Originally Posted by RVWinkle
This is a pretty wierd thread.
-I remember when the mp3 format first became popular and my friend couldn't play the songs I sent to him because he had a 486.
-A few years later I needed to buy a new video card to render DVD movies and I was cutting edge.
-HDMI is on it's 4th major version in less than 10 years.
-In maybe 2 or 3 years everybody will want 2k resolution movies which will surely require all new hardware.
-Someday everybody is going to implant a PC in their brain and I'd like to see you cram your current computer in your ear.
Everything you say is true (except I'm going to not have a computer implant!) but what I was trying to say is that I have a good chunk of change invested in my current Home Theater which I'm not going to replace anytime soon because it is quite nice in both audio and video presentation. So there's 2k or 4k and my HTPC can't handle it; well neither can the rest of my equipment so in order to outgrow my HTPC it is a whole lot more than just the computer it is all the other stuff.
Put another way:
1997: DVD player, 32" CRT Trinitron and 5.1 dts/dd amplifier
2002: Upgrade to progressive scan DVD player (original quit working)
2003: Upgrade to 32" 16:9 LCD and replace the tiny surround speakers with larger ones (4 satellites but keep subwoofer and center)
2009: Replace DVD Player with Blu-ray player, Replace 32: LCD with 40" 24p/120Hz LCD HDTV and upgrade AVR to 7.1 with HD audio and HDMI switching and new front stage (LCR, subwoofer) and move the current fronts to the rear.. rewire entire system
2010: Add Patriot Box Office streamer with HD audio
2011: Replace PBO with HTPC for speed and agility (March)
So basically ended my current upgrade cycle a year ago. As can be seen I don't upgrade every other month with HT stuff. It just costs too much. It will be at least 3 or 4 more years until I replace the HDTV and another 5 or 6 on the AVR. I may not even then if my current equipment keeps working. So even if 4k becomes available I'm not chasing it with my HTPC right away because the rest of my system cannot do it and it looks and sounds
just fine. To get any benefit from 4k, I'd need to add a projector and screen which isn't going to happen for at least 10 years.
Bottom line: My HTPC is future proof for me but YMMV if you have a ton of money to toss around for all the other stuff..