Newbie Question about right HW for audion output

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by GS4XX, Sep 15, 2005.

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    GS4XX Guest

    I hope someone can help me. I just bought a Sony Media Center because it had
    built in tuner with DVI out. I set it up and realized that the only audio
    output was for the computer speakers. Since I have digital video, I also
    want to run this through my audio amp. I'll need to take it back and get
    something with the right audio outputs as well. I see the HP media center
    Digital Entertainment Center (z555) has the capability, as well as another
    tuner and composite video out.
    Here's the question. Is there another system I can buy for less than the
    1700-2000 cost of the HP that includes both digital video out and audio I can
    send out to an amp?
    Thanks.
     
    GS4XX, Sep 15, 2005
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    Jaime Guest

    You can run audio out to your amp, granted the sound quality isn't going to
    be like having a dedicated surround sound card in the system. If you like
    the system, why not just add a good sound card?
     
    Jaime, Sep 15, 2005
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    GS4XX Guest

    Thanks for the idea.
    I definately want good quality sound, a dedicated sound card is a great
    option.

    Only other thing is the video via DVI seems kind of sketchy. It works great
    sometimes, but really flickers others and doesn't work others. My TV says I
    should set the video mode to XGA [email protected] I'd like to try that but
    don't know how to. Any suggestions? Do you think that may solve the
    flickering or am I better off with composite output to the TV?
     
    GS4XX, Sep 15, 2005
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    Jaime Guest

    I just have a standard TV, so I use the S-Video (better than composite) and
    I think I get a pretty good image. I would think you would get a fairly
    inferior image with composite vs. DVI. Not sure about the flickering though,
    maybe some others with HD monitors will have some ideas.
     
    Jaime, Sep 15, 2005
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