February 5, 2008

Media Maestro Mini Turns Your PSP into a Remote Control

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So we just came across something pretty cool over at one of our favorite sites, ehomeupgrade, the ability to turn your PSP into a remote control for your Windows Media player or Apple iTunes. Lately the PSP has been getting some really cool press for adding Skype support to their hand held and now it looks like there is yet another compelling reason to pick up a PSP.

Now with Media Maestro Mini you have the ability to control your digital entertainment from your PSP. Sit back on the couch and dial up some tunes with ease and style. We love that people are finding new and different ways to interact with their media. This seems like something that could really take off. One of the biggest things about the Sonos that makes it so great is the really sweet remote that comes with it. Being able to hold something that shows you all the music you have with cover art and whatnot really adds something to the experience.

This is a free download so get out there, install this and start controlling what you hear from the PSP. Let us know what you think, we love getting user feedback on stuff like this.

via ehomeupgrade
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January 31, 2008

EZFetch Media Streamer: Hands On Review


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We have had the EZ-Fetch Networked Media Streamer for almost a month now and we have had time to run it through our paces and see what it had to offer. We tested it out with a variety of different types of media to see what it could handle. We wanted to see if this little streamer had what it took to be ranked with the more seasoned companies and the products that they had produced. Check out what are thoughts are after the jump.

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January 28, 2008

Super High End Music Streaming System from Bowers and Wilkins


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We came across this article over at engadget talking about the new Liberty Wireless Speaker System from Bowers & Wilkins. This is one of those streaming products that you come across as you scour the web for information and your jaw drops that there is actually a market out there for stuff like this. There is an entire section of the media streaming market that is for the uber rich. Devices costing well in excess of twenty thousand dollars. These systems involve massive servers, well panels and the ability to stream movies and music into all the rooms of the house. These are the ultimate in home media streaming and only the rich can afford to have them installed.
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January 25, 2008

WiDrive: WiFi Media Hard Drive Helps Reduce the Cables in Your Setup


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Here is an interesting device for people that like to keep things nice and tidy. The WiDrive from EDS Lab offers users a WiFi enabled hard drive that will stream their media for them. This seems like a very sweet idea as we are always on the lookout for ways to reduce the size, complexity, and power consumption of our media server. There are two models currently in the works, one that allows transfers via its USB port and the other one that just charges the device over USB. As you would imagine the one device( PX-100 ) that doesn't allow for USB transfers is a nice small 1.8 inch drive wheres the bigger 2.5 inch drive does allow for transfers.

These diminutive little devices pack a nice punch though. Check out the different options you have with them:
  • BitTorrent Client
  • RSS podcast subscription
  • Built in Web Server
  • WebDav
  • UPnP
  • Bonjour
The only major downside to this device is that it mainly connects over 802.11 b/g so we aren't actually sure how one would go about configuring this unless you removed all of the security on your network to allow this to connect and went from there. Maybe something is possible via USB, who knows. Their site doesn't really give any info as to when and where it will be available so we will keep looking and report back if we find any important info out.

via engadget
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January 23, 2008

QNAP TS-409: The Only Backup Server You Will Ever Need


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For those wanting a secure way to save all their files and at the same time have a fully robust media server look no further then the QNAP TS-409. This four bay RAID NAS server has all the great qualities that would expect out of a QNAP product. With 4 hard drive bays you can chose from just about any RAID format you want or just go with a JBOD and have one massive disk. This system is a great solution for those wanting to secure their data while at the same time looking for a low power, low noise server for hosting all of their media.

We complain all the time that requiring a PC to be running in order to stream your media is just wrong. We love that there are more and more embedded devices that are coming out that are bundling media streaming software. The TS-409 comes with TwonkyMedia, which is basically the de facto media streaming server out there. The 409 also bundles an iTunes Server as well so no matter what your needs are you are basically covered with this storage unit. Years ago storage units were just storage units. These days companies realize they need to offer more to the consumer to attract them.

We have played with the TS-209 which is their 2 bay offering and we can tell you first hand that it is an amazing product. It couldn't be more simple to set it up and within minutes of turning it on you not only have a secure way to backup your data, but you have a very robust media server. The 409 will stream to just about any device capable of dealing with UPnP including the PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, and the Nokia N95. We're sure there will be more added to this list in time.

If you don't have a good system for backing up your data and/or you need a quiet, low power, secure way to stream your media look no further, you just have seen the holy grail of storage solutions.

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January 22, 2008

DivX Connected: Coming to the States Soon


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We have been reading about the DSM-330 from back when it was called the DivX GejBox. Well now that it has been released in Europe we have read a ton of really high praise for it and we have been drooling. Check out this great review over at tech.co.uk. They point out that while there are some minor flaws, the need for server software for instance, they come to the conclusion that is leagues above the rest of the market. We have been hearing rumors that Q2 of this year we should see this in the States. With the sad state of media streamers on the market currently we can't wait to give this a whirl. We are in the middle of doing our Popcorn Hour Networked Media Tank evaluation and while it seems better then most of the devices we have tried out, and we have reviewed a ton, there are still some basic issues that make us hope that the DSM-330 is all that and a bag of chips.

We'll let you know when we hear of a firm date for the DSM-330's launch, but I'm sure you could just keep your window open and listen for our screams of excitement.
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January 21, 2008

New Media Streamer From MvixUSA: The MX780HD


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After many months of silence it looks like MvixUSA will be releasing their new HD streamer, the 780HD. This is a nice upgrade to their 760HD which has garnered a lot of praise from us over the past year.[here and here] The 780 is set to fix the few problems that the 760 had. For starters they have upgraded the Sigma CPU to the EM8621L which can decode H.264 and that will make a lot of people happy since we have heard a lot of people saying they won't buy a media streamer that can't do H.264. Also added to the new device is a HDMI port which again had a lot of 760HD owners upset. We personally love Component video since you aren't subjected to the same DRM restrictions and since most experts agree that few people can really tell the difference between a movie shown via Component and one shown via HDMI. But non the less people love it so it has been added.

They have also thrown a few other new things into this device. There is an eMule client so you can download straight to the box, no need to transfer anything. There isn't much else different, the same case design although this time it is in black. The same connectors on the back with the addition of HDMI. We have spoken with the guys over at MvixUSA and we are going to be getting us a demo unit so you can be sure that we will have all the details for you soon. For those of you that held off on the Mvix 760HD for whatever reason, this could be the update you have been looking for. For those that have yet to buy a digital media center the guys from Mvix have the best multi-function media streamer on the market. So stay tuned for when we get our hands on this sucker.
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January 18, 2008

Popcorn Hour Networked Media Tank Unboxing


We have been waiting for the opportunity to get our hands on the Networked Media Tank for a long time and today it finally arrived. This is from a company called Popcorn Hour and they have been getting great reviews. Before we dive into the meat of the product ( we don't want to be too hasty ) we thought we would do the obligatory unboxing photo shoot for you. We have just started testing it out and we can already say that it is living up to the hype that we had been reading about. OK enough of that, lets get to the photos.

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The box, the glorious box


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January 17, 2008

Airfoil 3: Sync All of Your Airport Express' and Make Your Home Come Alive


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The Airport Express was one of the first mainstream audio streamers that we came across. At the time it was released there was no simpler full featured audio streamer on the market. We have loved ours and before we really got into audio streaming we used it all the time to stream music to our main stereo system. As we got got more into streaming we found better devices to be our full time audio streamer and our Airport Express just became a wireless extender and nothing else. Well we may have found another use for ours, actually we may want to buy a couple more while we're at it.

With Airfoil 3 from Rogue Amoeba you can now have multiple units hooked up throughout your house and stream the same music to all of them. The software will keep the music in sync by doing some upfront buffering so that while it is actually playing it can make sure that each Express unit is playing at the exact same spot. This makes for some interesting audio options as you can place these tiny units all over the house and create a whole home audio system on the cheap.

Another piece to this really cool software is the Airfoil Speakers add on which will turn any Mac on your network into another 'speaker' for the main Airfoil software. So you can walk around with a laptop that is synced with the rest of the Airport Expresses in your house. There is even an Airfoil Video player program that will let you play video on your Mac and sync it with your Airport Express as well.

For only $25 this really is a steal. You can pick up an Airport Express on ebay for around $50. So if you are looking to create a whole home audio system, but you don't want to break the bank this could be a great solution. If anyone has this already setup in their house we would love to hear about it.
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January 16, 2008

AppleTV Take 2: Maybe the Second Time Apple Gets it Right


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We reported about the AppleTV last year and we had mixed feelings about it. We loved the ease of use and the fact that unlike so many other devices on the market it just worked. One of our biggest pet peeves is that for this sector to take off devices need to just work. Not everyone likes to hack up little scripts to get their device to auto NFS mount their media server. Most people just want to plug the device in and start using it. This is were the AppleTV has crushed everyone else. We have not see a simpler setup and an easier way to get a device to find all your media then the way Apple has done it. It is in this ease that our main complaint lies.

We are not fans of being forced to use iTunes for all of our media. Call us commitment phobic, but we don't like being tied down to one technology. We have a large collection of DVDs ripped to .ISO as well as a bunch of other random formats. Having to use iTunes means that we need to covert all of our media to fit the model that Apple wants us to follow. This is probably fine for like 90 percent of the users, it just bothers us.

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