Vidabox (pronounced Vee-da-box) is a high-end computer/entertainment manufacturer. This is a comprehensive whole-house solution for those who want the best, but are also willing to pay for it. The Home Theater PC’s, Media Servers, and Controllers are all top-of-the-line and they are all ready to take your home to the next level. And, the customer service is top-notch.
If you are looking for an end-to-end solution then this may be where you want to begin. They have Media Centers, servers, extenders, and accessories. You’ll still need to go elsewhere for your TV and A/V receiver, but they’d be hard-pressed to compete in that area with such heavyweights as Pioneer, Samsung (for TV’s), Yamaha, and Harman-Kardon (for receivers).
The Media Center PC’s come in a range of options with storage going from 2TB to 18TB, with the higher end being a RAID5 solution. Blu-Ray drives are standard on all versions, as is Windows 7, built-in card readers, and TV tuner cards.
The servers are rack-mountable and range in storage from 8TB to 44TB. Like all servers, they are headless – no monitor, keyboard, mouse, or remote is needed. All servers are RAID-enabled.
They also make extenders with several different models available. That will allow you to expand your Media Center and server out to your whole home.
But, perhaps my favorite products are the accessories. A while back I reviewed the wireless keyboard/mouse with RF, which I have used for more than a year and absolutely love. They also have something called the vController which is compatible with iPad and allows full remote control of your home entertainment system.
This system is not cheap, but if you want products that give you everything possible in today’s world of ever-changing home media then it may be the best solution that money can buy. Combine it with good TV’s and receivers and you’ll be set. And Windows Media Center has lots of home automation plug-ins available if you’d like to really expand what all of this hardware can do.
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