Mac Media Centre: New Base mac mini or top of the line previous gen mini??

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by JNRidgway15, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. JNRidgway15 macrumors member

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    Dose the old Mac Mini handle 1080i without lags and can it handle tv recording or should I just buy the current gen?? any advice would be great as I want a full blown media centre like my old Windows MCE :eek:
     
  2. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    The new Mini will be much better suited as a media center computer than the previous one. I think if I remember correctly the old one can handle 1080i, but the new Mini with the 9400m will be much more future proofed than the older one with the Intel graphics.
     
  3. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    No such thing.
     
  5. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    OK future proof until the next best thing comes along, is that OK:rolleyes:
     
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    Lets call it Future Resistant. :p
     
  7. JNRidgway15 thread starter macrumors member

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    Is that like stain proof we all know thats not true :p
     
  8. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    I don't like the mini dvi and the fact that you gotta buy a 100 dollar adapter to connect to your tv. I ll take my chances with the older mac mini maybe the 1.83 c2d. They should be real cheap right now .. :cool:
     
  9. kolax macrumors G3

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    $100 cable?

    Where did you get ripped off from?
     
  10. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    The mini comes with a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter...
     
  11. robotartfashion macrumors 6502

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    yep and you can get a great dvi to hdmi adapter on amazon for $5.99

    $5.99 + shipping is a far cry from $100

    troll anyone?
     
  12. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    I will second that notion lol.

    I wish they put a HDMI port (w/ audio) in it instead of a MDP though... Would make the whole home theater thing that much easier.
     
  13. robotartfashion macrumors 6502

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    well i think soon enough apple will expand the functionality of the mini display port through software updates

    from what i understand it has the capability of digital audio ala hdmi but apple just hasn't taken advantage of it yet

    so that means in the future display port to hdmi adapter with all of the frills and avoidance of the licensing costs by apple :)
     
  14. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    i'd say the new one. better graphics processing.

    click buy now :)
     
  15. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Add yet another yes to the new 9400M G $599 model.
     
  16. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    what does that mean. does that mean i can connect a dvi to hdmi adapter to it and it will work.....?
     
  17. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    it's on the apple website..
     
  18. kolax macrumors G3

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    Aye.

    You are probably looking at the DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI cable which costs a lot. The DisplayPort to DVI is only $30 or something..
     
  19. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    Just looked again . it's only mini to vga adapter. They are still sweet machines but i might go in and see at the apple store could they work with my flat screen. My mac mini system is due for a update. Takes too long to convert movies to mp4
     
  20. ZackAttack77 macrumors newbie

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    Why not just wait for the new ATV.....you know its coming....all the hype about the atom with the nvida ion....nows its a given its going to be for the new ATV....anyone thinking the 24th of this month?
     
  21. kolax macrumors G3

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    Apple TV will never have a DVD drive, and you will never be able to attach a USB hard drive to it either.
     
  22. Changepoint macrumors member

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    can you tell me what cable gives the best picture, if connecting the previous mini to a 1080p plasma?
     
  23. ZackAttack77 macrumors newbie

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    Ya, it will never have a dvd drive; but the whole point of the media server is to digitalize your dvd\bluray discs to files.....I admit it would be nice to have the option to put a DVD in but without a blu ray drive (hopefully they will add that option shortly) I can't see making the jump to a mac mini. You could build a hackintosh for the same price with a blue ray drive; and faster specs but you would have to sacrifice the smaller form factor for that; also you can attach a external usb to the ATV by using the usb patch stick.
     
  24. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    HDMI/DVI, obviously...that's the only purely digital way to connect it to a TV. Throw adapters in there for using an HDMI cable or for using a DVI cable, it doesn't matter, it's the same signal.
     
  25. macrockbuddy macrumors member

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    I've wanted to hook a mini as a htpc for some time now. But only recently, I've noticed that front row is kind of bland and not as full featured as Apple TV. I can't say much for plex, but using a 3rd party app doesn't excited me. I'd seriously consider getting an updated ATV when they come out, especially since you know boxee is going to work on it again eventually (I love hulu)!
     

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