First of all thanks for reading and maybe replying.
Here is my current setup:
-AVR 171 Harman kardon receiver (with Sat receiver, xbox 360, bluray and misc stuff attached)
-LG 55la6600 smart 3d tv.
-My computer is a mac book air
Until recently, I was happy to download/RIP my TV series/ movie, put it on an hardisk that I attach it to my tv and play from there but:
-I am fedup having to make those transfers and would like my download and rip to be directly done on final storage place
-My TV seem to strugle with some high bitrate DTS/Dolby digital plus track
-Access easily all my movie from my phone, computer, tv and even from outside my place.
I then added an apple tv with the hope of just streaming from computer, but no DTS, and 1080p movie look horrible (blacks are horrible), apple tv is fine if i want to steam a 480p series or mirroring my computer.
So...I came to the conclusion I need to add a middle man between my TV and my receiver and I just can't be sure what it has to be.
1) Synology DS214play
This NAS is able to download my series via torrent.
But since it doesn't have HDMI, I can't connect it directly to my receiver. It is suppose to transcode, and works well on android and IOS...but on my LG smart TV (which will see the nas as a DLNA server) I fear it will send the original format and rely on tv to do the transcoding so the transcoding feature would be useless)
2) Synology DS214 or DS214play which would send to a streaming box (chromecast or roku or WD) able to support any audio track and outputting superb image.
Seems like a good solution but which streaming box would be ideal?
3) A HTPC like a Zotac ID92 with a massive hardisked attached to it.
For about the same price as solution 2 (maybe +150$) I could build a solid i5 HTPC.
What would you choose if you were in my shoes?
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