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Xcard: at $99 it seems too good to be true

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Comer, Jul 5, 2002.

  1. Comer

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    Does anybody know if this Xcard is worth getting? The component out could solve a problem that I'm having


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    Hello again, You could be the 1st, if so then a review is required.:D

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    I've seen a few reviews, but none of them go into decent detail.
     
  4. Comer

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    Input/Output specs:
    Composite and s-video output (NTSC/PAL)
    ******Progressive or interlaced component YPbPr video output, scalable up to HDTV resolution (DVD playback limited to 480i, 576i and 480p)**********
    Optional SCART RGB connector kit available
    Stereo analog line output (mini-jack)
    S/PDIF digital audio output (RCA)


    Well I have it ordered just because it can output progressive component with a lot less hassle than a transcoder (cheaper too). This is the last good money I'm throwing after bad. If this Xcard is cr@p I think that I'll just live with my minor picture problems until my next projector upgrade.


    I'll let anybody who's interested know how I get on with the Xcard, should have it early next week.



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    Good for you, on the plus side if it works ok you can sell your irman\IRkeyboard and that expensive sound card you have as with the xcard you wont need them anymore if your doing dvd only from your pc.

    And the other really good bit for you is that it can output PAL progressive as 480p just as well as its is the max progressive scan input that your projector can handle.

    I'm interested in how you get along with this, tears an all.

    If it dosn't work out that well due to software probs you might have to do a reinstall of windows as there has been reports of a few conflicts with xcard and other dvd\codec software. Make sure you get the latest software from the web and not the install disc, apparently v1.0+v1.1 have a few nasty problems, even v1.2 latest still has some bugs, abit of work in progress but they seem to be getting there and its only really been out a month I think.

    Good luck!

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    ps where did you order from?
     
  6. Comer

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    Thanks Jonny

    I ordered it from here $99 plus $30 P&P about €135 (£90)

    Will the sound from my $200 soundcard not be any better than from the Xcard? I think that I'll keep the MAudia though, as the next projector may not exibit the stutter problem with the VGA input. The one good thing about all this messing with different components is that I now have a very good HCPC and for as far into the future as I can see, that's going to be the heart of my home cinema system.


    Thanks again Jonny for all your contributions to this




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    Hi Comer
    Could be but you will probably be using the spdif from the Xcard into your amp unless you can connect the Xcard and Maudio card digitally, I agree its a good idea to keep the card for future use especially one of that quality that you know works well!

    Its been a pleasure to help. And I have to say in advance your xcard experience\review will help me greatly to see what I will do in future with my htpc.

    Cheers
    John

    ps what IR solution do you use??
     

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