[mythtv-users] hardware recommendations?

Kichigai Mentat kichigai at comcast.net
Mon Dec 19 00:38:33 EST 2005


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On Dec 18, 2005, at 16.00, Jeremiah Jester wrote:

> My goal in setting up a MythTv box is too capture true HD from my  
> comcast digital recorder box and play back through my tv. My  
> question is what video and sound cards would work well together for  
> this task?
>
> I've read that the Haugpage 350 does a good job. But is the onboard  
> audio out digital? If not, can I still use a different sound card  
> to beef up the audio quality?
Well, I'm no expert on HDTV, but I can already tell you you're on the  
wrong track.

The Hauppauge PVR-350 is a standard definition MPEG-1/MPEG-2  
digitizer and tuner. It has no HD capabilities at all. Neither in  
recording or playback. Also, I don't believe the PVR-350 has optical  
out. However, the use of the PVR-350's TV-out is entirely optional,  
and you'd probably be better off with an nVidia card with MPEG-2  
acceleration, especially for HDTV, and a good sound card with your  
digital out.

Look into the pcHD 3000 (I think that's what it's called), an HD card  
specially designed for Linux, but that won't help you with what you  
want. There is no known way to capture HD content from an HDMI/QAM/ 
Component/DVI connection. The only known way to do what you want is  
to use the FireWire port on your ComCast box, you just need to be  
sure that your cable box will work like that.

Good luck.
>
> Also, I'm using ext3 Filesystem....is this working ok for anyone else?
>
> I'm running Debian.
>
> Thanks,
> JJ
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