New HP Digital Entertainment Centre

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  1. Mike Boniferro

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    My only real beef with it is that it uses onboard audio. While the Intel HDAudio is supposed to be really good, I'd want a separate card in an HTPC. Additionally, using onboard audio means the audio is eating up some CPU clock cycles which you really can't spare too many if you're using it as a PVR.

    Also, I'd want another 512MB of RAM, but that can be added pretty cheaply.
     
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    Could you add a seperate audio card?

    I'd like it to have a component in so you could use it as an HD PVR.
     
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    You could certainly add a separate audio card. I'm not sure what all problems you'd have getting it set up around the built-in stuff, but I don't think it'd be too much trouble.

    ATI, among others, offer HDTV PVR cards that will work with an HDTV antenna (the ATI model comes with the antenna), so you could always add one of those.
     
  5. Mike Boniferro

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    But if you don't have access to any (or limited) OTA HD, then you'd still need a way to feed it an HD signal.
     
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    No such thing as consumer HD component capture card yet. [​IMG]
     
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    It seems like that would be a no brainer for HP to include in this package... if it's supposed to replace your PVR, and a lot of people now have HD-PVR's... well, you know [​IMG]
     

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