What to replace the Mini as HT

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

  1. SnarkyBear macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2014
    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


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
  3. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
    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


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    Buy an Apple TV, use the mini as an iTunes server.
  5. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Looks remarkably Raspberry Pi2-ish. In some ways better, in others not as good.
  6. AndyR macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Intel NUC as the server with either local or NAS attached media storage, then AppleTV 4K as the player.
  7. hwojtek macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
    4k output, Debian support, plays from my NAS, works for me, I don't need anything more complicated.
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    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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