Hard Drive Based Entertainment Servers

kaleidescapeHard drive based music and movie server systems are here to stay. The trend of late can only gain momentum as time goes on. It’s really just a natural progression started by the MP3 based music servers, and adopted by systems like Kaleidescape and AMX’s MAX Integrated Content Server.

Content rich appliances aren’t always hard drive based, most notably, Escient’s DVDM-100. But these types of products, in future years will become the exception not the rule, up until now, the cost hard drive space and standardization have been the biggest pitfall of such systems, this will change in the coming months and years, as hardware prices fall.

Look for consumer electronic appliances that store movies music photos and more to become the norm, standardization will likely be the biggest hurdle but if the TiVo model is applied, a general if not universal standard shouldn’t be out of the question.

Dreamvision Dreamweaver Plus

weaver plusVideo projectors need not look like square boxes hung from the ceiling, take for example the Dreamvision Dreamweaver Plus, Dreamvision’s latest addition to their, home theater projector lineup. The case of the weaver+ is sleek and smooth, making the squareish projectors of the past, look like air conditioning units. Based on Texas Instruments proven Mustang HD2+ chipset, the weaver+ is more than capable for almost any home theater setup. Details can be found at Projector central, one particular user rated it 5 out of 5 stars.

Jamo Introduces AVR series

Long known for their speakers, Jamo has introduced a stylish line of electronics. The Jamo AVR series comes in two flavors, the AVR-693 and AVR-793, the 793 is a 7.1 DTS, Pro-Logic IIx receiver, rated at 135 watts per channel at 6 ohms. While the AVR-693 supports Dolby Digital 6.1 and in rated at 120 watts at 6 ohms. Both units display the current surround mode information on the front panel display.

Additionally both receivers have a full complement of digital inputs as well as support component vuideo switching. A matching DVD player is also available, the DVD-593 supports PAL and NTSC as well as DiVx (the equivalent of MP3 for movies) discs, making one of the more versatile DVD players on the market.

Crestron’s Isys TPMC-10 WiFi Touchpanel

TPMC-10Control has always been Crestron’s claim to fame, the new TPMC-10 offers plenty of that. Part of Crestron’s new lineup, the design has been completely reworked. Partnering with Viewsonic to build this panel, has brought Crestron performance to a broader range of customers.

With built in Wi-Fi capabilities, embedded Microsoft windows functions and Crestrons long industry standard of upgradeability and integration choices, its no wonder this panel was chosen best new product at CEDIA 2004.

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