Replace PS3 with media PC/Player - options???

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  1. phillips321

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    Hi guys,

    I current have a PS3 which is used purely for playing movies from a USB drive.

    I rarely if ever play games on it and can't see myself getting the PS4 when it comes out, thus, i'm looking to get a media PC.

    Gripes about PS3:(
    • Does not handle AAC audio so 5.1 plays as stereo
    • Does not handle mkv so i'm always converting to MP4
    • Does not handle files>4Gb due to FAT32 limitation.
    • Content Protection(Cinavia):mad:

    Likes about PS3:)
    • It seems to just work
    • Relatively quick to boot
    • Decent PS3 bluetooth remote

    Needs in media PC:thumbsup:
    • Needs to have HDMI out for video
    • Needs to have optical out for Audio (Limitations of Yamaha amp)
    • Can't be huge (have the same size space that the original PS3 takes up)
    • Needs to be able to play 1080P
    • Not bothered in games
    • Preferably silent
    • Easy to use (needs to be wife compatible)
    • Unlikely to be used for internet browsing (have an ipad for that)

    Any ideas?

    I'm thinking of going the Acer Revo route (or altetrnative? - please recommend) but am worried about the power to play back 1080p and AAC. Have also considered the western digital media player route but dont want to be stuck/limited with tinkering options.

    Cheers in advanced for any suggestions or ideas, all are welcome.

    phillips321

    P.s. Side note, I'm computer literate so am not worried about building myself or configuring myself
     
  2. bryanchicken

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    raspberry pi?
     
  3. nero0410

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    If you're only thinking about using it as a media player and nothing more at all it would be cheaper to grab a media player like I use:

    Mede8er - The greatest show on earth

    A doddle to setup, usb ports, plays EVERYTHING with ease more or less, optical out, hdmi, 1080p etc....

    Thats only if you want a media player, it wont play protected dvd's/blu rays via external blu/dvd drive etc.... I rip all mine and just use the files with custom graphics etc.... Work great :)

    The 500x2 is the same, but can also take an internal drive, the 600x3d is same more or less, but supports 3D

    1000x3D I havent read into yet.

    Want any pics/screenshots give me a shout and I'll get some taken and posted up for ya :)

    tris
     
  4. bairdyboy1980

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    Wdtv
     
  5. nero0410

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    Thats the other one I couldnt remember the name :rolleyes:

    Fantastic player with cover trickle fanart support :smashin:

    tris
     
  6. bairdyboy1980

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    Yeh it's a great wee box. Handles everything you throw at it. I have the live hub one and the WDTV version too. The live hub has an internal hard drive. Works a treat.
     
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    I got fed up maintaining my WDTV Live, by maintaining I mean that whole fanart management rigmarole, and looking after folder structures. I was running Brad firmwares as the stock interface was fugly and neutered. With big libraries, (anything more than about 70 films) it gets really clunky to find your movie.
    I switched to XBMC on an Acer revo 3610 at first, really liked it, but the Revo was also the family PC, so popped for a Zotac Zbox (AD02) controlled by the very nice XBMC Commander Ipad/phone app.
    Am so happy with this I'm about to get another Zbox (AD04) and load Openelec on it for an alternative viewing room.

    You don't get better WAF than the nice Ipad remote (similar Android equivalents available).

    As for a Zbox alternative, try Pulse Eight, great value.
     

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