Luca Olivetti wrote:
If the only planned source is a pc (running vdr and, say, xmbc), would
it make sense to bypass the av receiver completely and just decode the
audio on the pc connected to the speakers?
Or it doesn't make sense (since you'll need an amplifier for each
channel anyway, so you could just as well buy an av receiver)?
Good point! I suppose the benefit of going for AVR is better speakers
management: levels, delays, response correction and subwooofer crossover
filters. The effects are actually usable. I'm using stereo and surround
modes from Onkyo AVR. I've been also quite happy with Audussey setup. A
pure PC plus amplifiers (class-D modules) could be superior to AVR in
those tasks but I'm not aware of such developments for e.g. ALSA user
space or PulseAudio.
The center channel is really good for any TV watching. But my wife is
not happy without a properly programmed universal remote. A "watch VDR"
macro does all the powering and routing.
Just asking, since with wife, kids, and neighbours, I'll probably have
to convince myself that the tv speakers are good enough ;-)
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