Originally Posted by brianjb
I don't really understand the point of a lot of this discussion about HD audio and MPC-HC. People that like MPC-HC will continue to use MPC-HC in MB3 as an external player. Why would any of that change if those users already like it? As for the integrated MB3 player, it has already been said that there will be HD audio support. The only thing in question is how it is achieved. If VLC has it implemented by release it will be achieved that way. Otherwise it has already been said that the DEVs will go a different route to achieve that functionality. Either way, it has been said that HD audio in VLC is in the works, and it is just a matter of time.
In addition, it has been said over in the MB forums that MPC-HC doesn't have the APIs necessary to allow it to be controlled the way the DEVs want. That makes the entire issue moot. I could see the point of the discussion if that were not the case, but according to the DEVs it is. So what am I missing here?
Now that HD audio is promised, I am more concerned over the benefits that an integrated player will bring. It is far less interesting if it doesn't result in a more polished interface during playback. I like MPC-HC for it's ability to play my movies with very few quirks. I can count on it to just work unlike some of the licensed players, but it is really lacking in terms of controlling playback with a remote. I think that is more important than small differences in IQ. And if someone is really bent about IQ, then they can always continue to use MPC-HC for SD content or both.
Well until I started that thread the reason for choosing VLC over MPC-HC was not known. That is, the fact that there wasn't the APIs required to use MPC-HC.
So saying that it "has been said" isn't an entirely accurate statement at all since this question came before that statement.
Now we know. I still think it would have been nice to have something like JRivers Red October fully integrated into Media Browser at the flip of a switch without the need for external players, complicated settings, etc for those that want to use or experiment with PQ renderers.
Maybe others just don't see my vision here as the obvious way to set Media Browser apart from the rest of the crowd. The one thing that JRiver is really lacking is the eye candy. Media Browser has that and as far as I am concerned a player based on VLC with no HD Audio (yes, I know it has been "promised") is a step backwards in the short term.
Edit: Put another way how do you think the community would react if something like XBMC Frodo 2.0 came out and removed HD Audio? There would be a lot of people concerned and confused. That's all (yes, I realize this is not a 1:1 comparison).Edited by assassin - 2/11/13 at 11:50am