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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsVideo Sep 2nd, 2014 - 5:14 AM EST
    Visiontek 5564 Xstasy Everything
    Author: David Pitlyuk
    Date Posted: December 10th, 2001
    SLRating: 8/10

    Introduction

    If there's anything about the future of technology that I hear about, it's one word, convergence. What exactly is convergence? Think about this example of the future. You are sitting on the couch in front of your television watching the SLTV station and your TV says "You have an incoming call from John Smith, would you like to accept?." You say yes, and in the corner of the screen a little box pops up with your friend John's head. You guys say hi to each other and he tells you to check your SLCentral.com stocks, so you tell your TV "Open up stock quotes for SLCentral.com," the screen splits in half, one with the SLTV channel you were watching, and the other with the internet that shows you all the charts and the current price of the SLCentral.com stock. "OHHHHHH BOOYYYY" you say, as you notice that your 1,000 shares in SLCentral.com jumped up 12 points and you can now stop working for the rest of the year! You tell the TV to close the stock window, it goes back to full screen SLTV and you tell John you have to go and celebrate. He hangs up, but of course you don't want to miss your favorite show on SLTV so you press pause, pausing the live television and go celebrate.

    Can you see where I'm going at with this? Convergence in terms of technology is the merging of all your technologies into one thing. Can you picture something like that happening? I know that I can, in fact, if you're up-to-date on your technology, you'll know that a bunch of the stuff I mentioned is already happening right now, pretty cool huh?

    Now that you understand what convergence is, lets apply this to Visiontek's new product, the Xtasy 5564 Everything, featuring NVIDIA's Personal Cinema. When I mention the personal cinema to people, many of them have never heard of it, so lets begin by just explaining what exactly it is. NVIDIA's press release on the product best explains it:

    ...the industry's most complete digital entertainment solution, offering consumers a sophisticated blend of consumer-friendly video functionality, industry leading DVD playback and award-winning 3D graphics technology all in one consumer friendly package. NVIDIA Personal Cinema is the first product of its kind to implement a multi-function remote control, ensuring users of a simplified and intuitive interactive PC/video experience.

    If you are interested in reading the entire press release, you can find it here

    We'll be talking about every one of the features that this product provides more in-depth throughout this review, so be sure to read carefully.

    Specs

    Intelligent TV
    The power to pause digitally, instant replay, commercial bypass, record and timeshift live TV

    Easily schedule and organize the recording of your favorite TV shows

    Preset Good, Better, Best and Customized Quality recording settings

    • Thumbnail channel surfing
    • Still frame capture
    • Closed captioning
    • Electronic Programming Guide

    Personal Digital Video Recorder
    Digital VCR with real-time MPEG2 compression for your PC
    Record TV shows or home videos on your PC

    Superior Quality DVD Playback
    Supports DVD, MPEG1&2, SVCD, VCD, and CD

    • Bookmark your favorite scenes
    • Capture snapshots
    • Zoom-in clone, and pan
    • Microsoft® DXVA compatible

    High-Quality Video Editing & Publishing
    Easy capture & output

    Create your own home video from your TV, VCR, camcorder, or Web Cam

    Scene Detection lets you find and display separate scenes for quick editing

    Create and post streaming video and share it on the Web

    Spice up your movies with title effects, transitions, animations, audio tracks, and more

    Fast rendering & post-production

    High-resolution Video Conferencing
    MPEG1 and MPEG2 quality with Microsoft Multi-function NetMeeting, and other supported software

    Industry's First Multi-function Wireless Remote
    Single remote controls CD/DVD playback, TV, DVR, and Electronic Programming Guide

    Video Output to Monitor, TV, or VCR PERFORMANCE

    Industry's Best 2D/3D Graphics Technology
    GeForce2 MX400 64MB AGP

    TwinView technology

    Dual VGA and S-Video/TV in +out connectors

    Real-time AVI, QuickTime, MPEG1, MPEG2 capture (VCR to DVD resolution)

    Real-time MPEG2 Timeshifting Playback

    Xtasy Everything 5564 comes with a 3 year warranty

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