Inspired by Donka's excellent post, I set up my entire Home Cinema + Hi Fi system around my Mac Mini. I've been using it more than 6 months, so wanted to share my personal pro's and cons of such a setup: Background: Almost 90% of the time, my sources are digital, I listen to digital music (mostly lossless), I watch mkv files for movies and tv shows. Rarely I watch BD's and play games from PS 3 and also rarely I listen to CD's. So I figured having one source (Mac Mini) for everything would be the logical choice for me. Also my living room is not large enough to accommodate a separate HT system and a HiFi system. Equipment and why Media Source: Mac Mini 2.5GHz i5 dual core (late 2012), 8GB, 500GB HDD I have a mac book pro, iphone, and ipad - so to make everything work in harmony, Mac Mini was the obvious choice. I never even considered a PC (once you go mac...), and all these network players cannot handle the complexity of my music collection (more than 10000 songs) - I need my iTunes playlists and flexibility... The 2.5GHz version is definitely enough for almost all the tasks, but sometimes it's rather slow when it has to do a few things at the same time (itunes match, play movie and download for instance). So sometimes i wonder if I should have gone for the quad core... I have an external 2TB HDD attached to the Mac mini where I keep all the movies and tv series. Logitech K811 bluetooth keyboard and apple trackpad to control mac mini directly Airport express connected to the amplifier to sometimes wirelessly listen to music and podcasts instead of from mac mini My other components: Hegel H300 amplifier (connected to Mac via USB) Pioneer SC 2023 receiver (connected to Mac via HDMI, and connected to Hegel H300 via pre-outs into Hegel’s HT in ports) Software: iTunes for all music iTunes Match: That's a must given multiple apple devices to listen to music PLEX for movies and TV shows - this is a no brainer. PLEX is set to output sound to HDMI regardless of the Mac Mini settings - this way I don't have to everytime change the sound output of the Mac Mini. Spotify to discover new music VLC and XBMC for iso files that Plex cannot play XLD to convert flac files to Apple lossless Rowmote pro to control imac from mobile devices (see Donka's post for full review) Remote app in ipad and iphone to control itunes during music play Screen sharing from macbook pro to sometimes connect to mac mini from another room or just too lazy to lean forward to the logitech keyboard while I have my macbook VTAudioSwitch: to switch between USB output vs HDMI in Mac Mini Audirvana Plus: To improve the quality of sound from iTunes Unlike Donka's post, I did not see any need to install LogMeIn, Keyboard Maestro and all other software he mentions that didn't mention in my post. What Works: Having one system as HT and HiFi was actually a good saving (able to use front speakers as part of HT system and no need for extra players), which I could invest into better quality Amp and Speakers. Mac mini as a source is also a great pleasure – Plex is amazing software to manage HT, and iTunes (even with its flaws) is the best media player available in the market IMHO, to manage a big music library, sync all with iTunes match and play podcasts as well. The music sound quality is awesome, thanks to USB connection from the Mac into the internal DAC of the amp. I have discovered so many more details in some of the songs that I have known for years. Challenges: Overall I'm very happy with this setup since almost 2 years now (this is a Jan 15 edit). The one annoying thing is that I could not manage to have my Harmony remote manage everything perfectly – there are always problems. For instance it would “wake” Mac Mini but suddenly the music starts to play. It also is not able to change the sound output of Mac Mini, which has to be done manually. At the end I do not use it any more, pity for my investment. Hope this is useful to anybody with similar concerns. Any input or suggestions are welcome.