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Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:43 AM
I am now interested in stepping it up a notch. I am going to buy a new cpu and start building a better system. I would like to use Netflix streaming, HULU, TV Tuner, etc. I will have Win 7 on my new cpu.
My question is, should I abort the HR-20 and get something else like a networked BlueRay or PS3? I am just confused because I haven't been able to find any sites that discuss building a nice PC to TV Setup (lots of old stuff on how to feed old PC directly to TV). I would probably keep the HR-20 if I thought I could resolve the issue of not being able to RW or FF AND if I could work Netflix in with it somehow through WIN7 and/or Tversity. I know this is a mess but I would appreciate any advice on how to build this out for someone who is looking to have a nice setup.
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Posted 14 November 2009 - 09:38 AM
Most "Home Theater In a Box" (HTIB) systems have very limited connectivity, so you might have to shop around to find something with exactly the connections you need, and thus you'd need to know *exactly* what connections you need for all components you might need, now and in the near future. Limited connectivity is one of several things you have to live with if you go with a lower-priced "all-in-one" solution.
More sophisticated surround sound setups will generally use at least an A/V receiver with separate speakers, and mid-to-upper models will have multiple inputs, including HDMI and component, and can pull HD audio out of the HDMI stream. Obviously this type of system is considerably more expensive at $500-$2000+ just for the A/V receiver, but it solves all of the problems you're talking about.
If you're looking at A/V receivers, note that lower-end models only do HDMI *switching*, meaning that while they will allow multiple HDMI connections to be switched to the TV, the A/V receiver has no access to the actual HDMI data stream, so it can't get to the audio that way, and must be connected via optical or coax and limited to non-HD audio codecs. Higher-end models can pull the audio out of the HDMI stream and support the HD audio codecs, including 7.1 PCM (uncompressed).