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WTD: HTPC ideal video card?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by andybryant, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. andybryant

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    I'm looking for the following for my HCPC

    1) audio input (analog from sky digibox)
    2) audio output (digital to external DPL/DD decoder)
    3) video input (RGB from sky digibox)
    4) video output (DVI, or HDMI to plasma panel)


    Not much else. Just the cleanest possible connections for the above, with as little noise as possible.

    I think the sound elements could be sorted external to the PC, with a USB/Firewire interface. Best candidate I've seen for this is the M-Audio Firewire 410, although I'm not sure if I can route the sound through. Couple of other options - audiophile usb, and transit.
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/m-audio/fw410.php
    http://www.midiman.net/products/m-audio/audiophileusb.php
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/m-audio/transit/

    The Sweetspot / PDI Delux looks like it'll do a good job of digitising a RGB signal from the digibox.

    I've got a RadeonVE graphics card that has a DVI out connection, but I've not had a chance to test it yet.

    Strikes me that someone should be thinking about creating a dream HTPC video card. Would be along these lines
    - AGP based video card
    - RGB, SVideo/Composite inputs
    - VGA, DVI/HDMP output
    - SPDIF output (optional - could use USB device)
    - Analog audio input (optional - could use USB device)

    It would also need to be NOT fan-cooled.

    So - has anyone built one of these yet?

    Andy.
     
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    Better still, perhaps it should all be integrated into a motherboard...with a small form factor! :)

    I am not aware of any all-in-one card quite as you describe. One of the problems is that the "best HCPC" capture card is not made by the "best HCPC" audio card manufacturer, and likewise the graphics cards. And so if you want he best results in each area, you need separate cards.
     
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    The Radeon and Sweetspot look like good choices - the Radeon is the card to have for DVD playabck, with the 9600 non pro being the better choice of the range.

    Gary.
     
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    Ok... Got the Radeon Sapphire non-pro 9600; and a sweetspot,

    Now to upgrade the ALC650 onboard sound to something else.

    Given the shuttle system I need an external unit. I think I should be looking for one that has external power, hence doesn't use the PSU from the PC (to save on noise from and thermals in the PC).

    Audigy 2 NX - runs at 48kHz, and resamples everything up.
    http://www4.tomshardware.com/video/20031114/index.html
    http://www.soundblaster.com/products/audigy2nx/welcome.asp

    Terratec have just released a 7.1 firewire card, but I can't find any reviews.
    http://productsen.terratec.net/modu...e=article&sid=198&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
    http://www.secure-server-centre.com/eurotech/datasheet.php?partno=E3314
    http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/aur/

    Any thoughts?

    A.
     
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    So - has anyone tried a firewire sound card on a HTPC?

    I'm thinking of getting this one to upgrade the on-board sound in my Shuttle.

    A.
     
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    having one of their Pci cards, and being absolutely chufffed to bits with it,
    I'd be giving M Audio some serious consideration if I was looking to UG my laptop..

    don't know anybody who has their USB adapter, but it's worth looking into i reckon.. ??
     

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