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

Gary Raposo gary at raposo.ca
Thu Sep 23 14:35:51 EDT 2004

Thanks, Jarod... and everyone else that's replied.  As usual, your feedback 
is exactly what I was looking for.

Right now it looks like I'm leaning towards the following video adapter:
MSI FX5200 TD128

As for the sound card, Jarod, you mentioned that a SB Live! 5.1 would do 
the trick.  The motherboard I am looking at, Asus P5P800 
(http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket775/p5p800/overview.htm) has a coax 
digital out port for the onboard audio.  It's described as an ADI AD1985 
audio solution with 5.1-channel CODEC.  The interesting thing is that it's 
apparently "SoundBlaster Live! upgradable".  Who knows what that 
means.  I'll give the onboard audio a try and if it doesn't work then I'll 
have splurge on an Audigy.


At 11:33 AM 23/09/2004, you wrote:
>On Thursday 23 September 2004 03:20, Stephen Tait wrote:
> > > > >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...?
>I'm in Audigy 1 mode also. :-) I use an Audigy 1 OEM card for SPDIF out to my
>amp. It has the little mini-coax jack on the card itself, which requires an
>adapter to get to an RCA-style jack, but it works just peachy (I'm even
>sending raw ac3 across to my amp now for HDTV).
> > > 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).
>I was thinking Audigy 1 OEM, not Audigy2 ZS, thus the price disparity. Hell,
>even a SB Live! 5.1 would do the trick, they can be found in various places
>Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
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