Harmony Ultimate Remote Quick Unboxing and Setup

FutureShop had the Harmony Ultimate remote on sale this week for $249.99 (regular price $349.99) so I picked one up for my basement home theater that I am working on.

This is the first Harmony remote that incorporates Bluetooth (as far as I know) which is cool, since now you don’t need to buy one of their horrible PS3 adapters which always seemed to fail as soon as the warranty was up.

Check out this quick unboxing and setup video for my initial impressions.

Here’s a link to the Harmony Ultimate remote on Amazon in case you are interested in purchasing one or would like to read the reviews.

MAME, Emulator and PC Gaming Cabinet

Here is a video about my MAME / Emulator / PC Gaming cabinet. I bought a cabinet from recroommasters.com and then added a customized X-Arcade Tank Stick, with configurable 4 / 8 way joysticks and lighted buttons.

I know most arcade purists will scoff at buying a pre-built cabinet, but I didn’t have the time to track down a decent “real” arcade cabinet, and wiring up a custom controller is not really up my alley.

I have a custom gaming PC running the system with an i7 processor and SSD main drive with an additional hard drive for storage.

For sound I have the PC connected to a Pioneer 5.1 receiver which is inside the cabinet, along with a set of Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1 speakers. The subwoofer fits nicely inside the cabinet, but unfortunately it is out of commission at the time of this video as the driver has failed and I am looking for a replacement.

The rear speakers are also tucked inside the cabinet, which I admit doesn’t make much sense, but I figured I might as well make use of them.

In addition to the Tank Stick, I also have a Xbox 360 wired controller, a N64 controller connected via a USB adapter, and a EMS Top Gun II light gun. (one of the only light guns I have found that work with modern LCD TVs.)

I am currently running emulators for various classic systems, including the NES, SNES, Genesis, NEO GEO and N64, as well as a full MAME rom set.

To handle all the emulators, I am running the GameEx front end. I believe they have a free version if you want to try it out, but I am running the paid version and would highly recommend it.

Below are some of the items I purchased to built my mame cabinet.

First is the X-Arcade Tank Stick. This does not have the aftermarket lighted buttons and selectable sticks like mine though.

Here is the cabinet I used, but the newer version here comes with a back-lit marquee which is cool:

Here is the Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1 system I am using for sound in my cabinet. (You still need a receiver to drive them.) The complete speaker system (including subwoofer) fits perfectly in the Xtension arcade cabinet.