May 18, 2007

Prismiq Streaming Media Player


In a nut shell? A very cheap XBOX 360 like device without the games and just the streaming. The PRISMIQ MediaPlayer entertainment gateway delivers high-quality digital entertainment content to standard TVs and stereos throughout the home using Windows MediaManager. The PRISMIQ MediaPlayer communicates over your home network with PRISMIQ's Windows-compatible MediaManager software, which runs on the networked PC to detect suitable PC and Internet files anywhere on the network. These PC and Internet files are served by the MediaManager software to the MediaPlayer set-top box, to be played on your TV or stereo.

It's not getting rave reviews, but might just do the trick for $99 bucks.

At PRISMIQ MediaPlayer

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May 16, 2007

Linksys Wireless-B Music System WMLS11B


We've been looking for a bunch of different options besides just a wireless speaker option for the house. The Linksys Wireless-B Music System lets you bring the digital music stored on your computer to your Home Entertainment Center, without running cables through the house, much like wireless speakers but a bit better. The Wireless-B Music System sits by your home stereo and connects to it using standard consumer electronics cables. Then it connects to your home network by Wireless-B (802.11b) wireless networking, or if you prefer, it can be connected via standard 10/100 Ethernet cabling. You can also tune into thousands of Internet radio stations from over 100 different countries around the world. Oh and it's also Rhapsody friendly.

At Linksys Wireless-B Music System WMLS11B

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May 9, 2007

Sale on Slimdevices White Squeezebox

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Slimdevices is having a Spring sale on the new white Squeezebox. Through May 28th they are selling the new version for only $249!!

This is a great chance to pick up one of these amazing devices for cheaper then normal. We can't tell you how happy we are since we got ours. It has transformed the way in which we listen to music. Gone are the days of searching for CDs and wishing you hadn't lent your favorite CD to a friend. Now with the touch of a remote you have your entire collection at your disposal.

If you want more information on the Squeezebox you can check our our previous articles here and here.

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May 8, 2007

AL Tech Mediagate MG-35

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The MediaGate MG-35 from AL Tech is one of the new line of multimedia HD enclosures. Now of course our favorite of this segment of the industry is the MvixUSA 760HD, but we are excited to see more and more of these hit the market.

The MG-35 is one of the second generations of enclosures that offers an Ethernet port so you can access your files remotely without having to have a USB cable strung between your computer and the device. The point of buying a media center is to have your main computer our of the way. Who wants to have to keep taking the media center to the PC, connecting via USB, transferring files to it, then moving it back to your TV. By adding an Ethernet port you are now able to pull all the data you want over your network leaving your PC and media center where they are.

Ok so enough of that, what can this sucker do, well lets look at the formats it can handle:

Video

  • MPEG 1
  • MPEG 2
  • MPEG 4
  • DivX 3.11 and higher
  • XviD

Audio
  • MP3
  • OGG Vorbis
  • WMA

Image
  • JPEG

Looking at that list you can see that it doesn't offer the bevy of formats that the 760 does, but it is a pretty good list, good enough for most people. We like the inclusion of OGG as an audio format, but aren't happy that they didn't add support for FLAC.

The list of video formats is adequate. Supporting DivX was a good decision as more and more content is being found in DivX.

For images it seems to only support JPEG which is a curious decision since just about every other device supports at least GIF and PNG also, so we aren't sure why they decided to stick with just JPEG, but thats what they did.

Reviews have been pretty positive so we would see this as a good low end entry into the home media market. Maybe you just want to test the waters and see if this streaming media thing is for you, but don't want to fork over 300 or more dollars for one of the better devices. You can pick this up for pretty short money over at Amazon.

We'll keep you posted if we manage to get one in house for testing.

via I4U

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May 2, 2007

Juke Tower MP3 Player

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The Juke Tower is a very unique product and one that we, as scary as this sounds, see a need for. Basically this lets you play music in your bathroom while you shower and not have to crank the stereo and bother your neighbors( or your partner ). The way it works is you hook up a USB drive to it that contains music. Using either a Mac or a PC you can drag the music you want to listen onto the device( only 2GB of storage ) and then take it where you want it. Its waterproof design lends itself perfectly for shower usage.

Now you can rock out to Prince's "Raspberry Beret" like you did when you were younger.

It sports a nice little LCD screen so you can see what you are listening to. All in all we have to say we actual love this device. It is very stylish and can be put anywhere in the house without looking like a blocky geek toy. If you want you can pick one up here:

via popgadget


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May 1, 2007

Ziova CS505 High Definition Network Media Player

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The Ziova is another product that has realized what consumers want and has delivered. The CS505 does just about all you could want out of a networked player. It will play back just about any format you can throw at it and stream it over a wireless( 802.11G ) or wired network. The interesting addition to this product that sets it apart is the inclusion of a DVD player. We have to say that this is a nice touch. We have a bunch of network streaming devices in the house and if only they had a DVD player we could ditch our current DVD player and have one less unit in our already crowed entertainment center.

The CS505 is a complete all in one solution for someone looking to transform their collection of CD's and DVD's into digital files that can be viewed anytime over the network.

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April 30, 2007

The Miuro Mobile Audio Streaming Device

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OK so here is something that is so cool it could only exist in Japan. We constantly write about how you can stream music all over your house. We have countless articles reviewing products that will let you setup a static link between two rooms in order to stream music. Well here comes something that is so decidedly 21st century that you would expect it in a Star Wars movie.

The Miuro will literally follow you around from room to room while playing your favorite tunes. It has wheels on either side of it and an iPod dock in the middle. One option they give you is for you to plug an iPod in and let this little robot on wheels play your songs as it follows you around. You can also skip the iPod and let it play music via iTunes. And if all of that wasn't enough you can actually control it with a joystick allowing the Miuro to become the life of the party.

Their website ( Miuro.com ) is in Japanese so we can't figure out some of the specifics about this, like how does it follow you? Does it do it by sound or do you have to wear something that it tracks? We have no idea.

It is only for sale in Japan right now, but you can be sure it will hit our shores pretty soon.

via webuser

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April 27, 2007

TerraTec Noxon iRadio

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Internet radio has really blossomed over the past 3 years or so and it has been reflected in the number of companies that bundle the ability to stream Internet radio on their devices. Well TerraTec has taken it a step further. With the iRadio( why does everything have to have an 'i' in front of it these days! ) you can hook up to your network via wireless and receive a ton of internet radio stations.

What we love about this is that you don't need to rely on your computer being on, just the availability of a wireless network. There are so many great stations out there that we are constantly amazed and wished that such a product existed.

With the iRadio you never need to be away from your Internet radio again.

Check out terratec for all of their products.

via webuser.

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April 24, 2007

MvixUSA 760-HD in house

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Well our MvixUSA 760-HD has finally arrived and we can't be more excited to put it through our battery of tests. We have only just set it up and are seeing how it performs, but it looks like this could be our holy grail of media centers. We have yet to get to a point of frustration of find any true bottlenecks.

It has an elegant look and has so far past all of our tests, the most important one being that it just works out of the box. No one should have to spend hours searching the Internet trying to find answers on how to get their cool new product to work. We followed the directions and in a matter of minutes we were able to see our files on the TV.

We will have a bunch more articles coming up on this amazing product and a special one that pits the 760HD against the Apple TV, stay tuned.

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April 22, 2007

Yamada HTV-200XU - 21st century boombox

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A Germany company called Yamada has released a new product that re-invents the traditional boombox. This sucker comes with a DVD player and a 7" LCD screen. So not only does it play your music over the attached speakers, but it also can play DVD movies in a variety of disc formats that include:

  • DVD R/RW
  • DVD+R/RW
  • CD
  • CD-R/RW

The DVD player plays both MPEG-4 and DivX files and can be used to view JPEG photos too. It also sports a USB port that allows you to hook up either a computer or a MP3 player to play music. And if all this wasn't enough it can also hook up to your entertainment system via:

  • S-Video
  • Composite
  • Stereo and digital Coax line-out

We aren't sure if this will be available in the States but it seems like a very cool new idea. Its mobile so you can take it with you and has the ability to hook into you existing entertainment center if you want to 'dock' it at you home. We'll keep you posted if we find out any more about this


via ubergizmo

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