Originally Posted by pepar
<5508>Pee Cee here. And with seven of them scattered around the house and enough parts to throw 2-3 more together if I had to, I was trying to avoid the HTPC route. That's why, initially, PCH and Dune caught my eye. I have read, though, that XMBC is far better for building and maintaining a library, so I might load that on my main hotrod that I will use for ripping.
Still undecided on the player, but I have been having fun with the 35watt Intel i5 part and SSDs for no moving parts computers. So maybe the HTPC route will be the way I go.</5508>
I have offloaded all of my legacy DVDs (about 1000 of them) to the HTPC now, via the Mac Mini and the DVDO VP I use - there is no loss of quality in either picture or sound - in fact I believe the PQ is a little *better* than I was getting from my Oppo 983H DVD player. I use 8 terabytes of RAID array drives for the ripped DVDs and Plex is such a beautiful front end it is a delight to use. It is awesome to browse a large library of movies, select the one you want and the film starts immediately without all those trailers and crap you get on the DVD itself. I am sure it is possible to do the same sort of thing using Windows, but my experience is that it is harder to set it all up. HST, I can understand why you'd want to go that way!
For Bluray and HD-DVD I still prefer to use the original discs in a normal player - mainly because ripping them is very time consuming and they do make very large files (unless you Handbrake them). I suspect one day I will probably move the HD media to the HTPC though, just for the convenience. It's hard to describe how much better it is - people say "how hard is it to put a DVD in the drive of a DVD player?" but when they experience the HTPC, they never say that again... it's the browsing the library, the reading the synopsis etc in Plex (added automagically via the web), looking at the cover and background artwork (also added automagically), selecting the movie and just going right to the opening logo instantly... magic. And of course, with Plex being a database, you can sort by almost any way imaginable - genre, year, actor, director etc etc.
When I get my 5508, or 5509, or 5510
(Is that enough, Mods? I hope so!
) I may well decide to rip all 350 of my Blurays I guess... but currently I have other priorities, not least of which is a pre-pro like the 5508
, which is Pro ready and has XT32 and so on. I am being drawn, as if by magnetism, to the benefits of a Pro setup...