Audio Video News December 2009

Patriot Memorys Box Office HD Media Player Video Review
Tweak Town :: Saturday, December 19, 2009
“Today we get a look at yet another HD media player and this time it is Patriot Memory who step up to the plate and try and take a swing with its new Box Office. Does it have the goods to stand up and hit a home run?

Straight off the bat, I will say that sadly the Box Office is just another HD media player like the dozens and dozens already out on the market that make use of the Realtek chipset and similar software. It does become rather tedious continually looking at media players, which include the same functionality and include the same type of menu systems and setup options, but has Patriot done anything to stand out here?”

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player Review
Legit Reviews :: Monday, December 14, 2009
“Seagate’s FreeAgent Theater+ is one of the most versatile media players on the market. Based on the Realtek 1073 chipset, the guts of the Theater+ are technically the same as the Patriot Box Office. Doing a side-by-side comparison, however, shows the Seagate to be a tad quicker when navigating around menus and playing files. The operating systems for devices featuring the Realtek processor are notoriously clunky or bland. Not so for the Seagate. The OS is actually quite sleek – almost minimalist. Everything you need is there and is easily accessible. In fact, my 5 year old was able to pick up the remote and navigate successfully to The Clone Wars TV Series Blu-ray-rips that I stored locally on the FreeAgent hard drive…”

Asus My Cinema ES2-750/PT/FM/AV/RC
Overclock 3d :: Monday, December 14, 2009
Today we take a look at a little TV card from Asus, Does it fit the bill?

SilverStone GD04 HTPC Case Review
Ninjalane :: Monday, December 14, 2009
The main purpose behind a HTPC case is to blend in with other A/V equipment and the SilverStone GD04 does an excellent job of this. We felt the looks were just right for the intended purpose by making the media PC look like a high-end DVD or Blu-ray player.

WD TV Live
Technic 3d :: Saturday, December 12, 2009
“The WD TV Live Media-Player arrived Technic3D. HD video, photos and music – they’re on your computer, on your USB drives, on the Internet, but how do you enjoy them on your TV? Now it’s easy! Play a whole world of Full-HD, 1080p media on your big screen TV with the WD TV Live network-ready HD media player. You are ready for Full-HD? We check the Western Digital.”

Akira HD Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Friday, December 11, 2009
“Akira was, and still is a landmark anime film. Based on the graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomoto, which started life in 1982, Akira played a pivotal role in the introduction of the art form to western audiences.

In 1988, World War III breaks out in Tokyo, leveling the city again. Twenty years later, Neo-Tokyo as it’s dubbed, has replaced it. The heavily futuristic city, despite its look, is built upon oppression and hostility; a city under Military rule. Motorbike riding cyberpunk gangs rule the streets. When a gang led by Kaneda has an accident involving a mysterious being named Takahashi, fellow member Tetsuo is taken away for testing by the shadowy Neo-Tokyo forces. When Tetsuo starts to exhibit powerful physic abilities as a result, Neo-Tokyo once again is under threat of destruction.”

Archerfish SmartBox and Camera Surveillance Kit Review
Futurelooks :: Friday, December 11, 2009
It used to be that having a sophisticated video surveillance system would cost an arm and a leg. As such, everyone assumed that only big companies would invest in such a security system. Thankfully, this is no longer the case, so it is much more affordable for you to protect your small business, home office, or just your home in general.

BOSS TU-88 Audio Tuner and Timer Review 
Techware Labs :: Friday, December 11, 2009
A guitarist is only as good as the dedication that’s put in. The backbone of a musician is correct tuning, timing and talent. BOSS works on tuning and timing with the TU-88.

Test Freaks :: Tuesday, December 08, 2009
“Today’s review item can easily be mistaken for a Hacky Sack. The MovieWedge is basically a bean bag and is used with various portable media devices as a stand. Sounds far fetched, doesn’t it? It is simple in it form and function yet remarkably versatile. MovieWedge is basically a beanbag with a lip area designed for supporting most lightweight portable devices such as a PSP, iPhone, iPod Touch, Zune, etc. ”

Patriot Box Office HD Media Player Firmware P02 Update
Legit Reviews :: Monday, December 07, 2009
This week Patriot released their first firmware update for the Box Office media player. This beta P02 firmware adds support for Blu-ray ISO files and gives the player support for multi-channel HDMI audio out. With the newest firmware installed, we immediately tried to play an ISO ripped from a Blu-ray disk. The file played with no hesitation. In fact, my receiver even picked up the LPCM via the Patriot’s HDMI out. Mission accomplished, Patriot. Well done! Below we see the Patriot Box Office playing a Blu-ray ISO.

Neo-Flex Dual LCD Lift Stand 
Test Freaks :: Saturday, December 05, 2009
“This is where Ergotron a company known for their monitor stands, mounts and work stations that focus on ergonomics comes to the rescue. The Neo-Flex Dual LCD Lift Stand is designed to hold up to two 22” monitors side by side from one sturdy base. It is capable of holding 14-34 pounds and uses the VESA mounting standard; so most modern LCDs will fit without a hitch. The Neo-Flex Dual LCD Lift Stand allows either landscape or portrait mode positioning of the screens. ”

CiragoTV Mini USB Media Player CTM1000 
Test Freaks :: Thursday, December 03, 2009
“Today for review I’ve got a great little product from Cirago called the CiragoTV Mini. It’s a USB Media player that’s small in size but yet big in features. The unit is a very small box, about 3 inches by 3 inches in size and less that an inch thick, it comes with it’s own small power supply and a small remote as well. The CiragoTV Mini has the ability to access USB flash drives, USB hard driveand several types of memory cards with outputs for HDMI and even standard composite audio and video. With the CiragoTV Mini you can access several types of files, the most popular video and audio formats, along with pictures as well to show them on your TV for your viewing pleasure. It’s small enough to take with you if you want to, you can easily grab a 2.5” hard drive and the CiragoTV Mini and take it to your friends house, or even use it for work presentations if need be. So continue on for a look at a very innovative and an overall great little product… ”

Energy Sistem URC 3100 Review 
XS REviews :: Wednesday, December 02, 2009
“Energy Sistem™ isn’t exactly a common typo on the tip of the tongue, but – much like the problem of mysteriously vanishing remote controls – they’ve been around for a while. Barring the kleptomaniac hoardings of some thieving soon-to-be-ex friend, or a lonely and capacious housewife, the blame must lay squarely on our quest for progressively miniaturised technology. A quest manufacturers seem determined to embark upon regardless of consequence – and to which they subsequently offer their own solutions; for a modest price, of course. So in search of a stop-gap between sanity and industrial genocide, we stumble most readily across the likes of this Universal 3100 Remote Control. Whereupon the wrath of our idle thumb-poking is more than satisfied. At least until someone miniaturises the sofas behind which it’s sure to disappear.”

Blu-ray Importing: December 2009 Buying Guide
Tweak Town :: Wednesday, December 02, 2009
“Since the last time we last took a look at the ‘Guide to Buying Blu-rays from Overseas’ in October, the Australian dollar has remained at a consistently high level, which in addition to some awesome releases and spectacular online sales, has resulted in a wind fall for Australian consumers.

So let’s jump into the last instalment of this epic series for 2009, covering some of the latet titles released only to import, but safe from the horrors of region coding. The Australian dollar is expected to continue to rise in 2010 (potentially reaching parity or above with the U.S. dollar), so we’ll be sure to return to the series early in the new year.”

Experts Say Blu-ray Players are Here to Stay
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, December 02, 2009
“Let’s not beat around the bush- Blu-ray has been disliked since it first appeared on the tech industry’s radar. And this controversial technology had even the most open-minded tech experts scratching their heads trying to figure out why it was here and why it was so expensive. Well, today’s industry pros are singing a different tune. Rumor has it: Blu-ray is only here to stay because it had a little help from its friends HDTV and Netflix, just to name a few. Industry experts say the Blu-ray market has a bright future ahead of it. They can see these Blu-ray devices growing, evolving and settling into living rooms nationwide-however, they warn there are a few allowing conditions to this perfectly painted future. Unfortunately experts say Blu-ray’s fate lies in the hands of another-actually, there are a couple pairs of hands controlling Blu-ray’s future.”

Patriot Box Office All-In-One HD Media Player Review
Futurelooks :: Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Whether you’re loading up with home movies or you’re looking for a better way to enjoy the digital content that you download from the Internet, it is certainly more appealing to bring that multimedia goodness into your living room. This is where we find ourselves with the Patriot Box Office PCMPBO25 Media Player. This relatively simple device looks like a set top box for your television, but it does so much more.

HP MediaSmart EX495 Review
Tech Review Source :: Tuesday, December 01, 2009
“HP first came out with their MediaSmart server line of computer running Microsoft Windows HomeServer a few years ago and since then, they have been slowly upgrading and adding new features every few months and releasing a new model. The latest model, the HP MediaSmart EX495, offer speed boosts due to upgraded hardware and improved networking support. HP also altered the user-interface of the administration area to make things more easily accessed by the user.”