Originally Posted by Itsdon
Had some more time to play with this unit and have some more observations and questions.
I have my S3330f sitting next to my Xbox 360 and they both respond to the power on/power off command, is there a way to change this command on either the HTPC or xBox so they are different?
Does the HTPC output DD or DTS over SPDIF if TrueHD is selected as the audio on an HD movie? It will NOT do this over HDMI. I watched Invasion HD-DVD last night and the sole soundtrack on it is TrueHD. I had a great picture and really crappy sound.
How "off" is the unit when it is turned off with the remote as opposed to shutting down Vista? I notice that there is a constant light glowing on it although it feels cool to the touch and I can't here the hard drive spinning.
The machine gets fairly hot and is a bit louder than I like but overall no problems with it during my first full HD movie last night.
I upgraded the Realtek HD-Audio driver to the Feb. 14 2008 version hoping to gain bitstreaming of the HD codec over HDMI, didn't happen.
I upgraded the nVidia driver to the latest version hoping maybe that would give bitstreaming (they are tied together, right?) but that didn't happen either.
I downloaded and installed WinDVD8 Premium (demo) and Herve is correct, it does produce a very nice picture. I noticed that Corel also has a new HD/BD version of WinDVD8, anyone tried it?
My Harmony 880 remote works perfectly with this unit
I have more playing to do and I'm sure I will have more questions and observations but so far this is a sweet little package for $800.
I think the HDMI audio issue is worth a "live chat" with an HP "representative".http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Nav?h...2&h_page=hpcom
I could never figure out if that "rep" is a real person, or not, but I got some questions answered to my satisfaction.
If HDMI sound is crappy, why not try the coax digital with dd 5.1? I think it sounds great through our Denon 5800, Paradigm Studio 100 fronts, center, surrounds and Servo 15 sub.
I have the light on, too, even when the Vista is shut down completely. It does not bother me, so I have not investigated, but it may be the light indicating an ethernet connection.
Originally Posted by rkhobbit
I understand, you had issues with the OEM "DVD Play BD/HD-DVD" to play SD DVD's but are you happy with it when playing Blu-ray discs?
To me, this unit's playback of BD and HD-DVD is its greatest achievement. Yes, I love its BD playback.
If any owners of this machine want complete image aspect ratio control - a really good, infinitely-controllable zoom, or maybe the ability to do a constant-height set-up - try out a fantastic program called "YXY Aspect Ratio Controller". Incredibly, it's a freebie here:http://www.keohi.com/keohiHDTV/htpc/yxy/yxy.html
To my knowledge, no standalone player can do with an image what this HTPC+YXY can.
YXY has a bit of a learning curve, but once you get used to it, you won't want to be without it. If you download it and have any trouble, just post here and I can easily help you out.