A selection of three top home theater desktop PCs, ideal for media streaming, data storage and more – great devices for any home theater!
HTPC & Cablecard – Central Home Entertainment Units
There is no “standard description” for a home theater system. It might consist of many separate components – a large digital television or projector, DVD or Blu-ray playback, an A/V stereo receiver or amplifier and subwoofer. Each device having its own remote control and complex of interconnecting cables. What if you could combine many of these devices, add digital video recording, and use one remote to control the system from ten feet away? This is possible by using a PC as the heart of your audio/video home theater system. Here we discuss how HTPC and Cablecard can be used to heighten your home theater experience, simply (or maybe not so simply) by connecting up your PC and other home entertainment devices.
There are quite a few dedicated HTPC cases to pick from these days, but none have risen above the competition to become the clear leader. Can the Antec Fusion Remote become as legendary as Antec classics like the Antec 900 or Antec Sonata?
The Cooler Master 360 is a strange, but flexible. It can be rotated for use either horizontally or vertical, making it easier to find a place for it in a home theater. It is also a fairly subtle case, helping with home theater integration. But does it really have the chops for long-term use?
Looking at ways to hook up a PC to your HDTV? In this article we discuss how it is possible, connecting with both Analog and Digital.
Unlike computers for general use, home theater and media computers need to have certain features. Choosing the right motherboard is the key to choosing all of the other components in your HTPC. Learn what features to look for when choosing a motherboard for your home entertainment system’s computer.