I am about to move into my first home, and I am really excited to put together a home theater system with full networking capabilities. I know this can mean a number of different things to a number a different members, but let me explain what I want out of my home theater, and how I think I would need to proceed to achieve it.
Here are my requirements:
- 5.1 surround sound system (I do not think 7.1 is necessary at this point)
- Network attached storage (NAS) that will be DLNA compatible so that it can store all music, video, and photos from PCs and smartphones from those in the home (who allow for sharing of their media)
- Capability of playing backed up Blu-Ray ISOs from my NAS (please don't get into the debate of licensing for this... it would be for backed up copies of my owned Blu-Rays so that I could easily access any of them from my TV without putting them into the system)
- Capability of playing other video file formats from my NAS to my TV
- Capability of playing audio from my NAS and iTunes playlists through my system, controllable via my TV.
- Capability of being able to connect a Blu-Ray player, cable box, and game console (PS3) to the system.
- Capability of doing all these things easily via TV on-screen navigations.
So, it seems like a lot of requirements, but this is my first pass of how it would be achieved, at a relatively low cost:
- TV: Sharp 60" lc60le835u with DLNA [Hooked to receiver via HDMI out] [Hooked to network router via Ethernet]
- Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR609 7.2 Channel Network THX Certified A/V Receiver [Hooked to TV via HDMI out] [Hooked to network router via Ethernet]
- Media Player: Popcorn Hour C-200 [Hooked to receiver via HDMI in] [Hooked to network router via Ethernet]
- Blu-Ray: Sony Networked Blu-Ray player [Hooked to receiver via HDMI in] [Hooked to network router via Ethernet]
- Network Attached Storage (NAS): Not sure of what to get yet... [Can they directly hook to receivers?] [Hooked to network router via Ethernet]
- PS3: [Hooked to receiver via HDMI in] [Hooked to network router via Ethernet]
- Router: WNDR4000 Netgear Router
So ... does anyone have suggestions for me? Is there any media player than can play Blu-Ray ISOs from a NAS system better than the Popcorn Hour C-200? How about the receiver? Is there a receiver that can act as the central GUI that can control each of these devices nicely? I really want to get this right!