Yeah I do like the idea of the ATV in the back for the rear screen, like, really really like it and I can get my hands on a cheap one from a mate (of a mate of a mate you know how it is...)
BUT, i seem to read that the ATV is an issue to power because of the inbuilt ac/dc converter vs the mini's external brick. Anyone out there done it??
So yeah I guess to be clear I should state my dream set up:
Mini in the front, with access to the cd slot for good 'ol vanilla cd's
hooked up to a 7" touchscreen up front for control.
Either back seat display screen or a larger drop down screen for the kids.
Now the fun bit. Would love to be able to have audio and video to be split per application and sent to different outputs so that when we put on a movie it will be sent to the rear screens and audio (I like the headphone jacks idea vs wireless to save on cost/battery replacment etc) while the tunes can continue to play through the car speakers with visuals on the front screen (itunes artwork or something).
I know hardware wise this would be fairly straight forward, ie dual out sound card/video card etc but I really need to keep the costs down so if I can find a software solution.....
I regularly contribute on a number of Mac forums and there is a great little app that can split the audio out per app on the mini but it only works on the old G4 systems, not intel and my current mini is intel and the idea was to retire it to the car and update the HTPC inside, you know when Apple release the mini the size of an ATV with a Blue-ray drive .
As far as splitting the video, I dont know.....
Anyhoo, it's midnight and I need to sleep..
Thx again guys, lovin the comunity already!