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SageTV 2.2 Hauppauge PVR-150 Bundle Review

The SageTV PVR software combined with the Hauppauge PVR-150 is a powerful combination that gives a TiVo-like front end to a very capable MPEG card. The SageTV software is mostly for watching and recording TV but it can play other media on the PC as well.

The SageTV software can be purchased separately or as part of a bundle that includes a TV tuner card such as the Hauppauge 150 for capturing video in the MPEG format. We highly recommend the bundle. The folks at Frey Technologies, the developers of SageTV, sent us the Hauppauge PVR-150 bundle with the latest version of the SageTV software. Previously we tried SageTV with a Kworld card we tested here recently but couldn't get it to work. That's not surprising since the Kworld 883 barely works as it is. The folks at Frey Technologies tell us they plan to make SageTV compatible with a wider range of cards in the future but for now we suggest you stick with a bundled package. The Hauppauge PVR-150 is a pretty good card all by itself and comes with its own software suite. Combined with the SageTV software it really shines.

Cambridge PC SoundWorks Review



We once DJ'd a house party with an MP3 player and two Cambridge SoundWorks speaker systems in tandem. Yes, we know that sounds crazy but in a small this system packs quite a punch.

The PC SoundWorks package under $80 is one of the best values in PC sound. It's a simple three piece system with a pair of small satellite speakers and a subwoofer. The three 3-channel amp located in the subwoofer provides all the juice and the package includes a handy wired remote volume control.

Velocity Micro Review

When you buy a PC it all comes down to the components. You can build your own or have a third party do it for you. This review is as much about the Velocity Micro experience as much as it is the PC itself.

The Velocity Micro AMD 64 3800 + system we reviewed featured the ASUS A8V deluxe motherboard, 1gig of memory, an ATI 9600 dual head Radeon, on-board serial ATA RAID with two Western Digital WD1200JDs striped in a RAID 0 configuration, the SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS, and a 7-in-1 Floppy/Media all assembled in a slick black case featuring front access to both USB and Firewire ports.

Velocity Micro positions itself as a premium provider of PC systems using retail grade components, meticulous assembly and a 3 year limited warranty on parts and labor to back it all up. So how's that different from ordering a PC from say Dell or Alienware?

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