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Lenovo M72e alternatives for a HTPC Player

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I have MKV's on my Synology with ripped videos.
Playing them on my macs via VLC is not a issue.

Using DLNA playing them on either the built in DLNA on my Panasonic VT50 or Sony Blu Ray player is a hit or miss.
Most of the time, the video is fine. It's the audio. Often, it either doesn't play the audio/recognize the audio or on some, it will play the *track 2 commentary* portion of the audio.

I really would prefer to just *play* everything off DLNA and the VT50 direct, but that would probably be re-encoding the whole MKV folder to something different - which I am not looking to do.

So I'm off to building a player that will be my HTPC.
Not sure what my options are.
Ideally, it would be something that would be *controlled* fairly easily via IR - quasi Arrow -up/down etc remote or just something more *user friendly* instead of using a IR keyboard of some sorts.

Thoughts, suggestions ?

I'm all mac at home with the exception of one pc laptop.
However, I think was leaning on something like this as a portable robust player for my MKV - Lenovo M72e Tiny Desktop
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Intel's NUC platform and Gigabyte's Brix look like they're up your alley.

If you want to store media on a server and play it on your tv you don't really need a lot of power or onboard storage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856102001

It just needs you to add a few components. 4-8gb of ram, a 60-128gb SSD, and for you an IR receiver.
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Those Lenovos are neat little PCs but my experience tells me a desktop processor inside something that small is going to run very hot or have a noisy fan or both. Maybe not but it seems like it should.
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