Conversion van options

So I recently got a 2001 Chevy Express with the Explorer high top conversion. Unfortunately all the electronics in the back were ripped out prior to purchase so I'm starting fresh here. I know I'll be purchasing a new head unit for the front with navigation and a rear view camera so that might play into this.

I'm thinking in the rear that it would be nice to forego a DVD player and just have a server with the movies saved to a hard drive. I might try to add a blu ray player since DVD is a dying breed but I'm not sure yet. Does anyone have some thoughts on what you might do in this instance or just in general? I'm thinking an intel NUC might be a good solution as I have storage directly behind the tv area. I also need to find a TV and figure out the wiring requirements.

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,121
    Do the Xbox ones and/or ps4 have a way to do this instead? Itd be cool to have game options as well as movies in one package.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,896
    DSkip wrote: »
    Do the Xbox ones and/or ps4 have a way to do this instead? Itd be cool to have game options as well as movies in one package.

    I am pretty sure both have hard drives built in, and you can of course pay for more storage. I have been ripping blu rays at 720p with 2 channel audio for car rides and I think that is all you need, and you would be able to store lots on one of the gaming devices with say a half gig hard drive...
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,444
    A stripper pole might be a nice addition, for when ya have to haul Russ around. :)
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,463
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,678
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    waterbed :D

    That's a free option after a night of heavy drinking. :o
  • DSkip wrote: »
    Do the Xbox ones and/or ps4 have a way to do this instead? Itd be cool to have game options as well as movies in one package.

    You will have to use a program i'm not familiar with to rip movies to a ps4. I would just get an external HDD and plug it into the PS4 and it should play audio/movies just fine.
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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,837
    Skip.... Raspberry Pi (or RetroPi) will do all the games you’d want (mainly vintage stuff), and then also use Plex or Kodi if you swap out the SD card... then you’d have a external HDD with your movies on it to stream.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,337
    Build a Hot Tub Time Machine... :p
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,586
    No van is complete without the fuzzy dice

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,337
    lcd9o2o0oen7.jpg
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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,701
    Use a solid state drive, less chance of failure.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,121
    Skip.... Raspberry Pi (or RetroPi) will do all the games you’d want (mainly vintage stuff), and then also use Plex or Kodi if you swap out the SD card... then you’d have a external HDD with your movies on it to stream.

    Can you link me to some good builds or informative threads? I know you and a few others are in this world but I've never fleshed it out.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,462
    What about a Mac mini?
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  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 2,161
    Is it a white van to sell off some of your "overstocked items"?
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,444
    Your options for audio/video are plenty, but first things first I like to say.

    Like....a porta-potty, because any guy who eats pizza with ground beef on it, can't be far from one. :)
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,337
    Who eats a pizza with ground beef.... wth is that? I get meatballs, pepperoni and sausage.... even bacon, because everything’s better with bacon.


    Hamburger???
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,121
    Feel free to keep throwing jabs but let's do it in the Down by the River thread. I'm trying to figure some things out here.

    PS - beef on pizza is a treasure. I'm from Texas - beef is a way of life.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,896
    If games aren’t a necessity I think an intel NUC is your best bet. I have bought two different ones on eBay—the last for $100 shipped—and it works great as a music server and movies work great as well. Get an external hard drive and you could load up all the movies your kids could ever watch.

    As for games, I just bought an nvidia shield tv and really like it so far. It has tons of games and is supposed to be a solid gaming device, though I have yet to try it (I am not a gamer, at all). I don’t know, however, if you can download the games and play offline, but I bet you can...
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,462
    joecoulson wrote: »
    What about a Mac mini?

    This guy’s got a good idea
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,896
    joecoulson wrote: »
    joecoulson wrote: »
    What about a Mac mini?

    This guy’s got a good idea

    In this instance what advantage would the Mac have over an intel NUC? The latter is far cheaper and more easily upgraded.
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