Processors: AMD Opteron 2356 (2.3GHz Quad-Core) x2
Motherboard: Tyan S2915-E (Supplied by Tyan)
Memory: Kingston KVR667D2S4P5/2G x4 (Supplied by Kingston)
Graphics Card: XFX 8800 GTX (Supplied by XFX USA)
Enclosure: Lian Li V2000
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12DO (Supplied by Noctua)
SATA Controller: Areca ARC-1231ML (Supplied by Areca)
SAS Controller: Areca ARC-1680i (Supplied by Areca)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate X64
The above test system was used to benchmark the RaidSonic Network Media Player's NAS capabilities.
For the subjective audio portions of the tests I used my Sony DA4ES receiver that I keep in my computer room for drive my neighbours crazy. This system is attached to 5 Klipsch desktop speakers and a JBL 800 watt, 12 inch subwoofer.
Audio testing was also conducted in my living room via HDMI on a Pioneer Elite VSX-91 THX receiver attached to Klipsch RF7 main speakers, RC7 centre channel and RF7 surround speakers. The Subwoofer was a Klipsch RSW-15 with a peak power rating of 2400 watts driving a massive 15 inch Cerametallic cone.
Visual testing was performed on a Hitachi UltraVision 55 inch plasma television running at 720P. Images for the article were taken on a ViewSonic 37 inch LCD also running at 720P.