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fourwalls 06-13-2007 12:37 PM

good cheap media servers
I would like to get a media server that will do most every thing i need for a good price about $500 - $800. any ideas?

Robinson_A 06-13-2007 12:53 PM

Re: good cheap media servers
Mac Mini with a few external hard drives will work wonders. Front Row has complete Video TS (uncompressed DVD rips) support and you can catalog your DVD's much like iTunes via Front Row. The only downside is that the Mac Mini will have to be wired directly to your system for it can't stream video TS files wirelessly...yet. Hands down the cheapest and easiest way to go when it comes to a media computer.

Go PC and you'll be at the mercy of Vista and all that it implies.

Get yourself a Mini with Front Row. Download Mac the Ripper, and download DVD assist and boom you're stylin.' If you want to add wireless capability have an AppleTV sync with your Mini, but your video and audio will be compromised, however, if you won't be using the remote systems for critical viewing/listening you might be okay.

fourwalls 06-15-2007 11:06 AM

Re: good cheap media servers
i wont a component to go it my av system

Robinson_A 06-15-2007 12:20 PM

Re: good cheap media servers
I'm a bit confused. What do you mean by component? The Mac Mini has a DVI output as well as multi-channel audio support on DVD's through the above mentioned options. I consider it to be as much of a component as anything and a cheap way to get a media center computer without building one yourself or having to go the PC route. If the Mac Mini isn't to your liking I would look at one of the cheaper options from Vidabox.

fourwalls 06-15-2007 01:33 PM

Re: good cheap media servers
a stand alone component like a dvd or cd player not a media center computer. like the ReQuest Music Server but much much cheaper.

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