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HTPC & DVD

Discussion in 'HDTV Equipment (Closed Forum)' started by James Hill, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. James Hill

    James Hill AllStar

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    When setting up a HTPC what do you suggest? Playing DVDs off of the computer or using a stand alone DVD player?

    Has anyone tested this and noticed a difference in quality?

    Thanks,

    James Hill
     
  2. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion DBSTalk Club

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    I'm currently playing my DVDs on my HTPC at 1440x480 resolution (as opposed to the max resolution you can get of 720x480 from a stand alone player), and the quality does look significantly better. Connected to my TV with a VGA-component transcoder.
     
  3. James Hill

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    Thank you for the reply.

    So if the picture is better, how's the sound? Are you running the sound out of the sound card on your computer to speakers, or to a tuner?

    James Hill
     
  4. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion DBSTalk Club

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    I run digital coax out from my sound card to my receiver for dolby digital and dts sound. :)
     
  5. James Hill

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    Which kind of sound card? This sounds like a great setup.

    James Hill
     
  6. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion DBSTalk Club

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    I have an MAudio Audiophile 2496 card that has digital coax out. There are several cards available that are cheaper that offer SPDIF connections (either coax or toslink), and most motherboards these days that have onboard sound offer SPDIF out as well. That's all you need to get DD or DTS out to a receiver.
     
  7. James Hill

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    Thanks for all the info!

    James Hill
     

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