Integra introduced its Viiv
-based NVS-.7.7 Media Center
PC today, aiming it squarely at custom installers who want to get their customers up and running with minimum hassle. They'll have to pay for that convenience, of course -- an even three grand -- but that'll buy 'em a pretty beefy system, including a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 D820 processor, 1GB RAM, 400GB hard drive, and both digital ATSC and analog NTSC tuners, not to mention the usual plethora of ports. The box has also got you covered on the audio front, apparently being the first media server to include Dolby's Master Studio technology suite for full 7.1 channel surround sound, as well as an Integra-designed sound card featuring Wolfson 192kHz/24-bit DACs and Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry, which promises smoother, more detailed stereo analog output. If that sounds like your thing, get out your credit card, cause this sucker's available now.