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Shuttle XS35-GSV3L for local content (via XBMC) and Hulu?  

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I'm building my first home media system (living room in an apartment) and am trying to decide on a set-top box. I would like to run XBMC for my local content (video and music) that I've got on a Synology NAS. My wife wants to stream Hulu, which we currently stream through my PS3. (But I want to move that into another room with the Aquos and just keep our new projector in the living room.)

XS35-GSV3L

From my what I've read so far, the Shuttle looks good. Also thought about the Ouya. i just noticed the Shuttle has "AUDIO: IDT92HD81, 2.1 channel High Definition Audio". Really, No 5.1 audio possible?

Are there any other recommendation for an STB to do this? (A smooth running XBMC is my priority, btw.) wink.gif

thanks!
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XS35-GSV3L

From my what I've read so far, the Shuttle looks good. Also thought about the Ouya. i just noticed the Shuttle has "AUDIO: IDT92HD81, 2.1 channel High Definition Audio". Really, No 5.1 audio possible?
You need to read the specs. more closely. It supports 7.1 HD audio via HDMI (AC-3, AAC, True-HD, DTS-MA).
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Are there any other recommendation for an STB to do this? (A smooth running XBMC is my priority, btw.) wink.gif

FWIW, another option is the Intel NUC.

For a very small difference in price you can get a full Core i3 instead of an Atom CPU. And just like the Shuttle you need to provide your own HD (mSATA SSD), memory, keyboard/mouse/remote, and OS. There's a big AVS thread here.
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You need to read the specs. more closely. It supports 7.1 HD audio via HDMI (AC-3, AAC, True-HD, DTS-MA).

Oh, thanks. I'm so new to all this I didn't know HDMI implies 7.1 audio.
cheers
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There's a big AVS thread here.
Thanks! A big thread indeed! I've asked in there.
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