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Niveus Media did not invent Media Center PCs, those all-in-one devices built upon the Windows operating system, which work as DVD players, music and video servers, digital video recorders, online portals, and even complete home automation devices. Niveus didn’t even invent the high-end Media Center—a version of the product with refined aesthetics and reference-quality audio and video.

Pyramid Audio
(907) 272-9111
2440 Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK
 
Pyramid Audio/Video, LTD
(907) 272-9111
2440 Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Josh Francis, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Auke Bay Custom Audio Video
(907) 789-5990
P.O. Box 210316
Juneau, AK
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Boston Acoustics, Continental Seating, Control4, Denon, Jamo, NHT, Nuvo, Pioneer, Onkyo, Russound, Sim2, Sony, Triad, and others.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Mark Poplis, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Magnolia Home Theater
(907) 344-4409
800 E DIMOND BLVD
Anchorage, AK
 
Pyramid Audio & Video Ltd
(907) 272-9111
2440C Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK
 
Best Buy
(907) 344-4409
800 E DIMOND BLVD
Anchorage, AK
 
The Chariot Group
(907) 222-5300
3120 Denali Street, Suite 1
Anchorage, AK
 
Pyramid Audio and Video, Ltd.
(907) 272-9111
2440 Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK
 
Pyramid Audio Video
(907) 272-9111
2440 Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK
 
Shimek's Audio Video
(907) 276-2525
530 East Benson Boulevard
Anchorage, AK
 

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March 1, 2007 By Dennis Burger

For all the controversy surrounding Charles Darwin, it’s easy to forget that he did not invent the concept of evolution—he simply explained it the best. What’s more, Darwin probably wouldn’t have published his theory when he did, if not for the prompting of fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who came to the same conclusion at roughly the same time. Yet Darwin is now synonymous with evolution, while Wallace is known mostly to science nerds.

Likewise, Niveus Media did not invent Media Center PCs, those all-in-one devices built upon the Windows operating system, which work as DVD players, music and video servers, digital video recorders, online portals, and even complete home automation devices. Niveus didn’t even invent the high-end Media Center—a version of the product with refined aesthetics and reference-quality audio and video. But looking at the newly updated Denali Edition Media Center sitting beside my A/V rack, it’s really quite tempting to relegate all other Media Center PCs to Wallace’s level of anonymity.

If you wonder why the Denali is sitting beside my rack, rather than in it, the answer is simple. Despite the fact that Niveus has continued to refine Denali’s inner workings, its exterior remains virtually identical to that of the original 2004 version. It’s an awe-inspiring beast, measuring more than 17 inches wide and deep and 8 inches tall, and weighing 60 pounds. Massive deco-style heat sinks along the sides speak to the majesty of the machine—and along with interior heat pipes and thermal pads, the heat sinks contribute to the unit’s whisper-quiet, fan-free operation. The gentle hum of my TiVo, resting a few feet away, sounds like a lion’s roar by comparison. But the most impressive view of the Denali is from behind: Aside from four USB ports, the back panel gives hardly the slightest indications of its PC origins. Instead, it sports an impressive host of dedicated A/V connections—including BNC connectors for component video, which we normally only see on consumer video products from such esteemed names as Theta Digital or Ayre Acoustics.

Yes, looking at the Denali, it’s easy to forget that it is a computer. But even though its two-year-old design still has the power to inspire breathless panting, in the world of personal computers, even last season’s processor is verging on extinction. Niveus has kept up by fitting the latest Denali Edition with Intel’s leading-edge Core 2 Duo E6400 processor, which obliterates the Pentium 4-equipped Media Centers that have passed through my doors to this point. What this means in terms of media playback is smoother, faster performance—Windows Media 9 high-definition titles such as Standing in the Shadows of Motown play with nary a stutter or hiccup. Button response when scrolling through the Media Center interface is lightning-fast. Songs ar...

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