• The Russound
SMC-45 has a thorough back panel and excellent build quality.
• It sports a large 1TB hard drive.
• With the inclusion of dual CableCARDtuners, the SMC-45 lets digital cable subscribers record two premium HD channels simultaneously or watch one show and record another.
• This product will be set up and configured by a trained installer and is Life/ware-ready, so it should be more stable to run automation systems. Low Points
• The SMC-45 doesn't support Blu-ray playback
and the HDMI output is video-only.
• The unit lacks built-in Wi-Fi.
• This unit is meant for digital cable users; it does not have internal NTSC/ATSC tuners, nor is it compatible with satellite TV systems.Conclusion
The SMC-45 has a good list of connections and features and a large hard drive, but it is missing a couple of items (Blu-ray playback, Wi-Fi) that you can find in a less-expensive media center PC. This product is ideally suited for someone who plans to exploit the SMC-45's home automation potential and requires a more stable PC with advanced control options.