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HTPC VS separates.

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by PC_112, May 12, 2005.

  1. PC_112

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    I am setting up a home cinema with a Projector (Sanyo z3 or Panasonic AE700) and a sub/sat speaker set (KEF 2005.2 or similar).

    Until today I was thinking to use "standard" equipment like a Pioneer 575A DVD and Denon 1905 receiver.

    However I was also going to spent around 400 pounds for a PC to use mainly for games.

    The question is, what if I drop the DVD player and the receiver and I simply spent more money on the PC (say 900 instead of 400 pounds) and make it a relatively good HTPC. Would the image and sound quality be better.

    For example can the Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro (http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=204&product=4925) deliver better sound than a receiver like the Denon 1905 or 2105? And can a PC DVD player with the right software deliver better picture than the Pioneer 575A?
     
  2. stuartmc

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    You're still going to need the Denon as whatever Media PC you use will still need amplification to drive your speakers. So your extra cash will just be on not having the DVD player, that said you won't be disappointed with MCE.
     
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    keep a decent reciever and just use the HTPC for everything else :)
     
  4. Smadger

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    Just FYI, but I had a HTPC (running TheaterTek DVD player) outputting SPDIF to a Yamaha amp.

    I recently added a Audigy2 and now have the soundcard decoding the DTS/DD and outputting that to the amp using RCA leads. I must say, there is a marked improvement in the sound quality re positioning, etc. As much better surround effect that the Yamaha decoders were producing.
     
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    Hmm.... that's interesting. I'd have thought a receiver (being more expensive and a specialist piece of equipment) would give better surround decoding. I've always outputted via SP/DIF to my receiver and let it get on with decoding the DD/DTS soundtracks and never even thought about using my soundcard. I'll have to give my Audigy 2 a try to see if it improves on my Denon 2105. Just out of interest what model is your Yamaha Smadger???
     

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