AppleTV vs. Mac mini for entertainment center

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tveric, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. tveric macrumors 6502

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    Looking to hook up something to play my mkv files on my plasma. If I get the Apple TV, I get component out and and save some $$$. I'm comfortable with the idea of hacking the AppleTV to run a full install of OS X, and I can play mkv with Perian on my current G5, so I'm thinking playback would be no problem.

    My question is, is it worth the extra $$$ to get the mac mini? I'm not looking to do anything besides play video, and I notice that the mini's graphics controller is some generic on-board Intel chip. Does anyone know if the AppleTV actually has better video output than the mini, or is it basically the same, if you install OS X on it?
     
  2. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    I opted for AppleTV because I wanted a simple way to have the same content in 4 different rooms.

    If they'd address the surround sound issue, I'd recommend it whole-heartedly. Until they do, I'm afraid I can't. I'm still happy with my purchase, as long as the surround issue is addressed before I add AppleTV to my actual theater room.
     
  3. kitki83 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok what about audio, I am planning on getting mac mini for entertainment and server. What are the audio options, I have a digital audio connection?
     
  4. tveric thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Will the mac mini put out surround sound, though? I know I want one of these for my HD TV, I'm just trying to gather info on which would be the BETTER choice.
     
  5. Carrot007 macrumors regular

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    I'd have thought the apple tv would be a litte underpowered for playing HD MKV's since it will get no hardware assist.

    I'm currently using my macbook for outputting MKV's at 720P (well ok, 1360*768) on my TV and it works great. However I do plan to get a mini at some point for the job (loads of reasons, battery runs down fairly quick, laptop is better used as a laptop).

    I also think the mini will do 1080P whereas the apple tv will not.

    The mini is a much better machine and you get the bonus of not having to hack it to make it do what you want.
     
  6. tveric thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What does that mean, exactly? Doesn't the mini use an onboard graphics chip? How is that better than what the AppleTV offers?

    Also, I don't need 1080p, as my TV won't play it anyway, and the content I have in mkv is all 720p or 1080i.
     

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