MKV is just the container. A makeMKV full-quality Blu-Ray rip is indistinguishable from the original disc. It just gives you the option to leave out some extras to save space. If you want to reduce size with something like Handbrake, then yes, the quality goes down. :p
"Plasma TV's are a lot different, as they are considered "600Hz" panels. This is misleading, as Plasma TV's are such a different technology that it's not rated the same way. However, Plasma TV's ALL support native 24Hz playback (600 is divisible by 24)."
is not really accurate. The...
He is trying to get sound from his A/V receiver, not his TV. So the TV manual is of little use here. He should be able to set up coax or toslink digital audio with no problems, or even with his analog red/white RCA cables. He probably needs to configure his receiver to assign the sound inputs to...
It's too bad too. Jamo used to be high-quality speakers, made in Denmark. They are now owned by Audiovox, which bought Klipsch, Energy, Mirage, etc, and will probably be destroying the quality of them all.
A modern integrated will work great for Blu-Ray, anything like a Sandy Bridge, or Ivy Bridge, and most will do 3D just fine. The AMD Trinity's are even better for on-board graphics, and 3D, and even capable of medium gaming.
Sure, that is a list of films that were shot in 1.85:1, which will fill a 16:9 TV almost perfectly. Many action films were shot in 2.35:1 or wider, with these you will get black bars top and bottom. Live with it or zoom and lose quality. There really is no other solution.
I also like the Maudio AV40's, but they have had some amplfier issues.
Either will make those Blose sound like an AM radio.
From the Ceton FAQ:
A: Clear QAM (e.g. unencrypted digital cable): Yes, InfiniTV supports Clear QAM channels; however, Windows Media Center requires that you have a CableCARD inserted in your InfiniTV device in order to configure the tuners in Media Center. Once your InfiniTV is paired and...
This is only a 4X drive, so ripping is going be rather slow. Ripping is almost totally drive-speed dependent
Also for playback software, XBMC is free and plays BD, but no menus, and MPC-HC is the same.
Edit: You need AnyDVDHD or similar to play BD with one of the free solutions. MakeMKV is...
I have had the Ceton PCIe tuner for about a year and a half. Really the only problem I had was a problem with Comcast equipment, that Ceton fixed quickly for me with Beta firmware and drivers. It has not lost tuners, and with the late firmware the channel changing speed is pretty close to the...
If you use them properly, why would you get a dead short? Just put some heatshrink over the outside of the banana plug if you are worried. Or just use a plain wire connection, it is just as good sonically, although less convenient and you have to be careful of stray wires.
As far as Matthew...
If you are using HDMI for your sound, then the sound card is not in the chain at all. In fact, there is no need for a sound card in the computer at all. The vid card controls the sound, and will bitstream to your receiver or processor.
WMC is the only program that will let you view and copy cable programming that is "copy-once" (most premium programing). If it is copy-freely you are ok with some others, I believe XBMC, and J River will do basic cable card programs.
Pro Logic II is much better, but Pro Logic does more than duplicate the fronts to the rear. It uses complex phase and delay to achieve a real sense of depth. You can certainly hear sounds move from front to back, and vice versa.
And spdif, whether optical or coax, is capable of Dolby Digital...
For music an HRT Music Streamer II will run rings around most internal sound cards, so be careful when you generalize. And no drivers required. It is also a pretty decent little DAC (it has analog output only).
To the OP, that cable is only for post beeps, etc. it has nothing to do with audio from your motherboard. A lot of cases do not have a speaker anymore, so would not have a cable. A lot of MBs have little speakers like the one pictured on the wire built on the MB.