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Old 10-07-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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I am considering replacing my Arcam Media Reciever with a Media PC. Has anyone else done this?
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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I have HTPCs with TV tuners that also stream from a DLNA server. All HTPCs and server run Windows. Windows media center is pretty good. My media is currently stored on a Netgear ReadyNAS Pro, but I am in the process of getting rid of the NAS.

Prior to this I was using a upnp media server along with a DLink upnp media player. This was shortlived because it was so limiting in terms of video formats.

My setup works well. Do you have any specific questions? All my PCs are custom built... but if you're looking for retail units, I've heard good things about the HP MediaSmart series.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:52 PM
 
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Thank you for asking,
I too have built my own PC and as you know they are quite easy to do and fun as well. I have a 4 year old 1.8 Ghz Opteron duel core running W7 Pro which I was going to convert into a media PC. This device would have a highend audio card, as well as video card, two HD's one for applications the other for data though I am considering replacing them with SSDs if they are cooler in the sense of tempeture other wise both are Raptor 150G 10K spinners.

I also was considering a TV card but I am not sure if that is really necessary with todays technology. I want to have this PC Media Reciever also to be fanless to keep noise down. Amplification would be tube drive 7.1 amplification. I found some rocking tube amps out there that are very Hifi and tweaked to accomadate todays new HT systems. So what do you think? Good idea verses spending thousands on a dedicated HD pre amp. and still incorporating a PC anyhow?
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:18 PM
 
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I have one.

See my reply to another recent thread here: http://www.city-data.com/forum/16099363-post13.html
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:21 AM
 
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Thank you for asking,
I too have built my own PC and as you know they are quite easy to do and fun as well. I have a 4 year old 1.8 Ghz Opteron duel core running W7 Pro which I was going to convert into a media PC. This device would have a highend audio card, as well as video card, two HD's one for applications the other for data though I am considering replacing them with SSDs if they are cooler in the sense of tempeture other wise both are Raptor 150G 10K spinners.

I also was considering a TV card but I am not sure if that is really necessary with todays technology. I want to have this PC Media Reciever also to be fanless to keep noise down. Amplification would be tube drive 7.1 amplification. I found some rocking tube amps out there that are very Hifi and tweaked to accomadate todays new HT systems. So what do you think? Good idea verses spending thousands on a dedicated HD pre amp. and still incorporating a PC anyhow?
I'm not that knowledgeable about HT systems, So I can't really offer too much advise regarding the amps and such configuration you are asking about.

One thing that I took into consideration was power usage. The opteron might run a little hot for an HTPC... but that's just my opinion. You might want to consider a 45 watt cpu if you want to run fanless.
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Old 10-09-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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One thing that I took into consideration was power usage. The opteron might run a little hot for an HTPC... but that's just my opinion. You might want to consider a 45 watt cpu if you want to run fanless.[/quote]


Very good point I think I will look at lower wattage CPU's
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