HTPC & Cablecard – Central Home Entertainment Units

There is no “standard description” for a home theater system. It might consist of many separate components – a large digital television or projector, DVD or Blu-ray playback, an A/V stereo receiver or amplifier and subwoofer. Each device having its own remote control and complex of interconnecting cables. What if you could combine many of these devices, add digital video recording, and use one remote to control the system from ten feet away? This is possible by using a PC as the heart of your audio/video home theater system. Here we discuss how HTPC and Cablecard can be used to heighten your home theater experience, simply (or maybe not so simply) by connecting up your PC and other home entertainment devices.

PC Home Theater Sound Cards

Good HTPC sound cards are essential to capture the full immersive experience of the audio that comes with the movies on commercial DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Asus has a high performance card Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, Ausgen has X-Fi Home Theater HD and Creative labs has Sound Blaster X-Fi extreme.

Best Home Theater PCs

If you are thinking of purchasing a Home Theater PC have a look at this article for brief information on some of the most popular systems. We also explain what a Home Theater PC is, how it differs from a standard desktop PC and why you would need it specifically.