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cstk421
January 24th, 2010, 10:25 PM
Hi All this is my first post here.

I have been using the ATV for some time now and used many guides here and today used the Boxee Beta guide and it worked great !!!

A pretty straight forward question for future decisions I am looking to make. Most of the web content I am aiming to dump cable to watch online only is choppy and in my opinion not watchable. I need a smooth experience to dump cable. I have read different statements from many saying this will never improve because of the hardware limitations of the ATV. Is this true or is there something on the horizon that will improve and get me to buy another ATV for the bedroom. My other thoughts are to switch to a Mac Mini but I dont know if anyone has used it to do the online content. Does it do the job well? My dell studio 15 running boxee and HDMI to my tv works flawlessly but cant leave it there for that purpose. Guess I am looking for some direction and suggestions from the veterans out there.

Cheers !!
Claudio

TidySi
January 25th, 2010, 11:09 AM
I use both, I have the ATV in my bedroom and the Mac Mini in my living both running Boxee.

As you know the ATV has its limitations, however for my bedroom usage it works well, is discreet and virtually silent and with the possibility of the new Crystal HD chip things sound promising.

With the Mac Mini all of these limitations are removed and the experience is perfect, no judder, no incompatibilities, no issues with Silverlight applications etc. it just works perfectly. Some would argue that you would be best off going for a Linux based system however this is simply personal preference. I purchased my parents a ASRock ION for Christmas running Win7 and Boxee and it runs just as smooth as a Mac Mini even though it runs inferior hardware.

The only complaint I would say about the Mac Mini is that it doesn't come with an HDMI socket so you have to obtain a DVI>HDMI lead and a 3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack for audio. If you want digital audio this is outputted from the 3.5mm jack with a different type of lead which I have yet to purchase.

Hope this helps.

ngiardina
January 25th, 2010, 11:17 AM
The only complaint I would say about the Mac Mini is that it doesn't come with an HDMI socket so you have to obtain a DVI>HDMI lead and a 3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack for audio. If you want digital audio this is outputted from the 3.5mm jack with a different type of lead which I have yet to purchase.


My sentiments exactly. Adapters and more cables. Once you are all said and done, it will end up costing around $700. The Asrock ION330-BD gives you similar specs/price and you get a Blu-Ray drive. The mini doesn't seem to be a real price/performance contender.

On the other hand, this is an ATV vs. Mini post, and the mini solidly spanks the ATV in all categories.

Then there's always the Boxee box... It seems like right now is a "wait and see" kind of market for HTPC's.