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    I have the Apple TV2 in my son's playroom and I love it for small viewing. However, I built an HTPC myself for more intensive viewing in our living room. Have that connected to a 4TB NAS, along with Wireless-N for easy connectivity to desktop PC, all our Macs, etc.

    I use the dinovo small BT keyboard for my HTPC and I love it. Also use the Linksys Harmony One controller to get easy cross-compatibility in 1 controller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DINOONE View Post
    My installer put in a XBMC hack do it plays 1080p
    Now that is what I'm talking about! Very cool!

    That woulda' been a deal breaker... Now I'm really torn! Going to have to check out this hack. Thanks Dino.
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    Apple TV which I just use AirPlay with off my MacBook. Ps3 for blu-ray and xbox 360 for standard DVDs. I could probably make due with just the ps3, but I have everything coved
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    I'm using a Popcorn Hour C-200 tied to a 3GB RAID array for my theater.

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    PS3 all the way for me. Had it about a year now and have only have 'gamed' for lack of a better word on it 3 hours tops. Only use it really for movie's now. Have a lot of music video's downloaded so great for playing these nonstop when I'm just relaxing at home.
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    I use a couple different devices for different rooms. A Boxee box in the master bedroom, a modded Wii in my daughter's room, a dedicated Media PC running XBMC that I built using leftover parts from upgrading/rebuilding my current PC, a modded Xbox 360 in my home office, and 2 laptops running XBMC that I can move around.

    I'm also in the middle of a project, mounting an older laptop upside down, under a cabinet in the kitchen. Then I'll use software or Ctrl+Alt+Down arrow to make the display upside down (so it will be right side up since the laptop is upside down, confusing, I know haha) and a USB mini keyboard controller to watch streaming TV in the kitchen, as well as recipes from allrecipes.com, etc etc. You won't be able to see the laptop when the screen is closed, until you flip the screen down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeoftheparty. View Post
    Now that is what I'm talking about! Very cool!

    That woulda' been a deal breaker... Now I'm really torn! Going to have to check out this hack. Thanks Dino.
    Research, I've tested the Apple TV 2, can't handle 1080p flawless. A LOT of movies are lagging, probably because of the higher bitrate, got rid of it and went back to my HTPC. If you want something small, get the new Mac Mini and install XBMC or Plex. That way you'll be able to play everything, and you can surf the web as well if you like. Oh, and you can also use your iPhone or Android phone as a remote

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    I personally don't like proprietary items. I do have an Xbox 360, however there are too many limitations as to file support to use it as an HTPC. So here's my set up; quadcore PC, with 7.1 soundcard (optical out for digital audio), and dual output video card. I have a Denon 2310Ci receiver and I have the audio going through optical and video going through HDMI. It works flawlessly, I don't have any custom software for it. I use VLC media player, it can handle just about any format I throw at it. IMO an actual PC (with good ram, nice processor, and lard HD) coupled with a nice Audio/Video Receiver is the best way to go. The quality can't be beat, and your options are limitless. Proprietary items such as Apple TV, Xbox 360, PS3, ROKU, and so on are very limited in comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egurshteyn View Post
    I personally don't like proprietary items. I do have an Xbox 360, however there are too many limitations as to file support to use it as an HTPC. So here's my set up; quadcore PC, with 7.1 soundcard (optical out for digital audio), and dual output video card. I have a Denon 2310Ci receiver and I have the audio going through optical and video going through HDMI. It works flawlessly, I don't have any custom software for it. I use VLC media player, it can handle just about any format I throw at it. IMO an actual PC (with good ram, nice processor, and lard HD) coupled with a nice Audio/Video Receiver is the best way to go. The quality can't be beat, and your options are limitless. Proprietary items such as Apple TV, Xbox 360, PS3, ROKU, and so on are very limited in comparison.
    The biggest issue with that setup is ease of use. When I have guests over, the last thing I want to do is to be messing with my computer to get things going.

    Here's my theater



    Here's the jukebox on the screen where you can choose your movie



    All of it is controlled by a simple (or in my case not so simple) remote control so you can spend less time messing and more time



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    Quote Originally Posted by egurshteyn View Post
    I personally don't like proprietary items.
    I agree. My setup isn't nearly as elaborate as yours, I just ran a 50' HDMI cable from my PC in the office to my projector in the den, and use the onboard audio spdif out to my receiver. To operate the PC from the other room I use an Xbox controller linked to the MS wireless adapter on my PC. Works great, I can even play 3D movies!

    If you want it pretty there are lots of front ends out there, but I also usually just use VLC and open media files straight from the windows folders.

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