Hope I've selected the right form. I currently use an HTPC. It works relatively well though not as easy as a typical DVD player. It was supposed to be, but let's not go there... Anyway, I am now looking move on as my HTPC is getting a bit long in the tooth. However, I am reticent about rebuilding it or building another. Frankly it wasn't worth all the time and trouble to put together and configure, etc. So what I'm looking to do is to replace it with a media player appliance. I know I won't find anything that will replace all the functionality of my HTPC, but I'm willing to give up a few things for the sake of ease of procurement and ease of use. As far mandatory stuff goes, it's a relatively short list: - 1080p capable - plays any audio or video file/format a PC can (within reason) - can stream from a media server like WMP or Plex - play's BR disks - has 5.1 balanced outputs (for all six channels), preferably using jacks and not XLR connectors - is easy to use - along the lines of a dvd player Something that would be, I think, quite close, would be the Dune Player Max, except it doesn't have balanced outputs. All the other players I've seen only have at most 2 channel balanced output. I'm also not that interested in very high end players, but would be willing to spend roughly the same that it would cost to build a very decent modern HTPC (i.e. in the $1500 range). The kicker seems to be the balanced outputs. And yes, I know I could get something with unbalanced and convert, etc. but I really don't want to. The balanced lines would be going straight to self-powered speakers. No pre-amp, no amp, no nothing. I'd also be open to considering using more than one component, but so long as it doesn't involve painful config, etc. So far, I haven't been able to find anything even remotely close. Any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated.