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    playstation 3 does it for me, use Vuze on the macs to distribute media across the lan via DLNA and robert's your mothers brother.

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    MKV's usually have either AC3 or DTS, sometimes (ideally) both

    I have the original WDTV and it doesnt support DTS decoding, but it does of course output it if you have an AV receiver that can decode it. It does decodes AC3
    The WDTV Live decodes both.

    I would imagine the TV is similar to my WDTV, and the ones you arnt getting sound from have a DTS audio track

    There is an application called Popcorn MKV Converter or something which will downsample a DTS track to AC3 and let you keep both in the MKV file so it will play on anything. Only takes half hour or so per movie

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    Wiouldn't it be easier to build your own media centre PC - then you'd have control of all the codecs etc ?

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    Was thinking of that last night

    Anyone know of a similar sized case to the Mac Mini?

    Seems any codecs thay Windows Media Player uses, works with Windows Media Centre, so that good! Was testing that last night

    So need a similar sized Mini Mac case size that fits at least 2 3.5inch hard drive or more if possible

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    These guys, www.mini-itx.com, do some pretty nice small case & pc's to go inside them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by p-dave View Post
    thnaks for the ideas guys

    Mac Mini with Plex sounding good, most expensive through 510 from apple damn, that's an expensive movie player!


    Does plex support all the codecs MKV that people tend to use?

    The only things I tend to have to use and install for my MKVs is the divx bundle (Comes with MKV features now)
    and the ac3 filter codec download

    Dont know if quicktime is needed in any of my MKV, have not tried it without it, need quicktime on my computer for itunes to work because I have an iphone




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    WD one doesnt seem to support ac3, which I know I need


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    Netgear one doesnt seem bad, looks like it has all the codecs for it to work, I'll have a search for prices a little later


    Any other suggestions?
    FOr mkv to work with quicktime you would need to install perian but not sure how good playback would be , otherwise yes plex does support mkv and a multitude of other things Plex Media Center for OS X

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    I've got a WDTV which plays most things. However, it won't play DTS encoded files (no sound). You either need to convert the DTS track using something like Popcorn (PopCorn MKV AudioConverter - Video software and downloads - VideoHelp.com) or buy a WDTV Live box which will play the DTS audio.

    An alternative might be the Sumvision Cyclone MKV Media Player which looks like it plays everything including DTS. Ebuyer has them for about 65 - Sumvision Cyclone MKV Media Player Version 2 Divx, ISO, Rmvb & MKV HDMI USB/SD Media player HDMI full 1080p Supports DTS and Youtube - Ebuyer

    Hope this helps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    Wiouldn't it be easier to build your own media centre PC - then you'd have control of all the codecs etc ?
    I wouldnt say so anymore, no. Several devices cost far less than a PC would and play every format you care to throw at them, its only the cheaper ones like the WDTV that cant downmix DTS (note that if you have an AV receiver its a moot point as it can do it). The Popcorn Hour is only a few hundred, can put an internal disk in it, and it plays everything with reliability far above a home built PC most likely

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