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Jeff's Mac mini setup II
I could have mounted the Mini higher on the wall to hide the cables, but I wanted easy access for connecting digital camera and camcorder. Audio is currently through monitor's internal speakers. Need to find a good wall mount surround sound receiver!

- Mac Mini Core Duo, 1G RAM
- 300GB HD in fanless enclosure
- Miglia TVMini HD OTA HDTV tuner
- Radio Shack double bow tie UHF antenna (in attic)
- Unicom S-Video + Audio L/R balun from SD DirecTivo (dual tuner) in bedroom
- Xantech IR extender over CAT5 to DirecTivo in bedroom
- Peerless ST650P Universal Tilt Wall Mount
- Apple wireless keyboard and mouse (not shown)
- Universal R7G Remote Control (not shown) programmed to control monitor, TVMini HD, FrontRow
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Sankalp [May 05, 2006 at 02:47 AM]
wat can i say..nicely done..!!
Slickrick [May 05, 2006 at 03:03 AM]
Awesome cable management!
g5g5 [May 05, 2006 at 06:08 AM]
Nice job man!
hebert [May 05, 2006 at 08:53 AM]
RCA stereo is ashame! Why don't you use the digital output? I'd like to see a picyture of the entire system now! Well done anyway!
peter [May 05, 2006 at 12:26 PM]
impressive, so impressive... that setup gives me goosebumps
Anon [May 06, 2006 at 12:07 AM]
With out the screen i'm stupified and confused...is stupified a work? see what i mean?
Jeff [May 06, 2006 at 12:26 AM]
Check out the other picture with the monitor installed. I just thought a few folks might appreciate the stuff behind the scenes.
Curt [May 06, 2006 at 02:13 AM]
Nice job! Can you come over to my house and hook me up? Two questions. 1. Does mounting the Mac mini like that affect the IR range? 2. Where did you get the brackets for the Mac mini's power adapter?
Jeff [May 06, 2006 at 10:51 PM]
I was a little worried about the IR range, too, but it seems to work fine. I can control it from across the room if I aim a little low. Guess there is enough reflected signal. All of the brackets for wall mounting the hard drive, power bricks, and the TV tuner were made from plumber's strapping covered with heat shrink tubing. I sank in wall anchors where there was no stud and bent the brackets to shape with pliers and by hand. I also put little rubber feet on the back of every wall mounted component to keep tension on the brackets and allow for a little backside airflow. Very solid; those things aren't going anywhere!
Curt [May 09, 2006 at 08:35 PM]
Cool. I've been really impressed with the range and responsiveness of the Apple Remote with the mini.
Anon [May 12, 2006 at 12:07 AM]
where did u find the straps for holding up the power supply and the hard drive
Anon [May 13, 2006 at 12:58 AM]
You need a pair of fuzzy dice hanging from that too.
Jeff [May 15, 2006 at 11:52 AM]
Check my previous comment for details on the straps.
Csprech [May 28, 2006 at 08:57 PM]
That looks like the setup they have at my local Mac Store in Beaverton, Oregon. Has a 60+inch plasma hooked up to all that madness.
Anon [May 29, 2006 at 09:36 AM]
Does the Mac Mini actually do the PVR'ing? IF so, What software is used? can anyone post a setup/config for something like this.?
Anon [May 29, 2006 at 09:50 AM]
aragolas [May 29, 2006 at 11:03 AM]
i got two words........wow........wait a minute, thats one word.
chris2x.com [May 29, 2006 at 12:17 PM]
uh... and it's just that simple
Anon [May 29, 2006 at 12:49 PM]
Nice organization.. But how is the usability + controlling the DTivo?
Gabe [May 29, 2006 at 11:46 PM]
Cool, but you gotta get rid of all the 'extra' cable. Coils are ugly! Go for minimalism! Also, a laser level couldn't hurt if you want to go for absolute perfection.
dude [May 31, 2006 at 04:06 AM]
Wall mounted surround you say?? --- Yamaha YSP-800 or 1000 digital sound projector (depending on the size of your room)
Jeff [May 31, 2006 at 02:22 PM]
PVR software is EyeTV running on the Mac. Check out http://www.miglia.com/products/video/tvminihd .
Nigga jairo [May 31, 2006 at 02:57 PM]
that is pimp! ima do that!
Mowogg [May 31, 2006 at 06:16 PM]
How does the PVR work with the DirecTiVO? Are you using the MacMini to record over-the-air?
Mike [May 31, 2006 at 06:35 PM]
VERY cool! What wire did you run in the wall for S-video and L/R audio
Anon [May 31, 2006 at 07:03 PM]
sick! i love it
Spotswood [May 31, 2006 at 07:10 PM]
I'll take three.
Jh Consulting [May 31, 2006 at 10:52 PM]
It's cool to actually see our wall mount in action. I love user pics!
Anon [Jun 01, 2006 at 03:55 AM]
How is the actual Mini mounted?
EatingPie [Jun 01, 2006 at 11:17 AM]
If you're using a Plasma, Burn-In is a major issue. Just a word of warning on an otherwise cool project.
Ben [Jun 01, 2006 at 03:07 PM]
Huge reccomendation: Buy a really nice power strip so a voltage spike doesn't fry the whole stup. They have little slots on them so they can be wall mounted
Anon [Jun 01, 2006 at 05:28 PM]
this is GENIUS! If you were a girl........
TylerDurden [Jun 01, 2006 at 05:35 PM]
Nicely done, bubbe. I need to start thinking ahead in terms of outlets before my next installation.
Anon [Jun 02, 2006 at 08:14 AM]
Anon [Jun 02, 2006 at 02:04 PM]
does not really work as a pvr. read the FAQ of Eyetv. from the FAQ Q: Can I connect my cable or satellite receiver to TVMini? A: No. TVMini only receives digital terrestrial signals, you'll be SOL if you want to record from cable box, direct tv, etc But dang it does look clean.
Anon [Jun 03, 2006 at 12:23 AM]
Nice job!
Nick [Jun 03, 2006 at 02:29 PM]
Nice job man! I would suggest to mount a power strip also, just incase...
Jeff [Jun 21, 2006 at 05:03 PM]
DirectTivo from the back bedroom is run to the monitor over CAT5 cable terminating on Unicom S-Video + Audio L/R baluns. This is SD only. The quality is better than I expected, for SD. I also use the EyeTV software on the MacMini as PVR for over-the-air HD coming in on the Miglia TVMini. So it is like I'm using two seperate PVRs. The Mini wall mount is from JH consulting (http://www.hubbell.biz/products/minimounts2/) and works great. Nice and secure with a minimal design. BTW, Jeremy, feel free to use my photos.
Justin [Jun 26, 2006 at 03:33 PM]
Have you had any heat issues with the fanless HD enlosure? What type of HD is it? IDE, SATA? How did you deal with the overscan, etc? Was there much?
Yodin [Jul 22, 2006 at 02:29 PM]
ugly setup doesn't really stand out
matthewdclarkaz [Jan 22, 2007 at 03:33 AM]
I work with A/V equipment and setup every day, and I have to say this is a beautiful setup if you are looking to mount a good portion of the equipment. I personally prefer a solution near other A/V equipment, but this is really inventive and clean with the amount of equipment it uses.
johnnylawson [Jan 25, 2008 at 12:22 PM]
Can you tell me what kind of brackets you have going on there to mount all your other devices - like the hard drie and tuner? Where did you get them from? Thanks - awesome setup - it has inspired me to do something similar.
jaems [Sep 24, 2008 at 02:22 PM]
That's insane!! I love it!


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