<I>Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore. Directed by Franklin Schaffner. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (Spanish), Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (French). Two discs. 112 minutes. 1968. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2220754. G. $26.98.</I>
Organizing a CD or DVD collection used to mean alphabetizing a huge pile of discs and painstakingly filing them away on shelves. But a new breed of component called a media server - a cross between a traditional A/V component and a full-featured PC - gives you easy, expanded access to your collection by letting you store it as digital data on a hard-disk drive.
Media receivers bridge the gap between computer and home theater by letting you store your audio and video files in one room while you select and play them on an entertainment system in another room. The first digital media receivers were limited to streaming music stored on a PC over a wired network to your stereo.
Because we want our audio/video gear to entertain us, not drive us insane with frustration, simplicity has always been the hallmark of a well-designed system. A lot of people avoid that frustration by getting all their components from one company.
Whole-house entertainment means never having to handle physical media. With all your music, photos, and videos parked on a hard drive and accessible through your home network, you can enjoy them in any room where a media receiver is attached to a TV or stereo system.
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Home audio/video-based networks are made up of three basic components. Media servers take in content from the Internet and other sources, store music, video, and photo files, and distribute them to the network. Media receivers are placed in various rooms along the network to accept content from the server or a PC and transmit it to a TV, audio system, and so on.
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