Audio Video News May 2009

HP MediaSmart Server LX195, Tested and Burned In

Hot Hardware :: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Windows Home Server is quite possibly one of Microsoft’s most unheralded operating systems. Many speak longingly of Windows XP, jokingly of Windows ME, disappointedly of Windows Vista, and hopefully of Windows 7. But seldom discussed is the little-known and little-used operating system designed to be installed on a home server and act as a central depository for serving media and other files, as well as a place to backup your home systems’ files. For those who have used it, many praise Windows Home Server’s functionality and performance…

It is possible to purchase the Windows Home Server OS and install it yourself on your own rig. Many users, however, choose to buy home servers with the Windows Home Server OS already installed.Hewlett-Packard (HP) was the first such vendor to provide a system with Windows Home Server pre-installed, with its MediaSmart Server series.

Star Trek: The Search For Spock HD Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
“Buoyed by the success of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Paramount quickly assembled what would become the third entry in the series. But first, how would screenwriters get around the fact that Spock died (in heroic circumstances) in the previous entry? Simple; you offer the actor a directorial role, a fat pay cheque and quite literally begin The Search for Spock.

Directed with skill and obvious talented actor, Leonard Nimoy, The Search for Spock holds up relatively well, 25 years later. Whilst not held in the same regard as its predecessor, it seems tocommand a little more respect than it did upon release.”

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan HD Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Friday, May 15, 2009
“When 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture saw restrained critical and commercial success, but with sufficient interest still alive in the franchise, buoyed by the continued interest in the sci-fi genre, spawned in part by franchise rival Star Wars, almost three years later Paramount released Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan.

Series newcomer Nicholas Meyer takes charge of the directorial reigns, in what most Trekkers consider to be the strongest entry in the Star Trek film franchise. With a brilliant villain, a heightened emotional pull and more action than its predecessor, I would agree with popular opinion. However, despite the return of a villain from The Original Series and being a sequel to a well established franchise, Wrath of Khan remains the friendliest entry to casual fans.”

Sherwood RD-7503 Review 
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, May 06, 2009
“If you’ve been waiting for the prices of HDMI-equipped A/V receivers to come down to earth, Sherwood’s new RD-7503 should help you pull the trigger. While it doesn’t have every bell and whistle, it does boast a long list of features and can be expanded to include more. And with an online price less than $400, it costs only a little more than a good Blu-ray disc player.”

Seagate FreeAgent Theater Media Player
Big Bruin :: Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I see the Seagate FreeAgent Theater media player as a great option for someone looking to get their digital media on to their home theater without much stress. A simple setup process, a variety of audio/video connections, a useful wireless remote control, and intuitive on-screen controls are just a few features that will make the device enjoyable for users of any tech ability.

Bel Canto Ref500 Review 
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, May 05, 2009
“If you wanted a top-echelon audio power amplifier fifteen years ago, it would be big, heavy, power sucking, and hot. That’s because Class A amplifiers generate tremendous amounts of heat during operation. Over 75% of the energy that goes in goes out as heat, not sound. Class A/B amplifiers are only slightly better since they operate as class A amps until certain point when they slide into more efficient class B operation where only 50% of consumed energy becomes heat. To dissipate all this heat these power amplifiers also need large heat sinks, which take up space and add weight.”

‘How to Enable “DVD Library” in Media Center
Computing On Demand :: Sunday, May 03, 2009
Media Center in Windows Vista has the capabilities of displaying and playing DVD content stored on your personal computer, however this feature is not enabled by default. Enabling this feature is pretty easy and can be done by simply modifying your registry.