Hey folks -- another thread of great info. A lot shorter, so easier for me to get current. I keep learning, hopefully I can give something back.
I've been thinking of a (regular) HP Pavilion for a HTPC, but now that I set everything up after a remodel, I'm back looking at the Slimline, as it will hide nicely in a bookcase.
My initial thoughts weren't 'full-on HTPC' as most folks in this thread. I don't yet have a HDTV, so haven't really been thinking of using the Blu Ray capabilities. What I was thinking was:
1. TV tuner / PVR: I want to play around with connecting an OTA antenna and automatically burning TV shows to DVD so I can take them with me on business trips, watch on a laptop, etc.
2. Move my MP3s / pictures, etc. off my overloaded Compaq Presario next to my HT stuff in the family room.
Until I make the move for a higher-end AVR, I can do internet radio, MP3s, etc.
That said, everyone's given me food for thought.
If I don't want the Blu Ray option, I was thinking I could get a cheaper model with the TV tuner, but no Blu Ray. HP.com has the newest models (haven't seen any refurbs available directly from HP) and I know Office Depot has offered models with the TV tuner for $400 - $500, although the one I saw last weekend in the Bay Area didn't have the tuner.
A while back I was scoping out a refurbed HP Digital Entertainment Center (z???) for ~ $400, but it's gone now. I don't have any Vista pcs right now, nor any Vista knowledge, so I'm not looking forward to introducing another OS.
Any thoughts from folks on this thread or are most people using the Blu Ray to retire / replace other hw in their HT?
Full disclosure: I work for HP, but not in this area. I'm on the business side, not consumer, but I've researched the HP consumer offerings pretty well.
still researching AVRs
Yahama, Denon, Pioneer, ... oh, my!