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.
Thinking of buying an HTPC or building one on your own? Then, here’s a comprehensive guide on HTPC that will fill you up with all of the information you need to enjoy a superb home entertainment experience.
Home theater PCs (HTPCs) range from personal computing devices to heavy duty home entertainment centers. The more tasks an HTPC does, the more power it requires. This is one of the most important considerations you have to think about when building or buying an HTPC.
An HTPC case can produce a lot of noise because of their fans. Luckily for easily annoyed users, fanless cases are also available for your computer setup.
The biggest problem when building an HTPC is getting the right enclosure. Commercially available products can be very expensive. Here’s how you can build your own from an old receiver, VCR or DVD player.
Cases for Mini ITX and ATX motherboards are designed after the compact body of those motherboards. They are also perfect for use in other applications like a desktop computer with a compact CPU or a NAS for your home network.
The popularity of using high-definition televisions (HDTVs) as PC monitors is rapidly growing. While some HDTVs are well-suited for this task, many are not. In fact, some HDTVs can be permanently damaged by being used as PC monitors. It is crucial to select the appropriate HDTV for this function.
Learn how you can build your own HTPC that will perform better and be more affordable than any commercially available product. Building an all-in-one cheap home entertainment center with FM radio and TV will enable you to watch television, YouTube videos, movies and listen to Internet and FM radio.
Find out how you can control your Home Theater PC remotely . Fully enjoy the true multimedia potential of a PC based multimedia center by using a HTPC remote.
Bad things can happen to even the most well behaved Boxee Box. You may run into a situation where the device will boot but does not actually show the Boxee Box interface, but only a black screen. What is causing it, and how do you fix it? Find out here.
The Boxee Box from D-Link is a miniature HTPC loaded with features. It certainly looks like a cutting-edge piece of hardware, but can Boxee deliver on its promise of easy access to web content?