The Future of HTPC's?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Mike_Bauer, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. Mike_Bauer

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    I would like to be able to turn an HTPC into an integral part of my Home Theater System. Ideally it should be able to replace a dedicated AV processor or AV Receiver (not too worried about AM/FM right now). Offering direct outputs to an amplifier(s) and display devices.

    Why? I think the additional capabilities of a personal computer make it a very attractive option. Video scaling, Music and Movie Storage, Video recording, web access, video conferencing, and so forth.

    Another reason, I think it will be easier to deal with the continued obsolescence of components. Right now I have pretty good components, I use Parasound equipment that is already obsolete and has had to be returned to the factory to get upgraded. Now I think being able to-do that is great, albeit expensive, and I am not knocking Parasound at all, it sounds great, switches beautifully, etc. I would have preferred to put a new card into my HTPC to accommodate the needed changes.


    So, in a nutshell, my ideal HTPC would drive my display and amplifier and do everything else related to HT.

    Any other ideas on the future of HTPC's
     
  2. PhilBoy

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    The future... let's see.

    OTA High Definition TV tuning MPEG2 or any future codec.

    DVD-A playback via digital connection.

    Datacasting tuner.

    Home multi-media server.

    High Definition DVD player (whenever).
     
  3. SethH

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    i think one thing that might hold back your dream of HTPC's are the DVD-A and SACD formats because they will possibly never be able to be played on a PC and an input for them would take up a significant amount of space. Also, they will probably never make an input card for them because allowing users to input into a computer would defeat their purpose of not using digital outputs.
     
  4. PhilBoy

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    I believe Audigy2 supports DVD-A via analog out...

    Once the copy protection fobia relaxes a bit I think Cat5 or Firewire could support the bandwidth of MLP 5.1 digitally... maybe even USB2.
     
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    Perhaps it does, but this guy was asking about using an HTPC as his pre/pro and taking it directly to an amp, so unless he could play the DVD-A or SACD on the PC it wouldn't do what he's looking for.

    Although he may not even be interested in multi-channel music
     
  6. Mike_Bauer

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    I am interested in multi-channel music and would like a device that you could also attach other components to. Take a look at M-Audio pro products. Not there yet but there is a glimmer of hope

    http://www.m-audio.com/index.php

    Again, I am looking for a more capable pre-pro, not just a computer based DVD player. Something that is designed to be upgraded, not replaced every couple of years

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Scott L

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    All I want is to be able to record QAM HD signals by copying the digital feed. More in the future I imagine more GUIs like MythTV and the like. Hopefully more interactive and responds to voice commands.

    The Audigy 2 has been playing DVD-A for a while now, even comes with some sampler tracks. We got promises for the M-Audio Revo 7.1 when it was relased for future support but still nothing..
     
  8. Wayne Bundrick

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    The future is going to be heavily copy protected. It doesn't favor software running on a PC or an open platform, it favors closed platforms, encryption, and tamper-proof "robust" interfaces.
     

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