Originally Posted by Nyal Mellor
NP, it isn't the first time and I'm sure it won't be the last
BTW, I see that JRiver is in beta for the Mac ("audio only" for now).
I'd almost be tempted to try using a Mac Mini as my development box. I can also apply passive cooling, it may possibly be cheaper than the machines I priced out @ Assassin's website, plus there's the Core Audio standard. I'm only interested at the moment in using this for audio processing, as I've already got a Lumagen and handle the video switching elsewhere. And with powered Mythos STs and center, the JRiver capability to work with adjustable crossover slopes as per your article is intriguing. But having a Mac OSX approach, vs. Windows 7/8 (either with a Mac using Boot Camp or on a native Windows box) depends on how the JRiver Mac software develops. Dirac's already in both Windows and Mac format.
Something else: JRiver's MC 19 beta for Windows has an Adaptive Volume component that will allegedly work with "all media" (although as you point out, Nyal, it's on the video settings) that is a little like what Audyssey does with RLO and DEQ. They call it Night Mode and Peak Level Normalization.
At the end of the day, between JRiver, PC processing, and Dirac's capabilities, the computer world may well be moving into more capable - and more frequently updated - pre/pro-like capacities than what the consumer audio world has an interest in doing for economic reasons.
However, that handling of external inputs looks like the killer. I don't know if anybody working with Dirac and JRiver together has gotten it to work in a stable manner, using external inputs into the A/D external sound card, from the reading I've done here and on the JRiver or Gearslutz forum.
I'll be curious how (or if) you can get your HTPC to work with Dirac and JRiver together, needless to say!