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Build my own Windows/Linux XBMC HTPC Box or get a Mac Mini?

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I can't seem to find a direct answer on this. It's more of an audio related question.

I've been looking to either build my own Windows/Linux HTPC for using XBMC or getting a Mac Mini to use as an HTPC. I was greatly interested in getting the Mini since it has a very stable OS, an IR Port built in, and its slim profile. I heard some things though about audio not playing properly and the mac mini not allowing bitstreaming. I was thinking about waiting for the Mac Mini 2011 refresh to see if anything is different.

If the 2011 refreshed Mac Mini's have a graphics card that supports bitstreaming (If it is an Nvidia it would have to be around the 460 series or better) will XBMC on Mac then play the bitstreamed audio?

I'd like a player that could have great video quality and I'd like a player that could play the audio or output to the receiver properly these audio types:
TRUE HD
DTS HD
AC3 5.1
DTS 5.1
FLAC 2.0 or 5.1

I'm not sure on the specifics of audio types, but I guess sometimes these audio files are turned into LPCM by the hardware and sent to the receiver uncompressed, or something like that.

For my needs I don't know if it might be better to get the Mac Mini (Refresh 2011 if this fixes any of the problems) or build my own Windows or Linux box to put XBMC on.

I mean I don't really care about Bitstreaming as long as the Mac Mini was playing the audio correct, I'd rather it not play just stereo when something with 5.1 FLAC is supposed to be played.
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Ours XBMC BOX can do it----HD DTS,Hardware decoding full1080p,peak up 30Mbps/s,
http://bodtek.mybigcommerce.com\xbmc box
or http://www.bodtek.com/
Edited by flyxbmc - 12/16/11 at 10:08pm
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