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Using PC as a HT receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by JonathanJB, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. JonathanJB

    JonathanJB Member

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    So far I have a Pioneer DVD player and Philips Widescreen TV.

    I'm considering building a dedicated PC with the right components to function as a:

    * Digital TV receiver/decoder
    * Dolby 5.1 receiver/decoder (e.g Sound Blaster Extigy)
    * DVD burner/copier

    Besides the obvious disadvantage - that a PC is bloody noisy - how well will a PC perform each of these functions ?
    What will the sound quality be like ?

    I was considering an entry-level Pioneer or Yamaha receiver, and perhaps to buy a Digital TV decoder in the next year or two. Maybe I can save some money this way.
     
  2. Ben LG

    Ben LG Well-Known Member

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    I would not use the Extigy for a home theater, the sound quality is horrible out of the box. I updated the drivers and the surround sound is still horrible with a pair of Megaworks 550. Oh yeah and its USB 1.1 so you will most likely get some kind of distortion in the sound as I did while your cpu is crunching.
     
  3. Barry II

    Barry II Member

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    If you want great sound from your PC through a receiver then get a Delta 410 from M-Audio http://www.m-audio.net/products/m-audio/delta410.php but there is no way you can simulate 5.1 output with same magnitude as conventional receivers. I'm not even sure there is Dolby Decoder you can purchase for a PC unless its software.

    --Barry II
     
  4. Marty Neudel

    Marty Neudel Well-Known Member

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    Creative Lab's Audigy-2 handles Dolby Digital-EX and has a THX Seal. Considering the noisy environment presented by a PC, the sound is surprisingly good; however, not in the same league with more expensive receivers. If you add a tv-tuner pci-card (Hauppage even has one with an FM-stereo tuner), your pc can do a passable job of managing ht (for the computer room).

    Marty
     
  5. Nathan Smith

    Nathan Smith Active Member

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    Creative OWNS THX guyz they bought it from Lucas Films or whatever hes called...

    so i would not be jumping up and down about them giving themselves their own seal of approval

    there is a rather long thread on the avscience forum about this sombody did it and it could not compare ... not yet anyway
     
  6. Sihan Goi

    Sihan Goi Well-Known Member

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    A HTPC can be great as a media player, but personally I feel its not matured enough to be a full fledged prepro, much less a receiver. In fact, it will never be able to function as a receiver since it has no amplification. Even functioning as a prepro is hard if you're talking about audio/video switching.

    However, a HTPC does has its uses. I use mine to as a DVD/CD player/video scaler/media jukebox/TV tuner/digital VCR/among other things.
     

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