which mini for media center?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by superB, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    hey guys,

    i am waiting for the updates to pick up a new mini as my desktop replacement. i am probably going to take it to 1-2G so it will be peppy enough. i am hoping it will be a core2d.

    my question is this - i want to pick up a second mini to use downstairs with my plasma and sound system. i want it to be my dvd player and file share it with my new mini i will be buying. the only thing i want besides good dvd quality and music is to be able to surf the net on it.

    what is the minimum level mini(used/refurbed/new) that i can pick up to do this keeping in mind that budget is an issue for this one.
    ?core solo
    ? core duo
    ?min speed
    ?min ram

    thanks in advance
     
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    tyr2

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    Have you considered a second hand PPC Mac Mini? I have one in my living room and it does the whole web browsing / music streaming thing very nicely. I'd use it for playing DVDs if my TV had a DVI input but I'm using composite so the quality is pretty terrible, it'd be nice with the right TV tho.

    Depends if you want digital audio out and a remote really.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i do want digital audio out. would a core solo with 1 gig be good enough for dvd's and sound? i might have a friend who will sell his old mini to me. i think it is a core solo 512 but i would upgrade it to 1 gig. will this model have full dvd capability? wireless?

    thanks
     
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    I don't get what you mean by "full dvd capability". All Mini's had some form of DVD player in them, so yeah, they'll all be able to play DVD's. I think you'll be fine with a Core Solo - they came standard with wireless, and I had one hooked up to a 23" display (1920x1440 resolution) without any problems when it came to video. A Core Duo will be faster, of course, but a Solo should be fine. I would not recommend a G4 for HD content, though, I think you'll be limited be the slower CPU, as well as the 1GB RAM limit.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry what i meant by full dvd was that i would get as good of apicture on my 42 plasma as i would get from a dvd player. also will i get 5.1 digital surround? sorry if i sound infantile with this. im quite techy when it comes to tv and audio but not pc's, especially macs. these mini's will be my first macs so i am just climbing the learning curve.

    getting excited though.

    thanks
     
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    gauchogolfer

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    Will you be playing physical DVD discs in the mini, or from files you have ripped and are sharing over your network?
     
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    I believe you're out of luck with the 5.1 audio. I think it can only do stereo? I don't know much about audio, so someone else will have to correct me. Here are the exact specs from Apple:

    As for video quality, I think it will be quite good. You might want to consider an :apple: TV, though, as it has HDMI output as well as digital audio and component audio. Plus, it's cheaper.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    supporting encoded digital audio output (AC3 and DTS) the ac3 i beleive refers to dolby dig 5.1. so thats good.
    -as for the dvd's: i will mainly just be using it for physical dvds, not ripped file sharing dvd.

    i basically want it as a dvd player (physical)that can share my itunes music library and do some casual surfing.

    thanks for the responses guys
     
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    aswitcher

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    I have read that you need a duo to handle H264 HD video.

    One problem for me is the HDD size. Its too small and too expensive to upgrade to a decent size - you need to get an external (which can be good as 7200rpm are better than 5400rpm).

    I still hold out hope that real soon Apple will release new minis better designed for media centre work - especially now Vista is out and Leopard is not too far away. I am waiting.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    How Would you get optical out from a mac mini.
    Thanks
     
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    gauchogolfer

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    The headphone/line out jack supports optical-out. It's a standard minijack connector and cable.
     
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