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post #1 of 3 Old 09-03-2008, 09:35 AM - Thread Starter
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I am in the process of building a new HTPC that will be connected to a Pioneer Elite plasma TV. The HTPC will have a blu-ray ROM for blu-ray movie playback.

I have a confusion that need to be cleared up. If I am buying an A/V receiver as well with the setup, lets say a Pioneer or Denon A/V receiver, I really do not need a high end soundcard since all the audio processing will be done by the receiver? I will be connecting the HTPC to the receiver via SPDIF to ensure the best quality. So as long as I get a good motherboard that has an integrated SPDIF port, then I should be fine for the audio part?

The second confusion I have is since I will be using the HTPC to do the blu-ray playback, the video card will be primarily responsible for the video processing. I will be using a ATI 4870X2 in the HTPC so I can game on it as well. Now with ATI's AVIVO or Nvidia PureVideo, I heard the video quality exceed that of standalone Blu-ray player or A/V Receiver?

In this case, I can get rid of the A/V receiver and just get an dedicated amplifier to power the speakers and ONLY do audio processing.
Please correct me if I am wrong
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ulitmately you want one HDMI from PC to reciever, and one HDMI from reciever to plasma

there are several solutions for a single HDMI out from the PC.

see this thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1055454
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thanks for the reply!
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