Creating a home theater..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by WAM2, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. WAM2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2011
    United States
    Alright So I Just bought a 1080p projector and screen for $200 at a garage sale. I Am looking to create a home theater with one of my macs, I Am usually good at doing this, but I'm lost. I Cant figure out how to be able to use my blu-ray player, along with my iMac 21.5 inch (2010) or with a Powermac G5, It seems like the powermac would be a better choice with its optical audio, but My AV Receiver blew, So I Am trying to use my iMac, or Powermac, as the AV Receiver, Currently I Setup My Audio Setup with an 3.5mm audio splitter thats plugged into the iMac, 1 output going to my Energy subwoofer, and the other output going to A 2.1 Logitech sound system across the room, and That has an additional output, going to another 2.0 sound system giving me in theory a 4.2 sound system setup to it, it sounds phenomenal, and the video is going from a mini dp, to dvi adapter, through dvi, to the Projector, onto the projection screen. I Would use HDMI, but i have no Mini DP to HDMI. Not sure if it would look better anyway. So I Have the video and the audio situation figured out, but I Am stuck playing dvd's on the superdrive, I'd like to use blu-ray, is there anyway to hook up a blu-ray player (not drive) and use it on the mac? thanks
  2. johto macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008
    Dude! Check out PLEX media center sofware. IF your machine is fast enough, you can playback bluray rips ".mkv" files(mp4 x.264 format).
  3. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Macs at this time can only play Blu-Ray movies with the shareware program the MacGo's Blu-Ray Player for Mac.

    The three free competing theater programs for a Mac are Plex, Boxee and XBMC.

    I use Plex in my 2010 Mac Mini connected to external and network hard drives. IMHO it works really great and is a joy to use.

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