Originally Posted by iamnotatoughguy
looks like either one would be a good choice, with a lean towards the pivos i think.
you mentioned in your first reply about skipping "the streaming entirely and just play it directly from the media center" got me thinking that i can resolve this through just the cabling. how about i just bypass everything. connect the audio [optical] cable directly to the av reciever as you mentioned and connect the hdmi cable out from the videocard directly to the gt50. by passing the need of a media box.
do you see any downsides to this setup?
If you mean connecting the PC / Lap-top directly to the TV and AV receiver, YES. This is what I did with my prior set-up; it worked fine. I had to run my audio through a TurtleBeach USB-to-optical audio connector since my lap-top only had a simple headphone jack. The video ran from the VGA out like an external monitor.
I had the connections all pre-hooked through a docking station. Just plop down the lap top and go.
This was with a prior Samsung TV that was replaced by the GT50. I have not tried the VGA connection on the GT50. I imagine it works fine but I can not give a qualified answer.
This ran fine; there was no other option at the time I started. A dedicated media center is just more convenient overall. When I found the Pivos-Aios for $70 I gave it try. I'm very happy I did. If for no other reason it has a remote control that I never had with my lap-top.
NOW, if you want to feed the HDMI from a PC into the GT50 and output the audio optical to your receiver ... NO ! It will choke on the DTS and give no audio.