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Happy National 3D Day!

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Mr. Spock

He’s doing it wrong.

With 3D glasses held high, MTBS wants to wish everyone a happy National 3D Day! Join the celebrations by experiencing virtual reality, watching stereoscopic 3D movies, and kicking that 3D HDTV into high gear with any stereoscopic games and content you can find!

It’s Time to Bring More Clarity to VR!

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Chromatic Aberration is a failure of a lens to focus all colors to the same point.  This could be a problem for affected VR HMD users because they may end up with blurry experiences, doubled text, limited ability to look around in VR, and a general loss of immersion.  While most HMD makers implement some kind of chromatic aberration correction with their products, we learned that the solutions may not work equally well for everyone. Read More

Protect Your Investment and Get the Right Streaming Stick!

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Streaming Stick Collection

Recent episodes of Neil’s Messy Basement have focused on making the PC the ultimate home entertainment system for gaming, movies, and entertainment. While we continue to get a lot accomplished in this area, streaming content on PC (e.g. Disney Plus, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, etc.) often faces a lot of limitations. For example, our surround sound systems may not work to full capacity and many providers limit their display resolution to just 720P instead of the more common 1080P and 4K we all need and want. Read More

4K UHD Blu-ray Still Wins…on PC.

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Blu-ray Disc

As we continue our journey towards fully enabling our PC to be the ultimate home theater entertainment device (AKA Home Theater PC, HTPC), we face a major challenge!  We’ve bought our PC a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, we bought our 4K Blu-Ray content, and just when we are revving to go…it doesn’t work.  Instead, we are plagued with errors for architectures that no longer exist or were never fully implemented in the first place.  Or maybe we have an expensive surround sound system, and the blu-ray it runs on looks really ugly on the display we have because the technologies are too far apart.  OR maybe…maybe things could look much better on our PC than anywhere else because it is powered by unrivaled graphics and processing technology. Read More

The HTPC Journey Continues!

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Ultimate Home Entertainment Setup Guide
We are just THRILLED with everything we turned up for enabling the PC as the ultimate home theater device (HTPC = Home Theater PC).  It took months of research and development to find the right mixes of hardware and software to make it possible to run Dolby Atmos and DTS-X on all our display hardware without tradeoffs – and we did it.  We think you will be equally excited, and some new doors of possibility may have opened because of what we discovered.

While you wait for those videos, we have something special for you TODAY. Read More

Episode One in a New Messy Basement Series is ONLINE!

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EVGA Nu Audio Pro 7.1 Sound Card

EVGA Nu Audio Pro 7.1 Sound Card

If it’s been very quiet here at MTBS, we have a great excuse. We’ve been working on a special series of Neil’s Messy Basement episodes all about finding, enhancing, and enabling ways to make our entertainment experiences more immersive and enjoyable. One way is through product reviews like today’s review and user guide for the EVGA Nu Audio Pro 7.1 sound card, and others are through discoveries and hacks that make it possible for us to do more with what we have.

It’s going to be lots of fun!

Sound Blaster Text Guide is UP!

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New Sound Blaster X-Fi at CES 2018

New Sound Blaster X-Fi at CES 2018

Last week, we ran a special episode of Neil’s Messy Basement to reveal a discovery on how to connect Sound Blaster sound cards to digitally connected devices like HDMI 5.1 surround sound systems, Bluetooth headphones, and virtual reality headsets likes PC-based Oculus Rifts and HTC Vives.

Two MAJOR updates.  First, MTBS has been working with Alexandr Irza, author of Volume2, to enhance his software so the experience for VR gamers is even more seamless.  COMPLETE SUCCESS – he did amazing with this!  Second, the full guide has been made available in text form with easy to follow directions.

We really think this is going to be a strong enabler for superior immersive experiences for traditional and VR gamers alike.  Enjoy!

Stereoscopic 3D Forum Abilities Are Working Again!

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Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Glasses

Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Glasses

It has taken awhile, but we finally got Meant to be Seen upgraded to the latest software versions and architectures.  Unfortunately, it has taken extra work to get some of the tried and true features of the site working again including the stereoscopic 3D functionality of the discussion forums.  Well…GOOD NEWS!  Services RESTORED! Read More

Welcome Back!

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Meant to be SeenTHIS took much longer than it should have.  It’s hard to believe that Meant to be Seen has been around for thirteen (13) years!  13 sounded like a good age to give this place a much needed facelift.  Heck, more than a facelift, a gosh darned overhaul with the best plastic surgeons that money can buy!  Ah…dare to dream.

MTBS’ charm has always been to look like a 90’s website (no, we didn’t do that on purpose), so it’s time to bring it up a decade…maybe two – we’ll see. Read More

Mad Scientist

Important Heads-Up!

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Hello everyone!  First, I want to wish everyone the best of health during this Coronavirus pandemic.  Please do as the doctors say: stay home, wash your hands regularly, and practice social distancing.

Things slowed down the past month because I’ve been focused on TIFCA and other projects, and I’ve finally availed myself the time to do some much needed maintenance to the Meant to be Seen website.  I expect that parts of the site will go down and many things won’t work as normal for a bit.  I’m hoping the outage will be no longer than a few hours to a couple days at most.

We’ll talk again soon!