As of Feb 2012, I'd like to buy a small off-the-shelf HTPC for HDMI hookup to my Sony Bravia KDL 52W4100 HDTV but I'm reading about a lot problems with HDMI audio and complicated work arounds and patches depending on the equipment configuration. I realize I can use HDMI or VGA or S-Video for picture plus RCA cables for audio, but I'd like to keep it all digital and uncluttered. That's what HDMI is for, isn't it? I'm open to any major computer brand running Windows 7 Home as long as it works right out of the box. My uses are internet, Netflix, Blockbuster, Hulu, Itunes, adult video websites and OpenOffice word processing. I prefer an HTPC with 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, wireless keyboard and mouse, DVD RW burner, ethernet, memory card readers, HDMI, USB 2 (& USB 3 if possible) and WI FI. I've looked at specs for the new Mac Mini (with Bootcamp PC partition), HP Slimline, Gateway SX, Lenovo Revo, Dell Inspiron, Acer, Asus, E-Machines, etc. and they all seem to have HDMI audio problems with Sony Bravia, but it's too expensive a TV to replace so I'm building my home entertainment system around it. I currently use a Sony PS3 for Blue Ray DVD playback and Netflix streaming, but the PS3 Explorer 6 browser is limited in streaming video from other websites and won't accept software upgrades other than from Sony and Netflix. Can anyone recommend a ready made HTPC for under $1,000 because I can't build my own. Thanks.
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2/7/12 at 9:37am