Hot on the heels of the debut of Microsoft’s Vista operating system, Niveus Media announced yesterday the immediate availability of a quartet of Vista-based Media Centers at a rollout held at Manhattan’s venerable, high-profile, high-end specialty retailer/custom installer, Harvey Home Electronics.
Harvey’s CEO, Martin McClanan, asserted that the new series represented a breakthrough solution for his customer base for several reasons. “In the past,” he said, “we didn’t embrace Windows-based servers. But this allows people to have a full experience. The concept of lossless audio is in its infancy now, and these devices, as they become components in people’s home systems, offer seamless integration with the devices we sell. Another reason we chose these products is the growing importance of home networking; it’s a solution we want to provide. And its compelling user interface is easy for the computer user and for the non-technical user alike.”
Tim Cutting, Niveus Media’s CEO and co-founder, in presenting the products, pointed out that these models are the first from Niveus to offer 1080p high-definition HD DVD playback – the high-def DVD format supported by Microsoft.