Originally Posted by xnappo
I think it must have something to do with packet management or something.
I am assuming that when people are experimenting with CAT5 vs. the Actiontecs, when going through the Actiontecs you are also going through a router? I would be curious to see if it works any better using the Actiontec as a router (though we know it has issues with NAT tables, I don't think that would hurt here).
I am also very curious about the Netgear models - if someone tries them please report:
- Does the issue go away using two Netgears
- Does the issue go away using a Netgear only at the sending side
- Does the issue go away using a Netgear only at the receiving side
Actually I am slowly resolving all my stuttering issues and it isn't the Actiontecs... well it does appear to be partly thier fault but I bet even the new units will have the same issue.
The Playon!HD I am testing will down mix TrueHD (or do a passthrough) and also downmix Dolby Digital Plus. All my files played fine over a 100bT cat5 network, and work on the Actiontec ethernet switch if everthing is on the same unit. My problem started when I went over coax, but... not all files were having a problem. In fact most of my HD DVD and Bluray rips worked, and everything is in 1080p.
I looked at all the ones that were stuttering over coax and they are all TrueHD or DD+. What I did was to run the rips through tsMuxer and down converted the HD audio and so far 9 out of the 18 that stutter are playing fine over coax... I have to do the other 9 yet but I am sure they will work.
So what's happening if they play fine on ethernet but not over coax? I think there is a slight hit in packets and timing, enough that the timing was off just enough for the Playon! to have a hard time internally downconverting the HD Audio.
It makes sense to me and right now is plausible enough to be the problem. Plus when I removed the HD audio track the problem went away...
This will be a show stopper for some people who must have True HD. Me? Well most discs still don't have HD audio, and even the ones that do, the movie at the theater was still done in 5.1 (for most). Thing is unless you're using an HTPC or something like a Dune player, probably 99.9% of the media streamers don't do true HD audio. Most either downmix it or do a passthrough. I am fine with the downmix. So pretty much what I did was to downmix the source file instead of having my streaming device wait for the HD Audio packets and then internally downmix. Either way it is getting downconverted so it doesn't matter to me if I do it at the source.
There will be a day when these streamers will all do HD Audio, and by then I'm sure they will have better packet handling too. For now I am a happy camper... thanks guys for this thread!