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Hmmn - seems like an awful lot of money for what seems to be a windows media centre and free software you get with a £100 bluray drive. Also £700 for 2TB of storage is Dick Turpin rates...Costs aside... I’d challenge their claim that the MediaMaster Pro offers “full support for HD audio formats”I cannot see a discrete sound card on the rear of the box. I thought the Asus Xonar HDMI and Auzentech HD sound cards were the ONLY way to bitstream proprietary HD audio on a pc.The HDMI port on the motherboard can output 5.1PCM but that’s not the same thing...
Am I right in thinking this is basically a file server with some network attached media centre PC's?
To be fair that is a prototype version pictured so the finished product may well have one of the sound cards you mentioned. As for costs, it might still sound expensive but I was putting it in the context of other AV multiroom systems.
Cant the newer Radeon Cards do 7.1 LPCM, which is far as I know is the best sound format. I suppose they would support everything else as well so maybe the sound is through the graphics card?
Alan - my apologies you are correct. The latest 59XX series does do HD bitstreaming.Which is good news for me as I need a good soundcard and getting a 59XX series may end up cheaper than buying a Xonar...
..."allowing you to take that unwieldy disc collection to the charity shop."Sorry to be a bit of a pedant here, but as I understand it, you're only allowed to make 'backup copies' of copyrighted media if you own the original? I imagine that would preclude giving the original discs to the charity shop! Unless TR are condoning software piracy? ;o)
I guess one of these makes it easy to rip all your DVDs and blurays (put in and click rip) easily whereas if you were to build your own it's pretty complex going through all the file formats and codecs
Probably just me, but I can't see the point.A 4TB media PC in a stunning case, whisper quiet, etc with Windows 7 Media Centre and My Movies (free) costs a fraction of a fraction of the price here.So is this really that much better?Somehow I doubt it.Please prove me wrong.
@Prem As the author stated, this is in the context of multi-room AV systems which are extortionately expensive. Sure you can build your own but if you have the money, this is an easy option imho. Saying that, I use my old xbox + XBMC and/or my Xbox360 for my streaming needs...convenience > quality.
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