What a variety of posts! Someone mentioned how AVS is outside the norm, and we so are.
I have an HTPC, have for years, and it does everything I want. I have had Apple products and despite the closed environment (I did jailbreak) they worked. They had quirks, and I wasn't able to work around them too terribly well (closed environment) but when it got it right, it got it right and IMO is unmatched in that regard.
Am I surprised to read people on this forum anti-apple? Not a chance - there isn't room to customize, and it doesn't do *everything* or every format. And that is what AVSForum wants, but its not what most people want.
While it may be an endless flamewar, Apple has a knack for occasionally predicting the next best thing. But its a complete package, and it does what it does, and that is the antithesis of the AVSForum.