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Decoding AC3 from SPDIF on the fly

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Using a PC to decode AC3 audio via a spdif from a satellite set top box has always been something that has interested me for several years, given my determination to avoid home receivers and stick with a good quality sound card driving multiple power amps instead, but until I could never get it work satisfactorily [...]

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Network Media Player

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

After having lived with Windows Media Player on my HTPC for the last two years, I have been looking for an alternative that will allow control via a suitable web browser so that video and in particular audio can be selected from either a laptop or a web enabled mobile phone [...]

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Zotac 8400GS 512MB DDR2 VGA DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

The Zotac 8400GS is still one of the cheapest Direct X 10 PCI cards around and can be picked from outlets like Ebuyer for under £25 which is fantastic value for money if you are wanting a cheap HDCP card capable of outputting 1080P from a Home Theatre PC [...]

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Shuttle SN68SG2 Home Theatre System

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Having used a Shuttle SN41G2 based AMD 3ghz XP machine to watch DVDs and listen to mp3s with, the time had come to upgrade to something a little more powerful that was capable of Blue Ray HD playback [...]

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Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ81B Plasma Screen

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

The Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ81B Plasma Screen is the latest edition to their Viera range of televisions and represents one of the best quality screens you can find for around £2000 in the UK today [...]

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