New apartment = new Macs, TVs, home theater questions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by FrenchPB, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. FrenchPB macrumors 6502

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    Hey all,

    I'll soon move from my small student apartment to a brand new 3-bedrooms apartment. Very excited about the move, but I need help to plan my dream computer and home theater set up in the new place.

    Right now, I only have a late 2011 27" iMac connected to a 32-inch TV in the main room of the apartment... the desk is in the living room, so I can do it all on my iMac then watch TV shows and sports on the big screen TV (source = iMac).

    In the new place, I'll have a 55-inch TV in the living room, a 32-inch TV in the master bedroom, and a 26-inch TV in the kitchen. The 27-inch iMac will be in a secondary bedroom / office room. Every TV and computer will be linked to the network.

    So here's the main question : what would be the best way to access and control all my media on the different TV ? I mostly watch large HD sports video files downloaded on the internet, TV shows and some movies stored on an external harddrive.

    There are many possibilities, I really would like to hear your advices to select what to buy :

    - could I just buy a big external harddrive, plug it to my router, put m video files on it and access video files directly on the TVs (I need to buy new TVs, I don't know if the new models can decode large HD files) ?

    - should I get a Mac Mini in the living room for a powerful Home Theater experience, to watch 1080p videos with DTS sound ?

    - would Apple TVs in the master bedrooms and kitchen add something that current smart TVs do not have ?


    Basically, I think my current iMac won't be enough to do all the things I'd like. I probably need to buy a Mac Mini or a MBA, as well as Apple TVs and maybe an iPad mini to control everything.

    Could you guys help me out find the right combo ?
     
  2. drsox macrumors 65816

    drsox

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    Get 3 media streamers, connect one to each TV and stream stuff from your hard drive to each one. IMO it's better to spend an extra 100/150 on each media streamer than spend the extra on a higher spec (in terms of connectivity) TV. TV companies aren't that good at media connectivity (formats, options etc).

    I have Netgear stuff that works fine for me as all I do is play files from a hard drive (happens to be in a NAS).
     
  3. Json81 macrumors member

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    If they're all smart tv's with support for plex or dlna you can just plug them in and install a plex server on your imac.
    Can't turn it of though.
     
  4. MrGIS macrumors regular

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    3 Apple TV's connected to content made available via iTunes running on your iMac. Add Home Theatre System as desired. Done.
     

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