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  1. #16
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    Re: HTPC News

    The Outlaw 990 should be a killer, it is basically the same as the Sherwood P965 (actually the 990 is built in Sherwood's factory in Korea). It offers a few things the Sherwood doesnt, like DVI switching, and balanced outputs (not of much use to most mainstream applications). The Sherwood has a much better remote (MX500), which pretty much makes up for the price difference. (Ok, so I have the Sherwood)

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    Re: HTPC News

    Outlaw Audio, who is celebrating its sixth year on the lam

    I'll check out the Sherwood.
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    Re: HTPC News

    Outlaw is a great company, I have the 950 (selling it shortly). Superb customer service. If you already have a nice remote, look at the 990. The 990 is also cheaper, but the Sherwood can be had for around $1100-1200.

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    Re: HTPC News

    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenDiego
    Good point I guess...
    ......

    Have you ever seen "FFDShow" put to test?

    http://htpcnews.com/main.php?id=ffdshowdvd_1

    I haven't really messed with it but I hear it's a must for die hard picture quality buffs.
    Over last few days I poured over that website and took the plunge. Purchased 2 softwares and downloaded the FFDshow. Installed it on xp2400, 1GB, TI4600 system connected to 50inch Panasonic LCD HD.

    I had 2 identical DVD's. One went into the up-converting DVD player(Toshiba) via HDI connector. The other went into my pc via VGA connector. I switched back and forth between two sources for comparison. Here is my observation.

    1) PC source had better color. You can see in fleshtone and deeper saturation of colors.
    2) PC source had "pop" to the picture - fore ground had lot of details, background had pleasant blur that gave it more 3D appearance.
    3) DVD player had more even appearance with warmer color tone - more cinematic.
    4) DVD player seemed to have just a bit less details - hard to tell.
    5) FDDshow, ZoomPro has ton of options and adjustments. Above were strictly according to what was written on the website write up.
    6) CPU usage is high. It averages 65% CPU usage just to watch a DVD. Memory usage is low at or below 200MB.
    7) I really want to see what is best possible with the options available.
    8) YMMV!

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    Re: HTPC News

    I haven't been in here for some time and I hope to be able to spend more time here as other duties slow down. So, to start off, here is a great primer on Hooking Up A PC to An HDTV
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    Re: HTPC News

    Quote Originally Posted by UncleBob
    I haven't been in here for some time and I hope to be able to spend more time here as other duties slow down.
    Well get on it! Welcome back.
    Darren E
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    Re: HTPC News

    Things in Chaintech have slowed to a veritable sputter!

    How are you doing, DD?
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    Re: HTPC News

    PowerColor 550 Pro PCIe Card Review This is a PCI express card based on the ATI Theater 550 Pro. Good numbers, too.
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    180+ GHZ total power for PC Perspective Killer Frogs Rosetta @ Home Team as The Uncle B's!!




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    Re: HTPC News

    OK, I was looking at this Uneed International x.15E HTPC case again, I can't help myself! Well, here is a great review of it here from HTPC News!

    Try not to drool on the keyboard. I had to dry mine off, just a gentle reminder!
    Main Rig: EVGA 141-BL-E769-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 CLASSIFIED/WATERCOOLED ED. cooled by the Monster Water Cooling Setup
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    180+ GHZ total power for PC Perspective Killer Frogs Rosetta @ Home Team as The Uncle B's!!




    Spoiler!

    I'm the Uncle your Aunt won't talk about. Go ahead and pull my finger!

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    Re: HTPC News

    Good news for portable HDTV users! Check out Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick Puts Broadcast HD on your Laptop, for Free: Out of the Box
    (Thanks to JimZ for the tip!)
    Main Rig: EVGA 141-BL-E769-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 CLASSIFIED/WATERCOOLED ED. cooled by the Monster Water Cooling Setup
    HTPC One BIG Case Asus 8 CORE Monster
    ASUS: 5 * BIOSTAR: 1 * CHAINTECH: 1 * EVGA: 3 * GIGABYTE: 5 * SUPER MICRO: 1 *TYAN: 2
    180+ GHZ total power for PC Perspective Killer Frogs Rosetta @ Home Team as The Uncle B's!!




    Spoiler!

    I'm the Uncle your Aunt won't talk about. Go ahead and pull my finger!

  11. #26
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    Re: HTPC News

    Quote Originally Posted by UncleBob View Post
    Good news for portable HDTV users! Check out Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick Puts Broadcast HD on your Laptop, for Free: Out of the Box
    (Thanks to JimZ for the tip!)
    You are welcome. Now I know where this thread is...

    And I was amazed reading the review [maybe not a glowing endorsement] but I was surprised the item existed!

    Also...heres a link to the guy that did the review. I doubt hed be shy about answering questions.

    http://www.instapundit.com/
    Last edited by jimzinsocal; 01-04-2007 at 07:44 PM.

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    Re: HTPC News

    HDMI: THE FULL STORY: Here's part one. And here's part two.

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    Re: HTPC News

    My recent experiences with HDMI cables here.
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    180+ GHZ total power for PC Perspective Killer Frogs Rosetta @ Home Team as The Uncle B's!!




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    Re: HTPC News

    This recent bit from Hauppauge could be the best thing to happen to us HTPC enthusiasts looking for a way to record premium HD content without that nasty DRM stuff .

    Press release
    no sig required.

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    Re: HTPC News

    Hot Damn....it's about time!!
    Main Rig: EVGA 141-BL-E769-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 CLASSIFIED/WATERCOOLED ED. cooled by the Monster Water Cooling Setup
    HTPC One BIG Case Asus 8 CORE Monster
    ASUS: 5 * BIOSTAR: 1 * CHAINTECH: 1 * EVGA: 3 * GIGABYTE: 5 * SUPER MICRO: 1 *TYAN: 2
    180+ GHZ total power for PC Perspective Killer Frogs Rosetta @ Home Team as The Uncle B's!!




    Spoiler!

    I'm the Uncle your Aunt won't talk about. Go ahead and pull my finger!

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