Mac Mini or Home Theater Surround Sound?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by phas3, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. phas3 macrumors 65816

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    I need some help guys, I can't quite decide, I have a black macbook now that I'm using to stream to my ps3 so I can watch on my LED HDTV. I was thinking of getting a mac mini, external hard drive, and running Plex on it to make it a dedicated htpc.

    But I was also contemplating on maybe just using my macbook with plex for now and purchase this

    Sony BRAVIA DAV-HDX589W 5.1-Channel Theater System

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BRAVIA-DAV-HDX589W-5-1-Channel-Theater/dp/B001W0Y440

    macbook is going to run me about 700 with the external hard drive and the home theater path will run me about 400 and i'll most likely get an external for my macbook since im running out of space.
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Just make sure the receiver has an optical audio input.
     
  3. phas3 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Now that Plex has h.264 hardware decoding, it will smoke your MB in video playback with those movies (which is most of them). On top of that, the curren Mini's are far superior to the MB. If you can afford it, go with the Mini.
     

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