box

Subject: Systems | November 4, 2009 - 03:37 PM |
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If you have yet to play with recording and playing TV via a TV tuner card on a PC, perhaps the Haupauge HVR-1800 TV Tuner Card might change your mind.  For ~$90 you will get a TV Tuner card that can handle ATSC HD (the over the air HDTV standard in North America), clear braodcasted QAM digital TV channels if you are lucky enough to live in an area where they are broadcast and a 125 channel cable ready TV tuner built-

A second opinion on the state of recommended systems

Subject: Systems | October 28, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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If the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard doesn't quite meet your standards or if you are simply looking for a second opinion on recommendation, The Tech Report has just updated their system setups, specifically for Windows 7.  You will notice several similarities, especially in the graphics subsystem, though their top of the line rig doesn't sport three HD 5870s.  Check out the systems, peripherals and alternatives.

Middle ground for your media system

Subject: Systems | October 27, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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A.C. Ryan might not be the first name you think about when you are looking for a DVR but perhaps it should be.  They have made HDD cages for a while now and branched out from that with the PlayOn! DVR TV.  USB 2.0 and HDMI as well as as wireless or wired network connectivity offer a range of ways to get media on or off of the HDD as well as capturing live broadcast TV.  Read on at techPowerUp to see if A.C. Ryan has found a sweet spot between HTPCs and a NAS device.

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Windows 7 and Touchscreen are here

Right before Windows 7 hits the streets this week, we take a look at a Dell Studio One touchscreen PC that implements the improved touch capabilities included with the new operating system. The Dell system is a 19-in wide screen multi-touch capable all-in-one computer that uses an Intel Pentium CPU (yes that name continues) and an NVIDIA ION chipset. Come see if this PC will make you yearn for a monitor with fingerprints on it.

Does the Gamer Paladin cut the mustard?

Subject: Systems | October 15, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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The colour scheme is a little off and it is unlikely to pick up a warhorse or any other type of mount in the near future, what the iBUYPOWER Gamer Paladin E870 i7 PC does do is hit 20,533 in 3dMark06.  Think Computers liked a lot of things about this prebuilt system but perhaps one of the best features was the extra software that came with the PC; there was almost no bloatware whatsoever.  Do keep in mind the price, while the basic rig is $1739, the one that Think Computers tested runs you $26

Verbatim's second shot at the DVR

Subject: Systems | October 9, 2009 - 01:22 PM |
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The Verbatim MediaStation HD DVR
is an all in one digital video recorder, with many input and output ports, including antennae.

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