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Hi,

I just wonder if there in general is any difference in video image quality between a HTPC and a Media Player (e.g. WD TV Live, Med8er, and similar)? This is under the assumption that at least mid-range quality components are used for the HTPC.

E.g. if you're using a unit to decode FLAC audio and then sending that to an external DAC, there is absolutely no difference depending on what unit is used to decode the FLAC. As long as it's decoded according to the FLAC specification the output is identical whether done by a HTPC or Media Player.

But what about video? Is the output fed to the TV via HDMI also the same regardless, if e.g. a H.264 video stream has been decoded? Or does the HTPC / MediaPlayer for example apply additional image processing that alters the image before being sent to the TV? And isn't that something you want the TV's image processing unit to handle instead anyway? :confused:
 

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In terms of hardware I would say very little difference, especially with a full uncompressed file of say a BR. HTPC can do more processing of say a DVD rip using software like Madvr so in that instance a HTPC should be capable of improving the Video to some extent over a less powerful media player.
 
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