Originally Posted by stanross
I had thinned the list of 5 down to the popbox and the ac ryan. I had to let the more veteran players go because of were this market segment is going in the next year. The Aero PC was intriguing to me personally, but I know that my wife, who can barely operate the tv now, would be befuddled.
So the AC Ryan is the safe play in that it has internet radio, plays stuff, and an upgrade UI that is coming. ??? wait a minute... I emailed the netherlands to hear that its coming with no pics available yet. I might as well be patient
but wait Stan, don't you have misgivings about going with a product that is untested in the marketplace. Do you want to get stuck like the c-200 guys did.
Well, the way I look at it is that the sigma and popcorn is a work in progress. This unit is popcorn finally getting the sigma figured out. I don't think you can beat their company for video performance at this price point. They have the hardware. The big factor here is that they are building they with a 2 gb sd card for popapps and partner companies who have spent thier own money to write their apps. The more units they sell, the more sticking power this unit will have in the marketplace, from the manufacturer and from consumers. I think it might be the next big thing.
Let's see what they have:
Open to drives and wireless (unlike Roku)
Corporate parnters (netflix and many others)
ability to play legal content (acceptance in mainstream)
good UI with IMDB feed
inexpensive price point
ability to change and evolve past manufacture possible with acceptance
I invite your opinions....
If I were going by the info currently on their website I'd consider the popbox a huge pail of fail.
No HD audio. No ISO support. No BD-menu support. No Pandora. No Gigabit. Plus depending who you believe it might have ads all over the UI.
Now, I recognize the hardware is certainly capable
of most of this, but they've not officially listed them in the specs, and until/unless they do it's not even on the table for consideration for me.
Currently the HDX-BD1 is #1 on my "I'll buy it if it actually does the stuff they claim when it releases" list. Around 200 bucks and does pretty close to everything I could want including most of the stuff I listed the popbox not yet listing as features.
My personal requirements:
DVD ISO with menu
BD-ISO with menu
HD audio bitstreaming
UI that doesn't make me want to spoon my eyes out
Around $200 or less (otherwise I might as well use a cheap PC)
Would like to have but not mandatory:
Don't care about local storage whatsoever, would never ever use it, I have 10TB on my network.
Honestly don't care about IMDB either, they're my movies/shows, I know what they are already....guess it's a nice feature but the lack doesn't bother me at all.
Don't care about netflix either given I've got 4 other devices that can stream it (tivoHD, 360, PS3, Wii)