Barb Gonzalez

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Dec 11, 2013 0 comments
Another ten mobile apps can now stream to Google's Chromecast dongle. Find out if it's time to add the Chromecast to your home theater.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 21, 2013 0 comments
Google Play Music is now available as an iPhone app. See how it compares to the Android version and to iTunes Radio
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 07, 2013 2 comments
Don't believe it when you read that you can't stream video to a Chromecast or other media player from a hotel's Wi-Fi. Find out how to use D-Link's Shareport Go to stream when on the road.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 04, 2013 1 comments
A visit to Bang & Olufsen’s headquarters in Struer, Denmark provides a rare look inside the AV company know for trendsetting design.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
Rumor has it that Google is about to change Google TV's name to "Android TV." What do we know for sure?
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 03, 2013 1 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $70

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Excellent sound and picture quality
Unit powers on whole home theater and switches inputs
Easy direct-access buttons on remote for Netflix, Hulu, Vudu
Minus
No Amazon VOD app
Poorly executed Facebook app

THE VERDICT
As long as it supports all the services you use, you’ll find the WD TV Play will deliver consistently high video and audio quality and a nice user experience at a very good price.

With all the media players available to me, a Western Digital player has always been my go-to streamer. I know the quality will be good and that I can connect it and be ready to go in minutes. The newest model, the WD TV Play, offers the quality and usability of its predecessors at a lower price. Although Western Digital chose the WD TV Play name to distinguish it from earlier models, little else has changed besides the home screen, and perhaps an increase in audio and video performance.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 02, 2013 0 comments
Sony's NXZ-GUI Bravia Smart Stick is not the newest Chromecast stick. Find out more about Sony's new Google TV dongle.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 29, 2013 0 comments
The ReQuest media server and media player system has added a new 3D media player and has improved it web-based controller for easier discovery and playback of movies.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 29, 2013 0 comments
The DVDO Air3 appears to be better than other wireless technologies. Here's a first impression as I witnessed a test "drive" at CEDIA.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 27, 2013 5 comments
Two-year old RipWave has come out with the ultimate media streaming machine. Not only can it rip your Blu-rays and DVDs to its hard drive, you can add a cable card or off-air antenna and use its hard drives as a DVR. It can also stream videos from most any video streaming website using the PlayOn server or stream to other devices using the Plex DLNA server.

Models names follow the surf theme. They are offering a dedicated movie player model, the Tsunami for $2000. The media player line can also play music and photos and includes the Stingray with 3 to 12 TB of storage, the Barracuda, and the Orca with 9 TB up to 30 TB of storage. The software menus are as impressive as the hardware features. Users can choose from a number of graphic menus from a carousel to a grid to extensive information about a movie that displays metadata from 7 different sources. The menu options make it one of the truly intuitive devices as each user can choose the view that is easiest for them to use.

The Ripwave is the best media server I've seen yet. Let's see if it performs as well as its first impression.

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