Originally Posted by disb
I tried installing TMT on my HTPC, and it did not work.. I have Vista 64 bit...
I tried that because I did not get the audio selections I prefer on PDVD9... also, it used to let me select 6 speakers as an audio setting, now I can only select S/PDIF, why is this?
And I still have the issue: My TV's resolution expands when playing blu rays.. it gets verry annoying because it creates a border around the movie which cannot be seen because it will not fit on the screen
The TMT does 7.1 on my PC via my Onkyo 805 using the 7.1 analog audio input.
Vista is a pain in the butt to change audio modes, nothing about it is strait forward, I found you have to setup audio in more than one menu to get it to (maybe) work.
As for the display size problem, I use my good old Sony VPH1272 and one nice feature of the Nvidia chips under Vista is the ability to change the HD display video size. That was a royal pain in XP Media Center.
I have also been experimenting with PC's for Movie playback for a few years now and I know I may be flamed for this but....
Overall, I am coming to the conclusion that a PC and current HTPC software is no match for a GOOD Quality DVD/Blu-Ray player for a home environment.
True a PC allows you to "tinker" with everything and I do believe you can get better audio from a PC over a stock player and receiver alone.
In my opinion, for now (short of gaming) the only real advantage of a PC over a stock player is the ability to store Movies on the hard drive for playback without the hassle of getting up to change a disk.
If there is a way to get hard drive movies to play through a QUALITY DVD/Blu-Ray player, I will keep the PC just for gaming.
If I knew then, what I have learned in my fiddling, I could have spent a lot less $$$ to archive my goals.