(Note: I initially posted this in the HiMedia 900b thread but now seemed more appropriate here where its about all Realtek 1186 based players)
I like the sound of the Xtreamer Prodigy better I think based on what I've read. I think someone mentioned here that yamj does work on the Xtreamer Prodigy but not sure and woujld haev to check their forums more. I did see their customer service is terrible and their forums even delete anything bad about them so I dont think they are the best company per se but as far as between the Xtreamer Prodigy vs. the HiMedia900B, the Xtreamer Prodigy seems a little bit better and I like some of the accessories and the 3.5" hdd drive bay in the front as I saw someone mod a HiMedia 900 to have somethign similar but made it wider.
I did see that an Xtreamer Ultra 2 is coming next month (Xtreamer Ultra is basically an HTPC) and this is the new version of it and it comes with XBMC pre installed so takes a lot of the work out of htpc setup. But review i saw on amazon of the first Ultra still said there was extra expenses and headache/install with it and not something I want to deal with especially in secondary room though an htpc in main room eventually would be good as long as it dint' give me more work and aggravation that i dont have time for.
Might be some nice extra features with the Ultra2 next month but it is more and like I said probablhy more work though I really would love xbmc.
I think I'm holding off for now but for the room and current need, either or any of these Realtek 1186 based players would be fine but I'm kind of leaning towards the Xtreamer Prodigy over the Hi Media900
I know this is the HiMedia 900b thread and all but maybe we can get a comparo.
If you look at the bottom of the page for the Prodigyhttp://www.xtreamer.net/xtreamer-prodigy-upgraded/
it shows a comparison to other realtek 1186 based players (chinese ones as I believe the HiMedia is) and they act like their Xtreamer brand realtek 1186 based player in the Prodigy has a few advantages.
Is the HiMedia 900b reall not 750mhz like the Xtreamer brand Prodigy unit? or is that just misleading advertising by Xtreamer
oh they are comparing to realtek 1185 @ 500mhz so i'm sure all 1186 are 750. misleading.
What is DVBT? says optional so you prob have to pay extra/sold sep but I reemmber seeing that mentioned i think mentioned on the Oppo bdp-95 bd player over the half the price bdp-93... though i guess the 95 is more for other reasons.
says hdmi 1.4 3d. again probably comparing to realtek 1185 players as any 1186 like the HiMedia 900b i assume is hdmi 1.4 and of course we know it plays 3d bd iso just the same as Xtreamer Prodigy
Claims a "firmware branch" advantage over competing players:
"Unlike our chinese competitors, the Xtreamer prodigy is not based on the original SDK as provided by Realtek. All of them lack so many functions and optimization core the Xtreamer Prodigy has."
A "System" advantage:
"The Xtreamer offer its community both HTML 5 php Json Curl OpenSSL & XML with Sqlite. Most of our competitors does not involve the comunnity in the development of the device like the Xtreamer does."
The Xtreamer offer its community both HTML 5 php Json Curl OpenSSL & XML with Sqlite. Most of our competitors does not involve the comunnity in the development of the device like the Xtreamer does.
passive cooling, wireless headset are a few other Check marks it has that it claims its "chinese competitors" dont
i know its mostly a bunch of marketing bs but a few things do seem legit slight advantage and again I really like the front loading 3.5" hdd bay though for now I"m mostly going to use 2.5" usb hdd so i can switch between whichever player I choose soon for the lower level and for connection to 3d bd player in main room.
Makes me wish my pch had a quicker easier way to connect/disconnect the 3.5" hdd so i can switch between that and whatever media tank I get in other room.
Does the HiMedia 900b have front loading3.5" hdd? i think i remember its top loading but seemed to be a pretty easy flip lid so I guess its not much different but the front loading is nice and like i said i saw someoen mod their HiMedia 900b to have that but it made it raelly wide while somehow the Xtreamer Prodigy doesn't seem that wide even with front loading 3.5" hdd bay.
Probably makign too much out of this being its just for secondary room right now and mostly just for 3d bd iso from usb hdd and since for those i'm already used to not having yamj on the main room 3d bd player that can play files then id otn need a lot of bells and whistles and it does seem i can get the HiMedia 900b for a little less then Xtreamer Prodigy.
But i like hte accessories with Xtreamer and maybe I try it and then if it can do everythign my pch can do including run yamj that is already on the internal 3.5" sata hdd in my pch then that would be perfect because with 2 Xtreamer Prodigy I can easily pull out the 3.5" sata hdd from the front loading bay to move the content between rooms.
in fact even better would be if one media player (Xtreamer Prodigy) could stream from another so I woudn't have to pull out hdd at all becaues the main reason i dont stream is because I dont like to leave pc and be dpendent on that but streaming between media playuers would be cool though as I said witht eh front loading 3.5" hdd bay, it seems easy to pull it out and put it in another of same device.
And while the frlip up top lid of the HiMedia 900b is probalby almost as easy, the front loading bay seems more "hot swappable" and faster to do that so hm.
Like I said, if the Xtreamer Prodigy can do everything my PCH A-110 can do (which should be hard other then using yamj and my front end gui the same way) then I would maybe even get 2 of them so i can not only tak ehte content on my 2.5" usb powered hdd's but also can move the 3.5" internal hdd between players/rooms.
maybe even get a fast hotswap enclosure for 3.5" hdd for my pc so i can more quikly transfer files from pc to the media player hdd rather then over the network which at least on the pch is much slower then usb 2.0 even.
thoughts and recommendations welcome but I am leaning towards the Xtreamer Prodigy and if I like it possibly a 2nd one though that would probably be dumb as I should be waiting for Sigma 8910 based playes from Syabas (pch) and Dune.
And still thinking about that Xtreamer brand Ultra 2 pc coming in March with XBMC (the be to end all jukebox programs) pre loaded though I know there will still be some htpc related install and maintenance etc with the Ultra and it seems it only takes 2.5" internal hdd and cant tell how swappable it is.
And if i'm go ing to use 2.5" I mine as well use the usb powered 2.5" like WD passport. as long as those get cheaper and similar capacity of 3.5" (2.5" always going to be more expensive and WD passport at least still maxes out at 1tb i think) i should still maybe just stick to those as easiest to transfer between devices and pc. But as long as i get a good quick easy swappable 3.5" enclosure for the pc then i can probably easily switch a 3.5" sata hdd between the pc and roms with media players as long as they have a front loading hot swap bay like the Xtreamer Prodigy does.
probably just get one of those for now but I'm surprised that when I asked what is or are the best meda players capable of 3d bd iso (still only realtek 1186 I guess) that the Xtreamer brand Prodigy unit isn't mentioned more.
I only just saw it once i believe in this thread regarding that yamj works on it? if exactly the same as the pch then that would be huge as I would be able to just connect the 3.5" sata i have in my pch to it and more esily my 2.5" ext. usb with tv shows on it between teh pch and the Xtreamer Prodigy.
and if i like it better maybe i demote the pch to the basement and make the Prodigy the main room player (as it is way newer and while I know its not the best and plenty complaints about Xtreamer brand just as HiMedia i'm sure its got to be better then old pch a-110 by now) so maybe I'd even get a second Xtreamer Prodigy or get the Xtreamer Ultra for main room which woudl use same accessories (i like the small wireless kb with trackpad they offer though i read one review saying it wasnt' that good) and only problem with the Ultra 2 would be how to connect the 3.5" hdd, id have to use antoher enclosure to connect it to the Xtreamer Ultra and again all the aggravation with an htpc which is what is is despite having a lot of stuff pre insalled.
if only Xtreamer Prodigy could use xbmc I'd get 2 but thats where the Sigma smp8910 players come in without the trouble of htpc. So I beter just get 1 realtek 1186 player for now and leanign toards the Xtreamer Prodigy still somehow even over HiMedia unless I"m missing something.
only sucky thing is with keeping my pch a-110, is not being able to take out the internal 3.5" sata hdd to put in the front loading bay of the Prodigy which again, as long as yamj works exactly the sasme on the Prodigy exactly how its setup on the hdd's i have it on that work in pch then that will tempt me to dump the pch for another Prodigy just for that front load easy swap 3.5" bay.