Austin, Texas, Nov. 12, 2008 – SI (www.siscreens.com) is proud to announce that it has appointed Tim Freemyer product development manager, effective immediately. (more…)
Archive for November, 2008
Furutech a CES 2009 Best of Innovations Award Winner
FI-50 Piezo Ceramic Series Power Connectors
Available on the new Piezo Powerflux AC Cord
Tokyo • November 11th, 2008 • Furutech Co., Ltd., manufacturer of analog and digital audio and video cable and accessories, is recognized with a Best of Innovations 2009 Award for what may be the most sophisticated and thoroughly engineered AC connectors in the world, now standard equipment on the Powerflux AC cord. (more…)
CARSON CITY, Nev., Nov. 10, 2008 — Wisdom Audio (www.wisdomaudio.com), the leader in planar magnetic technologies, is proud to announce that its new L150i reference line source in-wall speaker system is now shipping. Launched to rave reviews during the recent 2008 CEDIA Expo, the L150i is the tallest line source within the new multi award-winning Sage Series. The L150i will also make its debut at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Jan 8-11 at The Venetian, booth 30-235. (more…)
NAD’s Modular Design Construction™ and Upgrade Module Program offer existing NAD AV customers an easy upgrade path to the latest technologies
SHARON, MA, Nov. 10, 2008 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, has introduced a unique Upgrade Program enabling dealers and installers to offer custom configurations to owners of NAD’s high-value A/V products. Each Upgrade Module allows an owner to install one or more elements of NAD’s innovative new mechanical architecture, Modular Design Construction (MDC), into select NAD A/V Receivers and Preamp-Processors. (more…)
This summer I caught the HTPC (Home Theater PC) bug, and I decided to build one for the living room. I have written a few blogs during the course of this project. Now I am almost done! I say almost, because as with the A/V room, this is one of those things that is never fully completed.
My music, home videos, and pictures are all on a NAS (Network), and they are readily available. Currently, I am using a Media Center Extender to gain access to this content from other rooms. The Blu-ray optical drive in conjunction with Arcsoft’s Total Media Theater enables Blu-ray playback on the HTPC.
This system is undoubtedly complex, with software and hardware subsytems from different companies, but this is not a consideration once it is in use. The HTPC is meant, at the very least, to be a replacement for the DVD player and as such I expect it to function just as reliably. This is the only part of the experience that I am not entirely happy with. While some issues have been resolved either via a hardware change of a software update, some remain. These include:
– Sometimes the PC is unable to talk to the NAS, requiring a router reboot.
– Sometimes switching the TV input back to the PC freezes the machine, most likely an HDMI handshake issue; this requires a PC reboot, somewhat of a time consuming process.
– Every so often I am flashed with an update message for the OS or an app. Oftentimes, these updates are ok, but sometimes you get unlucky with a rogue update. A restore from a previous backup or reverting to an earlier system restore point can get you back to the old state if necessary, however, this is still work.
When things don’t work, you do realize the merit of using special purpose devices. The DVD player remains connected in the living room to serve as a backup.
I don’t, however, wish for these reliability issues to overshadow the ease and convenience that come with using the HTPC. When the system works, which is more often than not (my wife disagrees with me on this), it is a delight to use. We have been making playlists, purchasing music online and watching old family pictures that we had not seen in a long time. Music is often accompanied by a slideshow. It has been a good experience and well worth the time investment.
If you use an HTPC, please share your experience.
Windham, NH–November 1, 2008–Contour Design, Inc., has announced the appointment of Nicoll Public Relations, Inc., as their agency of record to handle all public relations activities for their Apple iPod® and iPhone™ accessories, laptop sleeves, bags, and Bluetooth® compatible devices. (more…)