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Home entertainment setup

by tumrev / February 25, 2013 8:35 AM PST

I would like to setup a home entertainment system from scratch.
I will be streaming video content from the internet, from my hard drive, and from OTA antenna to my projector.

My number 1 priority is ease of use
(By ease of use, I mean controlling the whole system with my computer keyboard and a very intuitive UI)
My number 2 priority is good reception/sound
(I would like all connections to be HDMI quality)
I don't have a tight budget.
I would like to try a mac mini
In addition to the mac mini and projector, I will need speakers, a tv tuner, and an av receiver.
I am considering an Apple TV and/or EyeTV hybrid.
Please provide any useful suggestion, additions, or criticisms of this setup.

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For me the failure was the ease of use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2013 8:44 AM PST

You may have to find the software that would enable the system you dream of. In your posts you gave a dump of the hardware but didn't share how you were going to tie it all together.

I'd like to see what your plan was as I've yet to find such an app.

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I'm not seeing the need for the projector
by orlbuckeye / February 25, 2013 10:42 PM PST

unless you want to be mobile but the recievers and tuners aren't going to be mobile. I have a setup with a 58" Samsung plasma with an Onkyo 7.1 receiver with warranty it was around 2750. I have a Ipod adapter and blue ray also attached. I have everything attached to the Onkyo receiver and I have a HDMI cable that I plug into the AUX port. When I want to watch a movie on the PC I click AUX and the computer screen appears on the TV and I can play movies using my video player or youtube videos.

At my work we use projectors when we don't have a tv and we need to project to a hanging screen or even in some cases the wall.

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