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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Consumer Electronics

USA Today has an article on the Consumer Electronics Show which starts this week. You should read the highlights of the Article and how Google and Yahoo are entering the market.

But, to me, the interesting part of the piece is;

“Stunning, but complicated “

I recently bought a Microsoft Media Center PC and have found that the issue is the Consumer electronics that have problems with the new world.

I do have one of those discrete component systems, a separate receiver/amplifier, 400 disk DVD player, DirectTV receiver, HD DirectTV Receiver, two VCRs, 200 disc CD Player, etc.

The issue is the VCRs only have composite audio and video outputs, I want to use the DVI interface on the HD DirectTV receiver to get the best picture and the component video on the DVD player to get the best picture and of course optical audio on everything I can.

Now the PC has only a one composite video input and only one component video input and then I have paid extra for a second tuner so I have two coax inputs. So there is no way to connect all my video and audio to the computer directly.

So then I thought I would connect all the video and audio to my Receiver, a high-end ES Series Sony, a few years old, has no DVI video, no Component Video and will not even up-convert composite Video to S-Video. So I went looking for a receiver that would.

Well I found a couple that might do the job, but they all start around $1,900.00.

Why can the Consumer electronics gear just use FireWire to connect to each other and then to the computer. Firewire can handle the bandwidth for both the video and audio. Would this just make too much sense?

Seems like the consumer electronics folks are much more interested in protecting copy rights and their historic connections than providing a solution for their customers.




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