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#1 OFFLINE   James Hill

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Posted 09 August 2003 - 12:51 PM

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?

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#2 OFFLINE   Mark Lamutt

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Posted 10 August 2003 - 09:19 PM

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.
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#3 OFFLINE   James Hill

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Posted 18 August 2003 - 04:46 PM

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?

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Posted 18 August 2003 - 08:05 PM

I run digital coax out from my sound card to my receiver for dolby digital and dts sound. :)
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 08:26 AM

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


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

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 09:08 AM

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.
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 10:24 AM

Thanks for all the info!

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