Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby Jbtco » Mon May 03, 2010 9:13 pm

I reccall seeing somewhere that it was included and I seem to think that they were talking about the Autumn.

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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby deksawyer » Thu May 20, 2010 12:15 pm

I use an Edirol FA-66 firewire soundcard to give me 192/24 stereo audio. Works very well and is bus powered. My Mini has 4gb of ram and a 64gb SSD and plays almost everything I throw at it via Plex. I don't use it as my main HTPC though as I feel Windows 7 on a PC gives a far more complete package, and I need the integrated TV support.

Plex is due a huge back-end overhaul sometime in the near future and is promised to be even better. For those that don't know, it's a version of XBMC ported specifically for Mac.

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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby SimonJ » Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:05 pm

So last week proved the rumors are correct and the latest Mac Mini does have an HDMI output for both picture and audio which is a good move. Yes we all know it is expensive and we all are aware of what Windows can deliver and cheaper, but for those that want what the Mac Mini can deliver and wish to pay for it what a great option.

Even better the external power supply is also gone. I need to find some more time to update this thread a bit more.;)
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby SimonJ » Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:32 pm

[quote="'MisterMat' pid='172029' dateline='1277129764'"]
Did they up the price at the same time? I notice that it starts at £649 now, but couldn't remember what it was before.

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Sure did as was just over £500 :( They have changed it a fair bit and possibly the poor exchange rates are not helping. The new mini I feel ticks all the boxes except the price
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby Cootie » Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:42 pm

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Sure did as was just over £500 :( They have changed it a fair bit and possibly the poor exchange rates are not helping. The new mini I feel ticks all the boxes except the price
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby SimonJ » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:27 am

Here is a very interesting review as well and worth a read. They comparee the new Mini to other PC options...

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365157,00.asp
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby Jbtco » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:53 pm

Apologies if this has been posted beofre but having just got an htc phone I have found that the remote for Itunes App for Android seems to work in exactly the same way as the iphone / Ipod Touch App with the Mac Mini.

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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby Jbtco » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:17 pm

Question answered above.

There is also an App for Android phones which works although I find that the Ipod touch seems to be abit more reliable.

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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby jamesg11 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:49 am

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Simon, once you have the basics sorted it would be good to develop sections on the software side.

I use Itunes with multiple libraries to allow syncing with 2 Ipods with different capacities and would be interested in tweaks / other possibilities

I use Max - (http://sbooth.org/Max/) for ripping and conversion -(I use Apple lossless but need MP3 for the car)

As Max doesn't always pick up track listings I have this Applescript on the desktop ready to run

http://forums.sbooth.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1930
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Just a query re this excellent Applescript iTunes to Max prog getting track names into Max -

How are compilation cds managed? - I can't get Max to save individual track artists to a hd, even though the info is there. It simply registers first track artist & that's it.

I'm currently beginning the onerous task (months! no doubt) of getting all cds onto a hd. MacMini & iPad purchase is next.
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby Jbtco » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:54 pm

I have very few compilation Cds and as I am away from home for the next couple of weeks I can't check what I did, may well have jut typed in the details.

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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby jamesg11 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:02 am

Thanks, jbtco. If you see a solution, let us know!
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby jamesg11 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:25 am

Reply to myself! - got this largely sorted - under Max preferences/Output/Add Format Specifier "{albumTitle}/{trackArtist} {trackTitle}". This gives artists within album folder, etc. Adjust according to need.
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby jamesg11 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:56 am

Any issues with the revamped mac mini having only 5400 speed drives on both 320 & 500 gb options (cf. earlier 7200 & for current server version)? If files are on separate hd?
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby SimonJ » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:12 am

[quote="'jamesg11' pid='184849' dateline='1285142204'"]
Any issues with the revamped mac mini having only 5400 speed drives on both 320 & 500 gb options (cf. earlier 7200 & for current server version)? If files are on separate hd?
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Cant see a problem here at all
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RE: Mac Mini as a Digital Media Hub Guide

Postby Jbtco » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:39 am

From an audio viewpoint I wonder about the power supply now being onboard.