Originally Posted by StardogChampion
+1. An argument that suggesting a motherboard missing HDMI is "beginner" or "ok" is simply arguing for arguments sake. Not even my 2007 Panasonic plasma has a VGA input and my old Onkyo amp had at least S/PDIF. Any HDMI motherboard will have at least analog outputs if not S/PDIF.
I think though some of the replies to the author are unnecessarily harsh. Telling the author they "FAIL" because it's not a $100 streamer is ridiculous. If someone presented the author's build here as the first post of a thread asking for suggestions, would we reply "FAIL" or "hey, your motherboard is missing HDMI, what does your TV have for inputs?". I'd like to think we'd be respectful and helpful and make suggestions for a simple build and in my experience we usually are.
This is well said.
I think we usually would say "do you need HDMI? " (which is appropriate) If the OP does not, then hey... all good in da hood.
But that is a big difference versus writing an article to be published in perhaps the most popular computer magazine- for a target audience and segment that is "techie" considering most of the home theater products available for more than just a few years have been primarily based on HDMI ( AVR , TV, etc... )
It should be assumed a brand new HTPC build that is "ultimate" would require HDMI. How would you bitstream audio ? optical? Can that do HD audio ? or 7.1 ? (nope)
Anything "ultimate" really needs to support HDMI and specifically should support it for 3D, and HD audio (even if we can argue about the advanced video processing)
I think "ultimate" means it needs to support advanced video processing because in my opinion it's not "ultimate" if it does not. The term ultimate
suggests what the word means:
a. Of the greatest possible size or significance; maximum: Has the ultimate diamond been found?
b. Representing or exhibiting the greatest possible development or sophistication: the ultimate bicycle.
c. Utmost; extreme: the ultimate insult.
d. The greatest extreme; the maximum: actions that represented the ultimate in political expediency.
Using "ultimate" to me means it's going to represent the best or most sophisticated that is available today. That HTPC he built is weaker than your average noob build around here.
It really seems like people go different directions with these things. One side you have the energy conscious and budget conscious extremists looking for "ultimate" in the sense of power consumption, physical size, and smallest budget spent. Then you have "ultimate" in that the performance and user experience is representative of the best possible available today- this includes picture and sound quality, ease of use, and performance capabilities. Very different "ultimate" HTPC's though....
I reserve judgment on which is better. HTPC is a hobby and people should be able to enjoy it how they wish. I know which one I would like better though