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Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System

Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound SystemSetting up an elaborate sound system for your PC can be pretty difficult as well as time consuming. Running speaker wire for satellites, discovering if your 5.1 jacks on your motherboard actually work, etc.

You don’t need that hassle! If you want to experience surround sound quality without having to go down the full 5.1 surround route, then the Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System is right for you!

Excellent PC Sound, Upfront and Personal

With the skyrocketing popularity of Microsoft Windows Media Center, many people have started using the PC as the center of their home entertainment system. Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround SoundBy using this powerful audio setup from Logitech, you’ll enjoy film, TV and music right on your computer. Its delivery of outstanding audio and great surround sound effects will leave you breathless!

With SRS TruSurround HD, you’ll experience surround sound without having to rely on rear satellite speakers. The Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System is composed of two satellite speakers and a powerful subwoofer. This stylish speaker system has the ability to transform PC audio into high-performance theater sound! It can accurately reproduce dialogue, film soundtracks, gaming audio and ambient sound to immerse you in PC entertainment.

This classy speaker system not only sounds great, but looks good too. The combination of piano black and silver bezel will perfectly complement your PC (and other components). The included Media Center remote lets you take full advantage of your PC’s entertainment prowess. Use the Media Center button to quickly launch the Media Center interface and manage digital media. The scroll wheel navigates through TV shows, video clips, Internet radio, albums, and other types of digital media.

Hybrid amplification produces clear, realistic sound. The tri-amp design uses 180 watts of power and comes with digital crossover equalization. Each amplifier gives out a digitally equalized signal with minimal distortion. High-, mid-, and low-range frequencies are effortlessly reproduced, delivering clear, accurate sound every time.

Multiple input and output optionsTo make installation more convenient, the Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System connects via USB. This provides true 24-bit digital quality audio and minimal distortion. And should you want to listen to music in private, the speakers also come with a headphone jack and a 3.5 mm auxiliary input. This means you can also listen to your MP3 player or other audio device with this sound system.

Immerse yourself in your audio! Get the best deal. Buy the Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System today. Easy to install and use, this 2.1 configuration is the perfect audio addition to your Multimedia PC system!

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Contributed by Ethel Kay Merioles

Quad Core, Hefty Memory, and HDMI Connection…in an Acer Desktop PC!

Acer Aspire M5100 AM5100-U5313A AMD Desktop PCQuad-core computing may sound expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to the Acer Aspire M5100 Desktop PC, any multimedia aficionado will be able to enjoy top-notch graphics performance, and be able to save some money in the process.

This low-priced PC has an AMD Phenom 9500 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Pay attention to your PC: your photo- and video-editing suites are salivating!

A Gifted Entertainment Desktop

Before we dive into the guts of this budget-friendly PC, let’s take a look at it from the outside. The microtower’s glossy front panel has two 3.5-inch drive bays and a 9-in-1 media card reader located behind a transparent door. Four USB ports are placed on the top of the computer casing for easy access (as they should be) along with the microphone and headphone jacks. There’s also four other USB ports on the back of the case. Another BIG advantage: An HDMI port, VGA-out, and a FireWire port are also located on the back of the PC. Four more 3.5-inch internal drive bays can be found inside the unit. This means that if you need more drives, they can still be accommodated.

Acer Aspire M5100 Front Mounted Flash Media Reader with FireWire

Running on the Windows® Vistaâ„¢ Home Premium operating system, the Acer Aspire M5100 Desktop PC has all the prerequisites for 64-bit processing. Acer Aspire M5100 AM5100-U5313A AMD Desktop PCThanks to the AMD Phenom 9500, the Acer Aspire M5100 Desktop PC can easily run several simultaneous multi-threaded applications, pushing through the most demanding processing loads. If you’re looking for a computer specifically designed for advanced multitasking, intricate visual design, and visually stunning digital media and entertainment, this PC is for you.

One of the first to use four cores all sharing a Level 3 cache, the AMD Phenom 9500 processor works by pumping out one large chunk of data to a single core, or sending smaller chunks in its four processors. It also boasts of having “true” quad-core design that handles data efficiently. All four cores are laid out on a single die, and all of them use 2MB of L3 cache. The unified L3 cache contributes to an amazingly rapid system response and phenomenal system performance.

Acer Aspire M5100 Back panel with HDMI and FireWireThis powerhouse quad-core has Cool‘n’Quiet™ 2.0 technology to reduce heat and noise during demanding operation. Working along with this technology are HyperTransport, which works by increasing the communication speed between components for a computer performance that’s fast and reliable, and Enhanced Virus Protection which provides security against viruses, worms, and Trojan horses that abound even online.

Additionally, the Acer Aspire M5100 Desktop PC comes with a DVD±RW/-RAM Dual Layer drive. An ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD2400 takes care of graphics, video, and direct digital video connectivity (Read: That uber-handy HDMI Port we mentioned earlier) that makes high quality entertainment available on your PC. It comes with a multimedia keyboard for easy one-touch access to your Internet shortcuts, playback control, volume control (and a sleep button. Hey, we’ve all got to rest). This package also includes an optical mouse and speakers. If you’re looking to make your hard-earned cash go as far as possible, you’ve found the PC you’ve been looking for: The Acer Aspire M5100 AMD Desktop PC.

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Contributed by Ethel Kay Merioles

iTunes Sounds Mud Compared to Foobar 2000

You might not know it, but if you’ve been using iTunes for the PC you have been missing out. The Mac crowd has been enjoying audio of a much higher quality as it uses a different back-end to process the audio.

We’re stuck with the crappy quicktime audio filters on PC. Quicktime is a resource hog and it also sounds like mud when compared to other programs.foobar-skin-1.jpgAllow me to introduce Foobar 2000. It is still in beta but it is extremely usable and it offers the best audio playback I have heard on a PC. The equalizer is infinitely better and the sound quality is amazing.

I downloaded it then cranked up some In Flames. “Oh my God!” The wife came running around the corner to ask if everything was alright. “Yes it’s alright. This sounds amazing!”

For the next couple hours I switched back and forth between iTunes and Foobar 2000; testing the same songs. As I did, iTunes sounded more and more like mud.

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Want to Watch Television on your Vista Laptop? You’ll Need the Pinnacle PCTV HD Stick

pinnacle-pctv-whole-kit.jpgIt might sound like a mouthful, but the Pinnacle PCTV HD Stick is actually quite small. It’s no bigger than an average USB device, but it does way more than the run of the mill Flash drive or wireless mouse Dongle. It IS TV! Yes. Windows Vista is packed with ill features that let you manipulate your Multimedia experience to your heart’s content. But one snag: it’s hard to get television to play on your laptop. Good Luck finding one with a UHF plug. That’s where Pinnacle shines.

While previous incarnations of TV capture devices have been expensive and ungainly, the PCTV HD Stick is not. But it still pulls television right out of the air and onto your PC. And if you are in an area where there’s no cable, or you use an antenna to receive television, not to worry. The Pinnacle HD Stick comes with an attachable antennae that can magnetize to a metallic surface. Think TV in your car on long road trips. Now you’re getting excited, huh? Sr. Editor Lonny from TigerTV has taken one of these out for a spin. Check out his video review, then get over to TigerDirect.com and pick one up for yourself. It’s an inexpensive and elegant way to get Television on your Vista Laptop.

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Launch of AppleTV Delayed…Why Not Buy a Windows Media PC?

AppleTV is delayed...Systemax Home theater PCs are Not. Read On To Get The Scoop.Launch of AppleTV Device Delayed
Computer and entertainment devices maker Apple Inc. will delay until mid-March its Apple TV device for playing computer-based video on television sets, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

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A Few Neat Tricks In Windows Vista

Vista LogoVista is Here. But are you Vista Savvy? Read on to find out!
You’ve gotten your hands on Vista. It’s new, you’re excited: but what can you do with Vista, once you’ve gone and installed it on your premium ready machine? Here’s some great tricks you can accomplish once you’ve decided to enter the Vista experience. Read on, and impress friends and coworkers with your Vista knowledge that’s already ahead of the curve!

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High-Definition DVD Has Arrived

The War Between the FormatsIf you thought you couldn’t get by without your DVD player, wait until you see a movie shown on a high-definition DVD player. The difference is stunning! Now that high-definition DVD players are on the market at last, why not go out and buy one? Two reasons – high prices, and the war between the two incompatible formats – HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Prices on high def start at about $500, while the Blu-Ray models are around $1000. It’s possible that one of these formats won’t survive their ongoing battle, and you might just be out of luck if you buy a player that works on the losing format.

Those old enough to remember a similar war between BETA and VHS video formats might note that you can still find VHS video cassette players, while their BETA counterparts are only found beneath cobwebs or on basement floors. Thus, a little patience might serve you well. However, if you can’t wait to own your own high-definition DVD player, this article will help you make your choice and also shed light on the standard DVD players available.

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TigerTracks: My brain recently…

TigerTracksWhen you are looking for a new computer, where do you turn? Well, it seems people are turning to TigerDirect more and more – and today’s TigerTracks is a great example.

So, my PC that I bought in Saudi died recently, and since I do a lot of work from home I had to get it fixed, or a new one fairly quickly. Ergo, I went out and bought one. Went to TigerDirect here in Toronto and got a GateWay re-furb. Nice machine, with 250GB hard-drive, 1GB of RAM and it came with Windows XP Media. This is really a really cool version of XP that lets you make your own jukebox, really organize your pictures and videos, and it came with a TV tuner card. So, I hooked up my cable to my PC, and as I write this, I am watching CSI:Miami. So cool!

By: kcrouche
From: My brain recently… « What do you think?

Well, for that two output video card, I’d recommend the XFX GeForce 7300LE, great card, low cost!

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Which is better a home theater component system or a Windows Media Center PC?

What is the pro’s and con’s of building a home entertainment system with discreate components and building a Windows Media Center PC? Which would be less expensive? Which would be more versatile?