Things have clearly matured a lot and I think the time is right for me to lose the discs. I've done a lot of research, but it gets muddy because most folks are either also interested in streaming non-local content (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) or don't care as much about sound/video quality (possibly because it doesn't matter due to smaller screens, etc.).
I would appreciate advice from the experts on the best way to get closest to what I'm looking for...
- UI that is beautiful, loaded with info about the movies and TV shows, and easy to use. Plex, XBMC and Kaleidoscope seem to set the bar here. I thought about using DLNA via my Oppo, but just not the same experience
- Can operate from a remote. Shouldn't require keyboard/mouse for normal operation (ignoring setup)
- Don't care about streaming non-local content or live TV
- No degradation of IQ. No plans to compress or re-encode if I can avoid it.
- Must support TrueHD and DTS-MA (ideally via bitstreaming and let the receiver handle decode)
- Media server to run on my NAS (Synology DS1512+) with a wired gigabit network going to the HT
- STRONG desire to avoid any solution that requires constant tweaking to keep it working. Not an issue of being afraid of technology (I develop embedded systmes for a living), just don't have the time to babysit constantly after I get it setup. Reasonable amount of effort for the install and initial setup is fine.
Based on what I've read so far, it looks like the best bet is probably to find something appropriate to use as a Plex client, but I'm open to recommendations if there is a different direction I should be considering.
I haven't started ripping my library yet, so no restrictions there. I'll use whatever format works with the solution that makes sense.