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HD audio in a $99 streaming device may be a bit much to ask. Are there any?

I think the issue is more a file size one than cost. My HT ATV is wired all the way but typically these things are used wirelessly as in my other rooms where I have no desire for DTS-MA or TruHD.

Considering you can buy a new blu-ray player from a major brand for well under $100 that has the ability to not only pass through the HD audio bit stream but also has on-board DTS-MA and Dolby Tru-HD converters (and wi-fi, Ethernet, Netflix/Hulu/etc) price point is probably not the issue. Imo.
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I think the issue is more a file size one than cost. My HT ATV is wired all the way but typically these things are used wirelessly as in my other rooms where I have no desire for DTS-MA or TruHD.



Considering you can buy a new blu-ray player from a major brand for well under $100 that has the ability to not only pass through the HD audio bit stream but also has on-board DTS-MA and Dolby Tru-HD converters (and wi-fi, Ethernet, Netflix/Hulu/etc) price point is probably not the issue. Imo.

Have you looked at plex?
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I happen to like the AppleTV. I have three of them throughout the house and use various channels often. What I see and can access on this basement HT setup that I'm discussion here, is exactly the same as what I and my family can see and access in the living room upstairs, and in our bedroom another floor up.
I, for one, am of the opinion that one cannot overstate the value of interface consistency in a whole-house setup that is used by the family. That is why, in my case, all the media players around the house are WDTV Live-SMP. It keeps the player interface the same, TV to TV -- at one point I got pressure to replace an earlier model Live plus with another Live-SMP because the interface on that unit was quite different and the family didn't like that. I use a DLNA server for content distribution which provides for a centrally managed content source that supplies the library's organization and playlists.

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HD audio in a $99 streaming device may be a bit much to ask. Are there any?
The WD Live media players pass DTS-HD and True HD and cost under $100.

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Considering you can buy a new blu-ray player from a major brand for well under $100 that has the ability to not only pass through the HD audio bit stream but also has on-board DTS-MA and Dolby Tru-HD converters (and wi-fi, Ethernet, Netflix/Hulu/etc)
In most cases, BluRay players do not make for good streamers for ripped content. In most cases they support limited codecs and are DLNA clients and therefore need a DLNA server to deliver content and transcode where necessary. It is not a given that just because they can pass HD audio when playing from a disk that they can do the same when streaming from the network. Also, all BluRay players made after 2/12 include support for Cinavia so they probably won't stream any Cinavia protected content which means just about every Sony BD title released in the last 3 yr.

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In most cases, BluRay players do not make for good streamers for ripped content. In most cases they support limited codecs and are DLNA clients and therefore need a DLNA server to deliver content and transcode where necessary. It is not a given that just because they can pass HD audio when playing from a disk that they can do the same when streaming from the network. Also, all BluRay players made after 2/12 include support for Cinavia so they probably won't stream any Cinavia protected content which means just about every Sony BD title released in the last 3 yr.

Agreed....I only pointed this out for the purposes of supporting a guess that having HD audio capability (pass or decode) is probably doable in the $99 boxes from a cost price point standpoint. You further supported this by providing your example. I too put much value in a consistent interface throughout the home that every family member is familiar with, and that a is one of the reasons I am very happy with my setup and can live with only Dolby Digital 5.1 in my theater for now and use the blue ray discs for 7.1. Everything else works flawlessly.
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HD audio in a $99 streaming device may be a bit much to ask. Are there any?
My Lacie LaCinemas bitstream HD audio. I got mine for $30 refurb.
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