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Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-28-2014, 03:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 737
Posted By CSMR
I would definitely buy a TV with displayport but...

I would definitely buy a TV with displayport but I have not seen any as yet.

hdmi is a poor interface for HTPCs because PCs usually don't support CEC natively and it's hard to get CEC to work.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-15-2014, 02:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 985
Posted By CSMR
I think overall it will be a good upgrade just...

I think overall it will be a good upgrade just because of the CPU/GPU performance and power consumption. A shrink happens every 2 years and halving the size of a transistor is always a major benefit...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 985
Posted By CSMR
2015 NUCs

FanlessTech has some info on Intel's current plans for 2015 NUCs

http://www.fanlesstech.com/2014/08/exclusive-intel-readying-nuc-20.html

Wilson Canyon (i3/i5) updates at the beginning of 2015...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-11-2014, 01:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,559
Posted By CSMR
For me it's important that PC makers make...

For me it's important that PC makers make sensible choices of hardware. Otherwise we end up with new products I don't want to buy and I am left with the old products.

Dell now launches a 5k 27"...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-11-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,559
Posted By CSMR
If you run a 2880p screen at 1440p then images...

If you run a 2880p screen at 1440p then images will display at the sharpness of 1440p while text will display at LESS than 1440p sharpness because you lose sub-pixel anti-aliasing. Overall it's worse...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-06-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 35,140
Posted By CSMR
I set up a DN2820FYKH to replace an old large...

I set up a DN2820FYKH to replace an old large HTPC, using it as an HTPC and file server with a 2TB HDD.
Notes:
SA H22962-103 does not indicate 2830, my box has SA H22962-103 and a 2820 processor...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-06-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,599
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, 08:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
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, 10:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
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, 05:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,403
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, 03:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
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, 04:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
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, 03:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
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, 02:51 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 9,442
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, 03:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 860
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, 07:57 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 35,140
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, 06:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 661
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, 11:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,517
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, 04:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 579
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, 08:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 42,206
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, 02:59 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,271
Posted By CSMR
Microsoft Natural Elite keyboard Evoluent...

Microsoft Natural Elite keyboard
Evoluent Vertical mouse
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-18-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,258
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, 08:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
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, 08:34 PM
Replies: 250
Views: 17,456
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, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 591
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...
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