Originally Posted by PanamaMike
I know these are pretty different products from a price point standpoint.
I'd like to know from a features standpoint what I would be missing out on by not going with one product or the other.
I primarily want an easy to use media server. Wireless would be ideal, but from all I ready may not be ready for prime time.
What are the key differentiators between these products?
I know PS3 can do games and BD. However, it can't stream the new lossless HD audio streams. Also, I've heard of some media format compatibility issues.
Popcorn hour can't do BD or games, but seems to be a good media steamer, and it handles many codecs.
WD MY HD is similar to popcorn hour, but lacks ability to stream HULU and Netflix. Also it's unable to stream 5.1 audio.
I'd really like to know how the interfaces stack up since having lots of content, 1000's of mp3s and 1000's of pictures would be difficult to manage with with a bad interface.
Also level of media compatibility is important to keep from having to reencode
Any input would be appreciated.
Mike, you've sort of made my case...which is that there is no ONE complete
solution yet...by pointing out the pros and cons of each. My opinion and approach is that the PS3 is the best value of these, or any, boxes; CD, SACD (in some cases), DVD, BD...it streams, audio, sd, and hd, although it's not quite where you'd like it to be just yet...it's incredibly upgradeable, so you're hopefully protected as far as future-proofing...and, oh yeah, it plays these game things as well (if that's something you have even a passing interest in at all).
The problem is when you look at the PS3 as only
a streamer. Yes, there are better media players out there right now; the question, to me, is are you willing to maybe give a little in the media player department, for right now
...with the hope that the PS3 will become what you need it to be in the (hopefully) near future...because of everything else the PS3 brings to the table, or not?
Take my situation: I bought a PS3 solely for BD, at the time when it was hands-down the best BD player on the market (some say, in some ways, it still is, even though I also have a bdp-s550 now in my dedicated HT). And it does a great job with BDs...it does a great job upscaling
SD DVDs. I got into a couple of games, which are great fun (though I'm not a hard-core gamer...ok, I can play GH with the best of 'em), and I am now in the process of trying to stream BD to it (I use, and love, XBMC for SD). Now, I've run into some snags, and it's clear that right now
PCH would beat the pants off of PS3 for BD streaming; it handles vc-1 encoding, and lossless audio...better GUI, etc. But for me, I don't want to go to 2 boxes, and just getting PCH means giving up everything else the PS3 does. For me, I'd rather live with the PS3s shortcomings, again, for now
, and hope that it'll someday be the streaming box that PCH is, if not better.
OTOH, if streaming
was 90% of my concern, and I didn't really care about the PS3s ability to play this disc, that disc, games, or the other...then yes, there are better streamers out there for less money.