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  Reply # 349539 9-Jul-2010 15:11
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What issues are you having with the HTPC? They can't do everything, but are the closest I've seen without spending large $$$$..

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  Reply # 349561 9-Jul-2010 15:43
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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.

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  Reply # 349567 9-Jul-2010 15:55
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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!

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  Reply # 349571 9-Jul-2010 16:04
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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

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  Reply # 349588 9-Jul-2010 16:38
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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.



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  Reply # 349614 9-Jul-2010 18:24
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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



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  Reply # 349715 10-Jul-2010 09:43
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Very cool - I like the POV shot, haha that's just classic!

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  Reply # 349754 10-Jul-2010 13:46
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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

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  Reply # 349791 10-Jul-2010 16:19
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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

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