What makes a Media Center a Media Center ?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Fred Mau, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Fred Mau

    Fred Mau Guest

    So, what's so special about a "Media Center " PC ?

    Maybe I'm on the wrong track, but when I envision a Media Center PC, I
    envision something that could REPLACE my existing AV reciever and/or DVD
    and CD players. And something that would have lots of input jacks for
    external VCRs, tape decks, etc.

    In other words, a box that would be a hybrid between an AV reciever and
    a PC.

    But aside for a box that Philips sold a few years back (which was too
    weak on the PC side), That's not what I'm seeing when I look at what
    Dell, etc are calling Media Center PCs, All I see are ordinary PCs that
    have XP Media Center edition thrown in. And what's so special about that

    Or am I missing something here ?

    - FM -
    Fred Mau, Mar 16, 2005
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  2. I'd say you have a fair definition of a media center PC. Personally, I
    consider a media center PC as one that has the ability to connect to
    both my TV & stereo reciever, store, stream, & play multimedia (games,
    music, and movies), and can fit in my living room without looking odd.
    I'm not so concerned with the specs of the system, as long as it can
    serve such a purpose without lagging. Right now my modded XBox serves
    this purpose quite well (I threw on a 160GB HDD & run XBMC); it may not
    be MS's definition of a Media Center PC but it servers me quite well.
    Nicholas Andrade, Mar 16, 2005
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