Originally Posted by Burnerbum
I started out by building a HTPC, I could have bought 4 C-200s for what it cost me. I find that the PCH does a much better job, for a lot less money and energy usage. For now anyway. But as you mentioned, things change.
I did the same as you, I was buying media players looking for the best. So far, from what I have the PCH is the best. But I haven't tried Dune or Mede8er which looks very interesting to me. The new MED500X2 looks Very interesting. But when is enough. I just love buying and playing with electronics and gadgets.
My PCH-C200 has served me really well. I like it a lot. I put in th internal pcie wifi and it works great ( it's also wired). I like the look, the way it suspends and powers down and the silence. I can't imagine a player with a fan anymore. That being said, my Mac Mini is pretty darned close to it as a media player ( and does double duty as a main computer system).
I bout an iON based Shuttle for use as an XBMC box. Silent, cheap ( less than a C200) and it's very neat. An HTPC can be had for a price no more than twice the C200 ( that would be a Mini) and also for less ( the Shuttle type players - the passively cooled ones). If you are heavily into Blu-ray then things are more complicated and the price starts increasing.
In any case I seem to more or less be doing what you are ( I did build an HTPC but I couldn't get it silent enough to use it).
Lots of fun playing around with all these gadgets. I guess I am just a bit leery of the really higher end players now for reasons I mentioned.
In the PC world the ability to control the computer with a remote has given me the most hassles ( even though my MCE remote system works, it is very limited compared to the Mini with remote buddy).
Complicated stuff with only so many hdmi ports and few neat new players unfortunately. Maybe this new WDTV Live player will turn out to be interesting.