[mythtv-users] possible frontend?

GZ gzornetzer.lists at gmail.com
Fri Aug 13 22:40:10 UTC 2010

On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM, jmk <jmk at foofus.net> wrote:

> On Aug 10, 2010, at 7:34 AM, Joe wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM, Richard Morton
> <richard.e.morton at gmail.com> wrote:
> http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/09/jetway-jbc600c99-52w-is-a-long-name-for-a-little-nettop-with-ato/
> I just stumbled upon this one myself, newegg carries it:
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856107072
> I am in the market for a small/quiet frontend and I was thinking of
> getting a Revo as they seem to be pretty highly regarded for that
> purpose -- but I discovered they discontinued the $199 "1600" model
> and now all you can get is the more expensive 3600 series.  This
> Jetway is cheaper and comes with an MCE remote, but does NOT have
> keyboard, memory, or storage for the OS (I don't want the keyboard but
> the memory is important, and I don't feel like going through the pain
> of setting up network boot).  In the end it's probably about the same
> price.
> I'm considering getting a nettop to play with as a new frontend. Has anyone
> actually seen/used this new Jetway? It appears to be what I'm looking for,
> with a few potential concerns:
> 1) All mentions of this product reference an optical S/PDIF port in their
> summary text. However, the specs on Jetway's site don't list it and I'm not
> seeing it in the pictures. I'm curious if there is indeed a S/PDIF port.
In the specs from Newegg, it doesn't list an SPDIF out.  The picture on
newegg also doesn't include SPDIF out.  My guess is that they expect people
to run the audio over HDMI for HTPC applications.

One other thing to note about this - this is using the Ion2 architecture,
which has some annoying drawbacks.  IIRC, the Ion graphics chip is only
being fed by a single PCIe lane, so the graphics are more bandwidth-limited
than the original Ion.  This likely does not affect VDPAU, but could affect
CPU-based decoding.
This review on Anandtech is a good description of the story:

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