Ok been a big supporter of WMC for years due to its simplicity and high WAF.
My Display has always served me well (philips 7403) and looks great until I can get a good projector. I finally have got around to getting (to me at least) a nice high-ish end audio setup, things are where I want them and how I want them... but now since I am going down the quality route this made me re-think my video setup.
I playback a lot of movies...in fact I would say it is the primary thing done on my HTPC. I started researching and seen things on using MadVR, but then seen another area talking baout using Lav with CUVID in combo with MadVR, then another thread pointing someone in another direction... needless to say it is a lot of information to process.
What I would like is some advice from two standpoints:
Get the most you can out of Windows Media Center with video (for example should I force DVDs to playback with ArcSoft TMT and use SIM HD, should I force LAV to use Nvidia CUVID and hope it works etc etc) I see arguments saying you can;t change the video renders in WMC, then some saying you can....
get the most you can outside of Windows Media Center with video (XBMC, MPC etc)
are there any good guides out there with examples?
Right now I would like to stick with WMC as long as possible, but I do want to mess with other solutions since WMC seems to be dying slowly.
Here is the info on what I have setup:
8GB DDR 3 1600MHz
GeForce GTX 680
120GB Vertex 3 SSD for OS
2TB Samsung 7200 for Programs (games) and storage
2TB Samsung 7200 for Hyperspin
LG Blu-ray burner
Silverstone Grandia GD06
Windows 8 Pro
Windows Media Center Pack
LAV Filters installed
Arcsoft TMT 5 with latest updates (held off on 6 due to weird boot issues)
Hooked out to:
Denon 3808CI via HDMI
Paradigm CC370 Center
Paradigm Studio 60 v2 Left / Right
JBL Control 5 surrounds (still looking for cheap matcihng speakers lol)
Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Plus
hooked out to:
Philips 52" 120Hz 1080p model 7403 via HDMI
(crossing fingers on future projector purchase)