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WOW! Seems like alot has evolved since I looked at Media servers a year or two ago.


So here is where I am at. I have alot of devices with some overlap in the Home Theater area. Pretty much everything I have is pretty high end so I am not looking for the cheap way out.


So here is what I have


1) Plasma, (built in Netflix streaming)

2) HTPC, (used for videos only, typically sit with a laptop while viewing TV).

3) Sonos, used for FLAC files

4) NAS, used to store music, vids etc

5) Oppo BD-83 used for Blue Rays only, bitstream , optical out

7) Rotel amp and preamp, no HDMI inputs, optical/coax digital inputs



The goal is to have a simple, all in one media server to eliminate the HTPC for vid files and photo viewing and quite possibly the Oppo if the audio and video quality is truly there. I have tons of family photos which we'd like to view on this device. So a device that favors a nice GUI for photos would be a plus. Vid files, obviously the media server biggest plus. Music, I'd still use the Sonos. An occasional web surf on this device would be nice. Netflix, I assume this is standard on most?


I was leaning toward a Dune years back as they seemed to be the most hi-end. Any other suggestions as to what would fit the bill for me? I thought I read Dunes weren't favorable for photos, why?


Any help would be great.
 

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Originally Posted by fmzip /forum/post/20809549


WOW! Seems like alot has evolved since I looked at Media servers a year or two ago.


So here is where I am at. I have alot of devices with some overlap in the Home Theater area. Pretty much everything I have is pretty high end so I am not looking for the cheap way out.


So here is what I have


1) Plasma, (built in Netflix streaming)

2) HTPC, (used for videos only, typically sit with a laptop while viewing TV).

3) Sonos, used for FLAC files

4) NAS, used to store music, vids etc

5) Oppo BD-83 used for Blue Rays only, bitstream , optical out

7) Rotel amp and preamp, no HDMI inputs, optical/coax digital inputs



The goal is to have a simple, all in one media server to eliminate the HTPC for vid files and photo viewing and quite possibly the Oppo if the audio and video quality is truly there. I have tons of family photos which we'd like to view on this device. So a device that favors a nice GUI for photos would be a plus. Vid files, obviously the media server biggest plus. Music, I'd still use the Sonos. An occasional web surf on this device would be nice. Netflix, I assume this is standard on most?


I was leaning toward a Dune years back as they seemed to be the most hi-end. Any other suggestions as to what would fit the bill for me? I thought I read Dunes weren't favorable for photos, why?


Any help would be great.

Honestly HTPC is your best bet


The Dunes are great (I have two) but lack in the Photo department. I would say Photos lack on most media devices. Most of what you are looking for is not really standard in media players yet (Netflix is only on a handful of players such as Boxee ox, Roku, etc...), web surfing is poor, etc...
 

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Honestly HTPC is your best bet


The Dunes are great (I have two) but lack in the Photo department. I would say Photos lack on most media devices. Most of what you are looking for is not really standard in media players yet (Netflix is only on a handful of players such as Boxee ox, Roku, etc...), web surfing is poor, etc...

I double posted so I replied to your post here

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1353247
 
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