Lowest (not highest!) box-count systems please!
High box count in hifi and av can be a nuisance. So how do the low-box-count sytems look these days? in theory and in practice? If one is looking for less clutter, what are the options? If somebody has already gone this route, how low is parcital 'low box count' in reality?
Differeces of cause are to be expected for stereo/music and multichannel av (and for different functionality) so can we see how to achieve lowest box count these days in the following categories:
Music A (cd source):
Playback cd in stereo.
Music b (hard disc based):
Import, manage and playback in stereo music stored on a hard drive.
Playback bluray video in 1080p with 5.1 sound.
So, for each category, what is the lowest box count system you can come up with (virtually (i.e. using knwon products available today) or as actually implemented by you in pactice). Stated functionality, including control and management, msut be achived.
e.g, for "music B' I have:
store/manage/rip/playback - computer, 1 box
backup - external HD, 1 box
dac/preamp - 1 box
amp/speakers - active stereo speakers, 2 boxes
control/manage - keyboard, mouse, screen, ipod touch, 4 boxes (IR remote optional)
total box count = 9 (10 with IR remote)
not so low...