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- T800 - 2012-02-01 16:52

voochi Wrote:Limited HW acceleration is to be expected. It is just an affordable and fun project, not something that was intended to be a HTPC from the design stage.

MPEG-2 can be done in software, at least for standard-def (ie DVD folders and remuxes). Software decode of 1080i broadcasts....probably not.

HD audio is irrelevant, nobody will be buying this as a main HTPC for a high-end setup. I see people going wah wah I love HD audio in many posts, and then you see their setup, some basic $200 all-in-one sound system with plastic speakers Laugh

Nobody can tell the difference between DTS core 1500kbps and DTS-HD on such setups, blind tests confirm this.

You could say a similar thing for people that sit too far away from a 1080p TV but they still want 1080p.

I do see a lot of people saying they want HD audio but tbh I haven't seen any of their set ups, nevermind many that are poor.

Just because you or someone else can't tell the difference doesn't mean that others can't, people want it irrelevant of whether someone else thinks it's worth it or not.


- j1nx - 2012-02-01 23:38

yeah baby!!!!

Raspbmc is born.


- effbiai - 2012-02-01 23:50

@davilla are you working with 'raspbmc' & 'stmlabs'? or is that a fork, an other distribution or something?


- voochi - 2012-02-01 23:53

T800 Wrote:Just because you or someone else can't tell the difference doesn't mean that others can't

Yes it does, it's backed up by blind tests. Nobody can tell the difference on basic to medium-end consumer setups.

That's my point, if you have a setup good enough to hear the difference, then you have probably dropped a lot of $ on your entire system. In this case it's dumb to complain that a $25 project can't bitstream HD audio.


- T800 - 2012-02-02 00:30

voochi Wrote:Yes it does, it's backed up by blind tests. Nobody can tell the difference on basic to medium-end consumer setups.

That's my point, if you have a setup good enough to hear the difference, then you have probably dropped a lot of $ on your entire system. In this case it's dumb to complain that a $25 project can't bitstream HD audio.

I didn't realise people were complaining it didn't have it. I thought it wasn't confirmed either way.


- XMBC_FREAK - 2012-02-02 01:11

All the commotion for this or that feature, yet did everyone forget it was a computer designed as a portable linux workstation. Although it has many great attributes as a small pc, one of the coolest is being able to run xbmc, but it was not designed for it specifically hence why its priced the way it is. Had it been designed for XBMC it would not have that price tag and it would be in some type of case making it more aesthetically polished.

A $25 dollar unit that brings hd quality video signals and runs off of 5v usb is a great technological piece but dang talk about picking it apart. I mean there are many on here that would spend a few hundred bucks on interconnects for their martin logan setups but then turn around and buy a 25 dollar pc and expect it to shine on 24bit flac's and outperform their 2k Dacs.

Raspberry Pi will sure be fun to play with nonetheless......


- Ned Scott - 2012-02-03 02:16

Threw up some stuff (taken largely from the Wikipedia article, then trimmed back since the page will be in context to XBMC) on http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Raspberry_Pi

Feel free to add links, pictures, whatever, about XBMC for Raspberry Pi


- cowfodder - 2012-02-03 04:42

XBMC_FREAK Wrote:All the commotion for this or that feature, yet did everyone forget it was a computer designed as a portable linux workstation. Although it has many great attributes as a small pc, one of the coolest is being able to run xbmc, but it was not designed for it specifically hence why its priced the way it is. Had it been designed for XBMC it would not have that price tag and it would be in some type of case making it more aesthetically polished.

A $25 dollar unit that brings hd quality video signals and runs off of 5v usb is a great technological piece but dang talk about picking it apart. I mean there are many on here that would spend a few hundred bucks on interconnects for their martin logan setups but then turn around and buy a 25 dollar pc and expect it to shine on 24bit flac's and outperform their 2k Dacs.

Raspberry Pi will sure be fun to play with nonetheless......

Just a note: $25 unit (model A) won't run XBMC. XBMC requires the model B, which costs $35.


- davilla - 2012-02-03 07:09

cowfodder Wrote:Just a note: $25 unit (model A) won't run XBMC. XBMC requires the model B, which costs $35.

Unless you run a swapfile on it. Even then, its going to hurt.


- PatK - 2012-02-07 16:53

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/615

Feb 20th, (for the $35 B units) slated for shipping at the end of the month, link includes a PDF of the Linux kernel sources.


- davilla - 2012-02-07 16:55

PatK Wrote:http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/615

Feb 20th, (for the $35 B units) slated for shipping at the end of the month, link includes a PDF of the Linux kernel sources.

HAHA, that's going to be a mighty large PDF.


- krish_2k4 - 2012-02-07 17:56

what are people gong to do about the case? is there some in production?


- gimli - 2012-02-07 18:37

krish_2k4 Wrote:what are people gong to do about the case? is there some in production?

For smokers the case question is quite easy Laugh


- tdw197 - 2012-02-07 18:43

gimli Wrote:For smokers the case question is quite easy Laugh

might have to start smoking again Cool


- krish_2k4 - 2012-02-07 18:48

gimli Wrote:For smokers the case question is quite easy Laugh

lol I saw on their forums that you can use a gamboy case, will have go on a hunt to find mine!

I think I might wait until summer to get one with a case though. but this looks really good, will be my first HTPC. Only looking for a nice simple kit that can play my movies (720p) and tv shows on my tv. One concern is how it handles a large library (have around 900 movies and 30+ tv shows) but I guess I will wait and see!

will spring for the $35 one just because It is really not that expensive! will cost about £23, spend more on a night out!