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Guide: Create a 3D sound environment

Guide: Create a 3D sound environment
The technologies capable of extending the 3D effect to the soundtrack of movies and games on your home theater. The image is often considered more important than the sound for the industry and the public in general. The justification for this lies in the physiological, psychological and even sociological related to the sense of vision, responsible for 80% of the information received from the external environment, while the hearing has only 10% . However, audio and video have always gone together since the days of silent cinema, where the notes of a piano served to accentuate the drama of a movie and thrill the spectators. In 2009, with the start of sales of 3D TVs in the global scenario, the...
December 31, 2012 | 80 Views | HTPC Guides, Watch & Learn

Guide: Stream videos or music to a PC via AirPlay

Guide: Stream videos or music to a PC via AirPlay
If you have an iPhone or an iPad or an iSomething, you can use the AirPlay feature to stream videos or music on certain devices that support this protocol as a stereo amp, your TV or your media center. But did you know it was also possible to stream the same content to a Windows PC? So, how? Well it’s simple, but it is done in 2 steps… If you want to receive an audio stream from an iTunes or iPhone, etc.., You will need to download the Shairport4W free software. Once launched (it is portable), you will see that your computer will appear as an AirPlay compatible device in iTunes. More info at makeuseof.com, Now, if you want to stream a video from an iPhone or from iTunes, you’ll...
October 27, 2012 | 80 Views | HTPC Guides, Watch & Learn

You may speed up your Windows 7 boot

You may speed up your Windows 7 boot
For those who have the Windows 7 Media center, this is a great tip. This is especially true if you own a multi-core processor. Microsoft in fact, through its operating system, must meet the needs of the majority, this result on proposing some settings values as low as possible, imagining an end user that have a single core processor, for example. By digging a bit in the MSCONFIG (BOOT Advanced Options), you can increase the number of processors requested during boot and also set the maximum memory option, depending on the RAM present in your config. With this you  gain a few seconds on the startup, no doubt.
August 2, 2012 | 346 Views | HTPC Guides, Watch & Learn

Receivers and Speakers shopping guide

Receivers and Speakers shopping guide
When buying the equipment, it is important not to be deceived by the specifications. To define the ideal power according to the size of the room or considering other home theater devices is not an easy task. This theme is among the champions of questions from all users. After all, what unit should have higher power: the receiver or the speakers? Can you rely on the specs published by the manufacturers?...
July 15, 2012 | 216 Views | HTPC Guides

Silent Powerful HTPC in 20 Steps

Silent Powerful HTPC in 20 Steps
A 20 Step tutorial on how to build a powerful but silent HTPC. Peacetech is a fictitious website at present. It was created as part of an open university module for digital film. Feel free to post comments anyway, I have since updated the build successfully with a Radeon HD 7750. Thank you to the guys from Mini-ITX.com and Overclockers.co.uk…without your quick deliveries and great website, this...
July 11, 2012 | 461 Views | HTPC Guides, Watch & Learn

XBMC Beginners Guide: An Introduction and Tour

XBMC Beginners Guide:  An Introduction and Tour
Easily turn your TV at home into an amazing media hub to look at your photo albums, listen to your music, watch movies, TV, videos, YouTube, Facebook albums, Web Browsing, BBC iPlayer etc  etc… XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded...
May 22, 2012 | 306 Views | HTPC Guides, Watch & Learn

Guide: Optimize Windows 7 Media Center for HTPC use

Guide: Optimize Windows 7 Media Center for HTPC use
This tutorial shows you how to configure and optimize your Windows 7 Media Center for HTPC use. It will ensure that boot times are minimal and that response times are the best possible for the hardware aswell as ensuring that the PC boots directly to WMC. If you have a Media Center running Windows 7 this guide should help you get the most from it making it the most couch friendly WMC around. by MPJHorner
May 10, 2012 | 560 Views | HTPC Guides, Watch & Learn
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