Originally Posted by carconnex
This thread is incredibly useful, though as a relative newcomer to the media server world, I have to admit it's a bit overwhelming trying to figure out which is the most appropriate device. (I have followed the links to each of the units in the grid, and have also taken a hands-on look at the HP Media Server units.)
I would truly appreciate some guidance from those who better understand the technology.
I've got a number of different A/V stations set up in my home/office -- media room, office, bedroom, kitchen. Each is a component system built around a receiver, ie a Denon AVR-4306 in the media room, which is paired with a Viera plasma monitor.
The house is wired with CAT-5A and with one exception, all these systems have access to their own 8-port switches that are "home-runs" to the 16-port gigabit switch in my home/office. There's also 802.11 b and n throughout the building.
I am a journalist, (print, digital and broadcast), and a music and video collector, with perhaps 1,000+ CDs and 100s of DVDs and BluRay discs. If I could address the issue of audio alone, I'd be pleased, but having the ability to distribute my video collection would be all the better.
I'd like to copy my originals in lossless format (WAV? Is there a better choice?) and then be able to distribute to the various component systems. I'd prefer not to have to set up individual computers with each system, which seems to be the requirement of the HP Media Server. I'm hoping to find something that can act as a central storage device (a tank???) and then distribute to additional, remote units that plug into the various receivers, like the Denon. In my mind, I see those remotes units operating almost like tuners or CD players, in function.
The icing would be to have at least a small display on the remote so I could readily pick my musical selection without firing up a TV/monitor.
Perhaps I am asking toooo much. I'm willing to spend a bit, and if I am reading things right, the DViX and Popcorn units, in particular, seem to deliver what I am seeking.
I truly thank you, in advance, for any advice you can offer. I've been looking to make this jump for some time and it now seems possible. Or am I asking too much?