Mac mini Media Centre

[This is a post from an old blog of mine that I’m reposting as the information in it is still quite useful – obviously specs and pricing have changed somewhat since November 2006]

I picked up an ex demo Mac mini Core Duo 1.66 GHz with 1.25GB RAM and 80GB HDD for $850, I then added an Elgato EyeTV DTT USB tuner for $200 and plugged the whole lot into my LCD TV.

For just over $1k, I’ve now got an 80GB High-def HDD recorder, High-def tuner with DVI outputs (not dodgy HDMI with it’s integrated copy protection) a media centre via Front Row and the EyeTV software, 1-click program recording, even remote scheduling of recordings via the IceTV website, all the MP3s I can deal with on tap via the optical digital output to my stereo and all in a funky little package that the wife can easily deal with having in the loungeroom. Oh, and I was able to program my Yamaha stereo’s remote to learn the supplied Apple Remote codes so I can control the thing from the other side of the room.

I’ve added a FireWire 250GB Hard drive for storage of media, so can leave the thing on for as long as I need to to catch up on a few TV shows via Demonoid and it’s just generally a funky little thing to have…

Now, Equinux’s MediaCentral doesn’t support my tuner yet, so I don’t have an all-in-one Media Centre and TV application, but other than that it’s all good – it’s just a matter of time before it’s all supported.

Add in a bit of Delicious Library action to catalogue my CDs, DVDs and Books, and there’s not much more I could want it to do…

This article was posted by Kai Howells. If you liked this content and have any technical work in the Melbourne area, say hello via my contact form or give me a call on 0419 361 653 - I cover most of the greater Melbourne area and my rates are competitive.

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