Originally Posted by pokekevin
I've been able to get my htpc calibrated somewhat and think it turned out great. My parents love the ease of the htpc and they barely know how to use a computer!
I had my theater professionally calibrated . I was watching streamer and then HTPC on 170" wide scope screen with Sim2 Lumis HOST , and I always preferred Oppo over HTPC in terms of picture quality. I of course used top of the line NVIDIA graphics card and other components etc.
Regarding ease of use :
I received Kscape boxes- Vault and players. Opened them . Attached power cable, HDMI cable and ethernet cable pressed the power button. They were up and running - just like that - i.e 10 minutes per room. So 4 rooms in less than 1 hour. I have 900 DVD's, close to 280 Blu rays , and 900 CD's. All I needed to do was insert 320 DVD's, CD's, Blu rays at a time and forget about it and they will be stored on the server categorised, metadata/ high res cover art added etc. One click and you can eject all CD's, all DVD's , all blu rays and re insert the next batch .
Samething while watching it just works , you can browse cover art on ipad , integrate the whole thing into the automation system ( i.e; control4, crestron etc). I use control 4. So one click on ipad, or regular control 4 remote does everything .
I am quite savvy with electronics and computers and have been making my servers/ computers etc for several years. But there is no cpmparison in terms of reliability/ quality/ ease of use.
Again it is expensive- whether what it brings to the table is worth the cost is individual decision- If I could not afford K , I will be equally happy with Oppo93 for serious viewing and some streamer for casual viewing. I wont recommend someone spending half of their savings to buy K. But to say that you can get same quality and ease with HTPC is just not true . I have owned both and been in both the camps and have not met anyone who have owned both and thinks otherwise. This argument can go on and on, but unless you own and use K for sometime after HTPC, there is no way of making someone understand , what it is that makes K different.