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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post


I agree with Enders, but variety is the spice of life, so I'll throw this out there: I prefer MPC-HC (properly set up, of course), because XBMC is too much of a GUI (almost an OS) to me. Don't get me wrong, it's highly functional. But I prefer to just open windows explorer and double click the file I want to play. Good thread here on how to set up MPC-HC: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1357375/advanced-mpc-hc-setup-guide

So you would primarily use them to stream movies from your pc?
post #29612 of 35064
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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post


I agree with Enders, but variety is the spice of life, so I'll throw this out there: I prefer MPC-HC (properly set up, of course), because XBMC is too much of a GUI (almost an OS) to me.

LOL, and thats why I like it. I want to just use it for streaming and music, and have it look pretty :smile:. Dont need to see anything else on my screen.

I could get by with opening the files off the computer, but for others (wife, kid when she gets older) seeing the posters and details about a movie make it easier to "plug" for getting new gear.

Buying a 3 TB drive soon to start ripping in earnest......

But with moving, it might be a bit before I can finally get things setup the way I want.
post #29613 of 35064
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

VERY!

IMHO its THE go to program. Normally the issue is that your hardware cant do DTS-MA/TrueHD or 1080p, or is laggy. Most guys have to buy or build a computer with the spec's to pass that audio out, hence the cheap streamers being an issue (they cant do at least one of the three things listed above)

I just upgraded my home pc to a 4670K with 8gb of ram on a Windows 7 machine -however I am using integrated grapics. Would that be a bottleneck? Also what about streaming from Ipad?
post #29614 of 35064
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

I just upgraded my home pc to a 4670K with 8gb of ram on a Windows 7 machine -however I am using integrated grapics. Would that be a bottleneck? Also what about streaming from Ipad?

Bottleneck may be a strong word, but yes, it's going to be the weak link. That said, the Intel graphics on that chip can bistream HD audio and play 1080p video. You just won't have a ton of headroom.

I'm not sure about XBMC's iPad integration. I don't use Apple products, but I'm sure others here can comment.
post #29615 of 35064
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

LOL, and thats why I like it. I want to just use it for streaming and music, and have it look pretty :smile:. Dont need to see anything else on my screen.

I could get by with opening the files off the computer, but for others (wife, kid when she gets older) seeing the posters and details about a movie make it easier to "plug" for getting new gear.

To each his/her own! I don't like the bells/whistles, but I can certainly see the appeal (even necessity, for some that are just learning how to use computers).
post #29616 of 35064

I installed XBMC on my PC but don't see the availability of some widgets like ice films for it. My android has it but the audio sucks.

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I don't watch much moves, only when I'm showing off my Polks to visitors. 90% of the time I'm watching tv shows off my Comcast DVR. I've been browsing the Comcast forums and they are a joke. I mainly dvr everything from Devil's Ride, Swamp people (yeah I watch it) to Gold Rush. I want to use my Ipad or Android phone to control my dvr to watch those programs when I'm not home or if I'm home just not at my dvr all the time. Does anybody have any suggestions on how I can consolidate this?
post #29618 of 35064
Dune doesn't support XBMC. The few stand alone media player that support XBMC do not support lossless sound. If you want something that plays everything I would suggest a HTPC.
post #29619 of 35064
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

I just upgraded my home pc to a 4670K with 8gb of ram on a Windows 7 machine -however I am using integrated grapics. Would that be a bottleneck? Also what about streaming from Ipad?
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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

Bottleneck may be a strong word, but yes, it's going to be the weak link. That said, the Intel graphics on that chip can bistream HD audio and play 1080p video. You just won't have a ton of headroom.

I'm not sure about XBMC's iPad integration. I don't use Apple products, but I'm sure others here can comment.

If its JUST playing the video and you havent compressed it then streaming off that gpu wont be an issue. You can always try it out and see by ripping one movie to your hdd.
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Dune doesn't support XBMC. The few stand alone media player that support XBMC do not support lossless sound. If you want something that plays everything I would suggest a HTPC.

I second Gus's suggestion. Just plan on spending at least 350 for a barebones HTPC XBMC setup.
post #29620 of 35064
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Dune doesn't support XBMC. The few stand alone media player that support XBMC do not support lossless sound. If you want something that plays everything I would suggest a HTPC.


That's where I'm stuck. XBMC on a PC doesn't have all the widgets that the android has. I've read that the Dune might have a player out later in the year that has XBMC. I'll probably hold out till then and see how that goes.

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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

Is XMBC reliable? I was looking for something else to play because my blu rays are piling up.

Yeah its pretty reliable if you really dont tweak the crap out of it. Like me, I have a shortcut launch to my netflix account from my home screen of xbmc. I also have my music shortcut (playlist) music genres. I have a ps3 bluethooth remote that control xbmc. Took me a while to get everything to my liking. Most important thing once you are done (skins, shortcut to homepage, add-ons, etc,etc,etc) Make a backup of your database. Cause there will be times when you are adding new things to it and something else breaks. Like this morning turn on my xbmc to listen to some music and I was getting no sound from my speakers. Sound worked fine for all my movies but no sound for any of my mp3 or flac files. Dont know what happen but couple of reboot and the issue was still there. I then delete my database and then restore a backup from the other day and everything was working after that.
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post


If its JUST playing the video and you havent compressed it then streaming off that gpu wont be an issue. You can always try it out and see by ripping one movie to your hdd.
I second Gus's suggestion. Just plan on spending at least 350 for a barebones HTPC XBMC setup.

I have a second almost identical pc I built but with a weaker Core I3 4130 that just dropped in price to $99. The pc is sitting around waiting for $$ for a video card, I can always buy a htpc case and integrate it into my theater.
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

I just upgraded my home pc to a 4670K with 8gb of ram on a Windows 7 machine -however I am using integrated grapics. Would that be a bottleneck? Also what about streaming from Ipad?

No bottleneck in your setup. I am running a i3 ivy bridge and using the onboard video and no issue streaming 3d iso (Avatar) or my Lord of the Ring Ext (Return of the King) mkv which is about 60GB....LOL
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Ok, I have a parts question now, I bought my csi5 used which means it doesn't have a warranty. Are the main parts (tweeter,driver) interchangeable with those on a csia6
post #29625 of 35064
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post


That's where I'm stuck. XBMC on a PC doesn't have all the widgets that the android has. I've read that the Dune might have a player out later in the year that has XBMC. I'll probably hold out till then and see how that goes.

HUH?? What widgets are you wanting/needing? And are we talking a Android device running XBMC, or something totally different?
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Originally Posted by dazz87 View Post

Yeah its pretty reliable if you really dont tweak the crap out of it. Like me, I have a shortcut launch to my netflix account from my home screen of xbmc. I also have my music shortcut (playlist) music genres. I have a ps3 bluethooth remote that control xbmc. Took me a while to get everything to my liking. Most important thing once you are done (skins, shortcut to homepage, add-ons, etc,etc,etc) Make a backup of your database. Cause there will be times when you are adding new things to it and something else breaks. Like this morning turn on my xbmc to listen to some music and I was getting no sound from my speakers. Sound worked fine for all my movies but no sound for any of my mp3 or flac files. Dont know what happen but couple of reboot and the issue was still there. I then delete my database and then restore a backup from the other day and everything was working after that.

Yeah for me, it would be just movies and music off my local network. I continue to use my Xbox 360 for Hulu, Netflix, Amazon on Demand, mostly because that leaves me with less tweaking to do on XBMC to keep it current as those apps change their code. Xbox auto updates them as it needs to, saving me time and effort.

Plus I have a Harmony One remote, so its not that difficult to switch devices.
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

I have a second almost identical pc I built but with a weaker Core I3 4130 that just dropped in price to $99. The pc is sitting around waiting for $$ for a video card, I can always buy a htpc case and integrate it into my theater.

Do it!
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Originally Posted by dazz87 View Post

No bottleneck in your setup. I am running a i3 ivy bridge and using the onboard video and no issue streaming 3d iso (Avatar) or my Lord of the Ring Ext (Return of the King) mkv which is about 60GB....LOL

Boom goes the dynamite.
post #29626 of 35064
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Originally Posted by BNestico View Post

Ok, I have a parts question now, I bought my csi5 used which means it doesn't have a warranty. Are the main parts (tweeter,driver) interchangeable with those on a csia6

I am 99% sure they are, but a quick call to Polk Customer Service would give you a definitive answer.
post #29627 of 35064
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post


HUH?? What widgets are you wanting/needing? And are we talking a Android device running XBMC, or something totally different?
 

 

This is the android box I'm using w/ XMBC below. I can install widgets for it like Ice Films but don't see that option with XBMC for the PC. The version of XBMC is apparently different.

 

http://www.vidon.me/android_blu_ray_box.htm

post #29628 of 35064
Would there be any good reason to upgrade any of those components without one of my current ones being defective?
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My turn to ask a question.

Will the WD Live TV handle a USB 3.0 spec drive via USB?
post #29630 of 35064
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

My turn to ask a question.

Will the WD Live TV handle a USB 3.0 spec drive via USB?


Yep, my MB supports 3.0 and it screams compared to 2.0

3.0 is backward compatible to 2.0 for the WD so it works fine.

post #29631 of 35064
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post


Yep, my MB supports 3.0 and it screams compared to 2.0
3.0 is backward compatible to 2.0 for the WD so it works fine.

Huh?
You don't have a western digital tv I didn't think.

I am planning on connecting a usb 3.0 drive in an external enclosure to the usb port of the wd live tv.

For a computer it's no biggie, but don't know about the wd live tv.
post #29632 of 35064
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post


Huh?
You don't have a western digital tv I didn't think.

I am planning on connecting a usb 3.0 drive in an external enclosure to the usb port of the wd live tv.

For a computer it's no biggie, but don't know about the wd live tv.


I do have a WD TV Live. I picked it up a few days ago along with a pair of WD 3.0 USB Passport drives. No problems.

post #29633 of 35064
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post


I do have a WD TV Live. I picked it up a few days ago along with a pair of WD 3.0 USB Passport drives. No problems.

Gotcha but they have usb 2.0 plugs correct?
post #29634 of 35064
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post


Gotcha but they have usb 2.0 plugs correct?


A 3.0 will plug into a 2.0 port. I use the 3.0 ports on my PC for transferring files to the Passports and then plug the Passport into the WD TV Live for streaming. Only the end that plugs into the Passport is different.

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The end that plugs into the Passport is proprietary.   The other end plugs into any USB port.

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Also the USB cable is only about 18" long but you can order longer ones off amazon. You just have to make sure they fit the Passport on the one end. You can see the difference in the ends here for 3.0

 

http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Male-Micro-Cable-Meters/dp/B00BCY1AA2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391725162&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+3.0+cable

post #29637 of 35064
I'm using an ancient and athlon 640 I think with actual on board video and audio and it plays anything and everything very well with vlc or classic media player. The lowest end fm2 cpu and mobo combos would work well too. I think people are under resonating the power of modern to 3 year old mid range hardware.
post #29638 of 35064
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Originally Posted by pokeme View Post

I'm using an ancient and athlon 640 I think with actual on board video and audio and it plays anything and everything very well with vlc or classic media player. The lowest end fm2 cpu and mobo combos would work well too. I think people are under resonating the power of modern to 3 year old mid range hardware.


Yep, streaming video doesn't take much of a GPU. Gaming is a different story.

post #29639 of 35064
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

I am 99% sure they are, but a quick call to Polk Customer Service would give you a definitive answer.

The parts between my rti8 and csia6 appear to be functionally the same, so I imagine you would be ok using newer parts.
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Lets try to hit 1k pages at stock settings before the night is out ok? Also, is there an avs live chat server? That would be great!
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