Whilst not totally computer illiterate, reading this forum makes me feel slightly queasy. I feel like a nursery child asking questions to university students... but anyway, I suppose that's a good thing:
I'm in the process of rejuvenating my home-cinema system. Bought a new TV (Panasonic P65ST50B - it's kickass), new AV-receiver (Yamaha RXV673 - I'm slowly turning into an audiophile). Now I'm looking for a way to stream media from my PC to my TV. (Hence me posting this on the Media Servers and Content Streamers forum.)
I have a metric ****-ton of music, TV shows and movies on my PC. File formats vary, from mp3s to lossless files, from DVD rips to blu-ray isos. The ability to watch some HD movies I have on my PC on my TV, or the ability to listen to some of the music I have using the AV-receiver, is a goal I wish to achieve.
The TV has a USB port, but it cannot play all the formats I have, and it struggles with some of the larger files when I connect it to an external USB.
The AV-receiver also has a USB port, but does not recognise my external USB hard drive at all.
My proposed network set-up (which has not yet been completed) would be to utilise the gigabit ports on my router and bridge to create a wired, gigabit connection between my PC and an as-yet unpurchased media streamer, which would then plug in via HDMI to my AV receiver. Since the PC and media-streamer are separated by 2 storeys, that connection would be aided by a gigabit homeplug. Would this be the most efficient way to enjoy the content from my PC through my home-cinema setup downstairs, and if so, what media streamer would you recommend? Or would you recommend an alternate solution to my problem?
Thanks for your help, and apologies for the lengthy message.