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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-30-2007, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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HTPC sound questions

I am an HTPC newb, but have lots of experience with PC's. Anyway, I ordered an HP Elite M9000T with the following specs:
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor E6550 (2.33GHz)
3GB DDR2-667MHz dual channel SDRAM (2x1024,2x512)
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT, TV-out, DVI-I, HDMI
500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
Blu-ray / HD DVD player & Lightscribe SuperMulti DVD burner
ATI TV Wonder external digital cable tuner + internal TV tuner
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

It is going to be used strictly as an HTPC, no gaming at all.

My current JVC receiver is setup in a 5.1 configuration for playing DVD's and watching TV.

My question is this, the soundblaster does not appear to have any type of digital audio to plug into my JVC receiver. The motherboard of the PC appears to have a coaxial connection for audio. My current PC has a Fortissimo III 7.1 with digital outputs. Should I use the connection on the motherboard to plug into the receiver, or should I take the Fortissimo out of my PC and put it in the HTPC, or should I just get some analog 5.1 speakers and plug them into the soundblaster?

Then, is setting up Vista MCE to use the receiver pretty straight forward? I have been using analog my entire PC career, so it was pretty much just plug them in and away you go.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-30-2007, 11:56 AM
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Sounds nice, mind me asking what you spent? As far as the audio-output, there should be some sort of output from the Sound blaster to allow to use optical or something of that sort, if there's not I know you can buy audio cards that will allow it.
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There was a coupon at www.techbargains.com for 30% off any HP Pavillion PC. The one I got also comes with ATI Cablecard TV tuner.

Anyway, with the coupon, the total was $1,392.
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The motherboard of the PC appears to have a coaxial connection for audio.
if it supports dolby digital/dts use the onboard. if not, get an add on that will.


oh and you spent a lot of money! that computer is overkill for a HTPC!
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The base price was about $800.

The Blu-ray/HD-DVD combo drive was another $350. Then the ATI Digital CableCard Tuner was another $350, and you can only get the tuners thru retailers, they aren't available to the consumer. You can find them on ebay, but they will not work. The computer needs to have DCT supported version of Vista + special key in the bios
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The base price was about $800.

The Blu-ray/HD-DVD combo drive was another $350. Then the ATI Digital CableCard Tuner was another $350, and you can only get the tuners thru retailers, they aren't available to the consumer. You can find them on ebay, but they will not work. The computer needs to have DCT supported version of Vista + special key in the bios

ah, see i wouldnt need the cablecard stuff. i guess are you using the computer as a dvr?

sounds nice
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Yup...going to get rid of Verizons set top box. They charge $12 a month for it. You get a cable card from them at $2 a month, plug it into the tuner, and voila.
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Yup...going to get rid of Verizons set top box. They charge $12 a month for it. You get a cable card from them at $2 a month, plug it into the tuner, and voila.

i didnt know they had cable cards now. fios over cable card?
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yes....verizon now has cable cards. I am pretty sure Time Warner has them also.
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yes....verizon now has cable cards. I am pretty sure Time Warner has them also.
Yeah I heard they're trying to force cable companies in to providing consumers a choice, and not just forcing them to pay for the box

As far as audio, if your reciever has digital in then I wouldn't even think twice about using coaxial or fiber connection... Many mobo's have spdif in/out connections built in. One of the few good things with vista that I found, it has built in voice recognition that works pretty damn well, and with media center it makes a pretty cool toy to play with

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