I am not an HT person but you seem to have a very nice 2 channel set up. I would think outside the Mac vs. Windows issue you would be all set. You can almost allways ugrade how about better speakers? Bigger B&Ws??
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We are an Apple dominant family too and have no issues with the AVM50v. Getting over the Windows hump is really easy with the Anthem--and especially with the Mac. It's so easy nowadays. It works and works very, very well.
I just completed the 3d upgrade on the 50v via my mac and couldn't be happier. If you don't want to fool with anything, you just have your local dealer do the upgrades for you and be done with it. They can do the 3D and the software upgrades now. The current software build is extremely stable and I don't personally forsee anything major in the next year or two that would warrant another software or hardware update.
If you want any help or tips, happy to help!
Thanks Internetmin, I would really appreciate help on how to upgrade using my MacBook Pro. It has a USB port yet the D2V will only take a serial cable. How did you solve for this? Also, can the .exe update file from the Anthem site be properly opened, ran and installed through a MacBook Pro (running OS 10.8.3)?
Finally, are you running the BootCamp assistant on your Mac to create a Windows partition?
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Yes I'm running boot camp. However you can also install Parallels or VMWARE Fusion. All three options work. Then you purchase the KEYSPAN USB to serial adapter. That's the only hardware you need. It converts the USB port into a serial. Then you plug on the serial cable and you're set. You will need to purchase Windows XP or 7 and install it on Bootcamp or Parallels. Then once you are booted into Windows, you install the Anthem software and you are set. You can run ARC, perform updates, etc. it's a piece of cake. Is there an Apple Store near you? If you don't feel comfortable with any of that you can make an appt with a Genius and have them help you set it all up or help walk you through it. In happy to help field questions as I'm sure others in this forum are too. To Kal's point, if you don't want to buy a copy of Windows then get the cheapest PC Laptop you can find, buy the Keyspan USB to Serial Adapter and use it on the windows laptop. Windows laptops seldom come with serial ports any longer.