- Welcome to the Zotac ION HTPC Blog -
The main purpose of this blog is to present some tips and tricks I gathered while collecting parts for my multimedia solution. To my relief I quickly discovered that you could build a quite powerful solution and it didn’t necessarily has to become an expensive experience.
A quick overview of my setup:
- TV: Panasonic TX 42X10Y
- Surround Reciever: Marantz SR 4003
- Speakers: Monitor Audio Bronze BR 5
- HTPC: Zotac ION - D
- Cables: Besides the two speaker cables I only needed 2xHDMI, power cables and a RJ45 cable for internet.
Although reviews on the net can be sufficient in most situations I recommend to check out your parts in live action before buying. I did that with the above parts and I was really impressed about the performance, quality and overall feeling I got when I compared to alternatives.
Here is an overall view of the setup:
My main concern was to end up with quality parts( TV and Speakers)and then feed it with a sad(analog) video/audio signal. Therefor I figured that the Surround reciever should have a digital HDMI video and audio input(from a HTPC) and HDMI as output aswell ( to feed the TV).
The Zotac ION board is perfect in this case. Its able to kick out a great 7.1 HD Audio channel from the HDMI port. Its also powerful enough to play 1080p content. So I just needed a Surround Reciever that could handle it. In my case the SR has a HDMI input with a great DAC(Digital to Analog Converter) which is able to deliver high quality 7.1 PCM HD audio to the speakers.
Besides the Zotac ION, 1TB harddrive and 2GB DDR2 -> My HTPC is powered by:
- Windows 7 pro
- xampp(Webserver(apache, mysql, php etc))
- Salling Clicker(Bluetooth remote so its controlable from my N96).
What to follow:
- Blogpost #2. A guide how to setup op the software in windows 7
- Blogpost #3. Will feature a video showing it all off in action.