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|Originally posted by DCypher
I read that article in Sound & Vision Magazine too. What I decided was, none of these machines can compete with a well built HTPC. AND an HTPC can be used for SOOOO much more than playing back MP3/WMA's. Not to mention that you can build a pretty amazing HTPC for about $1300, which places it smack in the middle of these devices.
|[i]1) Convenience: something purpose built is usually a heck of a lot easier to operate than a PC. Boots faster (I hope)
2) Reliability: One hopes it doesn't crash as often as your generic PC
3) Not having to write all the software myself (or similarly, not having to spend hours looking for the right software that makes it work most like a stereo component, rather than PC)
4) Not having to build hardware that wouldn't look completely out of place in my HT system
5) Better sound characteristics. I know I'm climbing out on a limb here, but putting a PC into my HT system is my worst nightmare. PCs throw off all kinds of RF, and most HT audio components aren't good enough for real HT use. I know that you can find good PC audio components, but I'm not sure where ('cause I haven't looked yet).
I mean, I'm hoping that most of these boxes are not PCs worked over to look like a stereo component, but rather true audiophile components with PC bits inside.
Trouble is that most of them do seem like worked over PCs, in which case, I might as well build an HT PC instead.
|Originally posted by hfiennes
Yes, the receiver has been a bit more stagnant (and again, has worse ID) than the Audiotron, but it's out there, it works, and it's cheap - it also sounds better than an audiotron, using the same BB dac as the central.