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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
Boxee Box Review
Over 2010, there were a plethora of media players released in the consumer electronic space from brands like Western Digital, Apple, Netgear, Roku, etc…  Add in the iterations of digital cable boxes released with similar features as well as new Smart HDTVs with built in apps and the space is already insanely crowded.  In order to appeal to the average CE consumer, you really have to bring something original to the space. Enter the Boxee Box created by D-Link, a uniquely designed set-top box that brings file functionality and organization to streaming web content.  It’s a result of the evolution of a piece of software called Xbox Media Center, an interface designed for the original Xbox that cataloged all of your media.  This software is still highly popular for the diy home theater PC crowd, but Boxee has taken it ...
Monday, 06 December 2010 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Cue Radio Model r1 Radio and Model s1 Speaker Review
In the early 2000s something strange happened in the world of consumer electronics: table radios became popular again – wildly so. I remember seeing ads for the Bose Wave Radio in newspapers and other publications, and because of the company's brand reputation and how easy Bose made it to purchase the Wave (extended payment plan), people were snapping them up and once again listening to radio in the home. But the real splash, for me, was when Tivoli Audio released its Model One Radio. This elegant set – based on Henry Kloss' design for the KLH Model 8 – was immediately recognized for its retro style, excellent sound (in mono no less!) and reception. I bought in several years ago and still use my Model One to this day. I love it as a radio but its limitations have kept ...
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
I've always felt that Home Theater PCs have long been ignored as a viable alternative to physical media players in the home entertainment space, mostly because taking that next step into streaming or storing all your media in a central location seems very daunting to the average consumer; both from a technical and time consuming standpoint.  It's very refreshing to see the barrage of media player / HTPC hybrids that are taking the home theater by storm as of late.  Players like the Boxee, Western Digital's TV Live Hub or even the Apple TV are giving consumers new to the space an easy way to get started with playing stored media (both offsite and onsite) without moving into the serious video server arena.  Adoption and more widespread use of this technology will ultimately lead to consumers wanting more from their ...
Thursday, 04 November 2010 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
Western Digital TV Live Hub Review
You would be hard pressed to find a company that's consistently rolling out positive hardware revisions of its media players more than Western Digital.  Earlier this year, we took a look at the WD TV Live Media Player that added Netflix streaming into their hardware model.  But that player, and every player previous to it, lacked any type of internal storage to save all of your content rather than streaming it off your home network.  It always seemed odd that a hard drive manufacturer didn't delve into providing central storage for all your downloaded content.  Enter the Western Digital TV Live Hub.  Not only does it include a 1 Terabyte hard drive to store content, the WD TV Live Hub player has been upgraded to take advantage of HDMI 1.4, received an updated UI, can be used as a media ...
Friday, 22 October 2010 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Cary MS-1 Digital Music Server/Player Review
A few years ago I asked my woodworking brother to build a cabinet to house my collection of compact discs. The result was a striking, wall-sized unit replete with gorgeous wood grain and a welcome addition to an otherwise drab basement. Here I could store more than one thousand discs, catalog them alphabetically by artist for easy retrieval and show off my collection for anyone who cared to investigate. But as the months went on and more CDs came into possession, the once-hulking shelf drew full to capacity and stacks of discs began to “decorate” various rooms in my house. I again struggled to keep my music organized and accessible. There had to be a better way. Always a latecomer to technology, I stayed away from computer-related audio and things such as digital music servers until 2009. I was content ...
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