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11. HTPC > 11.1. Hacks 90–93

Hacks 90–93

Although modern home theaters are beginning to take advantage of the latest developments in technology, perhaps nothing is so “modern” as the home theater PC. This is exactly what it sounds like—a personal computer driving your home theater. Instead of having a DVD player, CD player, HDTV set top box, and a slew of other components, an HTPC can handle all these tasks, and often better than the components can on their own!

Here are some common functions of an HTPC, especially on a high-resolution, progressive scan display (such as an HDTV display).

DVD player

HTPCs feature progressive scan DVD players, able to scale to any resolution, with aspect ratio control capability! You’ll spend at least $1,000 for any standalone component with even close to these capabilities.


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