Originally Posted by tommarra
Noise on PC is an issue. There are two types of noise:
1. Coil whine when GPU is running hot - nothing you can do about it other than try to dampen your case or put it away in another room or cabinet
2. Electrical noise due to grounding of various components that at least for me resulted in a lot of noise from my HDMI out going to my processor and finally the speakers. Grounding all the components correctly fixed this issue.
I have never had problems in locking, or any issues with audio or video quality.
I understand that Lumagen May technically be better but in real world terms I have no issues with my HTPC.
He's not referring to physical audible noise from the PC equipment itself, he's referring to electrical noise and jitter produced by your PC impairing the video and audio performance of your home theater.
So your item 1 is not relevant to this particular discussion. Incidentally, the madVR ENVY is in typical conditions dead quiet operating noise.
Is a Lumagen actually technically better than a high powered HTPC operating madVR or a madVR ENVY? Nope.
The fact of the matter is that historically I personally owned a Lumagen PRO and have been a Lumagen reseller. Then I was fortunate enough to evaluate the new madVR ENVY. In short, I have been so impressed that I sold my Lumagen, and purchased the ENVY, which I have been beta-testing.
Wherein the fact of the matter is that the madVR ENVY significantly outperforms the Lumagen and in more ways than one; plus it improves the video image quality via unique features that the Lumagen does not even possess and almost certainly never will, such as the Bright Highlight Recovery and Shadow Detail Recovery. Another example is the upscaling, wherein there is seriously no contest; the madVR's is massively better.
So if PC components 'significantly impair AV performance', how come in a proper direct A-B comparison the madVR produces significantly superior video image quality and in more ways than one?
Sorry, I am just not buying what he's saying here...
What does everyone else think?