So, you have all of these digital photos, video’s and music on your hard drive but now you really want to be able to enjoy all of it on your TV and stereo in the living room; well if you have a network connection and any of the game consoles like PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you may have everything you need to enjoy streaming digital media. Each one of them is capable of streaming a wide variety of photo, video and audio formats from the PC to the TV using your home network. However, if you are not a gamer there are some products that will fit the bill.
Sonos digital music system (bundle 130) – it is a 2 room wireless audio system that can be expanded for up to 32 rooms. The wireless remote uses an iPod style scroll and has a very easy installation process. It has audio input that allows you to access 3rd party audio sources and will stream the same audio to all rooms or different music to every room.
Apple TV (40 GB) – this allows you access to both premium and free media content that includes TV shows, movie rentals, photos, podcasts, music and YouTube videos. Works with both Windows and Mac, has a great sleek design and a good user interface with a simple setup and provides smooth streaming.
Roku Soundbridge M1000/M1001 – a network receiver with a sleek design, big front panel display and has great compatibility with all digital files including those purchased from online sites and premium subscription services (includes DRM WMA files). Has both analog and digital output that allows you to connect to any speaker or stereo system and works with any Ethernet or wireless home network. Both the setup and the user interface are simple and it streams from both Mac and Windows.
The Sony VGF-WA1 – this is a very reliable wireless audio stream with a lithium battery providing 4 hours of life; includes an auxiliary mini-jack for external sources and digital audio output.
MVIX MX-760HD – great file compatibility, room for internal hard drive and a DVI output capable of us to 1080p. It has 2 USB ports, Dolby soundtracks and both wireless and Ethernet networking.
So, if you love gadgets and want some excellent streaming video then any one of these should be more than adequate.