Quite frankly i have stayed away from pc's for ht use for a decade due to early experiences, who knows maybe there are still issues but the picture quality improvements and sound quality uprezzing, plus ability to re render additional 4 channels to say datasat make this thing a cannot afford to not use. I would never risk running my systems on a pc but as long as it used as a input complement ( or a secondary sets of outputs for say 4 extra auromax/iosono plug-in based rendered channels- the risk is minimized to just losing the 4 ch if failure)
What really pulled me into this thing kicking and screaming are the comparison of some latest video filters compared to the oppo and the lumagen.
You guys have not really appreciated this thing until you see it hooked up to a contrast modded D Cinema Barco. There are some filters that just leave the lumagen and the oppo buried in the dust. While that is splitting hairs on a 55 inch oled when projected into the Barco the picture quality DELTA is like watching Interstellar IMAX special presentation that had both 35mm and 70 mm segments. EXACTLY that kind of improvement. I have an old western Jayhawkers (that has the best musical score along with the theme song of War Wagon these are the two best scores of any westerns -Ennio Morricone be damned). So we are playing Jayhakers, I had been blown also away by it when played on the oppo in my EXTREME MTF Moscow PH install, that projector was set up with a fixed lens and the thing was dialed in so perfect that I felt was the ultimate in mtf optically. So i appreciated that movie when i saw it there. Great transfer! So this is the material we used in our Jriver filters comparison.
Let me see if I can dig some pictures of that comparison which Brad (La Salle) and Alan were floored when Walter very articulately presented to us deliberately explaining ( in a slide presentation fashion-skipping back and forth between filters when prompted),an epic show tell session that explained every filter from the lowest to the highest. Ladies I have never heard so many "wow, wow holly s___, this one added some depth, then
this filter even added more depth, all the way to, with the top filter
it now looks like 3d". 3 avid vidophiles in the cinema were converted to Jriver instantly.
Thus after looking at PC's as a service nightmare maelstrom in the waiting, I have to trust the possibility that these things can be stripped down to operate reliable as a studio workstation. Walter gives his word as long as he has unfetred control of the build. Anyone buying a DCI projector would be shooting themselves in the foot by not trying these things out. Also with the kind of processing power available just recently, the extrenal htpc is the correct p;lace to do sample rate conversions for Trinnov apps and Alcons dsps. Nothing cam harm the truthfulness of immersive sound like a compromised sample rate converter so in an Alcons case it is warranted to let the processor (either DS or trinnov) run native into this thing and come out aes 16 into the pc and let jriver do the audio processing. The problem with jriver is that it is immensely complicated to setup, too may settings so you need a 10 year phd in jriver in order to set it up the first time. Im surely glad that I am not that guy (IE. I managed to mess up the skins so badly when i was flipping trough them as I changed the contrast on brightness settings -not able to find the reset field and it is much less RESOLVABLE/INTELLIGIBLE now so as your attorney: stay away from that adjustment
) Now that we have such such expertise on board we truly have an ever expanding platform that is a must have. And it uses off the shelf components so its a fraction of what studio gear would cost. The time for hi performance pc has arrived but do not attempt this at home without an experienced power user/ integrator or you will be causing more harm than good.
That is what I have found, but i have to be careful with perceptions as 9 out of ten potential customers will balk at the idea of having to deal with a pc to watch a movie that is why I wish that the Altitude would have something like the equivalent of the old analog tape loop but in 32 channels, I know trinnov is working on their next generation models already to add 32 channels of aes out, It will be a welcomed imrpovement to upgrade the internal processor which is due for sample rate conversion and crossover advancements, if it is true that this thing has by today's pc's central processor standard the equivalent of a regular home pc then there is certainly room for improvement, as the filtering algorithms will keep on improving in the jriver world.
The next datasat 32/48 would have to absolutely have this external processor(tape loop like) bus to be able to integrate the never ending improvements that the jriver platform brings to the table. But the copy protection schemes. What the market needs is unlimited suitably powered studio grade AV workstation. Damn you Walter for showing me Alan and Brad this thing! Ignorance had been bliss.
In addition to the superlayive sample rate conversion available by J river and the IMAX Interstellar grade 35mm to 70mm improvemnt that the latest beta testing photographic grade IQ filters (that so creamed the oppo and lumagen) the epiphany was galvanized by got some really interesting a/b comparisons that have bought complete clarity of the situation at the Barco Alcoins booth when the 2d 4k demo that ran 7-9 times a day was completely trumped by the immersion 2025 demo simply becuase of one being compressed 48/16 5.1 and the beats of the best remo that ran 1 time a day had AUROMATIC 13.1 uncompressed 96/24., having had such state of the art system to playback has given me undreamt of insights for what happens next.
I have captured this whole LIFE CHAGING presentation on video but because I respect the 10 years of hard work invested by Walter and how I appreciate his intellectual property and frankly resent the Forum Leeching mentality where some of you guys take and borrow up to 90% of my Saturn moon experiments without giving the common courtesy of asking why the experiment was undertaken, what the end score was and what the next step to achieve perfection. All you have to do is ask, but to copy the experimenters building blocks without feedback and the insight learned will get you into trouble.
So I am sharing with LITERALLY only a handful in here (T,B,R,A), that in audio are struggling with which IMMERSIVE 3D 18 channel processor to go with (like I am) for best sound quality and Immersion, and in video those wanting to implement 4k LASER DCI at home with us jointly. So sorry no exceptions, if you are IN REAL COMPELLING NEED present the case for consideration.
I can show you how we had to hack saw the disc drive holdiner support structure on my favorite pc case (till last month) to fit in a TI class nvidia card.
I spent 8 grand the month before cedia demo in computer parts , hacked oppos and several media players, I even paid a kid to assmeble the pc and he totally messed up. Thanks to Walter for rebuilding it.