Home Theater Forum and Systems banner

1 - 20 of 26 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I will be adding links to this OP as the build project progresses to posts of interest, pics, and pertinent web pages so return here if you wish a quick reference.

Last update: 5/15/2015

Research Phase (The actual build to begin mid-July due to budgeting issues.)

I’m planning to upgrade from my WDTV Live Hub media server to a full HTPC solution. I recently moved up to a Vizio P-Series and want a box with 4K output capabilities. I’d also like basic PC functionality (Browser, e-mail, etc.) in the living room. Lastly an HTPC on windows would give me the capacity to have my calibration suite – REW and HCFR – at my fingertips when the urge hits to do some tweaking without the need to break out the laptop. To insure my wife is fully onboard I need a cosmetically acceptable solution that isn’t as obtrusive as a full tower. I’m not a gamer so a hot GPU isn’t required just something that will play 3840x2160 @30Hz into a HDMI 1.4 input. The Viz has a HDMI 2.0 port that’ll take 4K @ 60Hz. That ‘could’ be used but it isn’t the ARC channel so I don’t use it right now.

Here’s what I have envisioned:
The last item is obvious, however the miniDisplay Port adapter is included as there is conflicting information regarding whether the HDMI port in the NUC supports 4K output. The DP port does for certain. I’m just hedging by bets.

Operating system: Windows 8.1 to be updated to Windows 10 within the year’s end after the first round of bugs get dealt with. I contemplated Linux Ubuntu Gnome or Mint Cinnamon but HCFR isn’t ported for Linux and the i1D3 USB colormeter I have isn’t recognized when running under Wine emulation.

Initial software loadout:
Windows OS
KODI Media Center
HCFR -AVS Thread with links
Room EQ Wizard
Chrome Browser
Firefox Browser
Open Office or LibreOffice

5/15/2015 update -

Display Port Audio Info from VESA

Intel product links.
NUC 5th Gen i3 product main page.
Bios,Drivers & Documentation.
More doc links, hardware compatibility lists and other.
Nice link for the latest driver, bios, & even drawing uploads. It updates actively so wait for it.
Direct link to the compatibility list. Don't skip over the link to the USER verified list in the NOTE box at the top of the page.
Integration and User Guides - general links.
- And Specific to the 5th Gen i3/i5 high box - Integration Guide - User Guide
BIOS Glossary
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,794 Posts
I am running the i3NUC, and have a question for you... Can you set the screen rez to a 2.35 aspect (windows desktop) on the new graphics chi,p or are you still limited to 1080p?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Since I don't have one yet I can't answer that yet.

I'm assuming you're using a projector and are trying to get full screen use during PC sessions. I'd have to guess the only possible close "computer monitor" resolution would be the very rare UWUXGA (2560x1080, Aspect 2.37:1). If that's not in the list of resolutions for your "monitor" you may be out of luck.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #4

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
The Display Port will push a little more than the HDMI from what I've read. You might want to get an adapter and check it out. The one I listed in the OP will pass uncompressed HD (8 channel) audio.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #6

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Further light shed on the HDMI/DP Audio thing from the BIOS Glossary. The full glossary pdf is HERE.
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Info on the various Intel HD Graphics imbeded GPU's.

HERE
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,794 Posts
Since I don't have one yet I can't answer that yet.

I'm assuming you're using a projector and are trying to get full screen use during PC sessions. I'd have to guess the only possible close "computer monitor" resolution would be the very rare UWUXGA (2560x1080, Aspect 2.37:1). If that's not in the list of resolutions for your "monitor" you may be out of luck.
Yes what I would like to have is my screen displaying a 2.35 desktop for my PC use, and browsing. Currently when I watch 2.35 aspect movies they display properly, but my i3 will only allow 16x9 for my pc desktop. I have not been able to find out if it is a limit of Win 7 for the desktop to display only 16x9 or not.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
It may be a issue of the refresh rate at that resolution being low. Most folks don't like a slow refresh with a "computer monitor". Since this is about setting up that "monitor" it may be that Intel chose that reason not to include it in the available resolution list. The DP holds a higher refresh at those resolutions and as such Intel may have included it when writing the BIOS.

BTW These are 'U' processors.
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
It'd probably be fair to note that with the adapter the OS may report the DP port as HDMI and as such not offer the resolutions of the DP port but instead replace them with the HDMI list.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Apples to Apples (close) cost comparison between a fully assembled and tested NUC from JNCS and the DIY assemble and go route from Amazon.
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,794 Posts
If you could get by with Openelec/Kodi... You could save the money on Windows 8.1, and the SSD, as you can run it off of a USB stick.:T
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
If you could get by with Openelec/Kodi... You could save the money on Windows 8.1, and the SSD, as you can run it off of a USB stick.:T


My only hold back on that or Ubuntu is the monitor calibration capacity I want resident in the box. I'm using an NEC i1d3 clone color meter. The software HCFR (AVS thread) isn't ported to Linux and the color meter isn't handled in Linux's Wine PC Emulation.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,794 Posts
Is there a passable web browser for Openelec?
I have never tried browsing in it... If there is i think it will be like browsing from a PS3 (not as nice as Chrome IMO.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
922 Posts
Are you familiar with the MEDIA BROWSER program... It is actually called emby now... EMBY

This is pretty amazing http://emby.media/

been using it forever it has recently gone under huge transformation into powerful home media browsing server etc...
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
567 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
Looks interesting but I'm staying with Kodi for the media center. I wonder if the Empathy browser for Rasbian is any good. But that still doesn't solve my HCFR color meter issue so - back to Windows.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
922 Posts
The best windows OS for Media center stuff is still Windows 7 Home Prem. That is what I have been running a long time. Rock solid.
 

·
HTS Reviewer
Joined
·
1,760 Posts
Are you familiar with the MEDIA BROWSER program... It is actually called emby now... EMBY

This is pretty amazing http://emby.media/

been using it forever it has recently gone under huge transformation into powerful home media browsing server etc...
I have used WMC/XBMC and been toying with Plex+Kodi. Never heard of Emby though, I may try it out.
 
1 - 20 of 26 Posts
Top