I'm a big proponent of stereo home theater, but I'd quickly concede that most home theater buyers are looking for multichannel systems. Of all the available multichannel options--11.1, 9.1, 7.1, 6.1, and 5.1 --that last one is the most popular, but that hasn't stopped most manufacturers from only offering 7.1-channel models. Budget-priced models are the only 5.1 receivers you can buy.
DPG is a special kind of MPG format that allows the viewing of video files on the Nintendo DS. With Xilisoft DPG Converter, it's easy to convert a wide variety of different video formats to DPG, letting Nintendo DS owners take their favorite clips with them on the go.
Xilisoft DPG Converter is quite simple to use. Users simply select the file or files they wish to convert, choose the desired output format and destination, and click Convert. The program supports the conversion of a wide variety of file types, including AVI, MPG, WMV, and more. Files can be … Read more
Easy Tracker Lite - Time Tracking & Managing is comprehensive business software for tracking the amount of time spent on specific tasks and projects. Although parts of it aren't particularly intuitive, overall it's an effective and useful tool.
Easy Tracker Lite's interface seems well organized and is somewhat reminiscent of Microsoft Outlook, with a wizard that simplifies the process of setting up projects and tasks. However, it wasn't too long before we ran into some features that were a bit of trouble to figure out. For example, one of the most attractive things about Easy Tracker … Read more
I'm not a big fan of small speakers or subwoofers.
They tend to sound, well, small, and most of them squash the life out of films and music.
Thing is, people like tiny speakers and subs, so lots of speaker companies make, and sell tons of iffy-sounding 5.1 systems.
But they're not all bad, I've cherry-picked three truly exceptional alternatives from Definitive Technology, Energy Speakers, and Mirage. My complete reviews are all on CNET, but I'll run down the highlights here.
The Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 System is a six-piece package with four 7-inch tall satellite speakers, one 10.5-inch wide center speaker, and a minisubwoofer. The injection-molded mineral-filled polymer cabinets have more of a high-end feel than your typical plastic or fiberboard cabinets. Can you say "rock solid?"
The subwoofer is a conventional, matte-finished medium-density-fiberboard box. It measures 13 by 10.3 by 13 inches. Its side-mounted volume control is a convenient design touch.
The satellites are two-way designs with a 1-inch aluminum-ceramic dome tweeter and a 3.25-inch midrange driver. Ah, but the midrange driver is acoustically coupled to a 3.25-inch pressure-driven planar low-frequency radiator on the top panel (so when the midrange driver moves in, the passive radiator moves out, and vice-versa).
The passive radiator effectively doubles the bass radiating area of the tiny midrange driver. The same technique is employed on the center channel speaker; it has a pair of 3.25-inch midrange drivers flanking a 1-inch tweeter--and there's a 3.25-inch radiator on each side of the speaker.
The subwoofer's 8-inch polymer cone woofer is acoustically coupled to a bottom-mounted 8-inch passive radiator. The combined radiating area of the driver and radiator is almost equivalent to a single 12-inch woofer. This little sub kicks butt!… Read more
If you like difficult puzzles, Callisto_5 may be right up your alley, but if they give you a headache or you're easily frustrated, this game will have you banging your head against a wall in no time.
The game's interface is bright and colorful, but it features annoying sound effects that thankfully you can turn off. Callisto_5 doesn't make a whole lot of sense at first glance, so we consulted the game's built-in hints and instructions, but these didn't make much sense either, even after reading them several times. We couldn't determine the object … Read more
Unique's 3D Salt Water Fish Tank is an attractive screen saver that transforms your computer into a burbling aquarium. Some aspects could be better, but it's soothing and not a bad simulation overall.
The screen saver's graphics aren't going to fool anyone into thinking that they're seeing real fish, but on the whole, they're pretty high quality, with smooth and realistic movement. We like that you can customize the look of the aquarium to some extent, such as setting the tank lighting for high noon, dusk, or night. You can also adjust the tint … Read more
MLM CRM is a basic program that allows participants in multilevel marketing businesses to keep track of their downline, customers, and sales. Although the program works, there's nothing particularly outstanding about it.
The program's interface is basic, and we found much of the text used throughout to be too small to read comfortably. Each of the program's features--contacts, distributors, invoices, etc.--opens a new window within the program, which can get cluttered and annoying. The program is really nothing more than a series of very basic databases, with the distributor feature allowing for hierarchical arrangements of downlines. … Read more
Acousticom manufactures audio communication equipment utilized by the Department of Defense and leading aerospace companies. The company is well-known for its flight helmets, but it is coming to CES 2010 with something almost everyone can enjoy--the Sound Egg.
The egg chair is back, but with a 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound system and an intimate media experience not intended for sharing. The chair can be connected to a television or computer and its unique foam insulation means no more complaining from your significant other. Go ahead, play Call of Duty all you want--he or she won't hear a … Read more
Some users are experiencing an issue after upgrading to iTunes 9 where purchased content from the iTunes Music Store contains static during playback in 5.1 surround sound. The issue does not appear to affect Apple's movie trailers or DVD playback in 5.1 surround sound, though all purchased TV shows and movies from the iTunes Music Store appear to suffer the problem.… Read more