Originally Posted by Java Jack
I am another that has been running for 2+ years now without issue. I wished I could have convinced other board vendors to pick this up, but just never got the traction I was hoping.
I think the window for HTPCs going more mainstream is rapidly closing with TV's integrating internet content into their menu systems and Msft pretty much punting on Media Center.
I think this is one of those good ideas that will never get anywhere.
How do you mean MS is punting on Media Center?
I personally still think there is a market for this technology but maybe in a different form. Have any of the sound card manufacturers been approached with the D2 technology? I think a limiting factor was that the D2 amp card would only operate with the MSI motherboard it was bundled with, which in turn only worked with AMD processors. Right off the bat MSI quality was questioned and it has not proven to be a reliable platform.
How about a standalone PCIe amp card? There are tons of people who want multi-room distributed audio, want the flexibility of a PC but don't want to spend $7,000 on a Nuvo system. An 8 channel card could provide stereo audio to 4 rooms in a house, and since it would be PCIe it would be simple to add another 8 channel card.
An internet connected TV with a facebook app does not replace HTPCs. Internet connected TVs serve a different market. Until the TVs come with bluray drives and hard drives built in, people will still want PCs to warehouse their media collection.
I think another major part of the problem is retailers who don't bother putting in the time to get on board with this sort of technology. I haven't been in one computer store in my city (capital city of the province to boot..) where they have an HTPC set up with an HDTV. If more retailers showed a little more enthusiasm, we'd see more customers adopting this tech.
People need to be SHOWN that their single HTPC can replace their bluray player, cable box (in countries less stupid than Canada where cablecard is available) and receiver. They need to HEAR it for themselves that the D2 amp card can sound almost as good as their $800 yamaha receiver.
I think you need to find some ex Kirby vacuum salesman to do in-home HTPC demos
Media Center has struggled to get off the ground among mainstream consumers because it is typically found only on tower computers people stick under the desk in the office.