Originally Posted by wnl
So you've got the BD-ROM 1080/24p setting at "off"? What is your HDMI resolution set to? Auto?
The Denon 5308 resolution is set at 1080P. I think the Denon has 1080/24p setting, but I have a 70" TV. (My dealer had installed Control4, and set the he set changers to auto. Yes, DVD's go back to 480), so I changed it and works fine. I will verify the settings later tonight.
Originally Posted by wnl
Yes, I know. It's definitely on my list, and I know that some day I will end up going that way. DVDs don't take up much space when ripped so they're pretty easy to put on an HTPC. And there are so many other benefits (drop the previews and the menu, no layer change, etc). But, I need to take the time and money to build one out. Not in the budget just yet. Meanwhile I have to make do with what I have. I did say I was tempted to put the DVDs back in the 777, but it would be better to spend the time building and integrating an HTPC.
I recently built a new main pc, so that has 10 hard drives in RAID 5. The HTPC is connected to that server, and I can watch movies from there. Bluray can also be done on server. Currently, I use J River Media Center 18 (beta now) as the player. This software works great for less than $50.
Here is my specs for the HTPC. There is several cases that can be used, but I used a Lian Li.
Kingwin Stryker 500W Fanless Power Supply (Kingwin has modular cords, so it is rather easy to route the power cables.)
Intel Core i7-3770S Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 65W (Actually, I am using the Intel 4000 for video at the moment, but I will eventually get a new video card in the future.)
- CPU comes with a fan, but if you want 0 Decibels no noise from the HTPC. Passive Cpu cooler like NoFan CR-95C. Also, you need a passive case has holes in the top. Like this one (http://www.hfx.at/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=121:hfxr-classic&catid=51:heatsink-cases&Itemid=136
- Pioneer Bluray drive
- 120GB SSD drive. Sandisk Extreme
- 480GB SSD drive
- 16Gigs Geil Ram
- J river is currently a windows 7 based product, but soon to be able to run on Mac OSx.
(Mine is not totally passive, but I haven't done the NoFan for the cpu cooler yet. The reason is that it requires a new passive computer case) I say that it runs around 30 decibels right now, but it is the quietest pc that I ever built.
Thunderbolt is not requirement, but it allow you to place hard drives away from the htpc. There is new optical thunderbolt cable that just came out, so you can place the hard drives away from the pc.
Most of the items can be bought at Amazon or Newegg.Edited by Nitro67 - 9/25/12 at 5:13pm