Mac mini for my media question

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  1. applegoddess09 macrumors member

    applegoddess09

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    Hi.

    I want to have an external hard drive to hold my movies, shows, podcasts, etc. I am wondering if it is a good idea to have a mac mini as that external drive. But also can the mini connect to a TV? What I want to be able to do is, take any media ie iTunes things and DVDs I convert to iTunes and put them on the external drive so it wont be taking up all the space on my Macbook. I then want to be able to take said external drive and connect to TV whenever I want.

    Ideas? Suggestions? Thanks.
     
  2. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

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    yeahhhhhhhhhhh thats exactly what i am going to do instead of using my appletv... great minds think alike
     
  3. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    I'm not an AV expert, but I do believe that there is a DVI-to-HDMI cable available, and this would allow the Mini to drive a hi-def TV.

    An external drive would be OK, but I'd just get the Mini with the 120 Gb hard drive, store my music and podcasts locally, and play DVDs in the Mini's drive. You can convert those DVDs into iTunes straight onto the Mini-- no other computer needed-- but I'd only convert my absolute favorites, as 120 Gb can fill up pretty quickly when full-length movies come into play.

    Apparently, quite a few people on these forums have such a setup. Anyone...? (Bueller...?)
     
  4. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. 1.8GHz Core Duo serving home media duties since Christmas 06, and couldn't be happier with it. For the record, ours connects to a 27" LG LCD TV direct via DVI to DVI. This means that you get no sound through the TV, but we have Harmon Kardon Soundsticks plugged into the Mini that provide gorgeous sound for TV, DVD and music playback.

    A 500Gb LaCie mini-hub is as near to silent as needs be (ie - you can only hear it if you're sitting in the room completely quiet and listening for it) and a TV tuner (Miglia TVMax in my case) finishes the job.

    All our DVDs, favourite TV shows and music all in one place, plus PVR/timeshift facility on the broadcast TV, too. It's fantastic and I can't recommend it highly enough.

    Cheers!

    Jim
     
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  6. mags631 Guest

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    My Mac Mini set up is as follows:
    Mac mini C2D 1.6
    250GB Internal HD (manually installed)
    2GB of RAM
    40" Sony Bravia LCD (1920x1080)
    1TB MyBook external

    We use it primarily for FrontRow, a DVD player, and as a e-mail/web station for the living room. We love it!!!
     
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I use an Apple TV instead of a mini on my TV
    Mac Mini 1.66 CD
    250GB External RAID1 HDDs for shared documents/libraries
    750GB External HDD for Time Machine backups

    So the mini is a file server, media source for Apple TV, backup server, and backup option should a laptop need repair.
     
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  9. mags631 Guest

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    Mine would be just a 40" Sony Bravia sitting on a built-in cabinet. The mini is completely hidden from view, and looks, well, like a Mini!
     
  10. joeybagadonutz macrumors member

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    Would a Core 2 Duo be significantly better than a Core Duo in this application?
     
  11. Bablorub macrumors newbie

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    Ya man! Abso...lutely agree wiy ya! Wun:p
     

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