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  Reply # 186328 27-Dec-2008 22:48
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webstereo: Have a listen to FM radio NZ national and then switch to AM radio NZ national.That's pretty much what the difference is with Eye TV audio on the HE-AAC front. TRanscoding doesn't make any difference either. How can it? If you don't hear it I suspect you may be listening on a laptop.

Umm nope - many 1000's of dollers worth of hifi actually. I use DD for TV3, and mainly watch the news and other non feature type material from TVNZ, so that could be why I just don't notice any obvious problems. I do upsample the signal to 48Khz, however that can't (obviously) bring back what is already lost.
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  Reply # 186332 27-Dec-2008 23:55
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If it was only getting the AAC part of the signal you would know it unless you are profoundly deaf. Its just so aweful sounding. I have pretty average hearing now (cant tell between 32 and 44kHz stuff unless its really trebbally) and I can tell the difference like night and day with it being a 22khz sample rate.




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  Reply # 186403 28-Dec-2008 19:33
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sbiddle:

The new Eee boxes should be fine - ATI did have serious issues with H.264 hardware acceleration but they seem to be solved now.

I guess it just depends how long you want to wait, they haven't announced any shipping dates yet have they?/



No shipping date known yet - in fact, I can't see any mention of the new Eee boxes at all on Asus's NZ website. Have emailed them to find out date and possible cost, so will post if they (ever) reply.

Everyone's comments have meant I've ruled out the Mac Mini for a HTPC - clearly the current one won't cope with HD, and I won't be able to afford the new one (once released), even if it can do HD. Even the new Eee may simply be too time-consuming to get up and running, and if not pretty much flawless once set up it is likely to frustrate my partner! (to begin with, she doesn't fully agree why it would be good to have a device that did more than just record and play TV).

Anyway, thanks for all the postings - it's helped clarify a lot of questions I had and has helped me narrow my options down.

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