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Buffalo LinkTheater High-Definition: A Linux Multimedia Center from End to End - page 7


  • April 13, 2006
  • By Dee-Ann and Robert LeBlanc

We didn't want the things we liked about this product to get buried among complaints, so in the end we decided that a quick chart of the pros and cons of the LinkTheater High-Definition would suffice to give you an audio/videophile's take on integrating this particular piece of hardware into a Linux network.


  • Stylish form-factor fits in well with other home entertainment electronics and looks great
  • Component video output for analog HDTVs with resolutions up to 1080i
  • Both optical and coaxial connections for digital audio output
  • Both wired and wireless networking is supported
  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support makes it compatible with a number of media servers, and allows you to run a UPnP server on every computer in your house that has media that you want to access from the unit
  • There is definitely something exciting (for geeks like us anyway) about starting up a streaming Internet radio station or a video that previously you could only watch on your computer, but doing so through your home theater


  • Lack of support for the FLAC lossless audio codec
  • No HDMI port for digital HDTVs
  • Analog audio output is stereo only, so surround sound is only practical with digital outputs
  • Gigabit Ethernet support would have been nice for media-congested households
  • Media server software is provided only for Windows PCs, forcing Mac and Linux users to find their own UPnP-based solutions
  • Support for SMB as an alternative to UPnP would have made the device compatible with an even wider range of media servers, including native support under Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux

Biggest complaint:

As reviewers, we have to send the unit back!

Dee-Ann LeBlanc is an award-winning technical writer, journalist, and trainer focusing on Linux. Her most famous project is Linux for Dummies, for which she is the recurring author, and of course the fact that she's the Desktop Editor of LinuxPlanet.com. Robert LeBlanc is the head of the Maia Mailguard anti-spam and anti-virus project, and also a serious audiophile and videophile.

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