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Hardware News   Hardware News : Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
   posted by Anonymous on 4-Nov-2004 18:30:30 (6497 reads)
Digital PowerHouse offers a new digital media center case for use with Mini-ITX Boards, and fits well with the uA1.

The micro-A1 is currently sitting happily inside an Eve Media Box case.




The micro-A1 gives you two options, connect to a monitor or to a TV. If you have the money and the space, go for a plasma TV or a LCD TV. With built in monitor ports these TVs will act as a monitor for your Amiga.

Digital Powerhouse provide a sexy Computer case that supports mini-itx, mini flex-atx, flex-atx and μATX(uATX) motherboards.

# Compact Size - Similar to standard DVD players and Video Cassette Recorders - 430x370x90 mm
# Housing for internal LCD Panel and IR receivers
# Standard 5.25" CD-Rom drive bay
# HiFi style feet as standard
# Front 2x USB and 2x 1394 (firewire) module available
# Hidden DVD/CD-Rom behind front panel, panel automatically opens and close
# smart card reader embedded to the case

The Eve Media Box supports some fantastic embedded hardware.
A custom made internal USB DVB Digital TV card is also available. Linux drivers are currently being written so if anyone is up to the challenge of getting this tastey bit of hardware to work on OS4 please send me a mail. Thanks.

People are running away from Windows and Windows Media Center to Linux. But the Amiga OS4 is a platform which is just perfect. Turn on, its on, Turn off its off. No loooong boot up waits and even worst LOGGING OFF? When I turn off my VCR I dont remember having to wait for it to log off.

The Eve Media Box costs only 85.
Visit www.digitalpowerhouse.net for more info.

    

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BigBentheAussie 
Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
Posted on 5-Nov-2004 1:53:59
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YOU WIN!!! ME WANTS!!!!


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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Too bad the Mini-ITX AmigaOnes are only sold with G3-class CPUs. Kinda kills the whole living room scene if you can't watch movie without losing frames.

 
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Doah!!! You're kidding me!!!!!


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shoe 
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Erhem.. loosing frames with an G3 CPU. I think not. If you have a good gfx card and overlay support (I guess?) this won't bring the CPU close to 100%

Anyway, it feel kind of wrong to present this news item this way. I think we're still a bit off when it comes to TV-out drivers on the uA1 am I right?


But it's a nice case indeed.

Now what we really need is a KILLER multimedia interface, something like I presented in this thread.

/shoe

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Toaks 
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Atm G3 loose frame rate indeed but thats because there is no overlay (etc)yet , this will happen shortly...

The Smart drivers will own for sure....

anyway....G3 has no vector unit so... i wont use a G3 unless i have to....


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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I've a G4..

Great, looks very impressive.. and only for 85! Good!

P.S.
Ehi Toaks.. old photo??


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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Coool.

I have here internet via the cable, so that would
make for me a kind of settopbox with AmigaOS.

I see a bright future.


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DO NOT GO FOR PLASMA OR LCD TV.

Both technologies SUCK at present level compared to a good 50Hz widescreen (don't even get me started on "100Hz technology").

A good projector is the only thing that doesn't actually suck at the moment. And you KNOW you can get a pretty damn impressive projector at the price of a horrible plasma.

Of course, if you happen to like the moving-gas effect of plasmas when displaying anything even remotely red, or like the truly horrible LCD TVs (I can't find any TECHNICAL reason why they should be bad, all the ones I've seen have just been horrible), then by all means, don't listen to me. But anyone who enjoys a plasma or an LCD TV over a projector or a standard television (obvious pro is that plasma/LCD takes up less space, though) needs their head examined.


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
Posted on 5-Nov-2004 8:51:27
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I'm using Linux for my media centre.
Strictly speaking, I can't ever seem to remember having logged off?
It takes less time booting than my AmigaOne would at the moment as well. Except my AmigaOne doesn't take time booting, because I cannot make it boot (only Linux using diskboot or CDs are bootable here now).

It's a good thing that boxes like this are now available, even though this one suffers horribly from design. A bit too many curves and stuff...


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
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Looks good!

What is the stance regarding having in-line images within a news item? Personally, I don't like it very much - any other thoughts?


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DrJohn 
Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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Unfortunately it you plan to use an u-A1, then you have to use a G3 right? :)

@Shoe

Indeed. Myth TV would be superb to have ported.

Wouldn't we also need drivers for a TV card?

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alx 
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Unfortunately it you plan to use an u-A1, then you have to use a G3 right? :)


Doesn't the u-A1-C take standard XE megarray cards though? I which case, has anyone tried it with a G4 yet


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I hope this doesn't mean that every reseller will begin to show their tower soloutions for the A1

I don't really like the cabinet (want a simpler one), but I guess it will look good in many peoples HIFI rack.


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@DrJohn

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Unfortunately it you plan to use an u-A1, then you have to use a G3 right? :)


You mean MicroA1-I which has G3 soldered on board ?

MicroA1-C can use CPU-cards so i don't see any reason why you could not use G4 with it.

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Looks good!

When the micro-A1 can be used with TV out and that nice DVB widget i'll probably have to get one .

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@olegil

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don't even get me started on "100Hz technology"


Nah, I never would buy a 100Hz (BTW, is this 120Hz in US?) or Plasma/LCD TV, it would be too hard if I couldn't shoot the undead anymore

Ciao, Alfred

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@Troels

It looks like to me that they are more of a designer company then a reseller though.

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Nah, I never would buy a 100Hz (BTW, is this 120Hz in US?) or Plasma/LCD TV, it would be too hard if I couldn't shoot the undead anymore


I hear you there! House of the Dead 2 on the Dreamcast. Lovely.


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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Day of The Dead 2? I have been too scared to play any game like this playing Resident Evil 2 on a playstation on a Huge TV through the night in a very old house. So old the toilet wasnt even in the same building. Walking through the garden to go, at 3am in pitch dark after running away from zombies can be a very surreal feeling.

The online order system is being completed while distribution partners to offer service and support to Amiga users are also being finalised.
Please email sales@digitalpowerhouse.net for more information.

The Pegasos and micro-A1 will fit into the case. Full size A1 will not however as they are ATX form factor.
All future revisions of the micro-A1 are also gauranteed to be fit into the case.

For PC users running Amiga Emulation, there are many companies making Linux and Windows compatible mini-itx systems.
VIA, Commell and Lexcom have the most popular and widest ranging motherboards.
Commell offer P4 and P4 M systems for the mini-ITX platform. The EPIA range of motherboards from VIA only go up to 1.4Ghz so some people may feel that a P4 is needed to get the most out of the emulation for the Amiga.

 
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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
Posted on 5-Nov-2004 12:03:42
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What is the stance regarding having in-line images within a news item? Personally, I don't like it very much - any other thoughts?


Well, it's not against any rules that I know. There have been many news items here with images inline (the OS4 Pre-release CD's story come to mind quickly). Anyway, I've moved the image down a bit so that it only appears on the full story page, and doesn't slow down the main page for dialup users.

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