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Master Geek

Topic # 80471 31-Mar-2011 15:27 Send private message

So....Another of my mad ideas that keeps the mrs amused for a wee while.

I have a small gym setup in the garage and want to install a 22 to 24 inch monitor on a wall bracket to run some dvd's or music dvd's through. I have a number of DVD vob files also lying around on an old PC's harddrive that I might want to create a music playlist from as well..

So, some help with the following questions would be good.

What is the best setup below ( or indeed something else ) before I outlay some cash.

a) HD ready ??  LCD with dedicated DVD player - will need to figure out how to pull vobs together onto DVD-R. Sound run through a spare amp to speakers

b) Laptop with DVD drive and Vobs on HDD and connected to normal PC monitor. Sound run through the spare amp to speakers.

The HD ( or not)  LCD's are a fair bit more pricey than the PC monitors. Would I notice much difference plugging in the DVD to the PC monitor as long as the inputs accepted?  The laptop is somewhat older now - Dell Latitude D610 so would need to check it could handle DVD playback etc. Think it also only has an analog output.

Setup a) would require me to stick to the original or authored dvd's for playback.

Setup b) would allow me to create playlists etc depending upon my mood or desired artist etc.

Any other setups (within a tightish budget) that they could recommend.

Cheers again for your thoughts.


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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 453846 31-Mar-2011 16:09 Send private message

b) with a current model Samsung LCD TV, they have a versatile built-in USB media player and flexible inputs that accept almost anything including PC video.

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  Reply # 453855 31-Mar-2011 16:34 Send private message

Do you have a home network you can connect into?
Just need a basic network player perhaps if the data is on another computer already.

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  Reply # 453864 31-Mar-2011 17:09 Send private message

apple tv 2 running xbmc and network stream them? atv2 = $170. and xbmc is a great media centre and easy to use with remote.

only downside is atv requires hdmi input, might work with dvi input, so the monitor/tv will require that, but 720p is fine (actually 720p is all it can display, can handle 1080p though)

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Master Geek

  Reply # 453882 31-Mar-2011 18:05 Send private message

Thx for the replies guys. Am reading on bberry so will keep it short. I have a home network of sorts and have a couple of spare ethernet ports on the router beside the desktop pc. I currently stream media from the desktop ( reasonably decent spec) to my main livingroom TV using the PS3 and PS3 media player so what would I need to buy for the garage to do the same. Didn't think of that option !!

Thanks again

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  Reply # 453899 31-Mar-2011 18:41 Send private message

AppleTV2, Jailbreak it and install XBMC on it. Plenty of guides through the Google. A 24-26" TV with HDMI in and you are away.

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  Reply # 453977 31-Mar-2011 23:10 Send private message

The new season 32" TV's (bottom end Sony's) have DLNA playback...
If you can easily connect them to your network it could be a go'er? But only if you need a new TV to begin with I suppose.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 454530 2-Apr-2011 14:52 Send private message

Thx again for the tips. Am also looking at wdtv live and also the newer model with 1Tb drive installed.

Need to check if they can create playlists for vob files

Its a toss up between them and the AppleTV

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Ultimate Geek
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Reply # 454542 2-Apr-2011 16:41 Send private message

The apple online store have refurbished current generation apple tv units for $145.

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  Reply # 454583 2-Apr-2011 19:33 Send private message

That seems like a pretty good bet... what price on shipping?

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  Reply # 454585 2-Apr-2011 19:42 Send private message

Free shipping. Bought one myself

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  Reply # 454672 2-Apr-2011 23:20 Send private message

Nice - as long as the power supply is in good order, the lack of moving parts would make for a pretty safe purchase I'd say. Worth it as an experimental jail break device if nothing else!

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