media center:Mac mini or PS3??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gangzoom, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. gangzoom macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Just moved into a new house and am trying to work out the best way to set up my projector and surround sound system...

    Currently i have a G5 tower, and xbox360 connected to my projector, however my Tower is going to be moved to a different room. So at the moment the Xbox is running my projector...this is fine for games, but when watching dvds its simply useless (too loud, and poor picture quality). I was hoping :apple: would release some kind of media center to replace the Macmini and iTV but that hasnt happened:mad:

    Should i just go ahead and buy a mac mini or put up with the noisy 360 for a bit longer, or just go for a PS3:) any comments/ideas :D
  2. Royale w/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    My mini hooked up to my sony wega suits me, so I vote for mini.
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    I'd choose a MacMini right now (as much as I love the PS3). It's cheaper, quieter and more expandable (try doing remote integration with the PS3).
  4. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    If you want to play DVDs ... get a DVD player. Cheapest way to get really good picture and sound.

    Otherwise, either
    A) build a media center with something like an Antec Fusion to match your AV components
    B) get a mini, it's cheap and effective.
  5. gangzoom thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    I have a large DVD collection and also quite a few movies on my mac. The only advantage of the PS3 seems to be the blueray player, but i think ill go for the mac mini....did consider using my 7 year old pismo G3 laptop at one stage but it doesnt do digital sound out:p
  6. Martin C macrumors 6502a

    Martin C

    Nov 5, 2006
    New York City
    Screw the Mini, get a PS3. Or even better...get an Xbox 360 and a copy of Rainbow Six: Vegas and Gears of War.
  7. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    If you didn't know, the PS3 supports DLNA streaming from computers. Just install EyeConnect or TwonkyMedia on your Mac and you can stream movies, music, and pictures to your PS3 wirelessly (as long as it's in the right format).

    The PS3 also upscales DVDs.
  8. badcrumble macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2007
    The PS3 is a sweet piece of hardware, and it can stream from your computer, BUT it can't support nearly as many video formats as a Mini.
  9. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    None of the above. A Vista Home Premium or Ultimate machine is what you want as a real computer-based media center. Actually, even an XP Media Center PC will blow the Macs out of the water in that role.
  10. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    I've heard much better reviews of SageTV.
  11. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    I've heard otherwise. There are fringe benefits too - You can keep the 360 and turn it into a media extender for the MCE PC.

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