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Old 09-15-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:04 AM   #2
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I don't understand why the lack of SPDIF and eSATA would prevent the use of this motherboard for a HTPC.

Just add a TV-card, hook the outputs to the monitor of choice and audio amplifier, and you're ready to go!

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You need an SPDIF output to connect the computer to your home theater receiver. You can connect video directly to your HDTV set using a DVI (thru a cable that has a DVI connector at one end and an HDMI connector on the other) or an HDMI output. There is absolutely no need for a TV card, unless you want to watch regular TV. Most people hooking up a PC to a home theater setup are looking for playing DVDs, Blu-Ray, MP3, videos of all sorts and MP3 music.

As for eSATA, it helps people carrying external HDDs around, we've some people using external HDDs with eSATA port to move huge files (like movies) around.

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You need an SPDIF output to connect the computer to your home theater receiver. You can connect video directly to your HDTV set using a DVI ... or an HDMI output.
Isn't that jumping the conclusions a bit?
Most receivers I've seen have supported both analogue and optical inputs, so the regular 3.5mm jacks on the motherboard should work just fine.
TV-sets (that aren't necessarily HDTV compliant) also support video input through various connectors depending on model: SCART, S-VHS, RGB-coaxials, RF-antenna, VGA, composite coaxial, HDMI, etc.

(And so far I've not encountered any single HTPC user that doesn't want to have TV part of the HTPC, in order to record and view TV-programs.)

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Olle,

I haven't seen home theater receivers with full 5.1 analog support. Maybe you are talking about stereo? It makes no sense building an HTPC without full 5.1 audio connection.

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