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HTPC...all PC, or PC blended with HT? (1 Viewer)

JJR512

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I'm curious to know what peoples' definitios are of "HTPC". Do you see it as an all-PC system, that is to say everything is part of the computer system. Any HTPC starts, obviously, with a DVD drive and a sound card. But do you display the movie on a PC monitor and output the sound to a PC speaker system? Or do you see an HTPC as using the PC just for the source, basically, that meshes with a regular HT system for sound/video. You use the video card's TV output to connect to a TV or HDTV, and you use the sound card's digital outputs to connect to a HT receiver or signal processor, eventually going through your regular amps and speakers.
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Gary King

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Definitely a PC as part of a home theater system. That's why it's called an HTPC and not just a PC.
Also, I think any true HTPC should utilize a high-resolution output (VGA, HD component), and not just an S-Video output.
 

JohanK

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I see a HTPC as a combo scaler/DVD player. It is used exclusively for displaying movies/video sources on a large display and has been built/bought specifically for such a purpose (i.e. digital out to audio setup using DD/DTS pass through to outboard processor and video out to the display using the VGA output of a quality video card). This is how I use my HTPC; for other uses, I have a PC.
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