Popcorn Hour or XBMC

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  1. lampard1983

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    Hello you lovely people, just sold my popcorn hour c-200 and was going to buy either the a-400 or build a htpc with xbmc, I've always had popcorn hours and have had no problems but I've started using xbmc on my iPhone and iPad and am loving the addons

    What's your opinion on best way forward, also if you say htpc with xbmc can you give some ideas on spec please, budget about £300
     
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    300 budget will be a little hard goal to reach. I just built a prety decent machine I use as both a desktop and htpc. At my time of building I got most of the parts on sale so finale price wa around 350$ for me

    hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC (Japanese Steel Metal) ITX ITX200B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case $49.99
    Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor $134.99
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    it has played everything i throw it using using mpc-hc with madvr
     
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    Get a acre revo use openelc with Xbmc sub £200
     
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    Aren't HTPCs still a bitch to maintain though? Or have they come on a long way?
     
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    Come along way. ESP in last 18 months.

    Revos and pi's with Xbmc are fantastic. And scalable solutions.
     
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    They have improved but still something for the enthusiast rather than the family IMHO
     
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    Not sure about this. A pi or revo with openelc Xbmc works perfectly for the whole family like a dedicated box. With the benefit of a community behind it.
     
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    You are also picking solutions that dont offer HD audio, Last i checked the PI wont/cant but i think the REVO supports it. The biggest downfall to XBMC is multi units, it takes setting up mysql to run a db to keep all the boxes in sync for watched and things like that. If you want basic playback where each box does not care about the other then its a decent solution. The next major downfall is the PQ of xbmc is not very good, so instead of using the built in player its better to go external with MPC-HC and madvr to get better quality. but once you do things like this you lose out on button control matching throughout the player and taking more time to controller map.

    While the have made advancements they are still a bit away from simple plug and play solutions even more so in multi unit environment
     
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    Your points are valid, but it depends on what the end user wants. No mention of HD audio etc.

    A revo HTPC, is all in one cheap out the box solution. Which you can install XBMC or Plex etc, a good intro to HTPC. If he does not want HD Audio a Pi will do, if he does a Revo, then if he wants to go to the next step a dedicated unit, its all about unit cost and spec. If he has £500 and had the experience or want I would always go with a custom build.

    I have found that XBMC with multi devices is interesting to say the least.
     

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