Originally Posted by stanger89
Because tens or hundreds of thousands of people buy AVRs, where as tens or hundreds of people buy HTPCs. I exaggerate (only a bit though), but the point remains, the market to sell premium audio/video processing to people with HTPCs is miniscule. That and then there's all the copy protection issues with all premium content requiring protected paths making it difficult if not impossible to create commercial post-processing "plugins".
Yes, it does seem like copyright protection is main limiting factor.
Anyhoo, even if the idea of getting Atmos on a PC here in the near future is just some craaaaazy idea!!!
...it'll happen sooner-or-later ("you can't stop the signal, Mal") and I'm trying to start developing an idea of what I need, and I would like some help. Most of what I've seen so far includes an HTPC with pretty extremely high-end hardware, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Or, on the flip-side, something on the low end end, with like a $400 soundcard with internal DACs. Furthermore, the guide that keeps popping up is the one "how to turn your HTPC into a pre/pro!" from Acoustic Frontiers
. Which is pretty light in the details I care about (he doesn't even bother to mention why there are two sets of DACs, one after the other.) This and every other set of documentation I've seen seems to be aimed at the people who already know exactly what types
of equipment they need. I want to know what I need, how it works (more importantly, is it the soundcards that are doing the format processing or does that take place in the CPU?), and what actual products are out there that fit the bill.
I want to know what the different TYPES of set-ups we can use (e.g. completely internal soundcard that outputs straight to the amp or one that outputs to an outboard DAC). And then from there, options of equipment/brands in each one. Personally, I'd like a soundcard and external DAC in the mid-range area of $1,500, starting out at about 16 channels. So far, the biggest cost of all the set-ups I've seen has been the DACs. The Acoustic Frontiers one has $8,000 in DACs (although, and now, this is another reason I'm confused--the first DAC they list is the DEQX HDP-4, which, according to its documentation... is a PRE-AMPLIFIER!!--isn't that what our HTPC is supposed to be? I don't get it
) Anyhoo, I'm thinking if you rrrreally shop around
you could get a set of DACs for 16 channels for less than $2,000.
So if any of you all can point in me in a direction of some literature that's more informative than the Acoustics Frontiers write-ups yet still concise, or if you just want to throw out some answer to my questions, it'd be greatly appreciated. My plan is to work towards a goal of an HTPC as a pre-pro over the next year and, if there's no good write-up on it already (sorry, Frontiers), then I'm going to put one together.