Mac Mini HD Media Center

Found this recipe in the Mac Forums. This is combo for a Mac Mini Media Center reportedly works well.
  • 1.83 GHz Mac Mini (Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HDD, SuperDrive, Mac OS 10.4, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, Apple Remote, Power Supply, Install/Restore DVDs, Printed & Electronic Documentation)
  • AcomData Mini Pal External Harddisk Drive (HDD) (7200 RPM, same footprint and design as the Mac Mini)
  • Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuner and Video Converter (with EyeTV 2 Software) OR the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid. The difference being the 250 has video compression built in. I'll go with the EyeTV Hybrid since I already have stand alone video compression.
  • Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard,Apple Wireless Bluetooth Mighty Mouse, (maybe the iPod Touch as remote?)
  • 6' DVI to HDMI cable
  • 6' Optical cable (with mini optical adapter that you'll need to get optical out of the Mac Mini) - for enjoying 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Remote Buddy software (makes your apple remote incredibly more useful)
  • DisplayConfigX software (helps you get the output resolution of the mini perfectly calibrated for your HDTV)
Some of the reviews for the Elegato 250 are a little scary and I'm curious about the Silicon Dust HomeRun.


Renjith said...

What is the size of the TV that you are using, bigger than 50 inches? and what what is max resolution, 1080p? How do you rate the picture frames, when you are watching movies etc?

Jeff McNaughton said...

I haven't actually set this all up yet. Sorry, I just wanted to keep the recipe handy as I picked up the pieces.