I hardly know where to begin.
lsarver, thanks, there was a little too much misinformation and/or FUD in the post by stevenassco and I wasn't sure what NewOrlnsDukie really meant, either, just to let that hang out there without a response.
as far as I know, there are not any consumer/media based wireless routers or servers capable of streaming Gbps? Switches are not wireless so that is mute point
I'm not sure where you're coming from, Steve, or how much experience you have with home theater, but it seems you're misjudging both 1) what we've been able to do up to this point with core duo Macs, and distributing both Apple lossless and high def throughout the house, and 2) misreading the likely impact and value of what was announced yesterday re: Apple TV. Have you done anything with a Mac or PC or third-party extender besides sending iTunes audio through an AVR?
Dukie--if you're jumping ahead to Blu-ray audio via HDMI I think that's much too far a leap to even worry about now. The current mini is but a cheap entry level device that we're stretching to, if not past, its limits--the next gen mini a la C2D and perhaps slightly better graphics will also be a cheap entry level device. Like lsarver said quite well, the iTV/Apple TV is a subset of the mini--it's Apple's way of diverting attention from what we really want to be able to do, generate a bunch of new revenue re: iTS, and keep the masses happy with something simple and seamless which won't require a lot of support time on their part--it's genius, really.
Most of us will find it completely untenable for our needs.
I must admit that, w/ Apple, that can cause buyer's remorse sometimes, b/c they have more of a tendency to make frequent new generations of products w/ better innards, rather than the infrequent hardware change w/ firmware upgrades in the interim
well, not sure I agree with this statement from a historical perspective, but with the switch to Intel we do have a better idea of what's coming down the pike in terms of performance upgrades, it'll be easier to predict the upgrades because that's all out in the open now rather than secretive and surprising, as it was in the PPC era. The far bigger hurdle forward for us--in a home theater sense--will be Leopard rather than the normal hardware progression, anyway.