Originally Posted by thomasamiller
Also, of all the equipment you mentioned in your post, what of it do you actually own so far? If you are like me, you simplify your postings by stating that you already own XYZ. It is actually easier to design an AV distribution system if you state exactly what you own (including model numbers) and state your end goals.
My system is pretty much non-existent at this point as I am just finishing a large remodel while living in an apt.
Here is what I have -
1. A dedicated 5.1 system with a 5ch amp/preamp from Myryad, JMR speakers and an ACI Force Sub. The preamp does not do any processing so I feed analog 5.1 audio into the preamp and use a external DAC connected to a squeezebox output to the preamp to play music from the PC. This system cannot be controlled easily by any remote, hence needs to be local to the room, not to mention the the $250/pair speaker cables for the fronts.
I used this system primarily for music (stereo/SACD), and to play some DVDs once in a while. I haven't watched Dish in more than a year, or any TV for that matter, even though I had a Dish 622 (cancelled 6 months ago).
I am getting into video primarily because the rest of the family has been on my back to get some TV viewing.
The key for the video is to be able to watch
1. international programming either through Dish (which is not in HDTV) or via an internet video stream,
2. live sports (tennis, soccer, cricket) primarily through OTA or internet (H264)
3. rented DVDs/Movies from media server. - which will be in Blu-ray/widescreen with 5.1 audio.
For audio, the speakers in the two bedrooms (room 2 and 3) and the HT system will be primarily playing music loaded in the media server in FLAC format. In addition the HT system will have an SACD player local to it.
The only other addition would be a Wii as it has several nice versions of sports, and it would be nice to have the ability to play this in more than one room, esp when I don't want my 3 year old bothering us in the living room.
I plan to add a receiver to the 5-ch setup, primarily for decoding the audio stream (which is easier than running 6-7 analog cables to the preamp).
I haven't decided on my new media server, but there's a local whiz who builds these systems which are reasonable - 4.5TB Raid systems with a kaleidascape like interface, support for Hauppage for about $3k.