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Old 08-16-08, 08:15 PM   #49
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I know that WavePad was a recommended program but I wanted to ask this. Is there a program out there that will automatically convert your iTunes library (music that has been imported from CDs) from M4P to another lossless format that can be read by VMC in a single click? I don't want to have to go through all 3,000+ songs and individually convert them from M4P to MP3 or whatever. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-17-08, 04:52 AM   #50
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Was thinking about HTPC, but purchased this, IAMM NTD38HD:
http://www.iamm.co.kr/new_2007/eng/index.php?m=2&s=1

Very happy with the device Internal 2" LCD can be used to browser music collection without switching-on TV, and it can play almost any SD/HD video format.
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Old 08-17-08, 06:50 AM   #51
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Was thinking about HTPC, but purchased this, IAMM NTD38HD:
http://www.iamm.co.kr/new_2007/eng/index.php?m=2&s=1

Very happy with the device Internal 2" LCD can be used to browser music collection without switching-on TV, and it can play almost any SD/HD video format.
That's a nifty little device!

I played around last night with MediaMonkey, converting songs in to different loseless file formats when I finally realized something. Most of my music library (99%) have been transferred from one PC to another: when I ripped all of my CDs a few years ago, I just ripped them into the standard iTunes default of 128k AAC formatted M4As, nothing high quality. So I took a few songs, converted them into 2 other formats: WMA loseless and 320k MP3. I listened to the whole song, speakers and headphones, and could not hear a difference in the audio quality. I also looked at the file size of WMA lossless and wow, it does take up quite a bit of HDD space.

I decided to just transfer all of my music to either 128k or 320k MP3s since I won't be losing any real audio quality.
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Old 08-17-08, 09:34 AM   #52
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It has one shortcomming though - it cannot play Lossless audio files (WMA and/or FLAC). Had to convert WMA Lossless files to 320KB CBR..
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Old 08-19-08, 08:07 AM   #53
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So here are two cases that I've been keeping my eye on:

Silverstone SUGO SG02B-F - $93 after tax/shipping



OR

Lian-Li PC-A05B - $120



Both cases are very nice and they would house my equipment very nicely. With the Silverstone case, I can keep the case small and compact. But with the Lian-Li case, it looks better and will give my equipment a little bit more room to breathe. I would have to add a fan to the Lian-Li since it only has one case fan.

What do you guys think about these?

I'm also still working on my music collection, converting all M4Ps to 128k MP3s so VMC will read them. MediaMonkey is the shiz!
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I finally got everything up and running. Cut my Raptor drive in half, Vista's partition taking 34GB while the Data drive is taking 35GB. I transferred a few movies, both AVI and DVD rips, and a few MP3s. Amazingly, all of the codecs I downloaded (see below) work like a charm! The MCE remote works really well and is easy to use, however, it has a little lag when changing the volume. Oh well.

Codecs:
QTLite
AC3 Filter
xViD
FFDShow
CoreAVC 1.0.6

Now I need to transfer all of my iTunes music to MP3.
Nice list of codec's. I run CoreAVC+AC3Filter for all my h.264 needs.
For MPEG-2 I'm using Mainconcept MPEG-2 Video Decoder, I tried an old copy of PureVideo I had sitting around and while it worked for watching movies it would not work with AVISynth, since I've gone back to using D2V's for my AVISynth scripts in MeGUI I may try PureVideo again, Mainconcept loves to up their merit's and that's pissing me off!
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Old 08-19-08, 10:21 AM   #55
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I just ordered this.

SILVERSTONE SST-LC17-B

LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM

I downloaded this software and I really like it for HD playback.
ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre

And a review http://www.missingremote.com/index.p...1&limitstart=1
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I would recommend Vista Codec Pack, but if you don't want that, then at least install Halli Media Splitter, some files like MKV, TS, M2TS etc.. might not play at all without it
For codec purists it's best to stay away from packs (for regular users they are okay), they can cause all kinds of conflicts and their quality can be questionable as well.

@mullet:
I was actually looking at that exact case to replace my old HTPC.
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I think I'm gonna wait another week to order my case since I'm still not 100% decided on one yet.

Yeah, I've always heard that Codec packs aren't the best way to go. I used the K-Lite pack for the longest time, but when it comes to VMC, AVIs won't play.
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@mullet:
I was actually looking at that exact case to replace my old HTPC.
I should get it this week I will take a lot of pictures to give you an idea, I will probably upgrade the mobo & CPU. I am wondering is a FX55@2.8 and 2GB DDR 400 is going to pan out with Blu-Ray/HD-DVD, we shall see.
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After pondering on what case I should get (all day at work ), I decided to get the Lian Li A05-B. I just about ordered from Newegg since they seemed to be the only one selling it, but I looked again on FrozenCPU.com and found it for $13 cheaper. Stupid Tennessee tax rapes me all the time.

Anywho, I looked at a few A05-B threads and found that it was one of the coolest looking mATX cases I've ever seen. Sure the SilverStone HTPC case would've been cooler to have but that would've been almost $50 more.

Maybe I'll get the case before the weekend and I can get it put together to take a few pictures. Here's one for right now:

EDIT: My fiancee has put my USB cord somewhere around the house and I can't find it. I'll post them later tonight.
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For codec purists it's best to stay away from packs (for regular users they are okay), they can cause all kinds of conflicts and their quality can be questionable as well.

normally i would agree, stay away from stuff like klite codec packs. but Vista Cocec Pack is very basic.

FFDSHOW 32bit/64bit
Halli Media Splitter
AC3Config
Gabest
XVID + 64bit extension
RealMedia Support

that is pretty much all, it has every component that i would normally install. Just in one simple pack.
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