Wanting to build serious HTPC.

Discussion in 'Computers' started by CRyan, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. CRyan

    CRyan Screenwriter

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    I have been reading a lot over at AVS on and off for a few months - reading there broken FAQ's etc.

    I already have a few basic components that will be used for this dedicated HTPC (motherboard, 2 ghz processor, and case). I have held off buying other components till I know exactly what I need. I do not need my configuration to be pretty as all the components will be out of sight.

    I will be hooking this up to a digital HD projector in the next 4 months, when my HT room is finished. My main concern is scaling DVD. A second concern might be scaling satellite TV. Not sure on this one.

    There are still a few points where I am unclear. Maybe someone here can explain.

    I see that many use an outboard standalone DVD player where they use S-video into a capture card that supports dscaler. What exactly is the point in this? Why not just use the computers DVD player, scale it with powerstrip and there you go. I am assuming I am missing a fundamental point here.

    M-audio seems to be high on the list of audio cards that will output a decent digital audio signal. Is there no way to let your computer do the decoding and do away with the outboard processor altogether? Simply take analogue outs to dedicated amps?


    I think that is a good start. i am sure I will think of more after I hit "Submit New Thread."


    Thanks for any clarification,

    C. Ryan
     
  2. Craig Woodhall

    Craig Woodhall Supporting Actor

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    I will take a stab at this..

     
  3. MikeNagy

    MikeNagy Stunt Coordinator

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    I think software DVD players are capable of doing software DTS decoding.
     
  4. MikeNagy

    MikeNagy Stunt Coordinator

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    You may not need the fancy sound card for passing digital signals out to an external processor, but there are other considerations. Such as frequency responses, dynamic ranges, THD, SNR, etc, for which you want a good audio solution. I reccommend either an nforce2 based motherboard (if your CPU is AMD and if the mobo has enough line outputs for all your speakers etc) or the M-Audio. You should be able to hook the stuff up to an amp, and at most you'd need a miniplug to RCA converter cable.

    With either solution, you will have all your processing bases covered one way or another...there are software dolby digital and dts decoders in dvd playback software, and I'm sure both the nforce's audio and the m-audio revolution can do it in hardware if need be.
     
  5. Scott L

    Scott L Producer

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    Are you going for an HD tuner card? I just bought the MyHD mdp-120 but unfortunately I can't get a stable signal in my area (with the antennas I have anyway) [​IMG]. I had planned on using a small indoor antenna with an amplifier but didn't take into account the tall trees in my backyard when inputting my info into www.antennaweb.org.

    If anyone's interested in buying it for about $30 less than new ($260 shipped) lmk. It's 1 week old in box and everything.
     

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