Hi, I am looking at playback devices for network streaming and media playback from attached storage, and found my way into this thread. I have not heard of Micca up to this point, but I have learned that if there is a fanbase on AVS forum, a small, specialized company that I have not heard of can be an excellent alternative to the "big names". (Take Oppo, for example
I made my first post in the media streamers/network device subforum yesterday, in which I cited my wishlist:
- Able to play 1080p over HDMI (so I already know that excludes Apple TV from my choices)
- Digital audio out (either optical or coax)
- GigE capable LAN (10/100/1000 Mbps)
- Decent scaling to 1920x1080 of material below 1920x1080 (will be attached to a Pioneer Kuro Elite plasma TV)
- The formats I need to play are .MPG/.MPEG, .TS/.TP, .MP4, .M2TS/.MTS (.mkv support is not needed)
- Can support either native closed captions for hearing impaired from OTA broadcast, or subtitles with .srt file
*DESIRED BUT NONESSENTIAL FEATURES*
- Able to read NTFS as well as FAT32 format over USB
- Can automatically play files sequentially (i.e. nonstop) if they have appropriately numbered filenames (i.e. CLIP_01.MPG, CLIP_02.MPG, CLIP_03.MPG, etc.)
- Able to read long name files/folders (at least 20 characters)
- Can play .iso files, either natively or with the aid of virtual drive mount tool (probably under a networked Windows XP PC)
- Nice variety of content options over Internet (Netflix, YouTube, etc.)
It looks like I should be considering the Micca EP600, and at $100 on Amazon, it sounds like a terrific deal.
Just a couple of questions to the group here.
1. The EP600 is brand new, but I presume it builds upon previous product designs. So how are the Micca products when it comes to upscaling SD to HD, say 720x480 -> 1920x1080? Does anyone here know what upscaling algorithm(s) are used by the hardware/chipset?
2. In a similar PQ vein, how are the Micca products when it comes to deinterlacing pure interlaced material for playback on progressive displays? And also, does it do decent inverse telecine (IVTC) for film based material that is telecined for 29.97fps? As I am viewing on a Pioneer Kuro Elite, the PQ issues are pretty important. General feedback from the group regarding Micca product PQ would be appreciated
I downloaded and read the EP600 user guide PDF, and it says that there is a video setting for 1080P 24Hz for 23.976/24fps progressive sources. That's a great feature. I also noted that a "VFD" button on the remote can turn off the VFD light on the front panel of the player, but the manual says it applies only to the EP650. So does that mean that EP600 users must live with a big blue light on the front panel? I hope that it can be disabled, because device lights are distracting to me when I am watching TV or movies.
Those are the only "issues" I could come up with, but I am otherwise very inclined to purchase the EP600. If anyone can comment on my questions here, that would be great. Thank you all in advance for your assistance