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Media PC for living room - any tips?
While it's not urgent, I'm thinking that eventually I might get a media PC for the living room to replace my Blu-ray player. My main thinking is that with a PC it'll be relatively easy to avoid region lock - which is an issue for me because while most of my Blu-rays are European, I am a highly functioning (yeah, right...) Criterion addict. So far I've managed okay with the US PS3 I've got, but that thing is pretty loud, which takes away from the experience of watching some glacially paced Eastern European arthouse juggernaut where people whisper what dialogues there are.
What are people's experiences with media PCs? What kind of things are there to watch out for? How are controls/UI generally handled? (I don't think my wife would be happy to replace the current remote control with a Bluetooth keyboard...) What sort of price tag am I looking at for a media PC plus necessary peripherals and hardware?
"Nothing is gonna save us forever but a lot of things can save us today." - Night in the Woods