HTPC audio question

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  1. Ramon A

    Ramon A Agent

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    I just found out about HTPC 2 day's ago and I like what I hear as far as video playback and scaling.
    but my question is if I go this route. Do I still need an AVR.
    Or Will the PC properly set up, handle all video and audio decoding.
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. WayneO

    WayneO Supporting Actor

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    Yep, just good PC components and an amp will do HTPC duties, but you won't have switching capabilities that an AVR would have.
     
  3. Ramon A

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    What do you mean by switching capabilities?
     
  4. PhillJones

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    What are you going to use the HTPC to do?

    Is it just watching DVDs or will it act as you TV tuner? A video scaler? FM tuner? PVR?

    What other componants will you have? A cable box? A VCR?

    You may find that the only video source that you need is the PC. In which case you don't need an AVR to switch the video for you.

    You will, however, need an AV amplifier at the very least, to amplify your 7.1 channels of home cinema explode-arama.
     
  5. WayneO

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    Meaning you can't plug in a VCR, cable box, game console, etc. into a PC like you can with an AVR and select different sources. Those will all have to go straight to your display.
     
  6. JohanD

    JohanD Stunt Coordinator

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    Well.. if you have a tv tuner or similar.. you can plug in your VCR/game console in that way. I have an ATI TV WONDER (no not the all in wonder, this is a stand alone card) and I can input s-video signals as well as RCA style.. I can either watch or capture the video input..

    and it comes with a nifty breakout box style connection.. so you don't have to fiddle with the rear of the computer..
     

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