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#1 Nemo

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 02:14 AM

OCC has just published its HTPC Guide - http://www.overclock...des/htpc_guide/

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:26 PM

Very informative!

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:22 PM

I dunno....maybe I missed it....so just disregard if I did :blush: but I don't see anything about using HDMI as the source for audio. Since many mobo's and video cards now have this option shouldn't it be included?

Nice guide anyway B:)

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:56 PM

If only it was posted a month earlier...:(

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:43 PM

Very well done!
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:45 PM

I dunno....maybe I missed it....so just disregard if I did :blush: but I don't see anything about using HDMI as the source for audio. Since many mobo's and video cards now have this option shouldn't it be included?

I'm curious about this as well. A lot of boards (even entry-level) have HDMI on board now. If they also have sound onboard (most every one does), it'd be nice to integrate it into the HDMI. Do any boards do this?
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:47 PM

Both ATI and Nvidia allow for a digital audio signal to be output via HDMI

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 02:09 AM

Frank, do the on-board HDMI based motherboards allow this specifically? What I mean, is that some of the earlier ones don't from what I remember, but was there a point at which Nvidia/ATi used specific on-board GPUs that allowed this?

My HD3650 on my laptop for example, detects two speakers when I plug into my TV via HDMI and is automatic. Intel GMA based HDMI connections apparently don't output sound over HDMI.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 04:31 AM

Yeah, I'm specifically thinking of onboard video solutions. I'm pretty sure my next HTPC upgrade won't include a graphics card. Just onboard HDMI with either HDMI sound or optical sound. It'll reduce heat and noise plus reduce power consumption pretty significantly.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:02 AM

Well I've actually taken the plunge with a Western Digital HDMI TV 1080p box. It plays back everything I own, apart from DTS, which it outputs via optical instead of via HDMI. However, I'm going to convert DTS audio into AC3 to maintain 5.1 surround, rather than use a receiver to decode.

It's similar to Popcorn Hour I suppose. You just plug in an external hard disk into one of the two USB ports and away you go. It makes my need for an HTPC seem mad in comparison, and is about £300 cheaper!

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:27 AM

Well I've actually taken the plunge with a Western Digital HDMI TV 1080p box. It plays back everything I own, apart from DTS, which it outputs via optical instead of via HDMI. However, I'm going to convert DTS audio into AC3 to maintain 5.1 surround, rather than use a receiver to decode.

That little black box? Those things are cool as hell! There are hacked firmwares out there that allow network streaming as well. :)

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:46 AM

It sure is one of those :) You can get them over there for $99.99 apparently, and they really do seem to be able to play almost everything other than the whole DTS lark (licensing apparently). It arrives tomorrow, so should be able to report back soon!

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