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SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 3 tuners
broadcasts your channels over the network
Able to record or watch 3 programs on 3 different devices at once
Streams and records with excellent results over wireless N

Cons: See other thoughts

Other Thoughts: There are a few things you need to factor into your decision to purchase this product.

First, you have to be prepared to deal with a lot of headaches with the cable company in order to get this working. Very few tech support/techs have experience with cable cards, much less this specific device, so expect trouble getting it up and running with your cable service

Second, most of the PVR options available to you, especially on windows can be difficult to work with. For users on Linux, there's MythTV, which is simply outstanding, but for windows it's pretty much WMC (unless you want to use virtualization), which if you wish to record and store shows on your server, is a bit of a hassle

However, if you can get the device to play nice with your cable service and if you can get a PVR backend/frontend solution running the way you want it, the device is simply amazing. It streams HD tv over my wireless network without a hiccup and records flawlessly to my Ubuntu server via MythTV. I definitely recommend the device, just know that it's unlikely that you will get it working straight away and is not for the faint of heart.

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Update to my previous review 02/16/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: Nice understated aesthetic
Lots of room for expansion
Capable of supporting moderate watercooling rigs OOB
very quiet
Solid build, very durable construction

Cons: Very quiet, but not 100% silent

Other Thoughts: I had originally wrote that this case was not as quiet as I was hoping for. After changing the fan on my Xigmatek Loki CPU cooler to a Noctua 92 MM fan, I have to say my issue with the noise has been reduced about 95%. The server is still audible in a dead silent room, if only just barely, but with the tv or some music playing it can't be heard at all. If you are looking for a nice low noise system with lots of room to grow, this should be your go-to.

Noctua NF-B9-1600 92mm Case cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Nice, quiet replacement fan 02/12/2014

This review is from: Noctua NF-B9-1600 92mm Case cooler

Pros: Extremely quiet, even at full speed
Keeps my CPU the same temp as the fan it replaced

Cons: not a 4-pin PWM fan

Other Thoughts: I don't have any hard data, but it seems to move less air than the stock fan on my CPU cooler, but that's the tradeoff for the extreme level of quiet you get from this fan. Temps are still nice, however, 29 degrees idle (haven't tested under full load, as the server I use this fan in is unlikely to ever hit 100% load).

Overall, I consider this a good buy because silence is what I was looking for.


Justin W.'s Profile

Display Name: Justin W.

Date Joined: 05/31/08

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 06/23/08
  • Last Review: 03/06/14
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