Posted April 27 2007 - 12:54 AM
I was holding off because I had my G4 PPC Mini hooked to my Sammy LCD in my Living Room, it worked well, but I was using a wireless Keyboad and I wanted a remote with a bit better Interface. So I picked up an ATV last night with some credits I had coming at Compusa. Setup was very easy. I moved my Mini back to my office, I connected the ATV via HDMI and Toslink, currently I have it set to Wirelessly stream off my G Network, ethernet was available but I wanted to see the performance via a wireless connection. I already had TV Shows and Movies in Itunes. All I can say is I'm very impressed, the interface and moving within is a dream. Music streams in lossless format effortlessly. Video is also very impressive. I used Handbrake in Anamorphic Mode on the PC (My G4 Mini only gets about 3fps encoding H264) to encode a Copy of "The Queen" I just bought. I put it in Itunes, not only does it stream perfectly but it looks pretty fantastic, maybe a hair down from what it looks like upconverted from my DVD player, but it's very close. Itunes purchased stuff isn't bad, it's a tad less detailed, probably mainly because it's 640 by Whatever, but it's definately watchable. Podcasts look great. I have'nt set up any photos yet, that's next.
A Few Niggles, I have a visibility issue, it will stream but does not show up in Itunes like it should, I have to get that worked out. TV Shows down list in Order like they do in Frontrow, they list backwards, but maybe because this is Back Row and it does get pretty hot because the case is enting the heat. I've turned off the screensave and put it to sleep and it helps a little bit, I would definately unplug when I go on vacation.
Other than that it's won me over, you don't really need it if you have a mini, but because My mini was a G4 and had no Toslink Output, no HDMI, and really no Frontend (although I have run FR on it) I took the plunge, I'm glad I did. Like the Ipod this thing just works effortlessly and does what it does, like most Mac products.
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