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Personally...I have an xps420 with dual cablecard tuners sitting next to my TV (ugh). It's quite though which is nice and the cablecards rock.
I started thinking though about putting the xps in a closet somewhere and going the media extender route for the main and sattellite TVs and it dawned on me, the cost of HTPC enclosures is high and you can pick up a good media extender for about $300. Obviously, there are some benefits and drawbacks:
Less Cable Clutter
More power on the circuit for amps, tvs etc
Less equipment clutter
depending on useage, less functionality
nets additional power usage
more equipment (though...this could be a good thing).
I would imagaine that if you get a media extender that can be hardwired, or a draftN extender (and router) you can have this set-up very nicely. If you already have an xbox360, you already have one.
I am seriously considering this as my server and NAS are already in my closet.
That reminds me...server could use some cleaing.