Allio 42-inch HDTV with  PC and Blu-ray Player

Allio 42-inch HDTV with PC and Blu-ray Player

It use to be that the big buzz word going around the industry was convergence.  In the multimedia living room of tomorrow, a melding of the capabilities of various entertainment center components, along with the computer functionalities, is the end goal that will culminate into a more intelligent, connected entertainment center.  Or at least it seems to be.  Granted, the HTPC (Home Theater PC) has come a long way at making that goal a reality but you'd have to agree we're not there quite yet. 

Interestingly, in a reverse merger sort of fashion, Boulder CO company Silicon Mountain (mountain of silicon perhaps?) steps out today with the first fully integrated HDTV PC product.  The Allio PCTV has a lot more going on under its hood beyond 400nits and a 2000:1 contrast ratio...

Silicon Mountain Unveils Allio 42-inch HDTV with Integrated PC and Blu-Ray Player

Product, First of Its Kind in North America, Now Available

Boulder, Colo. & Menlo Park, Calif. -- November 10, 2008 Silicon Mountain Holdings, Inc., (OTCBB: SLCM), a technology company specializing in high-performance interactive computing solutions, today announced its design for a 32 and 42-inch High Definition LCD-TV with an integrated, full-function PC and Blu-Ray/DVD player.  Named Allio, this system will define an entirely new category of converged products, where entertainment and instant, on-demand information and productivity blend together seamlessly, in stunning high-definition.

The Allio HD TV / PC is the first product of its kind in North America, and Silicon Mountain is the first company worldwide to develop a converged HDTV / PC solution that includes Blu-Ray. It is available now, in time for U.S. holiday purchases.  Orders are being taken now at the Visionman website at http://www.visionman.com/.

Additional information on where to buy Allio will be announced soon.

The flagship Allio model marries a Full-HD 42" LCD display with a combo Blu-Ray/DVD player,  integrated digital recorder for PVR and a powerful PC, based on the Intel Core2Duo E8400 processor, 4GB of RAM from Silicon Mountain, a 1TB hard drive and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium.  In addition to the analog and digital audio-video inputs common to high-def televisions, Allio includes wireless and wired networking capabilities and several USB ports to extend the experience to other computers and peripherals in the home.

 
Allio 42" HDTV-PC - Click image for high res

Specifications

  • Allio 42” 1080p LCD HDTV
  • 16:9 Full Screen Aspect Ratio
  • 3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter
  • 176 Degree / 176 Degree Viewing Angle
  • 2000:1 Contrast
  • 400cd Brightness
  • Built-in 12Wx2 Speakers
  • 7.1 Surround Sound w/Dolby Home Theatre
  • 2 x Component Video & Audio Connectors
  • 2 x HDMI Connectors
  • 1 x S-Video & Audio Connector
  • 1 x Composite Video & Audio Connector
  • 6 x USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 x eSATA Port
  • 1 x DVI-I Port
  • 1 x HDMI Output Only
  • 1 x S/PDIF Optical Audio Out
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
  • 4GB High-Speed DDR2-800 Memory
  • Slim 2X BD-ROM Blu-Ray Player (Play’s DVD’s too!)
  • Plays & Burns DVD’s as Well!
  • Western Digital 1TB (1000GB) SATA-II HDD
  • Integrated Intel GMA X4500HD Video
  • Hauppauge HVR-950Q TV Tuner
  • Gigabit 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Wireless 802.11b/g
  • Microsoft Vista Home Premium 64-bit
  • Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
  • Wall Mountable
  • Menu Languages: English, Spanish, French
  • Includes A/V Cable, User Manual, Remote Control

There you have it; an LCD HDTV with a fully functional on-board HTPC with 2GB of RAM, a Core 2 Duo processor, Intel's newly released G45 chipset with integrated graphics for full HD offload and a Hauppauge HD TV Tuner/PVR card.  The specs list certainly reads like a PC with integrated 42" LCD monitor but with its digital comb filter and reasonably high quality LCD, this just may be one step closer to that convergence nirvana we've all heard about.  There are lower cost units but the high-end flagship model shown here lists for $2799. 

We may be contacting Silicon Mountain soon to get our hands on an eval unit.

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 pretty sweet if you ask me. the graphics is lacking a bit imo but overall i like it.

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News:
We may be contacting Silicon Mountain soon to get our hands on an eval unit.
 

 

Thats nice even though video is lacking I would like it.

Now Dave that would make a great Christmas Giveaway!! LOLYes

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Ha! You guys are brutal. We'll have to see if we connect with these folks. You never know!

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integrated

6 dictionary results for: integrated

/ˈɪntɪˌgreɪtɪd/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [in-ti-grey-tid] Show IPA Pronunciation

–adjective

1. combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole: an integrated plot; an integrated course of study.

2. organized or structured so that constituent units function cooperatively: an integrated economy.

3. having, including, or serving members of different racial, religious, and ethnic groups as equals: an integrated school. Compare segregated.

4. Sociology. of or pertaining to a group or society whose members interact on the basis of commonly held norms or values.

5. Psychology. characterized by integration.

6. HA HA! YOU HAVE TO REBUY EVERYTHING FROM US TO UPGRADE A SINGLE COMPONENT!

Integration is something you look for in products that cost less than $200 - not things that cost $2800. I really don't want to mail my 42" TV away evertime my PVR dies (happened to me three times in four years).

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