What to replace the Mini as HT

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SnarkyBear, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. SnarkyBear macrumors regular

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    I have a 2011 Mac Mini that we've been using as a home theater. I've been waiting for an upgrade that will connect to a 4K television.

    I am done waiting. We are ready to get rid of our old 1080p TV and replace it, and I am tired of waiting for Apple to get off their duffs and update the Mini.

    So what are some alternatives? I've looked at the Alienware Alpha, but that seems a bit of overkill. Changing to a Macbook Pro or iMac would be way to wasteful. We have a large library stored on hard drive, so streaming through Apple TV doesn't make sense to me.

    Any thoughts out there?
     
  2. hwojtek macrumors 65816

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  3. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe a Roku or AppleTV and keep your library on another machine?

    There are multiple decisions. If you have/need a hardware tuner that will limit your choices.

    Start with what software you want: Kodi or Plex or WMC or ??? Windows or MacOS or Linux?
    Hardware: NUC or nMP or ?

    I went with a nMP. Overkill but works and I still can run eyeTV for now.
     
  4. MrWillie macrumors 65816

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    Buy an Apple TV, use the mini as an iTunes server.
     
  5. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Looks remarkably Raspberry Pi2-ish. In some ways better, in others not as good.
     
  6. AndyR macrumors 6502a

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    Intel NUC as the server with either local or NAS attached media storage, then AppleTV 4K as the player.
     
  7. hwojtek macrumors 65816

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    4k output, Debian support, plays from my NAS, works for me, I don't need anything more complicated.
     
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    Maybe no box is necessary at all.

    With a lot of modern TVs, you can just plug that hard drive into the TV's USB port and the TV's media player can handle it natively.

    Likewise, with a lot of modern TVs you can install a steaming app like Plex and just have that hard drive connected to a computer on the same network as the TV.

    I've done both on my TV. Plex is the nicer route because of the interface.
     

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