HD media player shootout!

Discussion in 'Tech' started by MSP, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    I'm currently ripping my 550+ DVD collection to ISO files, and trying to decide on a media player. Anybody familiar with either of these?

    Both are about 90 bucks and get great reviews. The ASUS has a slight edge for me right now because it support ESATA and UPNP. Going to slap a big 'ol hard drive on there and put my binders of DVDs away for good, just like I did my CDs 10 years ago.

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  2. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    im still waiting on the popbox.
  3. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Buy another drive for your computer, buy a PS3, and stream??
  4. jake

    jake Vagabond

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    I bought a WD Live HD for a friend's birthday a few weeks ago and he loves it. It will play any format.

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  5. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Regina, Sask, why'd you ask?
    I was looking at this myself originally, but then thought I had a void to fill (ie. playing blu-ray movies) and figure the PS3 was a better way to go. But certainly a good choice if it's just streaming.
  6. MSP

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    Will it play ISO files?

    That ASUS is tits, for $109 shipped there's a wireless N version with lots of internet media streaming options. But yeah, PS3 is just overkill and expensive for my uses.

    EDIT: It runs Linux too. :heart:
  7. jake

    jake Vagabond

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    Ya it plays ISO files. The wireless adapter is extra on the Western Digital.
  8. Stephen

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    MSP maybe get an atom based pc like the Revo r3610, then install XBMC, that will play anything. It will cost more than $109 but worth every bit.
    That's what I did.
  9. chapel

    chapel Jolly Bolly Fo-Folly Staff Member

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    I am waiting for Google TV software to come out, then I can make a custom box! Think about it, Google TV is open source, just like Chrom(e/ium), Chrome OS, Android, and so on. I can't wait to see the hacking community around it.
  10. MSP

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    Still, reading reviews it looks like it may be the one to get. $99 shipped and 30 bucks for the wireless adapter, about the same.
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  12. Chainblade

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    I, too, have the acer revo 3610. cheap for a dual core atom compact tiny computer. I run xbmc and use it as a mini server connected to a 65" TV. plays 1080p just fine. or if you go the mac route, get a mac mini. they would be more powerful than what i have they would be double the press.

    EDIT: by the way, I may be selling my revo 3610 if you are interested. i like it but i have more ideas on what to use it for so i'm looking into getting a more powerful system.
  13. randomtask

    randomtask Chimp.

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    I have a friend with the WD HD. I was amazed at the formats it can play (even *.mkv) The interface looked pretty good too.
  14. Stephen

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    ? It plays everything, I'm guessing you mean blue ray related. I had the same problem so just got a external blue ray drive. Server related stuff, I build a dual atom based server, couple of 2tb drives raid 1, mediatomb to share videos/music/pictures.
    Normal pc with a blue ray burner job done.
  15. Chainblade

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    i've never played blu-rays off of it as I have PS3 for that. but i have played 1080p h.264 with no problems.
  16. ivanolo

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    Ahem... http://www.tweak3d.net/forums/showthread.php?50165-MiniITX-or-MicroATX-for-the-new-year :D
  17. Chainblade

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  18. MSP

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    See, I've actually got several PCs laying around and either could be used as a media device. But I'm looking for something more appliance like. And for what the WD costs it would still be cheaper than an HDMI-out video card, or at least close.
  19. PeNZ

    PeNZ Tweak OG

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    they have the wd on clearance at my walmart for 89
  20. MSP

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    ^^^ That's the non-networked version, still pretty good deal though. If I wasn't hung up on Pandora I'd probably pull the trigger on it.
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    ivwshane We are all old school!

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  23. MSP

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    That's awesome, thanks guys!
  24. Chainblade

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    The roku box is another good choice
  25. Mr. Ali

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    Does the roku do any kind of streaming from a PC? I set one up about 4 months ago and remember it only having netflix streaming and some other widgets for some kind of internet tv streaming and thats it.