|Vidabox LUX Home Theater PC|
|Home Theater Media Servers Home Theater/Media Center PCs|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Monday, 01 October 2007|
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Analog audio performance is not on par with the system’s video performance. I would investigate Vidabox’s upgraded premium sound card, or simply use the digital outputs. As this is a computer-based system, I was hoping that its flexibility would allow the sound card to pass the new lossless DTS Master HD and Dolby TrueHD formats, but it doesn’t. A call to Vidabox indicates that if a patch that allows this cannot be satisfactorily implemented, a new sound card may be installed. Obviously, this type of modularity allows for easier upgrades than a traditional system.
Similarly, the nVidia 8600 video card in my review system could not output 1080p/24 frames per second. Vidabox stated that they were working with nVidia on custom resolutions and, if this could not be implemented satisfactorily, a different video card may be used in the future.
The Vidabox LUX is a fairly expensive premium HTPC. Is it worth the extra money over a “Frankenstein” home theater solution? For wannabe IT guys, the support, ease of use, access to both formats and strong performance makes for a pretty damn compelling case for why something like the LUX might belong in your rig.