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I was typing up an email to Jason at avscience, and as I was typing I thought that it'd make a good General thread for here, so I'll post it here also.


I've been lurking here a bit, and reading the facts, and I'd like to verify that I know what I think I know.


From my understanding HTPCs can do the following (correct me where I'm wrong, and add any benefits that I might have missed):


TV Reception - for this you need a TV Tuner card, some video cards do this. HDTV reception is also available. Question: How does the antena hook up to the card for reception? Just a coax cable, like on the back of a normal TV?


Image Scaling - Increase picture quality. This is what something like the holo3d card would do, correct?


DVD Playing - Better quality than even the best DVD players, correct? DVD Drive is needed of course.


CD/MP3/Other Audio Playing - Tons of software for this.


Possibly DVD-A/SACD? I think I read somewhere that certain sound cards on the horizon will have this ability?


Games - Any PC game can be displayed on the Big Screen, cool.


Pause TV - I forgot this one in the email to Jason, You need the above tuner card, along with software and a BIG Hardrive(s).



Is there anything I missed, or stated incorrectly? I'm also posting this on the Linux HTPC board, because I'm a Linux Nut and would love to do all of the above under Linux.
 

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Anyone?
 

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I think you've said it all!


People have different reasons for wanting an HTPC, but for me, I became interested when projectors/HDTV's/DVD's became more affordable, and I wanted get the best picture from an HD projection TV, mainly for DVD viewing. Video scalers were prohibitively expensive, and HDTV broadcasts were/are a long time coming. It occurred to me that a PC might make a good scaler in the meantime - I didn't realise how good until later. The capture/tuner came later when digital broadcasts became widely available. I was always using a PC as a sound source via my hifi, and that got better too over time, with S/PDIF and DD/DTS.


But nowadays, I think, the best thing about an HTPC is that it allows you to unite all your home entertainment equipment into one fully integrated (quality) system. Of course, how far you pursue that goal is a matter of personal preference and budget.
 

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Well, I guess I was mainly looking for assurance that what I wrote was correct. Since you didn't point anything out, I'll assume that I knew what I thought I knew :)


Thanks.
 

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Innova,


You got the main facts straigt. However:


1) TV: yes, you just plug a coax


2) Scaling: Scaling is ALWAYS done by your video card (exception being some HiDef cards' overlay), when it displays the resolution you have chosen. The Holo 3D and Dscaler (confusing name) just DeInterlace the image, ie, for NTSC, convert 480i to 480p combing the odd and even fields.


I guess that covers it...
 
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