Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Fort Collins, CO
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I recently put together a HTPC build to replace a Sony DHG-HDD500. I have OTA and cable, and my location necessitates keeping my backwaters (analog and a few QAM stations) cable company subscription to get many of the Denver area stations.
On the Sony box, the QAM channel quality was excellent. However, I'm seeing really bad compression artifacts on the 1800, particularly halo artifacts on scenes with solid color gradients (i.e. sky, shadows, etc). It's very distracting. TV viewing is currently through WMC.
Does the 2250 do a better job in this regard? This weekend, I plan to do some testing with an AverMedia Duet (currently handling my OTA needs). I think I could probably shoe-horn another one of those in my case, if need be, but I'd really like to keep room available for a discrete video card, should I upgrade in the future.
Thanks for any insight.
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M
8GB G.Skill Sniper 1866 RAM
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (OS - Win7 Home Premium)
Seagate ST3000DM001 (for recorded TV storage)
AverMedia Duet (OTA)
Hauppauge 1800 (Cable)