|nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wooden Media Center Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 13 August 2009|
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Wood Media Center Case Features
In keeping with the antique radio theme, nMedia has added two screened inlets at each side of the HTPC-8000 case. Because there was so much room inside the enclosure, I was tempted to secure a midrange speaker and tweeter combo at each side to work as an additional center-channel.
The top panel of the nMediaPC HTPC 8000 wood Media Center Edition case secures with four large gold Phillips head screws, which load into metal counter-sunk collars in the enclosure. The lid is solid wood, and weighs enough that you don't necessarily need to bolt-up the HTPC 8000 if you frequently reach inside. Velcro or magnet strips glued/stapled to the inside would be just as good, and offer quick access to hardware.
While the HTPC 8000 doesn't offer pass-through holes for a water cooling system, it would only take a few minutes with a drill to custom-fit the case with the proper tube holes. Alternatively, a liquid-cooling radiator could be mounted behind the 140mm cooling fan.
nMedia Systems offers an optional programmable LCD module for MCE Operating Systems. The unit Benchmark Reviews received didn't come with this feature, so we can't verify compatibility.
Proving that the HTPC 8000 is made from real wood, the underside of the bottom panel remains unfinished except for four felt pads. The four holes in the center were most likely used to secure the unit during construction and fabrication.
In the next section, Benchmark Reviews opens up the HTPC 8000 and inspects the internal layout of this MCE case...