Neil’s Messy Basement 37: How to Downscale 4K to 1080P and Why

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Neil’s Messy Basement has been building a series of programs all about turning your PC into the ultimate media center by showcasing methods to enable premium experiences on existing hardware without breaking wallets in the process.  A full explanation of why Neil has gone down this path can be found here.

In this episode, Neil talks about the visual benefits of downscaling 4K resolution to 1080P displays and gives a rundown of how to do it on both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.  He also reviews inexpensive HDMI downscalers by Easycoolav (the EZCOO 1X2 version) and Gofanco (the Prophecy 1X2 version).  A byproduct of this is Neil also discovered a way to save on expensive projector bulb life by taking advantage of these techniques.

There is much more to come in this series!  Be sure to share your experiences below.  Here is the index of the 36 minute segment:

Benefits of Downscaling 4K to 1080P
How to Downscale 4K to 1080P on an AMD Graphics Card
How to Downscale 4K to 1080P on an Nvidia Graphics Card
A Better Way to Downscale
Review: Easycoolav EZCOO HDMI 2.0 Splitter 1X2
Review: Gofanco Prophecy 4K-HDR 1X2 Splitter
Which HDMI Splitter Would Neil Choose?
Important Bonus For Projector Users
So What’s Next?


Neil’s Messy Basement 36: Exemplifying How Entertainment is Way Too Fragmented For Consumers

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In an earlier episode, Neil talked about doing a series of programs about being able to achieve more with the equipment we already own.  However, as Neil moved ahead with the process, more and more discoveries were made along the way that really expanded his thinking.  In reboot fashion, he’s going to treat THIS as the first episode in the series, and will use this time to explain the challenges that consumers are facing today with their modern entertainment experiences.

With TV cable, movie theaters, streaming services, and Blu-ray as backdrop examples, Neil demonstrates several hurdles that consumers face today when it comes to getting their premium services to work, and how the next few episodes of Neil’s Messy Basement will help overcome them – inexpensively!

By the time Neil is complete, it’s hoped that consumers will be able to conveniently enjoy the latest stuff; often on equipment they already own!

Sample topics covered include Dolby Atmos, DTS-X, 4K displays, Blu-ray, HDR, movie theaters, compatibility, and more!

Do you agree with Neil’s stance on modern entertainment? Share your thoughts below!

Neil’s Messy Basement 35: Polystream Discusses Next Era of Computing

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With a journey called the Client-to-Cloud Revolution, we’re heading towards a world where our compute devices are enhanced beyond their abilities with cloud technologies.  MTBS is really happy to welcome Jarl Ostensen, Director of Engineering for Polystream to our basement! We talked about the next generation of computing, ways that our compute devices will be enabled in the future, how Polystream’s technologies work, and their latest projects.  See what you think!

Neil’s Messy Basement 34: EVGA Nu Audio Pro 7.1 Sound Card Review and User Guide

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Neil gives an in-depth review of EVGA’s Nu Audio Pro 7.1 sound card and shares recommendations that will maximize enjoyment of the audio experience. Setups tested include headphones, a TOSLINK-connected 5.1 receiver, and direct-connect 5.1 surround sound speakers. This is part of a whole series of programs MTBS is doing on ways to enhance our entertainment experiences beyond technologies like virtual and augmented reality. Disney Plus (Disney+) fans will want to watch the last segment of the program as next week’s episode is going to be something else!