Niveus Media came to this year's CEDIA locked and loaded
, and while most typical consumers won't look too far past the sub-$2,000 Vail system, those with cash to spare and colleagues to impress will certainly appreciate the Core i7
-powered $19,999 Pro Series n9
media center PC. The rig setup on the show floor had said HTPC connected to four dual-CableCARD boxes via USB ($1,500 a pop), giving it the ability to record eight HD shows
streaming HD movie clips to ten other Media Center Extenders (without a hiccup, might we add). The mid-range Denali
was also on hand, and Blu-ray drives were found across the board. We also spent a tick with the new v1.5 Niveus Movie Library
, which very neatly enabled us to surf to any media stored locally or on the networked 16TB Cargo Media Server
. Even if you can't afford it, this stuff is still worth a look.