Vile Stench Of The Deceased

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When I got word that Stench of The Deceased was coming to vinyl I was pretty stoked.
Vile formed in 1996 located @  Concord, California Stench Of the Deceased was their 1st full album was self released in 1999 they had 2 previous Demos in 1996 Unearthed, 1997 Vile-ation also self released.
What made this album a must have not only because it is a fuckin solid Death Metal album but never released to Vinyl until Feb 27th 2020.
I really wanted the Green/Black marble pressing but unfortunately I was late to the release news.
Was lucky enough to get the standard Black version all limited 1 time releases.

I just love the late 80s’ through to 1999 DM sound. Thanks to Tampa Bay’s kick ass Death Metal homebase and Roadrunner and Scot Burns who was a fucking master at producing Death Metal albums. And I happen to live in the Tampa Bay surrounding area.
I lived a few miles from Glen Benton of Deicide. Pretty cool.
This is pure Death Metal not technical not melodic just good ole fuckin we came to punch a hole in the stratosphere hard hitting shit.
While this wasn’t a RR or Scot Burns release it was still in that era that had such a sic sound.

Take a listen.

LG Televisions

I have been through a few different televisions in the last few years.
But this will be the last one for awhile this time.
The LG OLED televisions are just awesome!
The 2016 and up models have improved greatly over the previous generations.
For one they are as bright and brighter than most LED Televisions out and instead of only having 30,000 hour lifespan they now are over 100,000 hours that is higher than what most LCD/LED televisions are rated.
As far as Burn/in and I mage retention yes they can retain images but so can LED/LCD panels.
There has been rigorous testing and it seriously takes a whole lot of abuse to cause permanent burn in.

The picture quality of OLED is the best you can get!.”Period” Better than Plasma at it’s latest generation.
OLED does not have a back light like LED panels do the OLED’s individually light up which brings deepest blacks any tv can produce and very bright Whites. Which makes HDR really shine with Dolby HDR being supported in the 2016 models and HDR-10 it’s a no brainer to get a new OLED television if you are a TV/Movie buff like I am.

I love my LG UHD 60″ TV but it’s going to get sold to make up for this new purchase.

I do Not like curved TV’s but the curved model offer 3d and the standard flat does not and both are about the same price.
So curved it most likely will be.

FCC says it will “unlock the set-top box”

This is an article from last month.
But the truth is cable companies are charging the consumer large monthly fee’s for cable boxes and encryptions they put in place.
All the more reason to move to a Media Center /PVR/DVR based setup or a NAS.
Whatever is decided or if ever it is. Why not save on those monthly fees. Buying the hardware will pay for it self in a years time.

Verizon:
HD Cbl box-

Read article:
http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/tom-wheeler-fires-back-at-cable-lobby-says-cable-box-fees-are-too-high/

Antenna’s

This part was supposed to be at the bottom of part 1 post.

Antenna’s are very much needed if you plan on using over the air broadcast.
There are indoor antenna’s and outside as well.
I’ll level with you I have only used an indoor antenna to retrieve OTA HDTV.
And I personally liked it but issue I had was reception. With an outdoor antenna this wouldn’t be as much of an issue.

So you decided outdoor is it! first figure out where your antenna will best work and what type will best work for you. There are different antenna’s medium multi-directional, small directional, amplified, etc.

Visit here to figure this out= http://www.antennaweb.org/

This page is a suggestion based webpage so don’t use it as the end all be all answer. Do a bit of homework regarding hardware.
What I have read and would use is a small multi-directional antenna.
You’ll want to find out where broadcast antenna’s are located in your area. If your in the middle of no where a small multi-directional would not be the answer for you most likely need an amplified antenna.

Seriously there isn’t much to post regarding this.
Picking hardware will be the biggest thing in my opinion so shop at the obvious places.

Part 1- Home Theater PC, Android Box,Extenders, Hardware & Software

Part One

Been thinking about all the different things I’ve tried and hardware & software configurations I have went through.
Decided to go a head and post what I know on this subject as best as I can to help others wanting to cut the cable boxes out. Or for those who just want a media center to stream video or play avi’s and other formats.
This blog will cover both OTA and cable card setups. And anything HTPC/Media Center related.

Considering making my blog solely about media centers and hardware.

Hardware:

Computer hardware: Intel, Amd based pre-built or custom built, Android based boxes small fits in palm of your hand. Names of  some of these boxes are Amazon Fire TV, Matricom G-Box Q, MXIII Amlogic S802, DIAOTEC S82 Android Smart TV Box, Onvo 4k and there are other Android based boxes that usually ship from China but are significantly cheaper.
Raspberry-pi ,  Raspberry Pi 2.
I am using the CMX AML8726- MX Android Box with Jelly Bean (Cost for the Android box on Ebay $32 shipped) in one room. A Intel Atom box in My bedroom Kodibuntu, In the living room have a custom built AMD 6 core HTPC Windows 7 x64 based with Kodi. And have also used and fully setup Raspberry-Pi box.
If I have missed any hardware please comment I will add any hardware I may have missed.

CMX AML8726-MX Android Media Box.
CMX AML8726-MX Android Media Box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I placed the Galaxy s4 next to Android Media box for size comparison.
The Raspberry-Pi:

Another compact option for your media watching pleasure.
Another compact option for your media watching pleasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backend Software for Kodi Media Center AKA:Operating System Kodi can be installed on: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 , 10 although for Live TV not a good choice Windows Media Center no longer supported in OS. Mac OS X, Linux, Free Scale ,BSD, Android, IOS, Raspberry-Pi.
There is also the very old and now abandoned Windows xp media center edition 2005 and quite a few other Media Center programs available.
Will try to cover them as I continue to add to the blog.

Tuners are for watching and recording live television.
Can buy hardware tuners that use cable cards or OTA=Over The Air.
What is a cable card?
CableCARD is a special-use PC Card device that allows consumers in the United States to view and record digital cable television channels on digital video recorders, personal computers and television sets without the use of other equipment such as a set top box (STB) provided by a cable television company. The card may be provided by the local cable provider; usually for a nominal monthly fee.
Full detail explanation of cable card can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CableCARD

What is OTA=Over the Air?

Terrestrial television (redirect from Overtheair television) television reception by traditional receiving antennas, which can receive overtheair HDTV signals.

Hardware to receive and record Live Television:

Cable card reader hardware:
Manufacturer Silicondust: HDHomerun Prime 3-Tuners, Hdhomerun Expand 4-Tuners “Europe Only”.  Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Digital CableCARD Receiver, Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe – 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE – Six-tuner , Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH network tuner , The older model Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe, Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB This I believe has been discontinued.

What I have listed here is some of the more popular models available. I’m sure there are others out there. Importance is choosing the tuners that are right for you and your setup. Always do your homework before making this very important choice. The Tuners you choose will the be the backbone of your HTPC’s recording and scheduling & live viewing.

OTA Hardware: Aka: Over The Air
These devices are tuners that will connect to your Media Center.
I have only used 1-USB OTA tuner the Kworld KW-UB443 U2.

Kworld USB single Tuner
Kworld USB single Tuner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This list is huge so I am going to just add a link to Newegg page with these type tuners.
http://www.newegg.com/Video-Devices-TV-Tuners/SubCategory/ID-47/Page-2

In order to get OTA aka: Over the Air signals you will need a digital antenna.
These can be purchased on the nets or at your local Walmart, Home Depot’s and other places.
This can get costly depending on the hardware /Antenna you want.
The better and higher the antenna the better signal and range you will get.
Can check what over the air channels are in your area by going to this web page. Just put your zip code in and click go. US only for this link.
http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/

SlingBox:

What is a sling box? What does it do?
A Slingbox is a physical device that you attach to your cablebox/DVR and it allows you to control and view your TV/cablebox/DVR content from afar using a broadband Internet connection.

Products and more info can be found on the home page.  http://www.slingbox.com/
These devices start at $149 new. But good news is you can watch TV and DVR from afar using Kodi without the cost of buying an expensive Slingbox which I will later explain how to setup within Kodi. That is if you decide Kodi media center is for you.

Internet connectivity:
Regardless of your setup you will need broadband internet. And for streaming and extenders you will want 100mb/1gb Router if you are setup to service more than 1 room 100mb/1gb switches are highly recommended .
Wireless is just not cut out for 1080 resolution video and even 720 resolution will give you issues.  So NO wireless don’t bother.
And wireless is not stable a drop during a recording will be a mess. You will want a steady stable internet connection.

Kodi “Jarvis” 16.0 RC-1 Eminence 2.0 Skin

Have been using XBMC now Kodi for around 3 years. And out of the many skins I have used I prefer Eminence over all others.

With the latest  Kodi RC-1-RC=Release Candidate the skin Eminence will half work for a bit after installing the latest Kodi.

Noticed some issues did arise after a bit so went and installed the beta of Eminence 2.0 while it isn’t finished I can use it.
It lacks the finesse of the full release that works for previous Kodi version 15.2.

Go ahead give it a try the beta is not in any repository as of yet. So will require a manual install and download.
It is 5-6 files that will need installed.

Selling Pioneer tower speakers

My Wife & children gave me new speakers for my home theater setup this Christmas which is a upgrade. My self built system had 3 different brand speakers. 1-Polk sub woofer,1-Polk Center speaker, 1-set Pioneer tower speakers as front surrounds and 1-set of Sony’s for the surround backs. Setup is all Polk audio speakers YAY!  Very pleased with quality of these speakers. Polk speakers have always sounded great to me.

Had the Pioneer set used as front left & right.
The Model #S-H453F-K. I paid $400 + tax a few years back for them.
Checking Ebay these sell used from $150-$390.
And Pioneer still has set retail cost as $400.

The one thing that makes these speakers fantastic is they can handle a wide frequency range. Meaning they are great surrounds and equally great for music.

Asking $120 will work out shipping.
If serious contact me @ smiseks@hotmail.com
Label email header ATTN: PIONEER

Pioneer

Specifications
These are floor-standing, 3-way loudspeakers that also include a 6.5” passive radiator, increasing efficiency and limiting distortion. Our HF Waveguide technology produces superior imaging, allowing you to discern where on the “stage” the musicians were located during recording. The stylish S-H453F-K’s can handle the wide frequency range of DVD-Audio and SACD, two high-resolution audio formats that offer much higher quality vs. CD. And their magnets are shielded so they won’t damage your TV if positioned next to it. Engineered in the U.S.

 

Gears OF War Ultimate Edition PC

So announcement of Gears Ultimate Edition came down at this years E3.

This is a serious slap in the face.
They are going to re-hash a 2007 game which was a re-hash of the Xbox 360 in the fist place.
Instead of going ahead and releasing Gears Of War 2 Ultimate they will go ahead and try to squeeze even more money from the PC gaming community with a game that has been on PC already that initially was enhanced from 360 version.
So why not release an enhanced DX12 version of 2? Well because they can go the cheap way and just enhance a game that is already completed for PC and try to make more money off of a game that is now 10 years old.

What a disappointment this is.
Let’s hope people see through this and not bother buying this title.