Lately I've been talking to my AVS pals about digitizing my audio to FLAC, and my video's which are mostly Blu Ray to what ever format I can get the best visual out come, not sure what is the equivalence for movies is call “MKV something”?
The convince, and storing most of my music and movies cases for a clutter free environment is enough to make the jump, and my clunky Sony 400 BD changer is reaching it's capacity.
I lack have the skills to create a HTPC, let alone the time so I'll be commissioning someone in birthing a beautiful devise that should hopefully meet all my needs.
I've used PC part picker but I really don't know what I'm doing, gone way over my budget choosing parts that are way costly, probably over kill, and possibly unnecessary for this build.
I would like my budget to be about $1000, $1200
I would want at least 12 TB, or more of storage (I can start with a couple) for my ever growing library hopefully with little compression as possible especially for music, as I have tons hi rez shinny disc of DVD-A, which appears to be easier to rip than SA-CD multi Ch, which is possible to rip but would need the right tools which need to be modded, and time. The thing is I would like to digitize those as well later down the road and they take space to do so.
I also find SSD very appealing for fast booting and keeping my OPS, and what ever software I would need for ripping and managing my library, pretty intuitive on screen interface would be great!
The case should be simple, there are a few I've seen that fancy me, the dual optical drives are cool one for Music, and the other for ripping flicks to keep wear and tear down.
Being that the HTPC with be near me or at least 8 to 9 feet away in my listening room behind glass doors, I would like it to be as quite as possible. I would like to use the HTPC with my Denon AVR, and use the Oppo 105's DAC's, the connection would be HDMI for music/movies 5.1/7.1,USB coax, optical, I like options.
I would love to control the device with either programming remote (Like a Harmony), or a tablet either an Ipad which my GF has, or an android that I can buy later. But a mouse, and key board would be use from time to time.
About the software, here's were I'm a bit confuse, I read about JRiver, XBMC but I'm not too sure if I need one or the other, me being a music guy first I would want what's better for music naturally. Windows is fine with me, as I would like to visit music sites, and down load what ever is out there to enhance the music experience.
Not too sure if I’ll be using the HTPC for TV watching, and recording as I already have a Tivo Premier, I am tire of my cable company so I’m all ears if you guys have an idea to watch non premium channels such as AMC, TNT, etc. But this aspect is not super important to me.
I know trouble shooting could be a nightmare if something goes wrong me being a novice and all, it's a real concern I have so hopefully this thread would help me if it comes to that.
If you experience HTPC can help me in putting together such a machine as I’m sure I’ve over looked a slew of important information, and things I’ve even fathom. I would appreciate all input would guys have.
I’m at work now; I’ll try to keep an eye out on this threat as often as I can.
Thanks in advance.