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#211115 - 06/09/08 09:01 PM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: michael_d]
pmbuko Offline
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Registered: 04/02/03
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He can use his tight ass to turn coal into a diamond, sell the diamond, and then buy a player.
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#211128 - 06/09/08 09:41 PM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: Ken.C]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Loc: Canada
Nice link Ken.

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ASUS, with assistance from C-Media and ArcSoft, has been able to adhere to the PAPS and AACS content schemes without having to downmix the audio sources

Its the damn copy protection schemes that are causing all the problems!

I didn't look at the price of that card, but I bet its not cheap.
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#211132 - 06/09/08 11:41 PM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: pmbuko]
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
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 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
He can use his tight ass to turn coal into a diamond, sell the diamond, and then buy a player.


I duno....The clarity might be a bit dirty.
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#211152 - 06/10/08 09:47 AM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: michael_d]
Capn_Pickard Offline
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Registered: 03/09/04
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No word yet on the price of the ASUS card, but it will run you at least $100 according to online consensus projections. Couple that with a software suite to run the system, the drive, the upgraded video card (assuming you don't have one of course) and a faster processor with more ram (again, assuming your rig is underpowered like mine), and the budget is blown.

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#211204 - 06/10/08 09:04 PM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: Capn_Pickard]
Ray3 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/04
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Tom - I went down that path (looking to do an HTPC), but once I started adding things up, including software and then factored in the aggravation of having to work a PC into the mix AND keep it problem free, the PS3 became a no brainer.

BTW - Walmart has a PS3 deal going right now. Buy one for $399 and get a $100 gift card (= BluRay discs??)

Have a couple of extra beers tonight and practice your groveling. Then beg Mrs. Tuttle for a PS3.

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#211215 - 06/11/08 12:13 AM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: Ray3]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Tacoma
Ahem.

The compression capabilities of my posterior notwithstanding, Ken seems to be the only one here who is actually "helping". \:\)

I am lucky enough to have a periodic allocation of funds from my employer to spend on things like computer equipment. So, my question really relates to how I can best leverage that resource rather than how I can best acquire BD capabilities.

I did quite a bit of reading at AVS, and it appears that you can't get the new audio formats from a PC yet. However, since my receiver doesn't have HDMI switching, the point is moot at the moment. I'd be content to build to full capability while enjoying the 1080p picture and DD EX.

It's all part of my master plan. Bwahahahahaha!!
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#211254 - 06/11/08 10:56 AM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 03/09/04
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Loc: Arlington, VA (NOVA)
Don't take the audio side for granted. I did, thinking that my eyes were much more sensitive than my ears, and also more prone to recognizing 'errors' in the video than my ear were to picking up parts of the audio track that were lacking.

After diving into Blu Ray, though, I am appreciating the enhanced audio as much as I am appreciating the video quality. The sound is so rich and full, it's hard to explain. Imaging is superb. I no longer hear my speakers. I just hear sound eminating from space. It's gorgeous.

If you're so flush with cash, why not do both? You can send any leftover funds to a small account I keep off shore.

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#211270 - 06/11/08 12:40 PM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: Capn_Pickard]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8294
Loc: Tacoma
You just don't want me to be happy, do you? You're just like that bastard JP. Any my kids.
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#211274 - 06/11/08 12:47 PM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: tomtuttle]
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3917
Loc: Up yonder
Ya, sounds like you need to just suck it up and buy the player....AND a new audio processor. The Capt is definitely right. The improvement in sound is pretty much guaranteed on all the disks. PQ is hit and miss with some of the older films.
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#211277 - 06/11/08 12:56 PM Re: Blu-Ray HTPC Drives [Re: michael_d]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
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Loc: PEI, Canada
PS3!!!

And for me to promote buying anything from Sony, I have to really believe it's worth it.
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