[mythtv-users] HDTV Recommendations... with DVI

Stephen Tait tait at digitallaw.co.uk
Thu Sep 23 06:20:13 EDT 2004

At 08:43 23/09/2004, you wrote:
>On Wednesday 22 September 2004 22:00, Stephen Tait wrote:
> > At 23:10 22/09/2004 -0400, you wrote:
> > > From my research it sounds like an NVIDIA based card would be my best
> > > bet... but which one?
> >
> > Some variant of a 5200 would be best IMHO. You can get passively cooled
> > 5200's quite easily.
>I got this one myself:
>Despite the pictures, mine is fanless.

Yeah, just a reminder for anyone else, the pics are almost never true to 
the actual products. If you can, ask the store whether they're passively 
cooled or not.

> > >While I've got you... anyone have a recommendation for a stable sound
> > >card?  I'm looking for something that will handle 5.1 sound with SPDIF
> > >(optical) output.  My current MythTV system is based on a Pundit and the
> > >onboard SPDIF is flakey at best.  I just want something reliable.
> >
> > My bet would be on one of the higher end Audigy's or an M-Audio Revolution.
>No complaints here for my Audigy. Just an OEM version, but feeding spdif 
>to my
>amp without a problem.

Sorry, I was still in Audigy 1 mode, where only the spanky Audigy Platinums 
came with SPDIF in/out (I've got a Platinum eX and an Audigy OEM, and only 
the platinum came with SPDIF connectors). I imagine most of the Audigy 2's 
will have SPDIF now...?

>If you don't mind spending the money, get the Revo
>though. I like 'em partially because they'll work under Linux, Windows *and*
>Mac OS X, but its also a better card. (It also costs more, on order of double
>what you can get a viable Audigy for). W/HDTV, anything over 5.1 is going to
>be wasted right now, so the Revo's 7.1 is nice for the future, but doesn't
>really serve any purpose in a Myth box, aside from maybe the few DVDs that
>have 6.1 or 7.1 soundtracks... I'll stop rambling now... I'm partial to the
>Revo if money isn't an issue, but I have no complaints about my Audigy.

Here in the UK, I can get a Revo 7.1 for the same price as an Audigy2 ZS 
(both ~80 from KustomPC's), and I think they're fairly balanced on 
features. I'll prolly splurge on a revo 5.1 for my next myth box, but again 
the Audigy is an excellent card (even if the windows drivers can be a bit 
temperamental at times). 

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