|Originally posted by MichaelDee
I am not at all familiar with this technology. Could you explain in layman's terms what such an HTPC/DVD player would look like.
Well the physical aperance is up to you, there's a number of cases that look like STB. HiFi components.
|Is it something one has to build up from scratch?
Yes .....unless you want to buy one of the prebuild HTPC that is possible to get on the net. It will however not be a god idea to buy one, as the metode I discribed would requiere you to change most of the htpc anyway.
It would require PC components for around 800$.
An example would be:
Some kind of case .... taste matters.
ASUS P4PE (w. netcard and 5.1 soundcard) motherboard
Pentium 4 Northwood 2.4GHz CPU (or more GHz)
512MB PC2700 RAM memory
CPU cooler (mine is a danish design w. only 12dB noise http://www.studiedata.dk/product.asp?product=930
Maxtor Harddisk 40-200? GB .... Fluid!!!(lownoise)
Pioneer DVD drive (easy to region crack and low noise crack)
Radion video card. (9100 is good and cheep at the moment)
M-Audio Revolution soundcard (if you dont have ext decoder)
....MPEG decodercard ( Use a combination mentioned )
....Capture card ( in the above written tread link )
|And what about the audio?
If you have an external ac3/dts decoder (as you proberbly have as audioquality seems to be importent to you), you just connect the digital sp/dif output of the soundcard/chip to your ext. decoder. If you dont have an ext. decoder but have 5.1 analog input on your preamp you go for the M-Audio Revolution soundcard. It's 7.1 channels has better soundqual. than many ext. decoders.
|I personally tend to go for the more userfriendly type of solution and this is why the PD-1100 appeals to me as it offers progressive DVD and high-quality audio in an attractive box.
The benefit of the solution is that you have a pure digital signal-path all the way from the DVD-drive through the mpeg decoding and to the scaler.
This can be done with a SDI (Serial Digital Interface) connection aswell, with some DVD players and a few scalers that provide the SDI connector.
But LiOn's test indicate that PQ is better with PDI (Parallel Digital Interface),
and this is only possible with the HTPC solution.