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HTPC vs PopCorn Hour A-200

After growing tired of my POPCORN Hour glitches, I finally decided to build an HTPC with Plex Home Theater.

HP N54l PC
ATI 5450 GPU
8 GB Ram

I have 135" screen, HW55 Projector and Onkyo 5010 receiver.

As soon as I moved to the HTPC I realized.

1. At the same volume the db level of sound was much lower
2. The Video Quality was way below par as compared to my PopCorn Hour.

PHT is set to switch referesh rates. What am I doing wrong.
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1. Volume level is relative and irrelevant.
2. "way below par" doesn't help... without knowing the actual differences you can't address the issue. First stop would be to verify source/output resolution and for fun you might boot OpenELEC off of a USB flash drive and see how Kodi "looks"

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1. For the same movie, the volume at the receiver with popcorn hour around 60% gives the same db level as 80% for htpc.
2. The colours for htpc are dull, skin tones are flushed out, video is slightly pixelated. Same movie A-B test between htpc vs popcorn hour the difference is night and day. Suffice to say that even my wife walked in and was able to notice the difference in picture quality.
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The colours for htpc are dull, skin tones are flushed out, video is slightly pixelated.
For the former you might verify the video levels the PC is outputting and the levels the display is set to receive. Either PC (0-255) or Video (16-235) levels have to be maintained through the entire chain. If not, you'll typically have a washed out or crushed image. In most cases pixels speak to resolution...

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Another common mistake that could cause these errors is leaving the video card control panel to default values. Most control panels come with the default of having a bunch of video processing turned ON rather than OFF, such as dynamic/adaptive contrast, color enhancement, image enhancement (which one of the items on Intel video is Skin Tone Enhancement), etc. These need to all be changed to disabled, or you will have a mess of a display.
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