Originally Posted by tsb
Could you explain what you really like about MC to me? I'm not trying to be confrontational, but I just don't see the draw. It seems to me that careful organization on your HDDs gives you the same thing w/o a fancy interface in less time through some simple shortcuts and the proper associations. Maybe I just don't store enough content on my servers to understand.
Hi tsb, no worries, I see where you're coming from.
I have a PC dedicated to HTPC and nothing else. I have it plugged straight into an LCD TV, it sit's in the main living room and it has replaced my standalone DVD, CD, and VCR.
For me, MC is the best front-end useable by remote control. It's by no means perfect, but I'm yet to find anything better. I recently brought a new Thermaltake DH 101 case which comes with the iMON remote and iMEDIAN front-end, I'm yet to try this, but early indication is the remote is "naff", so I'm using the MCE remote again.
I play a mixture of AVI files, TV recorded content, and now Blu-Ray. PowerDVD doesn't work well with the MCE remote so all the BD (mainly fox) have a pop-up menu which I have to get of my backside/sofa and use the mouse. With Arcsoft, it supports pop-up menu in the remote.
I also made sure my PC passed Cyberlinks HD Advisor, so I think that may help with reducing problems, but please don't quote me on that as I can only comment on my own system.
Hope that explains a little.