The Samsung UE46B6000 + Apple Mac Mini + Plex


So it’s been some days with the new Mediacenter Setup. And all I can say is: Oh boy that is some serious cool setup. I wouldn’t want to chance anything beside adding a new Sound System (>5.1 FTW!).

The Display itself is thinner than thought:

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I strongly recommend the Mac + Plex + Full HD display setup. Even if you don’t get any HD content from your cable provider you can live-stream or download HD content through the different provider plugins inside Plex. The plugin infrastructure with the built-in “App Store” is just great.

Since Plex is a XBMC based Mediacenter software you have tons of information scrapers regarding series and movies. So you’re eventually huge collection gets indexed and presented in a way you would not get from any other Mediacenter. You get pictures, movie posters, descriptions and many more just by automatic indexing your collection.

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MST3k FTW!

Needless to say that HD content is something different. I only had some HD content on normal computer displays in the last years – having it now huge and sharp is different – better.

BTW: It’s on the floor right now because my wife couldn’t decide until now which tv-stand would suffice…

Source 1: http://av.samsung.de/produkte/detail2_main.aspx?guid=b6c1306c-f57d-4ce7-a944-56cc7346ed2e
Source 2: http://www.apple.com/macmini/
Source 3: http://plexapp.com/

  1. #1 by Dada on September 28, 2009 - 18:23

    hi really great and impressive !
    i have the same screen (Samsung UE46B6000) and will buy a mac mini soon – but how did you connect the mac to the UE46B6000 ? Could you tell me which cables i have to found ?
    Thanx a lot !

    • #2 by bietiekay on September 28, 2009 - 20:51

      I bought a Mini DVI to HDMI Converter cable from amazon. It’s white and works as advertised. Will set you back about 10-20 bucks.

  2. #3 by Dada on September 29, 2009 - 09:22

    Thanx a lot for your response ! πŸ˜‰
    What about the sound ? The mini DVI is only for the image, isn’t ?
    How do you connect the “audio-out” from the mac mini ? Directly to the TV with a mini-jack ? Or to another component (Hifi…) ?
    Thanx again πŸ˜‰

    • #4 by bietiekay on September 29, 2009 - 09:51

      Ah! I forgot the audio! You’re right: For the first time I connected external “computer speakers” (active speakers)… but because the mac mini can output digitally you just need a toslink cable that fits for the mac mini (ask amazon) and a hifi receiver which decodes and amplifies the digital audio signal. Plex will work fine with this setup because you can lock it to analog or digital output only.

  3. #5 by dada on September 29, 2009 - 11:23

    Okay !
    Again, thanx for all these precious advices πŸ™‚

  4. #6 by dada on September 29, 2009 - 11:24

    Okay !
    Again, thanx for these precious advices πŸ™‚

  5. #7 by johan andrΓ©n on October 20, 2009 - 01:07

    nice furniture πŸ˜‰

  6. #8 by bietiekay on October 20, 2009 - 20:30

    nothing there at that time… now it’s filled with.. uhh… stuff B-)

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