Many thanks for the reply!
The PS4 has Optical out.
I wouldn't use the PS4 for my music library, I would use it only for bluray.
Will I be perfectly fine with the PS4 using optical straight to the burson conductor for just bluray use? Is there any quality loss here?
If that's good enough, I can dump the idea of the oppo and just go with this.
Is there a cheap simple ht sort of device i can put between the ps4 and burson, purely to change volume from remote?
If the above will work well, when I have the money I will start creating the below;
I would like to know if this will work, and if its a great idea.
Ive been doing a bit of digging on pc hardware sites, and I have come across this piece of interesting kit, barebones pc
heres a photo - http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/IhqmwsOBELU/maxresdefault.jpg
Its crazy small, (well thats the impression im getting). I could put a SSD in it and install win 7, and put foobar or Jriver on it... I think... No idea lol :)
I then could get an ext bluray drive, something like this;
I then could install bluray software
Apparently I can control everything with with my android devices... well XMBC certainly allows for this.
My biggest confusion with this is, "you don't use sound-card anymore"?
Do I literally use any free usb port and connect the Halide Bridge?
If so, how does the Halide bridge connect to the burson?
If the Halide does not use the Bursons Optical In, could I have PS4 into Optical In and micropc into burson aswell (via halide)? This meaning I dont have to constantly switch cables.
Is there a simpler and better option than building a micro pc? It seems like a good idea, but long winded.
I will start doing some reading up on an Android Mini-Pc, no idea what that is.
I assume you'll be using speakers since you're worried about the volume, instead of just reaching over to move the knob on the Conductor? The set-up above will have an HT receiver with its own remote (and being digital, it might be controlled through the remote apps too). An alternate set-up using a PC is to use an Android mini-PC, then set-up an Android phone or tablet to function as a remote. Even if you use a remote app on a set-up using the Burson that means you will be reducing volume, and bits, at the OS level (instead of just a digital potentiometer). An HT receiver usually controls the digital volume at the DAC or processor, not reducing the bits on the incoming digital signal, so the HT receiver might be the better option for you.
In regards to the volume comment, no i wont be using loud speakers. What I was referring to, was I watch films in bed, or away from where the amp would sit. So it would be a huge inconvenience to walk across the room to alter volume.
I am still very confused about how to set this up. Reducing volume, and bits, at the OS level (instead of just a digital potentiometer) I assume this is bad.
Your comments are a huge help, thanks!
Edited by redstar - 1/27/14 at 7:04pm