Originally Posted by gadgetfreaky
Originally Posted by Dave Harper
Sammy what I believe he's talking about doing is using Bootcamp on the Mac Mini with Windows 7/8 loaded in a dual boot system. I've done that, works great and the Mac Mini is a sweet looking small form factor HTPC!
Originally Posted by Sammy2
The OP did not explicitly state that though so I was clarifying it. Although the mac mini is small, wouldn't it be more cost effective to just use the NUC?
yes, sorry I was going to do mac mini, bootcamp w/ windows 7/8. Lots of folks suggest that setup.
NUC is underpowered for transcoding MKV files I thought? most people on AVS use the mac mini b/c of it's horsepower. most do plex media for transcoding. But plex doesn't do live TV
if it did it'd probably be a favorite amongst many over WMC.
One warning worth noting: you cannot use a Mini DisplayPort to output HDCP protected content in Windows Media Center. If I recall, they have been offering HDMI on the minis for awhile now, which should be okay, but some models have Mini DisplayPort, which could be a serious problem. (You will not be able to display HDCP protected content externally, even with a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter due to a longtime issue with WMC. The impact will depend on how your cable provider has the channels you watch configured.)
I am a longtime Mac user and I run WMC on a MacBook with Bootcamp to capture recordings from my HDHR Prime for the time being, but I would be reluctant to get a Mac Mini for HTPC use. You will have to keep it in Windows most if the time, so you'll miss out on the Mac experience, but still have to pay the Apple tax. You can get much better bang for your buck with something else and the Mini is not very expandable, but you can probably make it work if you're willing to pay a premium for the form factor, as long as you can get all of the drivers you need for the hardware under BootCamp. I would specifically investigate audio output options for the Mac model you plan to use. I seem to recall hearing of some issues outputting HD audio codecs via Mac Minis, but that may have been under Mac OS.