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Ceton Echo – Windows Media Center Extender Watch Live & Recorded TV/HDTV Access Personal Media Libraries on Any TV on Home Network, HDMI Interface, Remote Included
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Super quite (no fan)
Does exactly what it's supposed to do, serve up Windows Media Center
Always on (no startup time)
Great value
Video Quality
Small

Cons: A little bit slower on navigation than xBox 360

Other Thoughts: I have 3 xBox 360s (2 Slims and a previous model) and been using them as Windows Media Center Extenders for 5 years now. But I was tired of the noise of the fans (unit and/or the power supply) and the boot up time as well as the switching apps time.
This does all my extender functions as well as the xBox excepts it's just a tad slower on navigation which is no problem for me.
This allows me to have xBox video apps running (like ESPN, xBox Video, VUDU, Huku, etc.) and switch back and forth to media center via my AVR (like during commercials).
This also frees me up to be able to move to xBox One without losing my Extender which we can't live without. Our use of the xBox's is 60% WMC and 40% everything else.

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HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2-Core 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This makes a great server for WHS 2011. It is small, quiet and doesn't cost much. It has 2 PCIe slots which I'm using one for USB 3.0 though I can't get that to work.

Cons: HP has not embraced WHS 2011. Given that this is arguably the best WHS 2011 server out there, you would think HP would do more to support it. There is no option to buy it as HP model with WHS 2011. There is no documentation of any type. HP tech support tried to help me but they have not knowledge of WHS 2011. I had to struggle through with various techs some who said the OS wasn't supported, others who said it was.

Hardware wise,, USB 3.0 and RAID 5 are not supported. Really? 4 drive bays and only RAID 0 & 1?

Other Thoughts: I built a RAID 1 array with Disks 0 & 1 following the instructions then inserted the WHS 2011 DVD but the installer failed as it couldn't copy files onto the array. After many calls with HP, they could not help. I tried a Windows 7 installation as a test and it worked.

So I rebuilt the array from scratch and then it worked. This is very strange. Agasin HP tech support was no help.

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Polk Audio PSWi225 Wireless Powered Subwoofer Single
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Wireless is terrible 06/15/2010

This review is from: Polk Audio PSWi225 Wireless Powered Subwoofer Single

Pros: Bass is ok, automatic on/off is a nice feature. Very small and very cheap.

Cons: The point of a wireless subwoofer is the hassle free placement and use, thsi unit comes up way short.

The wireless connection drops all the time. And you have to try unplugging the transmitter or the sub to get it back (sometimes the transmitter, sometimes the sub). It is such a hassle to do this! Wish they had put wired inputs on it so I could at least use it wired!`

Other Thoughts: For another room I bought a Boston Acoustics HPS 8Wi and it's rock solid (*****). No wireless issues even from another room, better & lower bass and has wired connections just in case...

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Display Name: Scott L.

Date Joined: 05/02/03

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 03/29/06
  • Last Review: 05/25/14
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