My current setup with a PS3 connected to HDTV along with a one TB WD MyBook 1110 full with movies photos and TV serials connected to TV via USB and my XPS 1210 running windows 7 media server. The laptop and PS3 are connected through a wireless network and PS3 is connected to TV via HDMI.
This is my latest media setup which allows me to play games as well as movies, music and photos stored on my laptop without copying to PS3.
The wireless network is secure (WEP + MAC restricted). I choose which devices can connect to my wifi network.
My XPS runs a media server which my PS3 can easily detect over the wifi network. It can play almost all the music, photos and movies that are stored on the laptop. All I had to do was configure the laptop as a media server
My TV is Samsung series 4 (nothing too fancy) HDTV and can run the content on the 1 TB HDD via USB. This doesn’t need the PS3 to be switched on.
The audio out of TV is connected to my 2.1 channel speaker system. 2.1 is decent enough as I have a rented home and I just didn’t want to go through the hassles of setting up a 5.1
I consider this an ideal setup for me for the following reasons
1. I hate to keep copying content from one device to another.
2. It keeps it hassle free.
3. As all my devices are mostly on I don’t have any issue.
4. I can play, watch movies and listen to music from the comfort of my bed.
5. The speakers are awesome. I can control the volume via the TV.