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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Right next to Wineville, CA
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Just wanted to say that I built my HTPC over a year ago before assassin set up shop and have been quite happy with it. I was trying to set it up before his guides were even written andeven after the guides were published, I considered paying shipping to send it to assassin to have him run through the software but I pushed on using his software guides. It runs great now. Whatever extra you paid for this machine with the software pre-configured is well worth it in time you may have saved.
I find that some, very little actually, of the content I play stutters from time to time. LiveTV content is reported to be more of an issue than streamed content. HBO is further reported to be one of the worst. I haven't played HBO via my tuner because I don't have it in my CableTV package. LiveTV is working great for me when the CableCo can keep my signal strong. Right after switching to CableCARD there was a huge drop in signal which made me think something was up with the CableCARD tuner and I almost gave up on that concept right away but pushed on with it. After Charter fixed whatever was wrong with their signal things have been going great. That said, sometimes Charter's Tuning Resolver cannot find a channel, especially if I am recording. This is something I am working towards resolution on now.
The hardware in assassin's machines is top knotch. The software is about the best available. There are unforseens that come about when you start to apply content to your HTPC. They are not perfect. I've had my Blu-ray player hiccup on more than one occation, and the Uverse STB and/or RG would freeze requiring a power cycle which doesn't even mention the inferior PQ that at&t has on that 2-Wire system.
These things are quirky from time to time but for the most part they are worth it for better quality at a lower price.