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  1. #1

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    The tube lair in Charlotte, NC

    Default Want to replace your home theater pre-pro with a HTPC?

    Now I'll be honest. I have no intention of doing this myself, as I am a 2-channel guy and HT isn't really my gig. With that said, I ran across this article today by Nyal Mellor and I thought I would share with with the fine folks here at Club Polk. If I ever did get into HT, this would be the route I would take.

    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.

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    I can't imagine that to sound good but you never know

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    Pocatello, Idaho


    No HDMI switching that I couldmsee
    Home Theater
    Onkyo PR-SC5508 Sharp LC-70LE847U
    Emotiva XPA-5 Emotiva XPA-2 Emotiva UPA-2
    Front RTi-A9 Wide RTi-A7 Center CSi-A6 Surround FXi-A6 Rear RTi-A3 Sub 2x PSW505
    Sony BDP-S790 Dishnetwork Hopper/Joey Logitech Harmony One Apple TV
    Two Channel
    Oppo 105D BAT VK-500 w/BatPack SDA SRS 2.3 Dreadnought Squeezebox Touch Apple TV

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    Rockledge, Florida


    Sound you maybe surprised use one for HTPC myself and very happy with it. Was used for a some TV playback during PolkFest, I like someone whom was here to say something about the playback in their own words.

    Carver Amazing Fronts
    CS400i Center
    RT800i's Rears
    Sub Paradigm Servo 15

    Conrad Johnson PV-5 pre-amp
    Parasound Halo A23
    Pioneer 84TXSi AVR
    Pioneer 79Avi DVD
    Sony CX400 CD changer
    Panasonic 42-PX60U Plasma
    WMC Win7 32bit HD DVR

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    The Beautiful Central Oregon Coast


    Not even going to read it :^ )
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PWD MKII w/bridge, modded EE Minimax pre, ML Source speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Rapture V3/Silnote Morpheus Ref. II IC's, Ps Audio AC5, AC3 and Pangea AC14XL power cords
    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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    If HDMI switching isnt needed then its pretty nice. I have a similar case with a similar goal in mind myself however I am keeping it simple and letting my Integra do all the lifting.

    Plus to be honest for this cost you could get the Oppo 105 which does 99% of this and does it better more than likely. You just need to rip your blu-rays and movies to a server and then use the Oppo as a front end.

    If Oppo got Audyssey room correction installed it would be IMHO a bit better than a standalone HTPC with the only caveat being the HTPC is upgradeable to some extent where the oppo has to be replaced entirely to get new features hardware wise.
    Advice is free, the Flea Market is earned - F1Nut

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    HT: APC H15 | Pio 51FD | Uverse | Xbox 360 | Squeezebox Classic | Integra DTR 5.9 | Carver AV-705x & M1.0t MKII Opt002 | LSi 15 | LSiC | LSi F/x | Kimber Hero IC & 8VS SC

    Office: Win 7 -> DacMagic w/ Pangea PSU | DIY Pass BOSOZ| Parasound HCA-1200ii | Polk RTA 11TL | Cables TBA

    Bedroom: Uverse | Roku 2 | Samsung LCD | SurroundBar 2000

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