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    Headphone sound setup

    What is your reference point, and what set your price range? Is it more of a ceiling? I can say from experience that even $50 headphones and a cheap card will give you a huge leap forward for games and rock from the headphones most people are used to. If you have a habit of upgrading in the...
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    Headphone sound setup

    Your DAC needs some sort of a digital signal. If it has USB as an option, then you would not need a soundcard. Otherwise you would need some form of soundcard that feeds it whatever digital input it takes (optical/coaxial).
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    Headphone sound setup

    If you're just using the soundcard with headphones or stereo speakers you should consider the DAC options in your price range, some have an amp packed with them as well. The DAC will also free you up to listen to other sources besides your desktop computer
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    HD7770 on PCIe 1.0?

    I have an older Dell that could use a new videocard for games and I had settled on the HD7770, but my motherboard only supports PCIe 1.0. I realize they are technically backward compatible, but I was wonder whether it would negate performance increases for gaming. Here is the mobo...
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    Budget ZFS NAS Build

    Have you done any measurements to see what your actual power usage is like? Is the heat output noticeable? It'd be nice if you could borrow a Kill-a-watt / Belkin Conserve Insight. It's always interesting to see the actual power usage
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    Budget ZFS NAS Build

    Thanks for the writeup, looks good!
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    I was unclear; the already installed multi-OS shouldn't matter much, I have it so I can read the ext3 partitions under windows now. The reason I threw out the idea of Ubuntu server is that I don't know the best way to get this going. A server OS seemed like a good possibility, and I am...
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    I've spent a little more time looking into this but it is hard to test (I'm not on the FIOS network now). It looks like UltraVNC supports file transfers and encryption. Hopefully it is fast enough to use; I haven't tried it yet. Ext2 IFS ran into an error mounting my linux partitions because...
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    Currently I have Orb set up and running, it works but isn't exactly snappy to stream files from. I can control my computer with logmeinfree, but that is pretty slow too. All I still need is a way to access all files. The ext2 ifs driver isn't reading my ext3 partitions correctly, it may be...
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    I don't have any extra computers to set up, just the q6600 I can't use ddwrt; the modem/router are combined. What about freesshd and freeftpd? Could I then use ext2 ifs to access my linux (ext3) partitions from XP? http://www.freesshd.com http://www.fs-driver.org/ I should be the only user...
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    I have some concerns about running a full ftp server all the time (security) I think Ubuntu Server with Apache, no-ip, mysql, and kplaylist will get me access to everything. http://www.kplaylist.net/ http://www.no-ip.com/services/managed_dns/free_dynamic_dns.html...
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    I want complete control, preferably over both ntfs and ext3 partitions I also want to dish out files and stream them Apache w/ no-ip + Teamviewer + zFTP could work I'm just not sure how to set up apache Would it be better to run something like Ubuntu Server? Is NTFS fully supported and...
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    It looks like I'm stuck with dynamic ip and no port 80... " Ports 80 and 135 are blocked inbound. However, although port 25 is not "blocked", Verizon's dynamic IP addresses are listed in the Spamhaus Policy Block List (PBL). The PBL is/can be used by mail exchange servers (MX's) to reject...
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    I should note that I've played around with logmein (free and pro), realvnc, and realvnc with hamachi Also, teamviewer looks nice, but it wouldn't cover everything
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    Finalizing HTPC

    I went with a PS3 mediaboard for $23....great range and battery life, built in touchpad. Only problem is that it doesn't have a windows key (I miss my shortcuts) I guess that leaves me needing just the IR
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    Make computer fully accessible over internet

    This summer I'll be working in several different states, and I want to only bring my Lenovo S10 netbook with me. It has XP Home on it right now, and I'll probably put Ubuntu Netbook Remix on it soon (160gb HD, 2gb Ram) I'd like to be able to both control and have full access to the files on...
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    Keyboard/mouse

    Check out the PS3 mediaboards.... The cheaper one has a receiver and the more expensive requires you have bluetooth (which you can add for about $5 if you don't already)
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    Receiver: Pioneer, Onkyo, something else?

    Is there anything specific to watch for? I'm wanting to upgrade to something that can fully utilize audio over HDMI
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    Finalizing HTPC

    Bump to an old thread... I got the hum worked out, it was a power problem with the house. I've set up a HT in a different room now I've bought a Samsung bdp1500, so don't need a blu-ray But I'm still looking for a good kb/mouse and IR receiver....
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    Sub $700 Netbook

    I decided to just spend a minimal amount of money, especially considering how quickly these things go out of date. I ordered the Lenovo S10 deal off of slickdeals. 330 for everything including a sleeve and taxes, with the 6cell battery. I've already ordered the internal bluetooth upgrade and...
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    Sub $700 Netbook

    I had actually been browsing the site. That 13" inspiron doesn't look too bad - can be decently configured for 700, without any sale going on. Cons are no dvi/hdmi out, 5lb + more to get decent battery life My Components Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T6400 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache) Genuine Windows...
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    Sub $700 Netbook

    Most of the cheap laptops I've seen are chunky enough to look like they come with windows ME installed..... Any suggestions on where to start?
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    Sub $700 Netbook

    I've seen these posts; also how Hulu doesn't work well at 480p because of flash. I want the output to my TV just as a monitor, not concerned with HD playback since I have the desktop and a bluray player (although it wouldn't hurt)
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    Sub $700 Netbook

    I don't really need the 320 internal, but the A1 looks the same w/ a 160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220385&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Netbooks-_-ASUS-_-34220385
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    Sub $700 Netbook

    Thanks for the quick replies I shouldn't need a video card for what I'm doing. I wanted the HDMI/DVI out because my primary monitor is my hdtv; the fingerprint for convenience. I saw the MSI Wind has face recognition for passwords, is there software to do this on other machines? NC10 vs1000HE...
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    Sub $700 Netbook

    I haven't really been keeping up with things, so I'm looking for recommendations for a netbook. Here is what I need: 160gb 2gb of ram (or upgradable 1gb) at least 1mp webcam at least wireless g bluetooth 2.0 at least atom 270 at least 2 usb ports 6 cell battery Features that would be nice...
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    Finalizing HTPC

    Nope, already checked that. Disabled everything and disconnected all but the RCA outs; nothing helped. There is a slight buzz when using any connection, it seems that pc analog to receiver just amps it even more. Right now I run everything through the receiver with the tv speakers disabled, I...
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    Finalizing HTPC

    Hey guys I just need a few pointers on finalizing my HTPC. What I have: 42" panasonic 720p plasma xp pro sp3 powerdvd 8 q6600 3gb ram 9600 gso, dvi->hdmi cable game theater xp 7.1 with analog/optical/coaxial outs onkyo 7.1 set up as 5.1 currently (has multichannel analog and the...
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    For $50....everyone should buy a 9600 GSO before they gimp em.

    Thanks. I ended up doing ebay with live cashback for about the same price because I hate rebates and tigerdirect
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    For $50....everyone should buy a 9600 GSO before they gimp em.

    Will this card run well with a corsair 430w psu? I just have one hard drive and one pci card installed with my q6600. edit: I just need a hdcp card for my HTPC than can run C&C Red Alert 3
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    Headphone Amp for HD-650

    Maybe try to find an M3? Mister X made me one for my hd580s/hd650s, and I really like it. I havent had a chance to try any of the more expensive amps, but that will change in a couple weeks
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    Looking for audio switch

    I've been using the component A/V switch from radioshack and it has performed very well. Last week I picked up a pysclone psc1 from bestbuy on clearance for $20 - it does component, ethernet, and optical while looking nice. See if they are clearing it out by you - on their website it lists over $100
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    looking for a good headphones - $300 budget

    What about Sennheiser hd580 + an amp? I love the combination for music and movies, although I upgraded and mainly use the hd650 now. What percent movie versus music are you looking at?
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    High Quality Blue-Tooth sound possible?

    The bandwidth is there, it is up to the device. I'd look for bluetooth 2.0 or newer
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    Post your Speaker setup PICS!!!!!!

    Hows the imaging working out for you
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    Post your Speaker setup PICS!!!!!!

    My room is pretty different from the last time I posted: Pictured is Sony NS755v (SACDmods), av123 XLS, Hercules Game Theater XP, Emotiva BPA-1, Sennheiser hd650, Musical Fidelity X-DAC v2, MisterX M3, Sony mdr7509, CME UF80 controller Right now I'm using my Klipsch PM4.1 sub with my...
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    Can we get a list of budget bookshelf speakers and amps?

    I don't understand why you would even bother to say this without presenting data to back you up. From what I just checked (each products own manual): BPA-1: >100db unweighted SNR <1% THD XR55 : 67db SN .09% THD Its hard to tell what measuring standards each used, etc Doing this...
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    Can we get a list of budget bookshelf speakers and amps?

    The voice of reason. This is not that A is significantly greater than B in all circumstances (or B>A), but rather the condition must be taken into account. I never meant to get into direct amp comparisons, for I haven't heard what all is being recommended. I would rather outline the amps...
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    Can we get a list of budget bookshelf speakers and amps?

    On Richard Clarke: [ I am basing this post on what I know about Clarke and the best information I could find, posted here: http://tom-morrow-land.com/tests/ampchall/ ] Are you using Clarke to refute that the conversions are likely to alter the sound, which would be part of the source and not...
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