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How do I connect PC/TV/Surround sound so they all play nice together?

A year ago, I bought a new TV with HDMI capability and hooked it up to my PC to work as a monitor (with a straight HDMI cable connection). IT. IS. AWESOME. I just moved into a new place with more room and now want to connect my surround sound system (5 speakers) to this setup as well. This is the receiver I'm considering purchasing and from what I can tell, will do what I need. Extra potentially pertinent info: I want my setup to allow me to use the surround sound at all times (when watching broadcast TV, when using the TV as the PC monitor, when using the BluRay player and when using the Wii (this is the least important)). I'm assuming the TV will connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and the PC will also connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and all other hook-ups will remain as-is. Thanks in advance for any advice or tips on how to make this easy! This will be my dream setup so I'm excited to get it right.
posted by Twicketface on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Video card recommendations

I have an older Gateway PC acting as my media center/file server. I have it hooked up to a 42" 720p Samsung Plasma TV via VGA from the on-board connection on the PC. As such, the resolution is not very good: 1024x768 and the picture doesn't really fit on the screen. Can you recommend a cheap video card (under $50) that will let me connect via HDMI and show things at a decent resolution without stretching or cropping the picture? No gaming, just playing video files.
posted by nitsuj on Aug 24, 2012 - 37 answers

How to make my house sing with media server?

Multimedia home server solution controlled by iPhone/iPad and plugged into existing speakers/sound system - does it exist? [more inside]
posted by tseo on Sep 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Catalog application(files,folders & media)

Catalog application: I'm looking for a lite or open source app, to Catalog all files,folders & media on my PC & Mac ,that can be saved in pdf. I can search , store on my PCs and Macs,so that when I create a backup volume, I can know what is on it. I have tried a few lite and open source apps, but dislike ones I tried ( PixDiskat 1.08 ,Media Catalog Studio Lite 5.9, MediaMonkey because it conflicts with itunes)
posted by pcmactech on Feb 1, 2011 - 8 answers

I would like this to be my last "media center" question

Please help me pick out used parts for a pretty low expectation "media center". [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Oct 26, 2010 - 6 answers

I can see you but I can't play you!

I've just successfully installed Win7 onto an older but servicable PC in order to use it as a streaming media player in another room. Problem is that although it can see all of the shared files, folders and drives on my main machine it keeps telling me I don't have the correct permissions whenever I click on them - but permissions are set to 'Everyone' and another machine (a netbook) I do the same thing with can see and play everything perfectly... can anyone offer any help or suggestions please, I'm at my wit's end! Thanks in advance!
posted by timpollard on Sep 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Need help creating a media center PC setup

Need some advice on creating the ultimate media center PC setup [more inside]
posted by deeman on May 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me build my perfect home media machine.

Help me build my perfect home media machine. It must play blu-ray discs, browse the web, and stream HD video from internet sources. I have no interest in video games, and little interest in cable TV. Is this something I can buy? If this is something I must build myself, what kind of computing muscle will I need? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on May 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Media PC OS suggestions?

What's the best way to configure my PC as an internet television hub? [more inside]
posted by superbird on Jul 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Good quality, adult media pc recliner w/keyboard/mouse platform mount?

I'd like a recliner that is geared to a media PC and/or gaming PC.I need a keyboard/mouse tray on board and hopefully a cup holder (j/k). [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Jan 22, 2009 - 4 answers

What is the best way to sync folders on a Mac to folders on a PC media server?

What is the best way to sync folders on a Mac to folders on a PC media server across a network? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Nov 26, 2008 - 11 answers

What's the best option these days for building a home theater PC (HTPC)?

HD-capable HTPC advice / help? I'm overwhelmed here... XBMC, Boxee, MythTV, Windows Media Center, CableCARDS, Popcorn Hour, Apple TV -- too many options! What should I build to fit my needs within a reasonable cost? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Oct 2, 2008 - 16 answers

TV Tuner Card

I'm interested in buying a TV Tuner Card for my PC, but I don't know where to find good reviews. Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheap, decent-quality card that preferably comes with a remote? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Dec 27, 2007 - 9 answers

MCE and Tablet edition on one Vista Machine?

Can Vista Laptops Have the equivalent of both Windows XP Tablet edition and Media Center Edition on one system without having to boot into separate partitions? [more inside]
posted by Apo11o on Feb 28, 2007 - 4 answers

Can a Media Center TV really replace a TIVO?

Hi, Does anyone use a Media Center PC as their "Tivo-like" box for recording television and seeing on your actual television? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased on Nov 4, 2006 - 6 answers

I'll be your mirror... or not.

I've got a Windows Media Center edition PC hooked up to my television using an S-video cable so that I can play DIVX files, and I'm getting my wallpaper showing up on the television... and nothing else. The main monitor still shows all my apps, however. What gives?! [more inside]
posted by insomnia_lj on Mar 10, 2006 - 13 answers

Any experience with mediaREADY 5000

Does anybody have any experience with the relatively new MediaREADY 5000 from Video without Boundaries. Seems to be cheaper than XP Media Centers. But appears to have low storage. The URL is http://www.vwbinc.com/products.html
posted by flyby22 on Sep 27, 2005 - 0 answers

What application do you use to record TV on your PC?

What application do you use to record TV on your pc? (More Inside) [more inside]
posted by sebas on Jul 12, 2004 - 12 answers

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