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Reg Kit Watch UK media PC developer Moore Innovations has launched its first system, Medio, pitching the machine at home cinema enthusiasts and audiophiles.

Medio comes in two versions, one for the digital TV era, the other to take advantage of today's analog transmissions. The former is equipped with a Freeview receiver, courtesy of the build-in Hauppauge Nova-T digital TV tuner card, which can also reach digital radio stations. The analog machine contains a regular TV and FM radio tuner card.

Moore Innovations Medio Home Cinema Computer

Both systems provide TiVo-style live and time-shift video recording, plus the ability to pause 'live' TV. Users can play CDs and DVDs, and recorded programming and audio content can be burned to DVD-R, DVD+RW or DVD-RW for archiving.

Medio is powered by a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 and backed by 512MB of 400MHz DDR SDRAM. There are two 160MB Serial ATA drives.

The display is controlled by an ATI Radeon 9600 XT Ultimate card, while Dolby Digital and DTS Surround Sound is delivered by the unit's Creative Audigy 2 card, which offers both digital and analogue audio output.

All this is crammed into 43.5 x 35.5 x 16.5cm casing that looks more like a high-end hi-fi than a PC. Aluminium cooling fins help keep the temperature down, as does the Zalman processor cooler and Seasonic power supply. The Medio is foam-lined to reduce noise.

Each unit ships with a wireless keyboard and mouse, but multi-channel speakers and a large-format display are extra. The unit itself costs £1999 (inc. VAT) from Moore's exclusive online supplier, kustompcs.com. The hardware is covered with a full two years' warranty. ®

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