June 29, 2007

Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet Radio

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The Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet Radio connects to the Internet through your 802.11b/g wireless router to access and play over 4,000 Internet audio streams. Listen to live broadcasts of the BBC from London or Radio Calypso from Sao Paolo. The only user controls needed are on the front panel, so there's no need to use or tie up your computer while you're listening. The Internet Radio uses twin Acoustic Energy drivers for superior sound. Includes AC adapter. Requires 802.11b/g wireless network with broadband access to the Internet.

  • No subscription charges
  • Compatible with Real, WMA & MP3
  • Search stations by country or genre
  • Ten station presets
  • Alarm clock function

At Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet Radio

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 28, 2007

Europe: TwinhanDTV MagicBox Digital TV USB 2.0 Box

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The TwinhanDTV MagicBox Digital TV USB 2.0 Box looks like a European only Sling Media Slingbox PRO competitor. The TwinhanDTV MagicBox lets you enjoy high quality digital entertainment on your notebook or desktop PC streamed from any video source you choose. Features include instant recording for recording digitally as MPEG II format, Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for the the most updated channel information, TV with time shifting and much more! More than a receiver, this TwinhanDTV can record your favorite programs into your PC and never miss a moment! Get the ultimate mobile digital TV solution!

  • High quality digital terrestrial TV & radio receiving (DVB-T = EUROPEAN MARKET) - USB-Ter supports only free-to-air programs
  • USB 2.0/1.1 compatible / Instant recording: Record digitally as MPEG II format
  • Schedule recording: Set your own recording list and playback whenever you like
  • Time-shifting: Pause live TV shows and never miss any marvelous moment
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG): EPG tables offer the most updated channel information

At TwinhanDTV MagicBox Digital TV USB 2.0 Box

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 27, 2007

Pinnacle SoundBridge Wireless Internet Radio

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At just $399, the Roku SoundBridge R1000 Radio Network Music System is a very portable, wireless, WIFI music system that integrates seamlessly with your iTunes or Windows Media player. You can also access thousands of internet radio stations and the system even includes a mini-subwoofer for great bass. We think this might be the perfect out on the back porch solution or in the hammock streaming wireless music radio for the summer.

  • WiFi music system with advanced digital music streaming functionality, pair of stereo speakers, and subwoofer
  • Native support for Apple iTunes and Rendezvous, Windows Media Player, Windows Media Player 10, and Rhapsody
  • Accesses free Internet radio stations via broadband connection; bright 280 x 32 vacuum fluorescent display
  • Patented Linear Magnetic Drive stereo speakers and subwoofer with acoustic enclosures and built-in digital amps
  • Ultra-fast 400 MHz Blackfin DSP; measures 11 x 6 x 6.5 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty

At Roku SoundBridge R1000 Radio Network Music System

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 26, 2007

Oono Transmita 2.4G Wireless Audio Transmitter

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We just found these rather inexpensive yet - OUT OF STOCK wireless music transmitters from Oono. From the site it appears they will be releasing a newer version but for just under 70 bucks these look like a steal. We'll let you know when the new ones are available.

Why limit yourself to only being able to listen to your favourite downloads and MP3 playlists on your headphones, when you could be enjoying them on the best speakers in your house? Now there's no reason at all with the Oono Transmitter that not only frees your digital music from small speakers but also frees you from your MP3 player. Simply plug the Transmita in and you can enjoy your music anywhere in the house.

At Oono Transmita 2.4G Wireless Audio Transmitter

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 25, 2007

New Hi-Fi is X-fi Wireless Music System

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The X-FI sounds like a music streaming dream come truee. It's more than just a wireless music system, Xmod Wireless features X-Fi technology that makes your MP3's and other compressed music files sound better than the original CD. It plays all of the music from your PC wirelessly throughout your house and since it doesn't rely on your home network, there are no delays, dropouts or interference to deal with, and no IP addresses to configure. Simple to setup with no software, or drivers to install and works right out of the box.

Features

  • X-Fi Wireless Music System
  • Connect the Xmod Wireless transmitter to your PC and desktop speakers to enjoy Xtreme Fidelity music.
  • Play music from your PC wirelessly in any room
  • Make your MP3s sound better than CDs
  • Connect in seconds--no configuration needed
  • More than just a wireless music system... way more.
  • Upgrade your PC sound system to Xtreme Fidelity audio
  • Restore the detail and vibrance to compressed music such as MP3s and iTunes
  • Expand stereo music and videos into virtual surround sound

Connect

  • Connect the Xmod Wireless transmitter to your PC and desktop speakers in seconds, no drivers needed.

Enhance

  • X-Fi technology breathes life into your songs by restoring detail and expanding your music and movies to surround sound.
  • X-Fi Crystalizer technology restores the detail and vibrance to your compressed music and movies. All the highs and lows are intelligently enhanced so you'll hear everything in crystal clarity.
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D technology expands your stereo MP3s and digital movies into virtual surround stereo speakers or headphones. Voices are centered in front of you and ambient sounds are moved all around you

Wireless Technology

  • Experience Xtreme Fidelity music throughout your home
  • Enjoy a wireless system made for music - no delays, no dropouts and no home network needed
  • Wireless setup is simple - just connect the X-Fi Wireless Receiver to your home entertainment system or powered speakers in any room up to 100ft. (30m) away
  • Listen to ALL of your music wirelessly in Xtreme Fidelity--even Internet radio, podcasts, subscription music and songs purchased from iTunes

At Creative Labs Xmod Wireless Music System with X-Fi Technology

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 23, 2007

Pixel Magic Systems Media Players HD MediaBox

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We just saw the HD MediaBox™ from Pixel Magic yesterday at Microcenter. It was tucked behind one of the smaller HDTVs and looked interesting. The HD Mediabox is a high definition HDD (hard disk drive) media player which gives instant access to your high definition video, digital music, digital photos and DVD files no matter where they are stored - on it's internal hard disk drive (HDD), on your personal computer*, USB HDD or Network Attached Storage box*. The HD MediaBox™ supports output resolutions of up to 1080p so you can now set all your HD media free from the constraints of your monitor. Use any VGA, component video, DVI or HDMI equipped display device - Flat panel displays, projectors, HDTVs and more.

The HD MediaBox™ is designed with high quality audio playback in mind. Equipped with 24-bit/192KHz audio DAC from Analog Devices Inc, low noise Op Amps from Burr-Brown® (famous for their clean output and ultra-low distortion characteristics) and our own specially developed timing circuitry, HD MediaBox™ can now be the centre of your hifi as a high end CD jukebox storing thousands of CDs!

We'll find out more as we check out this interesting new streaming wonder.

At Pixel Magic Systems - Media Players - HD MediaBox

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (1) | social bookmarking

June 20, 2007

$99 Seagate 500GB Drive at Newegg

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Well the prices of hard drives keeps falling and we couldn't be happier. Our favorite brand has a big deal going on over at newegg that with the promo code:

EMC619FCUDA

you can pick up one of the best brands on the market for dirt cheap. We have been seeing a lot of deals lately but $99 for a 500GB drive is so far the best we have seen.

So if you were debating whether or not to add some storage to your home network here is your opportunity to do it. We might just have to add another Terabyte to our NAS server with prices like these :)

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 19, 2007

New Competition for the Slingbox?

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So it looks like a new product from Taiwan may try and give the Slingbox a run for its money. ADigit have announced a new product called gogomedia. Not sure where that name comes from, but then again where the hell did they get Slingbox. Anyway, seeing as Slingbox has enjoyed basically a free ride atop the ranks of video over the Internet companies, ADigit is going to try and step to take some of that market share away.

Just like the Slingbox the gogomedia will allow you to watch your home TV anywhere you are as long as you have an Internet connection. If you go over to the BC blog you can see the full range of features that this new device is outfitted with. Some of the highlights are:

  • MPEG4/2/1 Real-time encode/off-line MP3/MPEG4 transformation
  • Full D1 resolution/Full-speed (30fps NTSC/25 fps PAL)
  • Adjustable streaming rates from 128Kbps to 12Mbps full D1
    resolution

ADigit has also made the claim that they will be able to control over 1000 different video units( DVD, DVR, etc ) with just the one box. We will have to wait and see about that since there has been no release date and we aren't even sure if this will hit the states.

If and when it does you can be sure we'll snatch one up. It is always great when some new competition comes on the scene. It can only mean one thing....better products for us!

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 14, 2007

PS3 1.80 Firmware is out and your Media is Streaming

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So one thing we have been happy about recently was the anncouncement that with the new firmware from Sony the PS3 will be able to upscale its video output to 1080p. One of the biggest black marks lingering with the PS3 release was the fact that it handled HD content so poorly. Now that you can stream HD content through your PS3 there is more of an allure to having it.

So far the Xbox360 has kicked the crap out of the PS3 and Sony needs all the help they can get to scrape back some market share. A lot of people hate buying devices that only do one thing. The fact that the PS3 has firmly( no pun intended ) moved into the home video streaming arena is good news for Sony and we can only expect a slight bump in their sales as people buy a few extra units for the new funtionality.

We haven't been able to test it out, but so far it sounds like people like it. Photos, music and video all streamed from your home PC isn't anything new, but doing it with your game console is pretty slick.

via engadget

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June 12, 2007

Fathers Day Sale at MvixUsa

The good people at MvixUSA are celebrating fathers day by offering the following deals:

$50 off Mvix MX-760HD Media Center / 400GB HDD Combo

MvixUSA.com Store: ZQQU-N6M8-87JH
Amazon.com MvixUSA Store: 4UMLUA5D

$25 off Mvix MV-5000R Media Center / 400GB HDD Combo

MvixUSA.com Store: UVE6-B2H2-ADX0

The returning reader knows that we love us some Mvix and if anyone was on the fence about getting one, now might be a great time. Mvix's lineup of products is top notch and the if you look at our hands on review of the 760HD you can see just how bad ass it really is. Don't walk, run and get yourself one of these suckers. We have had so much fun streaming our movies to our TV that it sometimes scares us. There was a lot of satisfaction in putting all of our DVD's in the closet for good and being able to watch any of the anytime we wanted without getting our lazy ass off the couch.

Check out the full newsletter here.

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 11, 2007

DivX GejBox Media Streamer Concept Box

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So we read over at engadet that it seems that DivX is trying to get someone to build a DivX media streaming box. DivX has become one of the standards of movie compression over the years and more and more media devices support the codec for playback.

A good quote from the article:

Basically this thing is a media streaming beta box to test out DivX's new connected hardware platform initiative, so it's safe to say that while a select few beta testers will get to play around with a GejBox, this device will most likely never make it to market -- at least not in its current form. (DivX is really trying to get harware-makers to pick up their platform, we don't think they want to be in the box business.)

So we will have to keep an eye on this as we feel this is the year of the streaming media revolution. Sorry to be so dramatic, but we have been following this for so long its nice to see some actual momentum in the sector. Apple and Microsoft are both in the market and more and more companies are vying for the title of the best media streamer on the market.

Here's hoping someone picks this up and runs with it

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 8, 2007

QNAP BitTorrent Enabled NAS: TS-109 Pro Turbo Station

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QNAP is about set to release what could just be the best thing since sliced bread with their TS-109 Pro Turbo Station. For any of us that have struggled with the concept of leaving your main PC on all the time so that it can handle all of the networked devices you have in your house the TS-109 could just be the answer.

Currently we use our main PC for so many music streaming servers and BitTorrent clients that we can never really turn it off without bringing down just about every device in our house. What we have been trying to setup in the office is a low power device that we can offload some of services to so we aren't reliant on our PC so much.

The TS-109 is one of those all in one hard drives that we have been seeing more and more of lately. The TS-109 seems to have just about everything you could need in a small form factor. For starters it can handle up to a 1TB drive internally. While that is nice, with the way movie file sizes are growing with HD now that won't be enough for everyone. That is why the nice people over at QNAP have added USB and eSATA ports to the back of this bad boy. And with Q-RAID 1 support you can secure your data from drive failure also. It also sports the ability to act as an iTunes server for anyone that wants to stream iTunes music but again doesn't want to have to leave their PC on all the time.

QNAP is also pushing the idea that this is a "no noise" device which means you could( and we stress could ) keep this device in your media cabinet and you wouldn't be able to hear the whine of the drive as you download season one of CHiPs while you sit on your couch and your PC is turned off.

So basically what we are trying to say is that when this comes out it will be a great addition to anyones array of storage and network streaming devices.

When this becomes available you can be sure we will pounce on it and give you a detailed review.

via engadget

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June 7, 2007

Sonos System Has Arrived for Review

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So we have the Sonos in house for a hands on review and we couldn't be more excited. This is one of the premiere audio streamers on the market and one that we have had our eye on for a long time. In fact the Sonos was one of the very first posts we ever did here at Networking Audio Video.

We can't wait to get our hands on this puppy and put it through its paces. The Sonos has constantly received very high marks for audio quality and we are excited to see what our ears have to say. We have been using the Squeezebox for along time so we want to see how the Sonos will stack up.

Expect the hands on review soon. For any of you out there that already have one of these, we would love to hear your impressions.

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 6, 2007

Elgato Turbo.264 Video H.264 Encoder - Make Apple TV and iPod Movies Faster

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We just purchased the Elgato Turbo.264 - Video H.264 (MP4) Encoder to help making Apple TV and iPod movies a bit easier. Currently we've been using Handbrake to create AVI files (which on our old Elgato 10032011 Eyehome seem to get out of sync less), but recently we downloaded the Connect 360 and think the Apple TV format looks best.

What does the Elgato Turbo.264 - Video H.264 (MP4) Encoder Hardware do? The Turbo.264 is a powerful video encoder in the form of a compact USB 2.0 stick that takes the workload off of your main processor and instead the Turbo.264 does the hardcore encoding. It works with Elgato software included and other Macintosh video applications through Quicktime.

We'll have a full review soon - but so far today we are re-encoding 10 hours of video in only about 7 hours of time using our older Mac Mini. How long would it have taken before without the Elgato Turbo.264 - Video H.264 (MP4) Encoder Hardware? About 3-4 days. Oucher. Long live the H.264!

At Elgato Turbo.264 - Video H.264 (MP4) Encoder Hardware

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

TViX HD M-5100SH Digital Media Server

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The HD M-5100SH is the latest offering from TViX in there media streamer line. This bad boy attempts to do it all. Just looking at the ability to playback 1080p signals over HDMI, it bests most other consumer media streamers, and that is just the beginning. It packs a high speed Serial ATA drive inside to store your movies on and has an Ethernet port to use your home computer for more storage.

It can handle just about any format you throw at it including:

Video

  • WMV
  • WMV HD
  • AVI
  • MPG
  • VOB
  • MP4
  • ASF

Audio

  • MP3
  • WMA
  • AAC
  • FLAC
  • OGG
  • PCM
  • M4A

You can output these files to your TV via:

  • HDMI
  • Component
  • S-Video
  • Composite
ArrowContinue reading: "TViX HD M-5100SH Digital Media Server"

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 5, 2007

Top 20 Products of the Year

PCWorld.com recently listed their top 20 products of the year and it was nice to see that the AppleTV got 11th place. The only media streamer to make the list( we don't think they looked hard enough ) it is nice to see this segment of the industry getting some recognition.

While we personally don't think the AppleTV is the end all be all of media streamer( not yet at least ) it is still nice to have such a high profile product get more and more air time.

They offer up their review here. While we understand the excitement that comes with Apple getting into a new market we haven't been floored with what the AppleTV brings to the table.

We are sure their will be updates to the device and we wouldn't be surprised if we were on here soon eating crow and saying how much we now love it. But for now we are just happy that it got 11th of their list. Hopefully the next time they compile this list we can break into the top 10.

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 4, 2007

D-Link DSM-510 High-Definition Media Player

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DLink has released a smaller version of the DSM-520 to target the segment of the population that likes their media players small and out of the way. There is a great hands on review over at Small Net Builder that takes a detailed look at the new device.

What they found is that this device, while smaller and cheaper then its big brother the 520, lacks a lot of power and abilities as well. The 510 does all the basics one would assume in a networked media player, video, audio and images. The problem is that it seems to do them all just so so.

ArrowContinue reading: "D-Link DSM-510 High-Definition Media Player"

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

June 2, 2007

Stream iTunes and Video from your Macintosh to your Xbox 360

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Nullriver is the creator of Connect360, a media streaming software package that allows your Xbox 360 to stream content off of a Mac connected to your network.

It works by indexing all of your iTunes and iPhoto libraries and grants access to the Xbox. Then via the dashboard in the Xbox you can browse to your Mac and play or view any of the media you have opted to share.

Some of the nice features of Connect360 include:

  • Automatic updating of iTunes library as you add or subtract
  • Ability to sort by song, artist, album, genre or playlist
  • Updates your play count and play date in iTunes for songs played on the Xbox
  • Can play iTunes songs while playing games

ArrowContinue reading: "Stream iTunes and Video from your Macintosh to your Xbox 360"

David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (1) | social bookmarking

June 1, 2007

Hard Drive Sale: Samsung 500GB Internal Drive for $110

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Newegg is currently offering a great deal on internal storage. They have the

    SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
for sale for only $110!! You get a $5 instant rebate and if you enter the promo code "EMC529DHD50" you get another $5. Anyone looking to add to their current storage could save a little cash buying a few of these.

Nothing like getting a terrabyte of storage for just over 200 bucks!!! Ok we admit it, we have a problem, if there is a support group for people that can't own enough hard drives we need to find it.


David Ficocello Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking
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