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Old 07-23-2009, 05:23 PM
Savage1701 Savage1701 is offline
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HD Theater - Totally Worth It !

I was skeptical, but I ordered the hardware extender and it is one of the single best pieces of hardware I have ever used.

Practically set itself up.

Draws only 7 watts vs. my HTPC at 150.

Absoulutely gorgeous H.264 & TS decoding.

Zero hassle.

Bravo Sage - it's a winner.
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:50 PM
sungod sungod is offline
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Did you find the 264 decoding better/faster than the HD100?
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:22 AM
cenwesi cenwesi is offline
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Trust me and as he just stated, it is the way to go... i will order 3 more, i have two already
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:01 AM
paulbeers paulbeers is offline
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Originally Posted by sungod View Post
Did you find the 264 decoding better/faster than the HD100?
Can you elaborate on this question? Are you asking specifically about a certain source? My HD100's play back h.264 just fine (may be some difficulty with blu-ray but I haven't tried it in awhile).
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:27 PM
sungod sungod is offline
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I wish I could elaborate but my knowledge of video formats is so-so. I have some videos which seem choppy at times (and it seems to be different format types). An .avi, for example, I can skip forward and backward flawlessly but the .mkv format seems to stop the playback 1/4 of the time during playback.

I have no idea if its the Sage HD100 that is unable to decode at fast enough or my PC. I am still happy with it but when is more speed a bad thing. Well, in computers, that is.

Sry, dont mean to derail the thread.
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