[mythtv-users] Confusion about Output Cards.

Nick Ellson grimm at nickellson.com
Tue Mar 14 21:49:46 UTC 2006

Ok, so DVI.. Is that the standard large white d-sub that I am using at 
work for my 20 inch LCD? Or is that to do with the little black optical 
connector on the back of my HDTV TV Set?

What about Audio? How would I get the full dolby/dts whatever all they way 
to my 6 speaker Sony Dream system (also has one of those little black 
optical connectors, and RCA inputs)

Or would I use a 6.1 sound card and run MORE wires :\ I am affraid of 
that, my system is in a 19" rack in my garage. I can run cable under the 
house to my TV, but it would be nice to know what to run (and I have a IR 
Remote RF repeater so I can use whatever remote system works with Myth 

Thanks for the advice so far, it helps :)


Nick Ellson
MCSE 2000, Security+, Network+
Network Hobbyist, VFR Private Pilot.

On Tue, 14 Mar 2006, Jesse Guardiani wrote:

> 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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