Got a friend that wants a media center for his multi-zone setup at home so he asked me what he should get. He was about to get a pre-bulit Dell for $900 but for what he wants/needs it to do, thats overkill. I didnt get all the details but he has a 4-zone A/V receiver: main is a 10.2 channel setup in his man-cave, then 5.1 living room setup, TV and a dual-voice speaker in kitchen, and last zone is all his outside speakers.
I was going to recommend a SFF build around $350 but then he brought up the Raspberry Pi and I have absolutely no experience with it lol. From searching around a bit, it seems like that would be all he needs but Im wondering what limitations he might have with it.
A couple of questions: I was going to set him up with bluetooth controls from his phone, can that be done with the Raspberry too? Can the Raspberry use any HDD? What mods would need to be done?
I'd greatly appreciate any advice, thanks in advance.