This is Part of Jon’s HTPC setup. For more, see: Introduction and Table of Contents
The only negative I can think of:
Once setup, the system is very FF (FiancÃ© friendly); one simple remote controls everything and itâ€™s very intuitive. However, setting it all up is a totally different story. Thatâ€™s a lot of different software I mentioned above, and it can be pretty frustrating getting it all to play together in a friendly manner. Personally I (and probably a lot of people reading Scottâ€™s webpage) really enjoy the process of making it all play nice. You end up with a really nice result with endless flexibility. However if youâ€™re looking for something that is â€œplug and playâ€ this couldnâ€™t be any further from what you are looking for. With a TIVO you just plug it in and it works (essentially), but on the flip side your TIVO canâ€™t control your coffee maker. â˜º Do whatever works for you.
Crazy good picture quality
Crazy good sound quality
Everything accessible from one location with one remote
Everything cataloged and searchable with cover/box-art
Tons of old school games with real controllers
AC3 (5.1) Music Library
Home automation integrated into Home Theater
Easy to expand and upgrade
Wow, I canâ€™t believe how much I typed. If you made it this far Iâ€™m sorry it was so boring. Hopefully it was informative, and hopefully I just made it easier for anyone else that is interested in something similar. I know for me itâ€™s been a huge learning process with lots and lots of failed attempts. And Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll learn a lot more too as it continues to expand. A â€œUSBUIRTâ€, RF Distributor, and IR Repeater are on the horizon for me.
Thanks for reading!