Maui is a fusion of AMD Live! Media Center software and AMD hardware that combine into a complete home theater PC platform. Maui features an Athlon X2 or Phenom series processor, an energy-efficient AMD M780G chipset (used normally for notebooks) motherboard, a special audio preamp aand a high quality PCIe multi-channel amplifier that eliminates the need for an external amplifier. Various HTPC combo packages with MSI and AMD products for DIY builders are offered at Newegg
. A complete Maui HTPC system sample is in the SPCR lab right now. This PC contains a 65W energy-efficient Phenom 9350e quad-core, the ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo
tuner/video card, and the MSI Live DIVA
motherboard that has D2's programmable audio chip onboard for up to 7.1 pre-amp or 5.1 amplified home-theater quality audio right out of the back of your HTPC, and the audio quality said to be is on par with $1,000+ A/V receivers. Look for our review in the near future. *Discuss this news in the SPCR forums.
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