Upgrading Your PC’s Audio System to 5.1 Surround Sound with the Diamond Xtreme Sound- XS51 Sound Card

One of the most often overlooked aspects of your PC is the audio system. I find it interesting to see that people are so busy updating software and upgrading their memory, but neglecting their audio. When you feel like your PC is losing the high quality sound it once had, you’ll know it’s time to upgrade.

With the use of a Diamond Xtreme Sound XS51 sound card, you can obtain true 5.1 surround sound from an existing desktop PC. The XS51 can provide amazing performance when it comes to audio. I do a lot of video sound editing and compared to built-in audio from PC systems, I find the sound from the XS51 sound card, to be much clearer, richer and fuller with a high definition quality you only hear in the most advanced home theater systems.

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The Diamond XS51 Sound Card is essentially an upgrade for those interested in increasing their computer audio experience while freeing up valuable computer resources. Many people are still using older systems that did not come with audio devices or may have a sound card that no longer works. They will either need to add one or replace an older, broken sound card in order to listen to online music, watch movies, or engage in Skype calls. The XS51 offers a perfect solution.

The XS51 Sound Card is also useful for those people who strictly want to use their older PCs to store their entire movie and audio collections but want a good audio playback device. It simply is the flat out easiest way to upgrade older computers to 5.1 Surround Sound without spending a lot of money. You can also use the XS51 to build a low cost PC based media server.

Today’s motherboards integrate audio on-board. On-board audio is susceptible to a lot of noise and interference from other circuitry. For the highest quality sound experience possible, a new sound card like the XS51, is honestly the most important thing you can do to your system.

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The Diamond XS51 Sound Card provides easy access to everything you need to set up an impressive audio environment in one place. These include MP3 players, headphones, mics and speakers.

The Diamond Xtreme Sound XS51- Sound Card and other neat multimedia and sound devices are available at: www.diamondmm.com.

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Want to Watch TV on Your Laptop or PC? The Diamond USB TV Tuner – TVW750U Lets You

That seemingly difficult task of wanting to watch TV on your laptop or PC can be a challenge. One of the first steps to achieving this is with the use of a TV Tuner – basically an antenna hooked up to your laptop. In essence you don’t even need a TV at all.

Maybe you’re tired of paying high monthly fees to cable companies. Or maybe, if you’re like me, you would like to sit outside somewhere or inside a coffee shop, and watch TV on a laptop.

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Sure, Netflix and Hulu are great alternatives to cable TV but they don’t offer any sports programming and as time goes by, you’ll soon start missing all of those Sunday morning football games.

The Diamond USB TV Tuner- TVW750U takes care of that. It’s a digital USB TV Tuner that receives world-wide broadcast signals and travels easily with a USB connection directly to your laptop or PC. That means I can take my laptop and the TVW750U and watch TV on a beach in Waikiki.

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The Diamond TVW750U brings error-free reception optimizing the amount of digital TV content available with picture clarity only found in high-end HDTVs. With the TVW750U, entertainment possibilities are virtually endless.

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The TVW750U comes with an array of accessories and is ready to use right out of the box. With the antenna, you can get ATSC, DVB-T, Clear-QAM Digital TV Support (unencrypted digital TV) PAL, SECAM and NTSC Analog TV Support.

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I also like to record TV shows and watch them later and the TVW750U is perfect for saving these shows as digital files that can be stored in your hard drive.

It’s also great if you’re a college student and want to take a break from all that studying. You can watch TV in your dorm room without the need for an actual TV.

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And of course, the Diamond TVW750U can also be used with Cable TV. Just plug your cable into the TVW750U and enjoy all of your favorite cable TV programming. However the limitations are that you will only be getting basic cable.

Those of us who really want to get into the portability of TV on our laptops are the ones who will benefit the most from this device and if you’re one of them, then the Diamond USB TV Tuner TVW750U is just the ticket. The TVW750U and other really neat multimedia products are available at: www.diamondmm.com.

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Got WiFi Dead Spots? Extend Your Wireless Range with the Diamond WR600NSI Wireless Range Extender

Continuing on why I like to download and surf the web at ridiculous speeds, we’re going to take a deeper look at WiFi signals and how they can slow you down. Again, standard network speeds these days are adequate, but when you’re far from your existing DSL or cable modem, things can get a little –well, frustrating to say the least.

Luckily there’s something you can do about it. Extend that wireless WiFi range and eliminate those annoying wireless dead spots. By extending your wireless range, you can stay a step ahead of your busy day by not having to wait for a good WiFi signal, saving you time.

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Wireless dead spots can occur when the signal from the router to your devices becomes weak and ineffective. Whether it’s your router distance or obstructions within your home or office, wireless dead spots are a part of our wireless lives.

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The Diamond WR600NSI is a Dual Band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz Wireless Range Extender and repeater that allows you to repeat and extend the wireless coverage of your existing WiFi network. I keep one in my house and one in my office. Simply plug them into any outlet and never have a problem with your signal again. Download videos faster and enjoy sharp displays every time you surf the internet.

Many people now have dual band routers supporting 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz bands. Here are the benefits of the 5.0 band and why you should use a dual band repeater with your dual band router.

1.     On the 5.0 GHz band, there is no interference from other devices such as cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, Microwave ovens, alarm systems and or any other device using the 2.4GHz signals.

2.     5 GHz channels are less crowded. Most interference comes from other neighboring WiFi networks running on the 2.4 GHz band.

3.     Two-in-one network device.  The WR600NSI supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz devices at the same time.

I especially like the compact size, portability and wall-mounted design which makes it so easy to set up anywhere. It easily pairs up with any client device such as my smartphone, tablet or laptop and the plug-n-play connectivity involves no confusing configurations.

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The Diamond WR600NSI also features a Signal Strength Indicator. The Smart LED Indicator lights up and determines whether the signal is weak or excellent. For added security, it also features an easy-to-use WPS WiFi setup button.

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What I love about innovative products like this is when I find that it does more than I had originally wanted it to do – such as converting WiFi to Ethernet; this is what we call a wireless bridge. Or simply put, connecting it to internet-ready devices such as HDTVs, game consoles, Blu-Ray and media players.

The Diamond WR600NSI Wireless Range Extender also lets you create access points wherever and whenever you want, creating a hotspot in places like hotels or anyplace where only wired Ethernet connections are available.

So if you’re looking for a way to get more out of your WiFi network, I highly recommend you check out the Diamond WR600NSI Wireless Range Extender. You can find this and other great networking products at: www.diamondmm.com.

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Add an Ethernet Port with the Diamond USB303HE and Leave Your Slow Internet in the Dust

Sure, these days internet connections can be fast. Well, sometimes. We all know that we can get some slow connections, which often times leads to half-hearted internet searches. That could lead to lost production or not viewing enough varied content.

I rely on my laptop a lot and most of the time I use it for surfing the web, but sometimes I wish it could be faster. That’s when I moved on and adapted to the world of 10/100/1000 Mbps network speed and started using the Diamond USB303HE. It’s a Super-Speed USB 3.0 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet Port.

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Most new laptops and Ultrabooks don’t come with wired Ethernet ports to accommodate a thinner design. However this is a disadvantage to those who want more speed and reliability when it comes to internet speeds. The Diamond USB303HE is a great upgrade for people who solely rely on a 10/100 Mbps network. The USB303HE is 10/100/1000 Mbps which can greatly boost your web surfing. Just remember faster Ethernet equals faster internet.

It’s also an easy repair solution for systems with broken internal network adapters. Many users with broken or bad on-board Ethernet ports may send in their systems for repair which could get costly, or they may just get a new computer and dump the old one. The USB303HE is a low cost easy fix.

The Diamond USB303HE not only let’s you have access to Gigabit Ethernet, but is also a 3-port hub for any USB Plug-n-Play peripherals. Connect just about anything that has a USB 3.0 or 2.0 port, such as a mouse, keyboard, headphones, mic, printer and disk drives. It’s fully compatible with laptops, Ultrabooks, desktop PCs and Macbooks.

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Again, I really love the way I can combine a much faster internet experience and set up a nice workstation with my laptop. The Diamond USB303HE and many other really cool multimedia devices are available at: www.diamondmm.com.

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Preserving and Converting VHS Video Cassettes with the Diamond VC500 Video Capture

Before the age of the smartphone, social media and the modern day selfie culture, there was the VHS cassette. It was the only way to record and store all of our videos.

Some of my absolute favorite moments in life are on that outdated format – TV shows, music videos from the 80s, my Uncle Marty’s wedding. I was at a loss as to what else I could do with all these old tapes. Throw them out? There must be an easy way to preserve all this stuff… right?

The Diamond One-Touch Video Capture VC500 has become the most versatile and useful tool on my desk. It takes all the stress out of converting video from almost any source and converting and preserving them into digital files.

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The Diamond VC500 easily collects data from your original source, in this case a VHS player, and displays it beautifully on your PC or laptop. At the same time it is recording and saving it for editing later. Simply connect the composite cable to your VHS Player, Camcorder or other video source and connect the output USB connector to your Laptop or PC.

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What I like about the VC500 is the software that comes with it. It is easy to navigate and a joy to work with. The VC500 is designed as a very specific tool for a very specific task. I really enjoy having the application on my laptop as I can seamlessly go through literally an entire library of archived recordings. This is where the fun begins.

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The VC500 software is powerful enough to add storyboards, full-featured text edits and transitions and lets you create some really cool customized videos from existing analog VHS recordings. With this feature alone, you can spend hours creating new videos from old ones. After your editing is done, just burn it onto a DVD. Simple.

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The Diamond One-Touch Video Capture VC500 is ideal for those who simply want to turn their precious memories into moments captured forever. You can find this and all of our other really neat multimedia devices at:  www.diamondmm.com.

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Streaming to a Large Screen TV – Wireless Equals Time Saved

When it’s time to stream videos for home entertainment, we all do it – connect our smartphones or tablets to our large screen TVs. Sounds simple, right? By the time you’ve got your HDMI cable connected to your TV, not to mention all your power cords, charging cable and set-top box wires, your cable TV cable and your DSL modem cords, you’re walking around in your living room and dealing with a tangled up mess.

The Diamond WPCTV3000 – Stream2TV is the perfect solution. It effectively slims down your actual time spent on rearranging your living room to accommodate wires. This awesome device is designed to stream content from your smartphone or tablet to your Large-Screen TV, wirelessly. All in 1080P HD quality.

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But the WPCTV3000 isn’t just great for smartphones and tablets. It also lets you mirror your desktop and extend views from your PC, Mac or Laptop. This is great when you’ve got a TV and PC close together in your room, and you just feel like watching a movie on YouTube or connecting on social media sites, like Facebook on a bigger screen.

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With a simple VGA connection, you can use the WPCTV3000 to wirelessly stream to a projector. This is great if you’re a teacher or someone who needs to hold meetings. And we all know that meetings and conferences can be held at a hectic pace, so you need to be fast and hassle-free.

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There are tons of options to save time, and the Diamond WPCTV3000 is a great one. Again it’s all about saving just a little bit of time. Saving just 1 minute every time you want to see your favorite YouTube videos, photos, spreadsheets or Facebook posts adds up to a lot of time you could be using more efficiently.

Make sure to check out the Diamond WPCTV3000- Stream2TV and simplify your streaming without all the wires.

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Adding a Monitor Using the Diamond DS3900V2 – Docking Station

This week we’ll be looking at a cool and easy way to have instant access to not only external devices and peripherals, but the all-important extra dual-video monitor. Why not use a docking station such as the Diamond DS3900V2? It’s your desk – simplified.

With the use of a single USB cable hooked up to your main PC, laptop or tablet, you can have everything set up just the way you like it and working or surfing the internet becomes a breeze.

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Ultimately, your goal is to have a desktop that practically takes care of itself. That means making your life easier. The Diamond DS3900V2 Docking Station lets you keep everything on your desk untouched by simply leaving them plugged in – and that includes extra monitors.

You can enjoy Dual-Video by connecting extra monitors via the ports that come on the DS3900V2, such as HDMI, DVI and VGA, all in 1080P resolution.

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Again, the DS3900V2 Docking Station can be used for all sorts of peripherals, including printers, camcorders, external disc drives, speakers, microphones, headphones, keyboards and mice. There’s even an Ethernet port for your network connection.

When you come into your office with your laptop and you do not have a docking station, you have to plug in your mouse, external keyboard, speakers and all of your other peripherals individually, every single time. What a hassle. If you don’t remember which device was plugged into your laptop there is a good chance drivers will be installed each time. Using your laptop at home you’ll encounter the same problem. You have to reconnect your printer, mouse, keyboard, etc and again if you don’t plug them into the same port each time you will have the problem with drivers reinstalling. With the dock there are no problems. You simply plug the dock into the same port and no drivers will be installed.

The DS3900V2 also prolongs the life of your PC’s USB ports. Rather than using all of your computer’s USB ports you only have to use one.

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So if you’re looking for a way to keep all your stuff, including that extra monitor, permanently hooked up to your PC, take a look at the DS3900V2 by Diamond Multimedia. I think you’ll be amazed at how many things can be connected.

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Diamond’s BVU Multi Display Adapters – A Buying Guide

Whether I’m working at the office or just surfing the web at home, a multi-display adapter can be an integral part of everyday life, so I need something that won’t get too much in the way of all my other desktop peripherals.

It’s important for me to find a solid, reliable, high-quality adapter. At the same time it needs to be small, compact and easy-to-use, as I need it to be mobile. But most of all, it needs to be reasonably priced and come from a reputable company.

My choice would be the Diamond line of BVU Multi-Display Adapters which come in five different models, all with different connection capabilities. Let’s take a look at each one:

If you want something you won’t have to upgrade for awhile, the BVU5500 is the best choice. The Diamond BVU5500 is designed to work with 4K monitors, so if you want your displays at the absolute, highest resolution, you most certainly want the BVU5500.

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The maximum resolution capability is a staggering 3840 x 2160 pixels. The BVU5500 model supports HDMI audio and comes with an onboard Display Port. It can also support HDMI, DVI and VGA connections using an adapter.

The next level of Multi-Display Adapters from Diamond are the BVU3500 and the BVU3500H with the latter being native HDMI.

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These adapters offer a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1152 – so still a very high amount of pixels indeed. The BVU3500 offers VGA support, however the BVU3500H does not – whereas the BVU3500H supports HDMI audio and the BVU3500 does not. Both support HDMI and DVI.

The next model is the BVU195. The BVU195 offers the same resolution capability as the BVU3500s at 2048 x 1152, but uses a USB 2.0 port instead of a USB 3.0. Also something else to consider is the fact that it has no HDMI audio support.

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The last model is the BVU165, which offers a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 or 1600 x 1200 and shares the same connectivity capabilities as the BVU195 including DVI and VGA.

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All Diamond BVU Adapters feature DisplayLink’s Plug and Display Technology and come with a full one year warranty. Check them out here.

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