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Advantages of a HCPC over my Arcam FMJ?

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    Guys,

    I've been thinking of buying/building a HCPC for a while now.

    I have an Arcam FMJ 27A DVD player feeding (via progressive on PAL & NTSC) signals to both my TV and my Sony PJ via an Arcam AV8 / P7 amp and processor.

    What are the advantages of a top spec HCPC over a good DVD player like the Arcam?...and can I justify it or am I just a gadget freak looking for more toys?:laugh:

    My main PC in my study is a high spec twin Xion processor model (with 500gb of storage) - is there any mileage in networking this to any eventual HCPC I might build?

    Thanks
     
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    Is your sony pj a hs10/20?
     
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    Hi,

    Got a Sony VPL VW 10HT at the moment but looking to upgrade to either a Marantz VP12S3 or one of the new Samsung DLP units in the next few months.
     
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    The Sony isn't HTPC friendly, I wouldn't bother until you get a new projector.
     
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    Jeff,

    Appreciate your comments - but on the basis that I need to start doing my research now, and that my new HTPC will coincide with the arrival of a new projector I need to understand the benefits of driving that new PJ with a HTPC instead of my FMJ27.

    Thanks
     
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    The main advantage is PQ, but this is very much dependant on the projector. The projector needs to be able to take a native resolution feed from the PC (VGA or DVI) at the required refresh rates (50Hz for PAL and 60 Hz for NTSC). Other advantages are things like no chroma bug, no layer change delay and the ability to play direct off HD.
     
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    I tried a DV27 via vcomponent to my HS10 against my HTPC via dvi and for PQ the HTPC was ahead by miles. Sound with my RME card was very similar.

    You could build a similar machine to mine for about a grand, bit more or less depending on the case you want.
     
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    OR (IMHO) i would get your DV27A SDI modded and get a scaler like the upcoming IScanHD with SDI input and use the DVI ouput to the projector.

    This saves the headache of configuring the HTPC unless you like tweaking :)
     
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    But costs as much as a nice HTPC which you can use as a jukebox (video and music) and a games machine (if you want) and a scaler and a high definition source etc etc, I know which I'd rather have tweaking or no tweaking!

    Andy
     
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    With PC's there is always a chance that you can get it to work, with scalers its often the case that it does or it doesn't and thats it. Easy of use wise PCs are much better.
     

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