Originally Posted by wichogt
hi Jack, nice to see you arround here too.(headfi)
I'm interested in the EP-350 becaus of the HDD bay and aluminum and have some questions:
-does the EP-350 suport hot swaping?
-as I understand from the posts above it will accept HDD's over 2TB as long as they are divided in partitions no longer than 2TB, is there any limitation on the number of partitions it can handle?
-is still in production or is it going to be discontinued or replaced whit a new model? I ask because I only see amazon selling it and not on your site.
-is there any hope to suport premium direct downloads (I don't use torrent) in the future? asuming there is no hardware limitation of course.
-I understood I can use the EP-350 as my media center and stream to other players such as EP-250 and Mplay HD NET, but with a limitation of 720p resolution. is there any player that suports 1080p streaming from the EP-350? this via wired lan of course.
thanks in advance, your support to the user on forums is awesome I wish you the best.EDIT
do you have any idea if it would be capable of playing 3D content with devises like "3D displayer" or "3D theather" tha don't need 1.4 HDMI or even a 3D display? there's a thread about those products on the 3D section if you are not familiar with them.
Sorry for the delayed response. Here are the answers to your questions:
- Hot swapping is supported, but the SATA connector was not designed for frequent plugging/unplugging. So an occasional hot swap is okay.
- The maximum number of partitions supported is 4.
- The EP350 is still in production. 1073 based players in general will stay around for quite a while. Of course we continue to look at new chipset solutions as they mature and later this year a new 1185 based player will be introduced. Some may view this as a replacement for the 1073 players, but it will be a while before 1185 based players can compete with 1073 players in terms of cost. For example, the 1185 based player we are working on will be at the same price range as the EP350 but will not have an internal hard drive. A later model with internal hard drive bay and some other advanced features will cost quite a bit more.
- For premium content access, we recommend using PlayOn.tv software to setup a UPnP transcoding server. You get access to a much wider array of premium content providers and the performance is far more consistent than by-device access.
- The EP350 can serve 1080p videos to other EP250/EP350 players on the same network if you turn on its SAMBA server feature. The MPLAY-HD Net player will not be able to stream from a EP350 since it can only recognize UPnP servers.
- Support for specific technologies like 3D really depends on what's available from the decoder chip and what Realtek provides in terms of SDK access to chip features. This said I don't think 3D support will become a reality for 1073 or 1185 players, because these chips do not support HDMI 1.4. This is the reason why one of the media player brands recently decided to bypass 1185 and go straight to 1186. The price for 1186 is of course higher still, but if 3D is important, then a 1186 based player is what I would keep an eye out for.
Sorry again for the late reply.