It only a bit on the loud side when its encoding. When its not encoding, the two Dells shutdown and the other two servers have a bit of a low hum. The 48 core (256GB or RAM) AMD system also does double duty as a master KVM/LibVirt virtual server. So it is running all the time. Electricity cost is about $35 a month, but it will be higher this month since I’m encoding so much 4K HEVC right now. But since its also for my own business, and I have a work platform, I can deal with the small added utility cost.
Sure you can write about the media closet. I know what I have is not as big as a collection as some have, but I already have so much content that if I watched one movie or TV episode each day, I would not have a single repeat in 35 years.
But our library is growing every month little by little. A long time ago my wife and I decided that we where not going to pay for cable/satellite TV or go to the show, but instead, allocate that money to owning our own media. Over the last 21 years, our collection as slowly grown. We replaced pretty much all of our DVD media with Blu-ray over time (if it was available), so we double dipped there. And we started buying 4K media before even owning the equipment to watch it. Just last April we bought our first 4K TV and Oppo UHD player. We have double/triple dipped on some 4K media. HDR is tremendous on the Sony Z9D.
So we cut the cord before most people even knew what that was. I had a MythTV server that I recorded TV Over the Air. Only one in my neighborhood that has an antenna on the roof. The only streaming we do is through Amazon because we do have Prime. We have a bunch of VuDu movies that we can stream because we enter all the digital codes that come with the discs. But even then, with my Plex server, we usually stream right off that instead.