May 30, 2007

MvixUSA 760-HD Wireless Media Center Hands on Review

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Well we have had some time to play around with our shiny new 760HD and we can only say, WOW! Sure its not the most creative description of our thoughts, but we were so blown away with everything this thing can do that we are left speechless.

We were expecting the typical streaming device that worked, but left us with that, meh, feeling. From the minute we plugged this sucker in we knew that there was more to this then just your run of the mill device. We had been reading up on and writing about the 760 for awhile now so we had a basic understanding of what it should be able to do, but we were excited to see how well it actually did them.

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May 26, 2007

Aston Bee-Box WiFi Media Streamer

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If you live in Europe then you will be able to pick up the Bee-Box, Aston's newest device. From the looks of it this is a pretty slick device. It is the first media streamer we have reviewed that is using VLC for its media playback. We here at Networking Audio Video love us some VLC. In our minds it is the best media playback software out there. It will allow you to play just about any format you can throw at it.

The Bee-Box will let you stream your content to a TV since it will be hooked into your wireless network and grabbing content from one of your PCs. As an added bonus it will also stream IPTV and France's Freebox TV service( whatever that is ).

This should already be for sale so go out and let us know what you think!!

via engadget

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May 25, 2007

Oneforall PC Media Streaming Kit

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The Oneforall is an interesting device in the media streaming world. It ships with two pieces, the transmitter and receiver. The receiver hooks up to your TV and waits for a single from the transmitter to start playing files.

The Transmitter hooks up to your video card on your computer. This will only work if you have S-Video out on your card. Once hooked up to your computer you have to install the Simplecenter media software on your computer to bring it all together.

The Transmitter uses RF signals to send the files to the TV. There is an inherent problem with this in that RF signals are susceptible to interference from any number of sources around your house. From what we have read the use of RF for the transmission of your media files really impacts the quality of the files. Here is a very telling quote from the people at computer active:


Due to the nature of RF technology, other electrical appliances and power cables will interfere with the signal, resulting in an image that looks like a poorly tuned TV.

The upside of this approach to streaming media is that the box doesn't have to deal with formats since it is just streaming the signal from your computer. So unlike so many other boxes out there that fight to get just the right mix of formats to make everyone happy, this little sucker just passes the info on not caring what it is.

Wether or not to buy this for your home comes down to a few factors. Personally we don't like the RF transmission, but if you don't have a wireless or wired network in your house this may be a good option. Another telling quote from the review:

If you’re looking to stream movies, music and photos over short distances and your PC and TV are in the same room, you’d probably get good use out of this reasonably priced device. Realistically, though, most of us will want to fire off media to varying parts of the house and that's where reception will be a problem.


via computeractive

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May 23, 2007

Tvix M-3100U Media Streaming Device

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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 21, 2007

TrekStor MovieStation maxi t.u

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The MovieStation from TrekStor is a one of the new breed of media hard drives used for streaming audio and video content to your TV. The MovieStation hooks up to your TV and streams video via either component or composite and audio via either optical or analog.

The MovieStation supports both MPEG and DivX for movie playback and MP3, WAV, WMV and OGG for audio. With the included remote control you will be able to browse the content on the whopping 500 or 250 gig internal drive.

We are excited to see this new type of device enter the market. A barebones player that just stores and plays back media. Nothing too fancy, just a media hard drive. Once we get one in house we will let you know our opinion.

via gizmodo

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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 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 3, 2007

Aluratek Digital Picture Frame Review

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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

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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 26, 2007

Streaming Networks iRecord

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Have you ever wanted to throw that new DVD that you just bought onto your iPod before you ran out the door only to to pass on it since you didn't want to rip it to your computer, then convert it to the proper format for the iPod and then move it over to said iPod. That is surly a lot of work for something seemingly so simple. Well the good people over at Streaming Networks have come up with a great solution.

The iRecord is a standalone device that can take the signal from one A/V source, record it, convert it and push it to the iPod. So for instance you can hook up your DVD player to the iRecord, hook the iRecord up to your iPod and hit record, BAM, the movie is on your iPod.

The main advantage of the iRecord is the simplicity. We know lots of semi technical people that are turned off by the prospect of having to figure out some new software for converting movies to iPod format. This is the mom and pop kind of product that we love around here. So get out and start enjoying your movies on your iPod with just about no hassle.

Info on how to use it can be found here.

You can purchase one here.

via webuser

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