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tingc222 Feb 22, 2006, 11:23pm EST Report Abuse
well, not exactly what i meant by the title...here is what i am hoping to do:

-get a nice big (50" ish) LCD projection tv and hook it up with good speakers (hopefully within $4000 total)

-hook up my computer to the TV, since i have TV out and the switcharoo thing in windows

-have the option to switch my audio from the computer speakers to the TV speakers (might need a switch or something)

-being able to play DVDs, CDs, the windows media player visualizations, and games.


so can I do all this? And if so what do i need in addition to what i have? (and if possible, any suggestions to TVs/speakers?)

thanks in advance :)


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SuPeR Xp Feb 22, 2006, 11:54pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
WOW, TV & Speakers? the TV is a hard desision, because LCD still don't cut it with me. I mean they still seem to drag alittle on the slow side when watching DVD's with loads of action.

Anyway, I would wait a wile for the new TV which is said to be the LCD, Plasma, DLP killer of them all.

Now if you cannot wait, then this is what you look for.

DLP in my opinion is better then LCD, but Plasma is better then both, but costs too much.

So,

DLP 50" + or Plasma @ 42" or bellow - MAKE SURE you have support for "480i/480p, 720p/1080i" O.K.
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0770HDS...langid=EN#

Home entertainment system - It is good to have 5.1 , 6.1 & 7.1
Good companies are in the order of best to good
Bose, Harman Kardon, Sony & Quest Mystique - make sure you HAVE support for HD sound & THX & also have support for any 3 to or more of these - Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic Surround, DTS Decoder and/or DTS ES

And to use your PC as a DVR or a PVR, and want to record HD-DVD. HDTV, Blu-Ray, HD-DivX, you may also want to consider the X1900's like the lower priced X1900XL coming out with 48 Shader Engines with the AVIVO support.

Everything else with your PC look great. You can always add more DDR Ram & HD space ;)
Good Luck,

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tingc222 Feb 23, 2006, 10:31am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
yea i really would like to add to my pc but i jsut dont have the money :(

so how is it possible to switch audio from pc to TV?

and i've heard LCD projections are better than DLP, due to less light lost from the little mirrors present in DLP TVs...is this true?

and do plasma TVs still have plasma burns?

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Seagate 80GB SATA+Seagate 80GB SATAII RAID-0
OCZ GameXStream 600W
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SuPeR Xp Feb 23, 2006, 12:09pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
I think Plasma burns is a myth, but don't quote me on that. And the last I've read is that the new DLP's use a better internal 3D engine which produces better lighting, so try googling DLP v.s LCD & see what you come up with.


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Ian Yeoh Feb 23, 2006, 02:21pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
I would really recommend Plasma. DLP is the biggest bang for teh buck and they come in big screens for low cost. LCDs don't go very big, and SuperXP is right about action DVDs on LCDs. Of course, Plasmas are very expensive. And the burn thing is a myth.... I can't afford it, so it sux... that's the average mentality.

Rooin Feb 23, 2006, 02:26pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
the Audio will be no problem....


Get a nice name brand system Reciever speakers Supporting the things listed before.

Edit: By name brand I dont mean a high doller Sony System. Get Quality. Research. A lot of systems you can purchase at Best Buy, or other local retails are washed out over priced junk. You want to go for what "audio people" call name brand. Some names were listed before, but MANY are available. Look for a professional HTS installer in your area. ask them for some names of some 'quality' companys. They will beable to tell you about stuff you couldnt imagine. An names you probably never even heard of.

If your able, have your PC and reciever support Optical. Best Sound quality.

Im pretty sure ALL recievers have the ability to change sources. So you will have no trouble at changing between your PC audio, and your "cable, or Satelite" audio.

on my setup I have: TV, DVD, Game consoles and an iPod all connected to my reciever that I can switch to whenever I want. just by pushing a button.

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tingc222 Feb 23, 2006, 09:17pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
awesome...thanks guys :)

does anyone know whether the Neo4 platinum have onboard optical audio out? I think it says it does but im not sure if it is the right thing...some websites call it coaxial S/P-DIF out and others just call it optical audio out

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X1950XT @ 675/936
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4x512 Kingston HyperX DDR @192Mhz, 2-3-2-6-T2
Seagate 80GB SATA+Seagate 80GB SATAII RAID-0
OCZ GameXStream 600W
Creative Audigy 2 ZS

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SuPeR Xp Feb 23, 2006, 09:38pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
If you want to get a real good audio setup for a good price, I would recomend the Creative SOund Blaster XFi series by far.

I heard loads of good stuff about them.

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Sean Costello Feb 23, 2006, 09:52pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
Circuit City has a 72" LCD for $4000

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Sean Costello Feb 23, 2006, 09:55pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
Plasmas only last 4-5 years then they burn out, burn-in is still a problem ive seen it, DLPs have a POS viewing angle, LCDs are the best choice, im getting oen soon

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tingc222 Feb 24, 2006, 10:34am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
umm...so no1 knows about the neo4's optical output?

I might consider getting a cheap sound card, since my speakers aren't good enough neways. maybe a Audigy 2 OEM for around $50

so is the optical output literally light with optical fibre?

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Seagate 80GB SATA+Seagate 80GB SATAII RAID-0
OCZ GameXStream 600W
Creative Audigy 2 ZS

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Dublin_Gunner Feb 24, 2006, 11:09am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
The s/pdif optical out will be fine for using to connect to a receiver or amp.

Its just a digital optical output, pioneered by sony and philips, hence the s/p

The only problem is the quality. Onboard sound probably wont be the best (although they have a SoundBlaster onboad dont they?)

If you can even afford to get an X-FI extreme music (cheapest one) you'll have much better sound quality

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tingc222 Feb 25, 2006, 12:52am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
digital optical = not light and fibre right?

personally, I don't seem to notice how my computer's audio sux...

Opteron 170 @2.5Ghz w/Stock heatpipe
X1950XT @ 675/936
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4x512 Kingston HyperX DDR @192Mhz, 2-3-2-6-T2
Seagate 80GB SATA+Seagate 80GB SATAII RAID-0
OCZ GameXStream 600W
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tingc222 Feb 25, 2006, 12:52am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
digital optical = not light and fibre right?

personally, I don't seem to notice how my computer's audio sux...

Opteron 170 @2.5Ghz w/Stock heatpipe
X1950XT @ 675/936
DFI Lanparty UT SLi-D
4x512 Kingston HyperX DDR @192Mhz, 2-3-2-6-T2
Seagate 80GB SATA+Seagate 80GB SATAII RAID-0
OCZ GameXStream 600W
Creative Audigy 2 ZS

3Dmark05: 11687 3Dmark06: 6100
tingc222 Feb 25, 2006, 04:07pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Home entertainment my computer=PS3?
oops...double post

Opteron 170 @2.5Ghz w/Stock heatpipe
X1950XT @ 675/936
DFI Lanparty UT SLi-D
4x512 Kingston HyperX DDR @192Mhz, 2-3-2-6-T2
Seagate 80GB SATA+Seagate 80GB SATAII RAID-0
OCZ GameXStream 600W
Creative Audigy 2 ZS

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