Originally Posted by Seegs108
How much does a 2143 cost? I just went on newegg and put together a pretty typical mini-itx "gaming" grade PC powerful enough for MadVR duties. This includes an Intel 4770K, nvidia GTX Titan black (though you could go a little cheaper), 16GB of RAM, Silverstone Mini-ITX case, 650 watt modular PSU, 120GB SSD for your OS, a 2TB harddrive, a mini-ITX motherboard, and bluray drive. It costs roughly $2100. You make it sound as if the lumagen is way more expensive than this. If that's the case, I don't understand why anyone would buy one especially when the functionality and feature set of the PC is miles higher than something like a lumagen. Arguably the single greatest feature the Lumagen has is the color management/calibration suite, but there are options on the PC as well albeit less refined. If you were to have a bunch of harddrives attached to your PC, load your bluray collection onto it, utilize front end software like XBMC or JRiver you can have a Kaleidescape-like experience with all the benefits a modern PC media media player has like MadVR rendering and upscaling, FFDShow and LAVs video and audio decoders, the option in the media player to tweak everything to the nth degree all in the form factor of the size of a shoebox. I just think it's amazing that you can do almost everything home theater enthusiasts need on the modern PC. Lumagen knows there is still a crowd out there that think "PC's are difficult to set up" or "PC's are faulty" or "PCs are unstable" which is a total misconception. Reliability and stability issues are a thing of the past and if you can understand how to set up a Lumagen properly then you can definitely set up something like MadVR and the media player using it. I think anyone buying the Lumagen for the sole purpose of scaling should really reconsider. I understand completely that the calibration suite for some is worth the Lumagen's weight in gold and if that's the reason you're buying it, then more power to you. I just think for everything else, there are far cheaper, and in some cases, better options out there on a PC.
Oh how I wish this were true for me and others I know...I have found Windows in general and Media PC's specifically to be a continually unreliable and frustrating platform, and you feel like an IT tech support person more than an av enthusiast after a while. Two fellow hobbyists I know came to the same conclusion and ditched their PC's except for ripping.
I'm guessing very few people are watching content solely
from a PC, so a Lumagen offers far more flexibility. I have about six sources (three funnel through a matrix switch, so only occupying one Lumagen input)
I've looked at the pc based scalers, and they are definitely more complicated than using a Lumagen. And with the autocal feature of Chromapure, it's become extremely easy to recalibrate every few hundred hours if I wish to compensate for the aging lamp in the 1100, in 10-30 minute depending upon how fine of a calibration I want.
For me, the best scenario is to use Anydvd to rip to a Synology server, use MyMovies to catalog and tag everything, and rely on the Dune Smart players (full BD menu support) for playback and easy search and control through the MyMovies iPad app. No 3d, but frankly, I haven't watched 3d in several months, a have largely given up on the format. I think it's dying a slow death.
A fellow 1100 owner came by a few days ago and saw some Directv content fed thought the Lumagen - he was rather taken aback how good the image looked compared to his setup at home.