Hi...been member for a long time, but quite self sufficient so wasn't posting much.
Running HTPC with around 3TB local storage on a main floor last 7-8 years. It used to be just XP Desktop, then XP MCE, Vista MCE and then Win7 MCE.
In the mean time I run Xbox360 MC as an extender to bedroom (hdmi connection).
Just got E550 Samsung series plasma for basement. It will be run through AVR 2600 HDMI. I do have another XB360 which I use right now as an extender (also PS3). I am not really happy with XB being extender since it doesn't stream more then 2 channels of sound, and it can't really stream nicely ripped 720p or 1080 rips (stored upstairs). It's all hard wired btw. I tried the Samsung's smart capabilities in order to stream movies, but pause doesn't work (which is essential, even though I am used to much more then pausing only).
What I know it would work:
So far, I only see one option and that is to replace my other desktop (this one is in basement) which is my torrent client and iTunes server (running speakers on the deck) operated by Apple Remote and accessed by VNC with another HTPC which will keep doing the same job, but it will also stream content from upstairs. I was thinking about replacing this existing PC with WinHomeServer which would do bunch of automatic backups and essentially replace my DNS-323 (which I can't stand since it keeps disappearing off network last 5 years) as a final destination of all our photos/home videos.
What I would like to be able to do:
Since I don't know much about extenders, I wonder if there is such a box which would allow streaming content from main floor HTPC and provide me with original file's sound, would not hiccup when heavy duty decoding is encountered and look pretty doing it ?
All these components in the basement are stored in furnace room, out of sight and my ears (fat PS3 and original XB360 are really loud) and they both run bluetooth controllers which allow me great deal of control over content through walls. This is great connivance, and I would almost think about actually playing only the original discs, but they do get scratched.