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I have a new dell xps 9000 system on the way and was wondering if this would work as a good htpc? I did not order it to be used as one but thinking now of setting it up in my entertainment room (50inch tv, 7.1 AVR, good setup video/audio) and using my old 7 year old pc (xp pro)in the home office to have it do the heavy lifting by using remote access. Presently I burn mkv to AVCHD to play in my blu ray player and use a xbox360 for watching avi's and such. Would be nice to play and store movies from the XPS directly into my A/V system. However would still like to use the xps for all my pc needs.


So what do you think?


Here is the link and specs on my dell build: (I know the video card is the weak link but that was the included one at the time)

http://www2.dell.com/ca/en/home/desk...=dhs&cs=cadhs1


224-4407 STUDIO XPS 435T/9000 1 $1,008.00

313-3607 NO MODEM REQUESTED 1

313-4514 NO SPEAKER REQUESTED,DIMENSION 1

313-7186 INTEGRATED 7.1 AUDIO 1

313-8757 ROXIO 10.3, EASY CD & DVD,US,CDT 1

313-8916 16X DVD+/-RW Drive,RIOS 1

317-0067 SX 435T/9000, BLM, I7-920(2.66GHZ) 1

317-0076 6GB DDR3 SDRAM AT 1066MHZ-6X1GB,X 1

320-7810 NO MONITOR 1

320-8143 ATI RADEON HD 4350 512MB,RIOS 1

330-3826 DELL STUDIO OPTICAL MOUSE,I/S/X DT 1

330-3828 DELL CONSUMER MM KEYBOARD,US,I/S/X DT 1

330-6097 WIN 7 LABEL,CDT 1

341-8519 1TB SERIAL ATA 2, 7200 RPM,DIM,X 1

410-1867 ADOBE READER 9.0,MLANG,I/S/X DT 1

410-2138 MCAFEE SECURITY CENTER 10, 30D,I/S DT 1

420-6436 PC-RESTORE, DIM/INSP 1

420-6576 DELL WELCOME,SW,DIM/INSP 1

420-7938 DELL CONNECT 2.1,DIM/INSP/XPS 1

420-8873 DELL DOCK CONSUMER, XPS DT/IDT 1

420-9691 DATASAFE LOCAL BACKUP 2.0 BASIC 1

421-0323 WINDOWS LIVE SEARCH,MUI,CSMR NB/DT 1

421-0530 DELL SUPPORT CENTER 2.0,64BIT,I/S/X DT 1

421-1183 DOWNLOAD-STORE-LINKS,CDT 1

421-1412 CYBERLINK POWERDVD 8.3 DVD PLAYBACK,CDT 1

421-1603 WIN 7 HOME PREM, 64, ENG,S/XPS DT 1

465-8687 PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH MORE DETAILS 1

420-8085 MS WORKS 9.0,ENGLISH,INSPDT/DIM 1

920-5050 XPS WARRANTY SPRT, DIMENSION, INITIAL YR 1

992-7420 NBD OS,XPS435T,UNY,INIT YR CA 1

993-6107 HW WRTY + SVC,XPS435T,UNY,INIT CA 1

009-4365 DIMENSION, SHIPPING AND HANDLING 1

900-9989 ONSITE INSTL DECLINED(DIM) 1

960-0017 CC ACC DAM SVC,DT,1YR,DHS 1

988-0099 DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP ACTIVATION, INFO 1

988-7347 BASIC NBD NO WARRANTY YEARS 2 & 3 1

988-7707 DATASAFE 2GB,1YR, 1.1,DHS 1

600-0004 ALBERTA $10 ENV. ADS,DESKTOP INCL.PERIPH 1
 

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You're either going to have to run LPCM 8 channel audio or analog audio unless you upgrade to PDVD9 and a radeon HD5xxx series video card.

Why is that? New to this side (PC) of audio visual world. Is that for HD audio. So as configured I would not be able to bitstream audio over optical digital or hdmi? Thanks and what is PDVD9? (power DVD 9?)
 

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Why is that? New to this side (PC) of audio visual world. Is that for HD audio. So as configured I would not be able to bitstream audio over optical digital or hdmi? Thanks and what is PDVD9? (power DVD 9?)

Yeah PowerDVD9


And you could bitstream 6 channel HD audio over optical or coaxial digital with SPDIF, but not 8 channel. The only two mediums for 8 channel audio are analog or HDMI. The video card you have listed, so long as it comes with HDMI can output 8 channel audio, just not bit-perfect from the disk, it will have to decode the HD audio stream and output each channel in lower quality audio.
 

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And you could bitstream 6 channel HD audio over optical or coaxial digital with SPDIF, but not 8 channel. The only two mediums for 8 channel audio are analog or HDMI.

SPDIF (Coaxial/Optical) does not have enough bandwidth to stream more than 2-channels of PCM (HD audio if you want to call it).

Number of channels has nothing to do with it (in a manner of speaking). If there were 8-channel audio tracks in DVD quality, SPDIF would stream it. There are many 7-channel soundtracks (6.1 DTS-ES / 6.1 DD-EX) which work just fine through SPDIF (LOTR EE / Harry Potter 1 & 2 DVDs have 6.1 tracks).

And of course you are correct with HDMI or Analog Outs being required for HD quality sound with more than 2 channels.
 

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SPDIF (Coaxial/Optical) does not have enough bandwidth to stream more than 2-channels of PCM (HD audio if you want to call it).

Number of channels has nothing to do with it (in a manner of speaking). If there were 8-channel audio tracks in DVD quality, SPDIF would stream it. There are many 7-channel soundtracks (6.1 DTS-ES / 6.1 DD-EX) which work just fine through SPDIF (LOTR EE / Harry Potter 1 & 2 DVDs have 6.1 tracks).

And of course you are correct with HDMI or Analog Outs being required for HD quality sound with more than 2 channels.

I never said it could do 6 or 7 channel PCM, just that it could bit-stream encoded audio in 6 channel(I tend to forget about 7 channel, mainly because I've had 7 channel and it sounds awefull, that room has 6 channel is going to stay that way).
 

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I never said it could do 6 or 7 channel PCM, just that it could bit-stream encoded audio in 6 channel(I tend to forget about 7 channel, mainly because I've had 7 channel and it sounds awefull, that room has 6 channel is going to stay that way).

Relax, just posting info for OP, not attacking you.

Here's why I posted it:
[bitstream 6 channel HD audio over optical or coaxial digital with SPDIF]
 

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I never said it could do 6 or 7 channel PCM, just that it could bit-stream encoded audio in 6 channel(I tend to forget about 7 channel, mainly because I've had 7 channel and it sounds awefull, that room has 6 channel is going to stay that way).

You said...

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Yeah PowerDVD9


And you could bitstream 6 channel HD audio over optical or coaxial digital with SPDIF, but not 8 channel.

You can bitstream legacy lossy codecs (DD/DTS) over SPDIF, but not MC lossless, either bistream or PCM (such as TrueHD, DTS HD MA, or MPCM).
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. Am familiar with the HD audio from Blu ray and HD-DVD. I think that I will have to experiment once it gets here. Placement in the entertainment room is less then ideal so will have to try it out. I believe the vidoe card does not have hdmi out, this is the one disappointment in the system. One week later I order they changed the base card to a 512mb DDR3 card with hdmi (mine is ddr2) then on the $1199 system I order they changed it to a 1gig card.


The mother board had hdmi,optical out, display port, and 8 channel annalog so that gives me some options in the future. For now will use my SA players for Hd discs. I think I will be only using it occationally in the entertainment room unless I can get remote access working well from my win xp pc as the new one needs to be my main pc. It is a monster at 40 pound so don't want to have to move it around to much.
 

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I remember reading a Wired review of this system and they mentioned the noise levels were more than noticeable, but they may have been using a more powerful video card. Please let us know how it works out in your entertainment room.
 

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Worst case scenario you can order an ATI HD5450 from Newegg.com for $40. It would be fairly equal in gpu power to the 4350 you currently have specced in your machine and provide full HDMI 1.3a.
 
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