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Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-27-2014, 11:59 PM
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Posted By renethx
If your main source is 1080p24/1080i60 (except...

If your main source is 1080p24/1080i60 (except for 1080i60 'movies'; 24Hz refresh rate can't be done automatically), then Linux is good enough. For 720p24 and DVDs, Windows (with madVR video...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-27-2014, 10:58 PM
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Posted By renethx
Decoding 4K AVC by CPU is generally a lot harder....

Decoding 4K AVC by CPU is generally a lot harder. You'd better get Core i5 / i7.



FPS is the number of frames per second stored in the video file. Once decoded (by CPU or ASIC in GPU), it's an...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-27-2014, 09:45 PM
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Posted By renethx
If you are thinking of OpenELEC, then a cheap...

If you are thinking of OpenELEC, then a cheap Intel NUC is a good choice. But instead of Celeron 840 (mobile Sandy Bridge), Intel NUC DN2820FYKH (Celeron N2820/N2830, Bay Trail-M). ASUS Chromebox is...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-27-2014, 09:05 AM
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Posted By renethx
A couple of notes: - As you selected a non-K...

A couple of notes:

- As you selected a non-K Core i5, GA-H97N-WIFI is enough (-$20). The features found only in Z97 are

-- Dynamic Storage Accelerator (maybe faster sequential/random read,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 10:17 PM
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Posted By renethx
Just good. You can go with a cheaper Celeron...

Just good. You can go with a cheaper Celeron G1840, ~$47. There is no big difference, just 3.1GHz vs. 2.8GHz.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 11:14 AM
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Posted By renethx
Yes. Even cheap Celeron G1840, $45, is enough.

Yes. Even cheap Celeron G1840, $45, is enough.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 09:55 AM
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Posted By renethx
270X = HD 7870 (with minor tweaks), that's...

270X = HD 7870 (with minor tweaks), that's roughly 1.5 times faster than HD 7850. But you'd better continue to use 7850 and save your money for a Rx 3xx card (Pirate Islands series, manufactured in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 09:42 AM
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Posted By renethx
All of my tests have been done with default madVR...

All of my tests have been done with default madVR settings (except for scaling). Otherwise there would be numerous combinations and giving simple results would be impossible.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 09:33 AM
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Posted By renethx
DTS-HD consists of DTS 'core' and residual part....

DTS-HD consists of DTS 'core' and residual part. If hardware supports only DTS, then the player sends only the core part of DTS-HD, so there is no problem. TrueHD is different, it's independent of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 09:16 AM
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Posted By renethx
If you use optical out of WD TV and play DTS-HD...

If you use optical out of WD TV and play DTS-HD MA / TrueHD, you should get DTS 5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1 ... ? It is so at least in my environment.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 07:53 AM
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Posted By renethx
Yup, I am confused. Look at these posts...

Yup, I am confused. Look at these posts (http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?p=1661300#post1661300) in doom9's forum.

Error Diffusion loads GPU a lot. I wouldn't use it with NNEDI3. You'd better...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 03:57 AM
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Views: 271
Posted By renethx
Recommended refresh rate depends on the content: ...

Recommended refresh rate depends on the content:

24p and telecined 60i: 24Hz (then the display processes the incoming video and could display it at 48Hz, 72Hz, 96Hz, 120Hz etc.)
25p and telecined...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 01:58 AM
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Posted By renethx
My suggestions: Core i3 is not a good...

My suggestions:

Core i3 is not a good choice. It's just a dual-core processor with HyperThreading (additional fake two cores). You'd better get a real quad-core processor (Core i5-4590, 4690K...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 01:23 AM
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Posted By renethx
For example, CPU: Celeron G1840, $45, if you...

For example,

CPU: Celeron G1840, $45, if you don't need 3D, Core i3-4130, $115, otherwise.
CPU cooler: Stock cooler is usually enough. You can replace it with a third-party cooler, but the choice...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-25-2014, 03:34 AM
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Views: 312
Posted By renethx
I assume your motherboard's audio chip does not...

I assume your motherboard's audio chip does not support S/PDIF. There are several cheap sound cards that support S/PDIF optical out (supporting stereo PCM, DD, DTS, DD-EX, DTS-ES). E.g. Turtle Beach...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-23-2014, 01:35 PM
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Posted By renethx
Mike Walsh Quick questions: Do you play...

Mike Walsh

Quick questions: Do you play DVDs (or SD video files)? If you play only 1080p/I contents, then you won't need expensive hardware components for good picture quality. H97 mb and Core i3...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-23-2014, 01:26 PM
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Posted By renethx
Yup, dual HDMI is broken with TMT 6.7.1.199. I...

Yup, dual HDMI is broken with TMT 6.7.1.199. I don't know any fix. PowerDVD 14.0.4223 works just fine.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-22-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 563
Posted By renethx
AVC=H.264, HEVC=H.265. Playing back 4K AVC...

AVC=H.264, HEVC=H.265.

Playing back 4K AVC is pretty easy with GTX 750 Ti, as well as Intel HD Graphics, because the hardware video decoder of these graphics supports 4K AVC up to 60fps / 120fps...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-22-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 563
Posted By renethx
I only checked the videos in the front page of...

I only checked the videos in the front page of http://demo-uhd3d.com/index.php. There is no HEVC mp4 clip there. Which clip are you talking about? The only mp4 clips there are the following two:

-...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-22-2014, 01:54 PM
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Posted By renethx
I tested a couple HEVC clips in a pristine Win...

I tested a couple HEVC clips in a pristine Win 8.1 system with WMC pack activated. No, WMPlay can't play video, only audio works, without adding a third-party video decoder such as LAV Video Decoder....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-22-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 563
Posted By renethx
CUVID does not support HEVC decoding. Screenshot...

CUVID does not support HEVC decoding. Screenshot at "Samsung_Fashion_Show_Milan_UHD.ts" (HEVC 25fps) playback:

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=223817&stc=1&d=1408719130
...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-22-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 563
Posted By renethx
I checked the videos in the front page of...

I checked the videos in the front page of http://demo-uhd3d.com/index.php.

- Samsung_Fashion_Show_Milan_UHD.ts: HEVC 25fps
- Roland_Garros_MonFils_2014.ts: HEVC 50fps
-...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-21-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 443
Posted By renethx
You may not need a powerful CPU. The point is...

You may not need a powerful CPU. The point is whether GPU has a hardware H.264/VC-1/MPEG-2 decoder. The following chipset/chips have such a hardware decoder so that a powerful CPU won't be necessary....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-21-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By renethx
How about Behringer UCA202? Not HDMI but optical...

How about Behringer UCA202? Not HDMI but optical out + stereo analog, though.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-20-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By renethx
Performance Dual Xeon = Haswell Core i7 ...

Performance

Dual Xeon = Haswell Core i7

Power consumption at idle/load

- Dual Xeon: 150W/350W
- Haswell Core i7: 30W/90W

If you fully understand what you are getting, that may be a good...
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