Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 
160 posts

Master Geek


  #349539 9-Jul-2010 15:11
Send private message

What issues are you having with the HTPC? They can't do everything, but are the closest I've seen without spending large $$$$..

7073 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #349561 9-Jul-2010 15:43
Send private message

elkano: What issues are you having with the HTPC?
Issues getting HD audio off blurays out from a HTPC is basically what is holding me back.  Especially when I'd like to do the HD audio decoding within the HTPC and pass out the basic LPCM signal to a dumb receiver.  Last I checked you couldn't do this via HTPC's as HD audio can only be sent via hdmi and this angle just wasn't supported yet.

 
 
 
 


160 posts

Master Geek


  #349567 9-Jul-2010 15:55
Send private message

Jaxson: Issues getting HD audio off blurays out from a HTPC is basically what is holding me back.  Especially when I'd like to do the HD audio decoding within the HTPC and pass out the basic LPCM signal to a dumb receiver.  Last I checked you couldn't do this via HTPC's as HD audio can only be sent via hdmi and this angle just wasn't supported yet.


It can be done with the Asus HDAV1.3 deluxe or the HometheatreHD from Auzentech (Thats outputting to 7.1 analogue if that is what you are after). Pretty expensive though!

1993 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #349571 9-Jul-2010 16:04
Send private message

elkano: What issues are you having with the HTPC? They can't do everything, but are the closest I've seen without spending large $$$$..


1TB myFreeView ~$700, HTPC with TunerCards and enough Video processing horse power to actually produce HD with minimal artefacting, ~$1400

160 posts

Master Geek


  #349588 9-Jul-2010 16:38
Send private message

lyonrouge:
1TB myFreeView ~$700, HTPC with TunerCards and enough Video processing horse power to actually produce HD with minimal artefacting, ~$1400


True, if you just look at the TV tuner side of things it doesn't make much sense. My HTPC is a 1 stop shop (for me at least) though. Bluray/HDDVD player, gaming machine, I can record as many shows as I want on TV at the same time (freeview Sat and SBS), music etc etc.

I think it only makes sense if you're planning on using it for a range of activites. A playstation 3 and 1TB myfreeview could do a lot of the things most people would need them for. But I like having everything in the one box and its all usable from a single front end.



157 posts

Master Geek


  #349614 9-Jul-2010 18:24
Send private message

I see this page is back in action, I thought it would be a good time to add some pics of my system.
Just a recap,

Amp - Denon Avr 3806
Fronts - Polk RTi8 Bi Wired
Center - Polk CSi5
Surrounds - Polk CSi5 Bipoli-Dipole
Sub - Velodyne CHT 10
Source - PS3 500gb
Display - Panasonic 42
Cables - Monster, Pudney Gold



860 posts

Ultimate Geek
Inactive user


  #349715 10-Jul-2010 09:43
Send private message

Very cool - I like the POV shot, haha that's just classic!

 
 
 
 


926 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  #349754 10-Jul-2010 13:46
Send private message

Damn only small time compared to some of these but my current setup is

Uniden 37" LCD $600
Homecast 500gig HD Freeview Decoder (WTG Wellington Freeview Pizza Night much loved) $0
Panasonic SA PT460 Home Theatre system. $260
Xbox 360 60 gig Pro System (soon to be upgraded to the new wireless N slim elite) $400

Plus my Quad core PC sits up there as well as running HTPC setup.

I'm very happy and have to say price was good too as all up this cost me $2160

292 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #349791 10-Jul-2010 16:19
Send private message

Jaxson:  Last I checked you couldn't do this via HTPC's as HD audio can only be sent via hdmi and this angle just wasn't supported yet.


Probably true for digital audio out, and SPDIF doesn't have the bandwidth for uncompressed HDAudio anyway. Full-rate analog output is supposedly supported in PDVD for some onboard audio. Although I have an ALC889, I can't say I have seen this actually work.

See the HD Audio compatible sound card list on this page if you want to give analog out a try:

http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd/hardware-support_en_US.html





HTPC: Antec Fusion 430, Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-UD2H F7, AMD X2 4850e, Sapphire 4670 1GB, Corsair 4x1Gb,  Adata 128Gb SSD, WD10EARS Green, LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray, Hauppauge NOVA TD-500, Logitech z-5500, Logitech Harmony 525, Samsung LA40B530 1080p, Vista Premium-32 SP2, Catalyst 10.12(Facelift preview), Mediaportal 1.2.3+OneButtonMusic, AC3Filter, Cyberlink Powercinema 6 codec, BLU-RAY: Samsung BD-F7500

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic





Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Chorus completes the build and commissioning of two new core Ethernet switches
Posted 8-Jul-2020 09:48


National Institute for Health Innovation develops treatment app for gambling
Posted 6-Jul-2020 16:25


Nokia 2.3 to be available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Jul-2020 12:30


Menulog change colours as parent company merges with Dutch food delivery service
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:53


Techweek2020 goes digital to make it easier for Kiwis to connect and learn
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:48


Catalyst Cloud launches new Solutions Hub to support their kiwi Partners and Customers
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:44


Microsoft to help New Zealand job seekers acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:41


Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new HPE GreenLake cloud services
Posted 24-Jun-2020 08:07


New cloud data protection services from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:58


Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:10


Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster the next generation of apps
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:30


Poly introduces solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:14


Lenovo launches new ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations
Posted 23-Jun-2020 09:17


Lenovo brings Linux certification to ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:56


Apple introduces new features for iPhone iOS14 and iPadOS 14
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:28



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.