I have just got wired network set-up at my home. As of now my network hardware comprises of (the wired bits): - Netgear Router – gigabit ports/wireless/DLNA - Win 7 (64-bit) PC – i7 processor/gigabit port/soon-to-come-Blu-ray drive - Panasonic GT30 TV – 3D/DLNA - Sky HD box (not really relevant for this, but just saying, most of my TV viewing currently comes from this source) I also have, not on the (wired) network: - Panasonic Blu–ray player - could be connected wirelessly if req'd, though going forward, this hardware will become redundant in the main (not entirely) - Denon amp – she's old now, not sure it even has HDMI connections! But I still love her so! (plus have a 5.1 speaker system) What I can currently do, in terms of streaming media to TV: - Watch video files on my TV which are streamed from my PC, using Windows media server – for sound, only can use TV speakers (the Amp is connected to Sky box for TV sound, and not directly to the TV) - Listen to music files through my TV (don't worry, I never have/would want to do this, just saying that it's possible) - View photos on TV (…I assume, haven't actually tried yet) What I want to be able to do: - Have a central media server that is not my PC (I want to be able to stream media without my PC being switched on) - Watch video files on my TV streamed from mdeia server - Sound for video files: Have the choice of using the Amp or not i.e. I only usually turn the amp on for films (that are 5.1 or above), not for tv shows. I want this option to remain - Listen to music files through an amp that's connected to the media server – I would like a nice UI somewhere (preferably on a remote? Or not on ‘just the amp', anyway) so that I could browse my music without having to turn on the TV/get right up close and squint at the amp). - Internet radio through the amp – nice-to-have - add DLNA-enabled TVs/other devices to the network at any point and be able to share the media (that's a given, I know) Comments/Assumptions: - assume all media video files will be compatible with TV. - probably 4 to 6 Tb is enough space for media for me for quite a while. So I would like that to be available from the off. - ‘upgradable disk space' & ‘being back-up-able' are nice-to-haves - I expect I will get the media server first, before being able to (afford to) get a new amp too Questions: - So basically, I want a DLNA NAS that can connect to router/network (via Ethernet), then to TV (via ?) and to Amplifier (via ?) - What are my good options re: hardware for a media server? Note: I don't want to spend in the high-hundreds/4-figures on this (low hundreds is ok). I don't want to build something from bare bones, I would prefer something that is built exactly for the job in hand, and has some sort of OS/software already built in to do this. (at least I think this is what I want, anyway!) - As part of this solution I guess I should be looking at a Network Amp when I replace my current one, right? - When watching movies on the new set-up, I guess in terms of the Amplifier, the sounds source will be the TV (right?), so I will need to connect the Amp direct to the TV, and it will just output the sound automatically, right? (sorry, that will sound dumb to most of you. I just haven't got my TV connected to my amp as I always assumed being connected direct to the sound source (Sky box/Blu-ray player) was best) Sorry for the epic thread-starter note, believe it or not this is the condensed/succinct version! ... and if you got this far, well done and thanks in advance for any responses/advice. I have checked old threads/bit of internet research, but it's one of those subjects where the possible answers change/grow at a rapid rate (as the technologies evolve).