I'm hoping this hasn't been covered already, if so, sorry, please point me to previous posts. It would seem to me that Apple doesn't really have a decent 1080 solution (yet). I'm hoping someone out there has found something that works and point me in the right direction. I had an old G5 tower with a decent video card in it, which was connected to my 1080p TV. It was great. I could basically do anything I would normally do on my desktop. There were however a few shortcomings: 1) It didn't have bluetooth, so wireless keyboard/mouse would have needed something to be added. 2) The CPU/GPU were not QUITE enough to play 1080 video files. The codecs took too much processing. 3) It was kinda loud to have next to the TV. Looking at Apple TV units, they seem to have some limitations: 1) They are limited to 720 (not 1080) 2) They will only play a few codecs, and want you to re-encode everything thru iTunes. (I loved watching movies in various codecs, like SD AVI files for example.) So I figured a MacMini would be the answer... They have the bluetooth built in. They have updated CPUs like dual core Intels.. They are quiet. Even have a DVD player built in. BUT when I went to the Apple store and tested playing a 1080 video file on a 23" cinema display, the MacMini couldn't quite refresh the video fast enough. So the movement was a bit "stuttered". I looked into the GPU built on the motherboard, and discovered it's the POS outdated video chipset. The older MacBook's also shared this chipset. (Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory). With only 64MB of shared VRAM, it's no wonder the refresh rate sucks at 1080. I was hoping that Apple would update the Mini's, and adopt the new chipset from the new MacBooks (Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory). I'm guessing that this would solve the refresh rate issue, and allow me to enjoy 1080 video in any codec. I guess the one other problem with the Mini is having digital optical audio out, to connect to my surround sound home theater. SO.. In a million words or more.. I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a solution for playing 1080 clips in various codecs.. Other than going out and buying a huge MacPro. I'm trying to avoid this because it's too expensive, and takes up too much room. Many thanks in advance for any advice.