Computer E.M.S.

Saskatoon Computer Repair

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Audio & Video Setup

I've had many people request assistance with connecting media center computers (MCE/HTPC) to home stereos and televisions. Experienced with Windows Media Center (MCE) and it's operation with many types of stereos and televisions/monitors. Whether you need to connect your existing tv / stereo or want advice or help procuring new equipment, we can help.

Equipment hook up experienced with, but not limited to: Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Media Center, Windows 7 Media Center, Media Center Extenders.

Audio Hookup

If all you want is to listen to MP3s on your home stereo, your line-out/headphone jack or a FM transmitter will work just fine. If you want to watch DVD/TV, you will probably want to consider using S/PDIF.

Video Hookup

Conventional TV

While I don't recommend conventional television hookup for surfing the web, you can definitely use it for audio/video presentation and recording, providing your video card has a RCA Video out port (Video In/RF Ant required for recording).


If you want to surf the web on your tv, you should have a 1080i HDTV with DVI and/or 15pin VGA inputs. Depending on your video card, you should connect the monitor/tv using the DVI (best), 15pin VGA (good), S-Video (good) or Video out (worst) connections. While lower end (720p or less) HDTVs will work, their picture will not be as good when using the computer (fine for video/DVD).

Video Capture/Recording

For video caputre/recording, you basically have 2 choices. If you have around $2,000 you can pickup something like HP Digital Entertainment Center which provides recording, playback and many other advanced features. If you don't have $2,000, you could use a computer with the following:

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