May 23, 2007

Tvix M-3100U Media Streaming Device


Like the Mvix 760HD that we reviewed earlier the Tvix M-3100U is a hard drive based multimedia player.
Allowing you to playback movies, music and photos this is an all in one device. You can load up the internal hard drive with as many media files as will fit and enjoy them on your TV.

What we like about these types of devices is the freedom it allows you. Not only do you have a great media player for your house, but you can easily take this with you to a friends house and have all your media files play on their TV. No longer do you have to worry about confusing setups that your friends may have. Just plug in M-3100U to their TV and BAM, you're good to go.

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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 3, 2007

Aluratek Digital Picture Frame Review


So one thing that we have seen a constant improvement over the years is the quality of digital picture frames. Years ago these were always very clunky, ugly and crude devices. Now they are elegant and very full featured. Aluratek has released a massive 10.5 inch digital picture frame that has tons of features.

This large digital picture frame sports a 1024x768 resolution whcih will allow you to display your photos in a very crisp large format. Its not the first frame to do it, but the addition to play video is a huge bonus for a high end frame. With 256MB of built in storage it has the ability to accept data from any of the following flash cards:

  • CD
  • MS
  • SD
  • MMC
  • xD
And also supports the following file formats:
  • JPEG
  • Motion JPEG
  • AVI
  • MP3

And if that wasn't enough for you it also comes with a wireless remote which will let you control the frame from the couch. That way you don't even need to get up to show your friends the 80 pictures you took of your child yesterday.

It also comes with analog stereo outputs so you can hook it up to your stereo to for sound. You can pick one of these bad boys up at Amazon.

via Engadget

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May 1, 2007

Ziova CS505 High Definition Network Media Player


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 24, 2007

MvixUSA 760-HD in house


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


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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April 20, 2007

Pandigital's PAN-150 digiframe


One thing that has been around for along time but never really took off is the digital picture frame. We bought one years ago and were very underwhelmed. The small storage size and the very industrial look of them didn't make them great candidates for display in the living room. Well as the years have gone on companies continue to try and improve these products by adding more storage, more interactivity and better frames.

The Pandigital PAN-150 [engadget] is one of the newest digital frames on the market and its sure to make a large impact. Just look at some of the features:

  • 1,024 x 768 resolution
  • 256MB of internal memory
  • built-in USB port
  • MPEG1/4, AVI, and MP3 playback support
  • integrated stereo speakers
  • and works with: SD, xD, MSPro, MSDuo, CF, and MMC flash cards

Unlike other products in this line you don't hook this directly up to your computer, instead you insert media and store the photos internally. This is a nice change since in the past when you wanted to update the frame you not only had to move it to where your computer was you also had to find the cable.

While this isn't shipping yet Amazon has a bunch of their smaller products here and here.

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April 19, 2007

SanDisk Digital Photo Album


The SanDisk Photo Album is a very cool little utility product that is sure to find a lot of success in the world. Basically it is a flash card reader that can output to a TV. So lets say you are visiting friends and you want to show everyone pictures of your new baby, instead of having everyone look at the display on your camera, you can just plug this into the TV, put your storage card in the Photo Album and bam, pictures on your TV. And as if that wasn't enough it will also let you play music and video via the TV as well.

Media formats that it supports

  • CompactFlash Type I/II
  • Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMediaCard (MMC)
  • Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO
  • SmartMedia/xD

It also sports a USB input on the back allowing you to use a USB thumb drive for viewing your media. With the small size and the wide compatibility of input media we think this is a sure fire winner for great travel product or a very cheap way to view things on your home TV when company comes over. How far we have come from the old days of setting up the projector with the slides to now just plugging a device into the TV and boring your friends with ease.

At Amazon.

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April 3, 2007

Creative's new Xdock shown at CeBIT


Creative debuted a very interesting new line of products at CeBit this year. They are calling the technology X-Fi for "Xtreme Fidelity". The Xdock is at first glance just another run of the mill looking iPod docking station. But in reality it is so much more.

With the Xdock you can stream music to the rest of your house by purchasing extra receiver units and attaching speakers to them. Each unit has the ability to output its music through attached powered speakers or to a home audio system. That way you can have one iPod service your entire house.

It also comes with S-video and composite video connections allowing you to display photos and videos from your iPod to your TV. Creative has attempted to make the all in one media station based around an iPod and by the looks of it they have succeeded.

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April 2, 2007

Review of MythTV


For those of you with some technical know-how and that are looking for a product that not only does it all, but does it all and then some, you should think about MythTV. MythTV is an open source software package that can do just about anything with your home media. It can act as a PVR, video viewer, photo viewer, mp3 player, game emulator, RSS feed reader, weather viewer, and a dvd player. And if it can't do something you want, odds are someone has already written a plug in to do it.

The reason we say that you need some technical know-how is that this is a Linux based software package, and the installation, depending on which flavor of Linux you install on, can be challenging. We played around with this about 3 years ago and then again just a few weeks ago and the improvements blew us away. First off the install is fairly simple now following a pretty standard install script that most computer users have seen before. The interface is very smooth and responsive and the themes that come bundled are gorgeous.

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