My mom called me up last week while I was on campus and expressed her desire to replace their entire home entertainment system that they bought back in 1989. I would like to make the Intel Mac Mini the center of their new setup. I need all of your help, though. You are the experts, you've tried everything out, and I don't have the money or time (as a college student) to have trial and error with different hardware products. Here's the setup I'm looking for: Flat screen, HD TV Digital Cable TV - Cox Communications (already coming into the home) Mac Mini - use as PVR, DVD player, CD player, and MP3 player, also rip DVDs to external drive (a Mini Stack?) Simple Receiver that supports 5.1 surround sound (coming from Mini) They have TiVo right now, but I would like to replace that with a PVR function on the Mac Mini so they can avoid the $150/year on TiVo. Support for playback of AVI files in FrontRow would be nice. Core Solo would be better to save some money. I'd like to do this all with a Core Solo, if possible. I can drop in a better processor in the future. What are the different options I have between the Solo and Duo machines? The Mac Mini will run off of Wi-Fi to allow for surfing the net from the couch with a wireless keyboard and mouse. It will also allow for streaming of photos and music from other Macs in the house. An ethernet hookup can be added if necessary. I would like ANY and ALL your input about this. Please help me get a simple, powerful setup for my parents to use, now that all their children are out of the house. It must be simple to use, that's why they love TiVo. Give me your dream and economical setup of how you would do this.