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The Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC) introduces a new level of integration for the entertainment center. The HTPC is a thin, full-featured unit that was designed from the start to operate as a consumer electronics (CE) device and not a PC configured as a CE device. Slim, sleek and quiet the HTPC is designed to look like and be hooked up just like any other piece of CE equipment. The HTPC can be used as a standalone entertainment center or integrated into a high end home room installation.
The technology and methods for the delivery of TV signals varies country by country and region by region. The HTPC offers the integrator or OEM several options for integrating a TV tuner connection.
USB TV Tuner
USB TV tuners are available to support the various TV signals and formats used globally. Tuners are available in single tuner or dual tuner configurations. The HTPC was designed to support installing USB TV tuners using the internal USB expansion port. The HTPC rear panel supports an F-type antenna connection that uses an internal cable to connect the internal TV Tuner. Simply connect the TV lead to the connector on the rear panel and the system is connected. No other assembly is required.
Mini PCI-e TV Tuner
The Intel DH61AG motherboard here supports a single, full-length mini PCI-e slot. A variety of manufacturers make single and dual tuner products that can be installed in the slot to provide an internal TV tuner. The HTPC rear panel supports a panel-mount F-type antenna knock out so a custom internal signal cable can be used to connect the TV signal to the rear panel. Like the internal USB TV Tuner, the end user simply has to connect the TV signal to the connector on the rear panel and the system is connected. No other assembly is required.
External Cable Card or HD Signal Capture Devices
External Cable Card or HD signal Capture Devices: In markets like the US or Canada TV the majority of the TV channels are available only via a scrambled signal that requires an external Set Top Box or Cable Card. For these installations the HTPC supports the required USB connection to an external tuner or signal capture device.
An audio connection is another aspect of an entertainment center that varies by installation.
The HTPC is supplied with a mini-TOSLINK connector that allows the direct connection of the optical digital audio signal to the surround sound system.
Alternatively the digital audio signal can be delivered by the HDMI connection or the system can be connected directly to amplified speakers.
The HTPC also supports a standard connection of the analog sound signal to a set of amplified speakers.
The integration of any component for an entertainment system is made more challenging by trying to sort out a way to harmonize and create a single remote control for the user. The HTPC offers a number of different remote control strategies to allow the selection of the one best suited for the end installation.
RC6 IR Remote
The HTPC features a front panel IR interface designed to support a RC6 type remote. The IR interface is fully integrated into the system function allowing the remote to control to turn the system on or off.
The HTPC supports the internal installation of the Pulse8 HDMI-CEC adapter. The HDMI-CEC adapter also offers power level control over the system.
The HTPC can be configured to support any of the available wireless remotes, smartphone or keyboards/mice available on the market. A suitably configured HTPC can support Bluetooth HTPC remotes, Wi-Fi remotes including Smart Phone remotes like the Android Unified Remote application or specialized USB transceiver based keyboards/track pads.
The HTPC supports the installation of a Slot Load type DVD or Blu-ray optical drive. The use of a slot load drive allows for a cleaner look and more CE type experience for the end user. For installations that do not have a media device the HTPC is supplied with a color matched filler panel that closes off the slot load opening.
The HTPC supports a single 2.5in. internal hard drive. The DH61AG also supports a single full length mini PCI-e slot that can be used for the installation of a SSD device. The Intel DH61AG motherboard used in the HTPC offers an eSATA port or two USB 3.0 ports for connection of external additional storage devices. The design decision to support additional storage expansion maintains the HTPC's philosophy of keeping all of your hardware connections to a simple rear panel plug and play.
A home theater PC (HTPC) is a home media center which provides not only outstanding media performance and features, but also stylish appearance and quiet. HTPC offers the ultimate solution for HTPC units today. With the same size as a stand alone Blu-Ray or DVD player, the ultra-slim HTPC has a full computer system designed specifically for a HTPC application. Available in piano black to match today's TV's or in a crisp white to provide a stylish alternative, the HTPC is a welcome addition to every house.
It's difficult to find a compatible blu ray drive
This review is from: IN WIN Black K1-HTPC BLACK Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: It looks really nice, slim, has a build in IR receiver.
Cons: It is compatible only with slot load optical drives. Most of these drives have eject button on the left. This case however has the eject button located close to the middle of the slot. I failed to find a blu ray burner with this button location.
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