Originally Posted by wnl
The mini would not require an apple TV, but would be able to support one easily. If you want to play the discs directly from the mini you would need player software, then connect video and audio up to your system. VLC runs on Macs, for example.
Yes it would. Hard to tell from the specs but it might be able to play the m2ts files off of a blu-ray once you've extracted them, but probably wont play ISOs directly. Looks like you need to use CIFS to access content from another machine. A Roku will also stream content (via HTTP) if you add the appropriate channel. But that may require H264 content. That's what I'm starting to ramp up now: Roku with the roksbox channel and playing H264. The result is perfectly adequate for a 50" TV. For serious watching in the home theater I still want something as close to the source as possible. For now that's the 7000.
Another choice for the Mac is Plex. Very nice setup and can transcode on the fly for a variety of devices, including the Roku, GoogleTV, LG and Samsumg Smart TVs. Also available for Windows.
Nitro: I'm going to look up your specs as I am getting ready to build out an HTPC.
Here is the thread.http://www.avsforum.com/t/1171332/official-sony-bd-mega-changer-thread-bdp-cx7000es-bdp-cx960/3030
I have built the HTPC using Asus motherboard, which is fine. If you use J river media center, then don't install Realtek drivers. I think you was going USB audio, so it might not apply to you. I use ASUS Xonar Essence ST sound cards, and I bought them with the H6 option. (Future plans is a USB dac from Exasound E18, but has the Mac OSX drivers as well)
J river just has put this option in media center 18, USB-UIRT http://www.usbuirt.com/
(Automation with are other equipment)
In the future, J river will have a MAC OSX version with Video, but the first release is going to be audio only. The latest report from J river on Mac OSX version is that it is a few weeks away.
If you are really picky on video, then plan for Nvidia video card. The onboard video is fine for most people, but I do see that I have to upgrade to better video card in the future. (There is 2 options here, running long hdmi cable from server to receiver or a new video card in htpc.) Video cards do make noise, so probably Nvidia GTX 650. Why Nvidia? The only option to make it Mac OSX compatible. HTPC is quiet now, but I do see need in the future for Blurays. I am picky though, but some might not see those issues.