kosmonooit, on 20 June 2012 - 01:29 , said:
There is no unique solution, and lots of options here, but I can say that the dedicated box solution is limited. Even the media player aspects of the screens. The world of media file formats is a maze. For example mp4 or mkv is not a format. Its a wrapper. Embedded in that is another format which your player might not be able to handle. Then there is the plethora of sub title formants
And another factor in favour of the PC solution, making 'backup' copies of DVD's and handling Region coding problems. Install SlySoft's AnyDVD and you are sorted.
Slowbee some media is worth keeping on line. For me what is Nature and History docs, which I never tire of watching repeats of.
Went for HP Microserver running linux + XBMC setup. Also serves as the SABnzb/uTorrent/Sickbeard/mass storage server.
Sure a lot of customization involved but its soooo worth it at the end.
And yeah avoid wireless if possible. My HD streams over wifi seem to stutter whenever someone nukes food in the microwave
Used to have the Xtreamer (same ideas as WD live) and the XBMC setup is so much neater.
edit: oh, and btw, this setup cost me less than 2k all in.
Edited by MockTurtle, 20 June 2012 - 01:51 .