Query on HTPC display information


Standard Member
another basic, but difficult for me to find the answer to, question!

I have been looking at the Zalman HD503 and the Thermaltake Dh101 (VF7001)

I want a HTPC that has a screen (i think!, may decide not to bother in the end), but if i have a screen i do not want it to just display a graphic equalizer and a show an illuminated "MP3" icon if i am playing music!

I would like it to display song title/artist and if possible notify me of email messages arriving, news, etc. Ideally a way to navigate through directories to find playlists would be useful.

I have the feeling that neither of these displays will do this - am i correct in this assumption? (HD503 or DH101)

If i am correct, is there a reasonably priced case that will carry out some of these features?
i know there is a few cases with inbuilt touch screens (HD160xt), but to be honest they are beyond what i am willing to pay - would be just as easy, and cheaper to put the TV on!
thanks for your continued help

ninja 12

Active Member
Both the Zalman HD503 and the Thermaltake Dh101 (VF7001) use a display made by Soundgraph .

Getting the display working depends what software you're using to play back your music / movies .

As standard , the soundgraph lcd will display the information you want (artist , track name & length , movie name & length, .etc) with Windows Media Centre , iTunes , WinAmp and Soundgraph's iMedianHD programs .

MediaPortal support has been promised , but has been delayed several times .


Active Member
The Antec Fusion screen (from Soundgraph) works fine in mediaportal, displaying the music info you want. Many here do not like it's brightness/contrast, but I find it fine (both are adjustable through mediaportal mini display option).

I don't know if it does email notifcations etc - there are a lot of options I haven't bothered with as my PC is dedicated to media playback and I have the screen switched off when not running mediaportal.

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