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  Product:     SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case  
  Price:     $314 (CDN) / $270 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     SilverStone Technology
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     October 5th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank SilverStone Technology for sending the SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case for review.

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Introduction:

Home Theatre purists have known for many years that with the right combination of audio and stereo equipment you can replicate the music and movie experience right in the comfort of your own home. Look into any stereo deck configuration and you will see high-end audio components from name brand manufacturers such as Aiwa, Dennon, Harman Kardon, JBL, Marantz, Sony, TEAC, Technics and Yamaha. In recently years there has a huge increase in the amount of consumers who are migrating towards the next step in the digital revolution. The huge success of Home Theatre PC's or HTPC has made it easier to add a complete all-in-one multimedia solution into the living room. SilverStone Technology has been at the forefront of the HTPC market by developing an award winning product line of HTPC style chassis for consumers who want to custom build their own units. The company continues to expand its popular Lascala product line with the introduction of the several new chassis designs. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Lascala SST-LC16M, a brand new HTPC style enclosure developed by SilverStone Technology.

Specifications:

The Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case is one of eighteen different units available on the SilverStone Technology website. Consumers have the option of selecting from two different colour formats (black and silver) as well as two different model designs. The Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case comes pre-assembled and only supports both mATX and ATX motherboard formats. Here are some specifications taken directly from the SilverStone Technology website:

SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case - Key Features:
SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case: Manufactured by SilverStone Technology
Dimensions: 425 mm (W) x 170mm (H) x 425 mm (D)
Weight: 7.3 kg
M/B Type: Micro ATX and Full ATX
Material: Aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
Drive Bay: 8 (5.25" x 1 (External), 3.5" x 1 (External) and 3.5" x 6 (Internal)
Fans: 5 (2 x 80mm (rear exhaust), 1 x 80mm (side intake) and 2 x 92mm/80mm (front intake)
Expansion Slots: 7 pcs
Color: Silver or Black
Power Supply: N/A
Multimedia: VFD, IR, remote control, iMon media center software
Front I/O Port: USB2.0 port x 4, 1394 Firewire x 1, Earphone jack x 1 and MIC x 1

SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case
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SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case
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The SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case arrived in boxed cardboard packaging with a black identification labeling on the sides. The cardboard box resembled that of electronic component packaging used home electronics and stereo equipment. The case was sealed in protected plastic with 2 pieces of cardboard backing and polystyrene located on the left and right side of the unit.

SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case
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SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case
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The SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case was bundled with an assortment of accessories which include mounting screws, motherboard stand-offs, zip ties, power cable, 20-pin to 24-pin PSU adapter and a 3-pin to 4-pin fan adapter. A fold out installation manual provides step by step assembly of the case including motherboard, fan mounts, and system components. The bundled CD includes VFD drivers and Soundgraph's popular iMON and iMedian application software. My first impressions of the SilverStone Lascala SST-LC16M HTPC Case after removing the packaging were extremely positive. Out of the 18 different HTPC style enclosures in the Lascala series, the design SST-LC16M replicates the traditional look and feel of stereo equipment. The overall look is very stylish and composed of a custom aluminum front panel with a 0.8mm SECC body. The SST-LC16M carries a large footprint measuring 425 mm (W) x 170mm (H) x 425 mm (D) with a weight of 7.3kg. The main focus for the SST-LC16M is the inclusion of an integrated VFD and IR receiver, built-in macro keys and maximum storage capacity.
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