Full 5.1 Surround Sound is back at the Ronbo Beaver Trap finally!
Picked up a Vizio 40" 5.1 Sound Bar system off Amazon for a decent price and just got it in today, Still setting everything up but so far looks very promising.
Did my research and this Vizio Soundbar system came very highly rated for it's price range....under $325. 40" Front Soundbar, Wireless Subwoofer with attached Rear Surround Speakers. The sub plugs into the wall outlet near the sofa and the rear Surround Speakers wire to the sub. No wires going from the back with the Sub and Surrounds. Perfect!
Soundbar system will also connect to music sources via Bluetooth so you can connect your iPod, iPhone, etc.
Not revealing why I bought this 5.1 Surround System at this time.
Let's just say there's a very large matching item that will compliment this very well.
Pulling data off the hard drives from my HP Proliant N40L Microserver in preparation for sale. I'm currently using this little gem as a Windows Home Server for Music/Video/Data storage and streaming.
250Gb OS drive and 3x 2Tb drives for storage. Figure I'll sell it with the 250Gb OS drive and one 2Tb Data drive. Include a Copy of Windows Home Server 2011 and maybe Windows Server 2012 so you can set it up to your liking for the task you desire.
Very compact Server....not like what you'd see in a Data Center as a Rack mount Server.
Upgraded with a DVD Burner Optical Drive that wasn't included Originally and upgraded to 8Gb RAM from the Original 2GB. Also will include a Dual Channel ESATA card for attaching an External ESATA Storage Tower to add an additional 8 hard drives. Up to 4Tb each depending on the type of Tower for a total of 32Tb of external storage! w00t!
Finally got the Zalman cased HTPC running reliably. The downside...had to buy a new MoBo/CPU/RAM combo. On the plus side should up the selling price a bit. Can also sell the original MoBo/CPU/RAM to recoup some of the cost.
Works well with the touch screen etc. Did a little Overclocking testing... got 4.3Ghz on stock cooling with no voltage changes on a 3.5Ghz Dual Core AMD Black Kaveri CPU! It's back to stock at 3.5Ghz now.
Here she is! Got an Avermedia Dual Tuner HDTV card in there for recording 2 HDTV channels. And a WiFi N card to cut the cord. 4Gb DDR3 RAM. Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. Only has a DVD Burner in it right now. Haven't decided whether I should install a BD-ROM or BD-RE for Blu-Ray playback/burning. Thoughts?
Plenty of room for add-in cards.Need to head over to storage and find one of my PCI Firewire cards to get the front panel Firewire Jack working. Not that anyone uses Firewire anymore unless you have an old Sony Camcorder!
Room for another 4 hard drives in the two cages. MoBo has a total of 8 SATA ports.
250Gb HDD for the OS and a 1Tb HDD for Data/Media storage installed. No SSD as this a Media Center HTPC. Although 120Gb SSD are pretty cheap now or even a 240Gb SSD for the OS. Doubt it would make much of a difference in selling price so I'll nix that option!
Recording NFL Football right now and another HDTV program at the same time on the Internal Dual HDTV tuner. Just about ready for listing on CL. Don't think I want to deal with Ebay due to the size of this thing in it's shipping box and the weight.
The Vizio 60" 4k "Smart" HDTV is awesome! It's got several "Apps" on it like Netflix, Amazon, iHeart, etc. No need for a Roku or WD External Android box for the Apps. Up scales 1080p to UltraHD. All for under $1k! That included Delivery and free setup. Didn't have to do a thing. 2 guys came out to the house and unpacked it, set it on the table and verified it worked without any dead pixels, etc. Thanks to Amazon!
Built-in WiFi and also a wired RJ-45 Network connection if needed. With my Apple Airport Time Capsule...Netflix loads shows within 2 seconds and no hiccups while playing HD shows. So I don't think I'll need the wired network connection.
Netflix is supposed to have 4k HDTV service. Still checking into that.