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Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-06-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,353
Posted By CSMR
For TV go with mediaportal. Local music is also...

For TV go with mediaportal. Local music is also better with mediaportal as XBMC still does not have gapless playback.
Assuming you are OK running on top of Windows. (With XBMC you can run on a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-30-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 306
Posted By CSMR
Useful info thanks! So it sounds like...

Useful info thanks!

So it sounds like everything is against connecting PCs to TVs:

TVs do not support PC connections and don't respond to PC sleep/wake. Some TVs have inputs designed for PC,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-29-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 306
Posted By CSMR
What TVs work well with HTPCs? (Standby, wake).

On my current setup with a Samsung TV, when the PC is turned off/goes to sleep, the TV remains on and displays an error message (no device connected or something like that).

What TVs work...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-13-2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,099
Posted By CSMR
Yes eSATA is in decline and it's a shame because...

Yes eSATA is in decline and it's a shame because it's being replaced with inferior technology - non-native, with greater cost and much worse performance.
It's just a matter of wiring up the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-26-2014, 02:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 567
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Wrinklemash http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1528963/is-this-a-solid-starter-build#post_24648908)

The HDD Cage of my case...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-25-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 567
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Wrinklemash http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1528963/is-this-a-solid-starter-build#post_24646555)

Thanks CSMR.

In response...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-25-2014, 02:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 567
Posted By CSMR
Two things that affect sound quality of an htpc...

Two things that affect sound quality of an htpc (aside from speakers, room acoustics, etc.):

1. Noise from the htpc. The more important factor. Your system is likely to be noisy especially...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-17-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 8,540
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Mfusick http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-18-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 821
Posted By CSMR
I rip to flac but use ogg for htpc and portable...

I rip to flac but use ogg for htpc and portable players to save space. ac3 would also be a good choice. mp3 is inferior.

I use mediaportal and the music player satisfies my two requirements: able...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-29-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 28,901
Posted By CSMR
What is responsiveness like with Win8 and a 2.5"...

What is responsiveness like with Win8 and a 2.5" HDD for OS and media?
I would prefer to go SSD for OS + HDD for media but this doesn't support that (no mSATA support).
The last install I made...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-12-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by jberthoty http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1511429/i-have-questions-but-im-not-totally-stupid-i-swear#post_24200187)

I will not...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-25-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,294
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by StardogChampion http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1446447/atom-bay-trail-the-next-great-htpc-chip#post_23870758)

Here are three...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-08-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 568
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by rat_in_wgtn http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-07-2013, 07:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 41,300
Posted By CSMR
My preferences are for clean interfaces and...

My preferences are for clean interfaces and correct, problem-free operation.

I use mediaportal with the fidelity skin and it does just what I want for media playback.

Mediaportal easy to set...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-18-2013, 01:59 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,915
Posted By CSMR
Microsoft Natural Elite keyboard Evoluent...

Microsoft Natural Elite keyboard
Evoluent Vertical mouse
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-18-2013, 01:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,191
Posted By CSMR
Tablet/smartphone will only work if you can lock...

Tablet/smartphone will only work if you can lock the device so that it can only be used as a remote. Otherwise the person using it has to understand the whole system. So no good for families etc.....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-14-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 579
Posted By CSMR
To organize: Windows Explorer To distribute:...

To organize: Windows Explorer
To distribute: Zenfolio
To print: Zenfolio (very easy) and ProAmImaging (maximum control and good value)
To view on PC: FastPictureViewer

To view on HTPC I use...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-10-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 250
Views: 16,856
Posted By CSMR
No you shouldn't wait. Ivy bridge is good...

No you shouldn't wait.
Ivy bridge is good hardware and Haswell will be a very minor improvement in hardware since it is on the same 22nm process. Ivy bridge is already very much overkill for an...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-10-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 568
Posted By CSMR
Digital-analog conversion is the easiest part of...

Digital-analog conversion is the easiest part of the audio chain and even cheap DAC chips (which cost a few cents these days) have been indistinguishable from perfect and have been for over a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-24-2012, 05:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,628
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by ratso1 http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1446865/build-a-better-mac-mini#post_22735944)

cpu: Sandy Bridge LGA1155 (3D) Intel...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-22-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,570
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Sammy2 http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-20-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 17,904
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Ayni http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1446460/plex-or-xbmc#post_22727050)

Now I'm using Plex on Windows 7 and sometimes, there...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-20-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,294
Posted By CSMR
I am planning to. I am hoping to see tiny...

I am planning to. I am hoping to see tiny systems based on this.
The first worthwhile Atom chip IMO, with Intel using its latest graphics and process technology, unlike Atoms of the past.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-19-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,205
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Sammy2 http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1444932/4-x-4-x-2-intel-i3-mini-computer-with-dual-hdmi-or-thunderbolt/30#post_22722866)
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-19-2012, 09:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,205
Posted By CSMR
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by scl23enn4m3 http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1444932/4-x-4-x-2-intel-i3-mini-computer-with-dual-hdmi-or-thunderbolt#post_22694922)...
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