I am confussed - HTPC or HD - HDD

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  1. DavidBW

    DavidBW Auditioning

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    I am upgrading my old setup of a HD40a and set top box.

    I have been debating whether to go with a Sony 250GB HDD SVRHD900 or to invest in a HTPC with twin digital tuner instead. There is a $100 difference in it, and the computer would have 50GB less storage.

    The reason I am wondering is the computer route offers me the opportunity to upgrade components myself at small cost, where as the Sony I am dedicated to their update schedules if any, and cannot upgrade components. However, I have already converted my main computer into a HD TV recorder - dropped a card in and increased RAM and HDD size. This is fine and works well except I get a lot of pixelation from time to time - which I am blaming on the long extension on the aerial. As we are renting until our new home is built I was not going to bother too much with the aerial until we got into the new house.

    Anyone got any thoughts?
     
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    Hello David,

    Welcome to the forum!

    It depends heavily, I guess, on what you want to achieve. If you are planning to go to HD DVD soon (and Blu-ray), I'm not sure if proper readers (drives + software) will be available soon on HTPC.
    If you're waiting until the HR format war is over (which may take a long time, but in that case solutions on PC will become available, I believe), your choices might be easier.


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    Thanks for that comment.

    I am in Australia, and frankly we won't be upgrading to the new DVD formats until the situation stabilises and most of the videos at our local shop are in one of the formats.
     

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