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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Visalia, CA 93291
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I've had PCH-A300, Mede8er MED500X2, WDTV2 (parents xmas gift), AIOS and now the Dune D1.
PCH-A300 is a nice media player, but their internal jukebox is buggy, and doesn't let you edit much of anything. However, you can try and use YAMJ / Eversion, which I've heard is better if you can get it to work. I had to re-scan my media every time I added a new movie. I don't know why, but this would take at least 2 hours due to my large collection. The last thing, I had issues with was it would lose sound with any movie that had True-HD sound. I could get the sound back by switching the sound track to AC3.
I returned it after 3 weeks of ownership.
Mede8er Med500X2 was probably one of the easiest media players to set up. It took me less than 5 min. to make it work. They've got YAMJ to Mede8er (aka Y2M) jukebox, which is pretty simple to use, but some times it scraps the wrong info. I ended up using ThumbGen for it, which worked great. It played all my M2TS, MKV, and ISO main movie files that I threw at it. They also have a new Music jukebox as well. It recognized 3tb hard drives. Overall, it was a great media player, but the wife didn't like it....don't know why.
AIOS---I had it at the same time I had the Mede8er. The AIOS is in the master bedroom, where my wife uses everyday. This is probably the reason why she liked the AIOS more than the Mede8er. She got used to it faster. The AIOS is a simple inexpensive media player. The remote has moments where it doesn't want to respond. It plays all of my files without any issues. I am also able to use ThumbGen for jukebox. It may or may not recognize 3tb hard drives.
Dune player...what can I say. "It works." It was easy to set up. I use Zappiti as the jukebox, which is easy and simple to use. It plays everything I've got. It was a little more expensive than the other media player, but it's money well spent. I know it will recognize 2tb hard drives. I don't know about 3tb hdd.
So, out of all these, which one would I recommend. If you've got the money I would suggest the Dune Player. If you want to spend less and you don't mind doing a little of work, I would recommend the AIOS. Or you can give a try to the Popbox V8.