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Hardware News   Hardware News : Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
   posted by Anonymous on 4-Nov-2004 18:30:30 (7037 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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COBRA 
Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
Posted on 5-Nov-2004 12:14:20
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Atm G3 loose frame rate indeed but thats because there is no overlay (etc)yet , this will happen shortly...


No no, a microA1 with a 750FX (G3) running at 800MHz can play DVDs with ~80-90% CPU load without overlay. The 750Gx is even faster.

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afxgroup:yeah....havent had the time yet and people where complaining


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@COBRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA:

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No no, a microA1 with a 750FX (G3) running at 800MHz can play DVDs with ~80-90% CPU load without overlay. The 750Gx is even faster.


oops, yes youre correct but ....well GIVE US OVERLAY (etc)


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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what apps r u using for DVD playback on the os4 guys?
thanks.

 
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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
Posted on 5-Nov-2004 14:18:21
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DvPlayer only we do not have access to it,


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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i use dvplayer on my XEG4 and i LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUV IT

and AMP2 has DVD support too...

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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
Posted on 5-Nov-2004 17:06:19
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Fantasic looking case, not a bad price either really.

 
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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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DO NOT GO FOR PLASMA OR LCD TV.


A guy I spoke to recently was suggesting that Plasma was merely a stop gap technology to satisfy the market until decent LCDs could be developed at the necessary size.

Not sure if that holds any water or not


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
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@unclecurio

You might be interested in this. Basically, LCDs will soon be able to go up to about 40 inches, which ATM is the kind of size that you'd want plasma for. Wwhen that happens, plasma manufacturers will either have to cut their prices fast or move ever more upmarket.


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System
Posted on 5-Nov-2004 22:07:00
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@olegil

Indeed, plasma and lcd sucks when it comes to image quality but there's an upper size limit to CRT technology. Have a look at DLP technology instead, it's a form of back projection tv. It's a lot cheaper than plasma or LCD and the image quality is vastly superior.


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Dudes.... Excuse my ignorance....but...errr... what is 'overlay'?
Does it require an additional video card?
I thought a major attribute of the microA1s was the built in video, so it better be able to play DVDs with this 'overlay' thingy you're talking about.

Guessing, is that 'overlay' just video ram that is directly accessible.


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
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The case looks very nicely designed, however IMO the main advantage of the MicroA1 boards is it's very compact size and the casing is quite big compared to most Mini-ITX cases.

For instance the Travla C134 Mini-ITX Case (EPIA M) has the following measurements:
177.8mm x 50.8mm x 254mm

So almost half the size in all 3 directions!

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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
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Sure it's smaller, but......

- only slimline CD/DVD
- only 2.5" HD
- no further expansion possible
- limited airflow (may turn a major problem with the G3+fan used on the mikroA1)
- it may even be that the fan blocks HD or CD/DVD, but thats impossible to tell from just one pic


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
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@ Kronos

I don't think that people will be buying MicroA1 boards for maximum expand ability, similar like was the case for people using A1200 casings. Sure, you could also mount MicroA1s into huge ATX cases...

Hopefully the Reality Design becomes reality.

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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
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@MikeB

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Sure, you could also mount MicroA1s into huge ATX cases...


Is this possible ? Without troubles ?


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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
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Can I fit an A1200 mobo in it???

No, but seriously, can I???

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Re: Home Theatre Amiga System Casing
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mini-itx motherboard fit perfectly into all ATX cases.
but its overkill as there is no need to stick such a small motherboard in sucha big case.

AndyC,
I have one of the 1st versions modified, new mounting screws put in for the A1200 motherboard and the old mounting screws drilled out. I also cut out the back and made a new backpanel for the A1200 ports.
It wasnt a lot of work, but the A1200 fits in nicely with room for some expansions as the a1200 motherboard is very low profile.

If you want to convert one of the cases it wont take long if u have a drill and a saw. And if u have one of those little machines for punching rivets for screws to go in, would be a sinch to convert it to fit an A1200.

 
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