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  1. Hi! I've been following the blog & forums occasionally but never really posted anything, till today. I have a very low budget so can't invest in hi-fi equipment very often. Also I had little time to dedicate to my music in the past few years so.... it was just to keep up with my old habit of music listening. The reason I am writing here today is cause i want to simplify my home media center solution. So far I have an old AMD 2000 running win 8 with jRiver (mainly form music) and Plex (mainly for movies). The soundboard and the video card are inboard so performance on their side is...... not critical but cheap. I have two 2tb Usb drives which i will be moving from the CPU to a NAS. This should give me the same ability I have today to update the files in them (movies and music), by accessing them from anywhere in my network. My main idea is to replace the old CPU for a simpler box, so after doing some research I found out about the new sound blaster E5, which I'm planning on acquiring, and also found the old google tv Sony NSZ GS8, which is now discontinued but has a fantastic & cool remote and I can also control it from my smartphone. The new scheme is very simple: Music and movies in the NAS Android TV box with Plex/Kodi/Neutron media player Yamaha amp to speakers HDMI connection to TV The Sony box seemed great from the specs, but it's discontinued and I read that the OS is the old google Tv (old android 3.2) and not the new Android Tv OS that's built on Android 4.x. with very few apps from the play store. But on Ebay I found several Android boxes with the OS version 4.x and USB ports. One thing I though of was to plug the E5 into the USB port of the android box (to use it as a DAC) and that to the Yamaha amp for audio, and the HDMI to the TV for video. but I don't know if the SB E5 will work that way. I have several 24/192 audio files which I don't think the DAC in the android box would handle nicely and without modifications...... Any other hi fi DAC would suffice, so the real question is, if the Android box will handle that. Another thing to note is that the Android TV boxes have standard remotes - nothing fancy as the Sony - and I want to be able to play music without turning on my TV set. Today I use Gizmo to access jriver on the CPU and that's it. After all said, I reach out to see if anyone has had similar situation and has resolved it or found out something I'm missing. Or of anybody has any other ideas on how to approach a simple solution for a low budget hi fi home media center. Thank you all in advance, and let's see what can we come up with! Bye!
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