Originally Posted by rramacha
My questions to you experts are:
1. How well do you think this system will work?
You are definitely on the right track. I have been using Plex now for over a year, and have three mac mini's with Plex installed. Couldn't be happier with the setup, and the wife and kids love the ease of use. Mac Mini has plenty of power for 1080P delivery, and has proven to me to be rock solid. The mini will also handle iMovie/Final Cut Express just fine, and Garage Band is OK, but make sure you have at least 4GB of RAM. Upgrading the RAM is not for the faint of heart, but you can find upgrades cheap around, as well as videos on how to install it.
2. Does PLEX allow me to bitstream DTS?
Plex supports just about every audio format out there, and will also do AC3/DTS pass-through. The real problem lies in the container and codecs of the content you want to play. If you just rip ISOs, than you're fine. If you are using Handbrake to compress your files, you will have to use a MKV container if you want DTS. Otherwise, you will be forced into AC3 passthrough if you use mp4 (m4v). The good news is that Plex will find the movie/TV info for either format automatically (most of the time
3. Is there anything else I need to know about this setup?
I would choose the HP over the ReadyNAS if I were you. More flexibility, and HP has really been surprising with the feature set they continue to deliver for their home servers. Plus, you can stream to your iPhone
Another tip is to set up screen sharing with your MacBook Pro on the Plex mac mini so that you can remotely fix problems.
Also, if you like the setup, get a Harmony remote. Plex has great support for them, and you can program them to meet your needs, but they also work great out of the box. One ring, I mean remote, to rule them all!
- MBR -