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Media Servers and MP3 Players Reviewed

Even the most enthusiastic fans of vinyl and Compact Discs are starting to admit that they can see a day when there won't be any more shiny silver discs needed to play our music and movie content. How we will get from the world of Blu-ray Players and iPod Docks to full media servers and everything in between has yet to be determined however. Until then, here is a full compliment of the best in audiophile and videophile grade media servers to help aide in your search for the best server for your high performance AV system.

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Niveus Media Rainier Edition 500HD Media Center PC Reviewed

Niveus Media Rainier Edition 500HD Media Center PC Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Another company that boomed on to the media server HTPC scene in the mid-2000s was Niveus with some of the most robust, slick Microsoft Vista-based home theater PCs. Check out what Adrienne Maxwell thinks from her 2008 review. Read More

 
Russound Smart Media Console SMC-45 Media Center PC Reviewed

Russound Smart Media Console SMC-45 Media Center PC Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

From one of the most respected companies in custom audio video and home automations comes a PC based media center PC that can jump through many hoops including recording cable TV, archiving DVD-Video discs and much more. Read More

 
ReQuest F-500 Music Server Reviewed

ReQuest F-500 Music Server Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

In the late 2000's the first truly robust music server was the ReQuest platform. While audiophiles learned to love the concept, custom AV installers embraced ReQuest with open arms especially after the Echo back up drive was introduced. Read More

 
HP Pavilion md5880n Media Server Reviewed

HP Pavilion md5880n Media Server Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

HP makes many of the world's computer products. It would stand to reason that if there were going to make a foray into the home theater world it would be through the video server or home theater PC market. Which is precisely what they did. And we should all be thankful they made that decision. Read More

 
Velocity Micro CineMagix Grand Theater Media Center PC Reviewed

Velocity Micro CineMagix Grand Theater Media Center PC Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Home Theater PCs offer powerful capabilities as video servers, as well as the options for good amounts customization. Velocity Micro's Cinemagix Grand Theater Media Center PC has a seemingly endless list of features for users to explore and use to enhance their home theater. Read More

 
Yamaha MusicCAST Digital Audio System Reviewed

Yamaha MusicCAST Digital Audio System Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Yamaha's own music streaming system can be compared with Logitech's Transporter product and in some ways AppleTV. Read how this system from 2005 stacks up versus today's home theater AV streaming products. Read More

 
Video ReQuest Media Server Reviewed

Video ReQuest Media Server Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

An interesting twist on the idea of a video server, Video ReQuest built a unit that functions as a video switcher, controlling multiple DVD changers with enough space for 1600 discs. The advantage to this is that there is no additional compression that can make images less sharp, but the benefits don't end there. Read More

 
Niveus Media Center PC, Rainier Edition Reviewed

Niveus Media Center PC, Rainier Edition Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Niveus took on many challenges facing video servers and home theater PCs when they made their Media Center PC, Rainier Edition. They dealt very cleverly with one of the most important problems faced by any component in a home theater: noise. And they found an ingenious solution to that problem. Read More

 
Integra NAS-2.6 Network Audio Server Reviewed

Integra NAS-2.6 Network Audio Server Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

From Onkyo's big brother company, Integra, comes a high end media server solution for music that is designed to work with the entire line of Onkyo and Integra AV preamps and AV receivers. See how it compares with Yamaha's MusicCAST and others. Read More