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post #31 of 42
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Some of you are missing the point of the thread and poll.

Of course both are important and possible at the same time. But that's not the point of this poll.
post #32 of 42
To me, since I can't see the difference between say xbmc and mpc-hc with madvr on HD content, I choose convenience. But to me I don't feel like I'm giving up anything, since I don't feel like there is anything to give up in the first place.

I still keep mpc-hc around if I want to play a movie trailer or do a quick test on a file, but I don't modify it in anyway since it already plays everything as is.

I stopped doing the codec pack/ffdshow thing a long time ago.
post #33 of 42
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Some of you are missing the point of the thread and poll.

Of course both are important and possible at the same time. But that's not the point of this poll.

It's like asking, "Which do you prefer? Beer or your girlfriend?"
post #34 of 42
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It's like asking, "Which do you prefer? Beer or your girlfriend?"

I prefer your girlfriend.
post #35 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jriver View Post

It's like asking, "Which do you prefer? Beer or your girlfriend?"

That's a good question too. Depends on the beer and the girl.
post #36 of 42
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I prefer your girlfriend.

lol
post #37 of 42
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I prefer your girlfriend.

Good choice. But she's mine.
post #38 of 42
I would have expected ease of use to win easily..

But most people on AVS are sticklers about perfection.

Honestly- at this point technology has seemed to exceed my ability to hear so that has taken a back seat.

If I worried about sound quality- my efforts are much better directed in soundproofing, and setting up the room to sound better with proper layout, construction, and application. It's way more effective than just buying better speakers, amps, ect...

I seem to be approaching the area where at 1080p and 12 feet away picture quality is exceeding my ability to see. I see 20/20 with a slight fade every year... seems my prescription for contacts goes one stronger every 18 months or so.

Without a fresh pair- I don't think it could look any better to me.

I will always take ease of use. I would settle for 720p max if it meant my HTPC worked better, easier, simpler, and more reliable.

It's a trade off that I think anyone would make as you go down the ladder of technical ability and knowledge.

ordinary people certainly would prefer it.
post #39 of 42
there is a minimum picture quality before ease of use is no longer preferred, Netflix PQ on the PS3 is great, I would not accept SD PQ like from free online services.
post #40 of 42
From my perspective, picture quality is already there. All thats needed is to get it to its simplest form of use.

This is the philosophy I used for building a HTPC for my everyday display, basically I wanted a DVR on steroids, three tuners, Netflix/Hulu, DVD/Blu-ray 3D, small DVD movie library and web surfing capability all in one machine and accessed by one interface. It works quite well.

In my theater I still use seperate components, the Oppo does have a slight quality advantage and Netflix on Xbox plays smoother than the HTPC. This system does not get used everyday and is mainly for 2.35 movies. For this I will take quality over ease of use.
post #41 of 42
If anyone can honestly tell a difference between mad-vr and xbmc/wmc on moving video I give you mad props because I don't see it.
post #42 of 42
Picture quality....100%. I didn't build a 114" screen to not worry about pitcure quality. This isn't 1998 anymore.
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