[mythtv-users] Confusion about Output Cards.

Jesse Guardiani jesse at wingnet.net
Tue Mar 14 19:48:18 UTC 2006

Nick Ellson wrote:
> I am putting together a Myth TV system mainly to have menu based playback 
> of my Movie Collection (I started keeping .iso's of my kids films as they 
> tend to wreck them alot.)
> When I saw MythTV, it was as a search for a video JukeBox. While I'll 
> definately set up the whole thing, I see a lot of emphasis on input cards, 
> but my concern is getting the best audio/video output to my Sony Wega 
> HDTV and the Dream System surround sound.
> To get good quality playback from hard drive stored movies, what should I 
> be looking for? So far I have seen benefits posted on the PVR-350 for it's 
> decoder in hardware. But that's about it. What kind of connection to a 
> sound system can I expect? Or to an HDTV?

For HDTV, if you have DVI or VGA input then those are best. I think 
DVI->HDMI adapters exist
as well. I'm using an Nvidia 5200 -> DVI -> Westinghouse 32" LCD. It's 
quite nice.

For SDTV, the 350 is best, but many chose an nvidia card because nvidia 
cards show BIOS posts
on tv out and have opengl accel.

One more note: SDTV looks fairly bad using software scaling on an HDTV. 
Usually it's perceived
as worse than SDTV on an actual SDTV due to the pixelation. Oh well. 
DVDs look nice though,
and of course HDTV looks great.

Jesse Guardiani
Programmer/Sys Admin
jesse at wingnet.net

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