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LaughingCheese

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#1 10 years ago

Anyone here have a Home Theater system?

I ask because I would like to get one in the near future. I'm just beginning to do research off and on.

So anyway, do you have a Home Theater system? Is it an all in one type package or did you assemble it from various components (i.e., buy everything separately; speakers, TV/projector, etc...)?

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#2 10 years ago

My PC in one of it's many functions serves as my Home Theater system. Even with the HD broadcast rollover coming soon I still plan to use my next PC as a Home Theater system. I'll just go bigger and better next time around. One thing I've not yet decided though is whether I'll use a monitor or HDTV for a display. I currently have both a monitor and my HDTV hooked up to my PC. Next build everything will be incorporated into one display.

What TVs lack HTPCs have in spades. I just saw a program last night that nailed it pretty well. With an HTPC you can hook up with sites like Hulu that will offer vast libraries of TV programming viewable anytime you want, rather than being tied to TV scheduling. HTPCs also allow you to do much more with your disc movie watching, be it DVD or Blu-ray.

If I go HDTV for my display it will likely be something in a 27" 1080p if others besides Sony's overpriced OLED one are available. I'd like to see Philips come out with a PLED HDTV. They are one of the corporations backing that technology which has longer lifespan than Sony's 30,000 (claimed) OLED, which is half that of the average LCD.

In that program I mentioned above they showed a prototype 3D TV Philips is working on, but I'd rather they just focus on PLED. I can't imagine viewing angles would be too good on a 3D TV and they'd probably be unGodly expensive, not to mention that 3D can cause headaches.




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#3 10 years ago
>Omen<;4559678My PC in one of it's many functions serves as my Home Theater system. Even with the HD broadcast rollover coming soon I still plan to use my next PC as a Home Theater system. I'll just go bigger and better next time around. One thing I've not yet decided though is whether I'll use a monitor or HDTV for a display. I currently have both a monitor and my HDTV hooked up to my PC. Next build everything will be incorporated into one display.

That's a really interesting setup, I hadn't thought of using a PC. Would a setup like that conflict with an existing satellite setup like Dish or DirectTV?

What TVs lack HTPCs have in spades. I just saw a program last night that nailed it pretty well. With an HTPC you can hook up with sites like Hulu that will offer vast libraries of TV programming viewable anytime you want, rather than being tied to TV scheduling. HTPCs also allow you to do much more with your disc movie watching, be it DVD or Blu-ray.

Wow, that's really cool. Got any links? I guess I should just look up HTPC?

In that program I mentioned above they showed a prototype 3D TV Philips is working on, but I'd rather they just focus on PLED. I can't imagine viewing angles would be too good on a 3D TV and they'd probably be unGodly expensive, not to mention that 3D can cause headaches.

I'm guessing by '3d TV' your not talking about Star Wars type holographics (volumetric projection).

I'll be truly impressed when they pull that off, unless its some insanely lifelike picture. But then, I could just go outside, that's the funny thing about HD....:lol:

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LC




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#4 10 years ago
Laughing Cheese;4559810Would a setup like that conflict with an existing satellite setup like Dish or DirectTV?

Shouldn't be a problem. Just incorporate the tuner box they provide into the system.




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#5 10 years ago

I've got a little ITX machine that I use as an HTPC. It's not incredibly powerful, it's only a 1.3GHz VIA C3 with 1gb of RAM and a Radeon 9250, but it's quick enough to cope with Mythbuntu and dual DVB-T tuners, so it does the job. It's a custom built machine, and it's usually hooked up to our 26" Samsung HDTV.