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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wooden Media Center Case
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: nMediaPC HTPC 8000
Wood Media Center Case Features
HTPC 8000 Interior Features
HTPC Case Final Thoughts
nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Conclusion

HTPC Case Final Thoughts

The idea is simple: substitute a computer in place of a DVD player or other home theater appliance. Home Theater PCs are meant for a niche market, and through the years that market has maintained some very small consumer numbers. I attribute this to several factors, but the three most significant are:

  1. Added cost of custom building a HTPC over using a dual-purpose desktop or notebook
  2. Lack of industry support for MCE-specific features and functionality
  3. Constantly evolving mini- and micro-ATX platforms

With such a small market clamoring for HTPC hardware, manufacturers tightened their belts and reduced their product offerings to a few key designs or purposes. Additionally, the shrinking economy forced some companies to scrap their HTPC ambitions altogether. Ultimately, only HTPC-specific manufacturers, such as nMediaPC, remained.

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Very recently Benchmark Reviews tested the Antec ISK300-65, Silverstone LC10B-E, Antec MicroFusion Remote 350, and Thermaltake DH101, all of which offer rack component-like appearance and design. This is fairly traditional with HTPC makers, since they equate the need to replace an entertainment center device with the HTPC. But sometimes there's functionality lost in the pursuit of fashion.

While I'm an admirer of nMediaPC HTPC 8000 wooden Media Center Edition HTPC case, I also understand that this isn't going to be the component-replacement enclosure that everyone else building for... and therein lies the rub. Since HTPCs haven't exactly set the world on fire, perhaps it's good to experiment with variety again. The antique radio themed HTPC-8000 is a perfect example of this idea, and it could prove to be a lucrative risk for nMedia.



 

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# Wow.Martin van Buren 2010-04-04 11:59
Most pretentious piece of hardware EVER.
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# RE: nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wooden Media Center CaseBest HTPC 2011-01-05 08:07
This is an amazing piece of hardware. Your comment is pretentious, and lends nothing to the discussion.
Good things:
1) Air Flow / Cooling - Amazing for what it is, high-end components with NOT overheat. Comes with a 140mm fan, you can also add 2x 92mm fans
2) Noise - Wooden case, plus lots of silicone/rubber gromments that come with it
3) Full ATX - allows for FULL ATX MB/Power Supply
4) Room - Roomy enough for all full-sized graphics cards
5) Price - easily competes with other HTPC cases. You can find this for under $100.
6) It's not PVC/Plywood. It's REAL FREAKIN WOOD.
7) It has STEEL. Not cheap aluminum.

Cons:
1) DVD drive alignment - Easily fixed with a 1/8" shim
2) DVD faceplate says DVD instead of Bluray
3) Power Knob doesn't act as a dual-purpose power/volume knob. Could be accomplished via USB volume controls. Sad that it's not.

If you are looking for a "retro" case for HTPC, this is your ready-made guy. You can build one yourself, but for it's price, just buy this one unless you have specific custom applications and hardware.
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# Very CoolJeff DeWitt 2011-05-14 21:03
Considering all the crazy, expensive cases out there, some of which look like they fell off a UFO this is a refreshing change.

First time I read about this case I knew it's just what I needed for my new HTPC. The case should be here next week and I'm looking forward to building my new PC!
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