Originally Posted by jinxeddeep
thanks gus...so what you're effectively saying is that no matter what you do outside the ps3 due to it's inherent flaws, it will never achieve the level of smoothness that a dedicated media player would achieve..it is just as i feared then...
if that is the case, i am willing to shell out a lil more and get a media player+hard drive..that is an area i've never explored before so the only devices I've hear of are the wd live tv, netgear neotv and thanks to you now the AIOS and dune...what would you suggest to be a good buy under 200?...I would like something that provides a smooth stream from the hard drive and has support for different formats. I understand that the dune is a comprehensive solution to this but I am just curious to find out if there's something under the 200 dollar budget that could do well enough if not as well as the dune...would you suggest the AIOS?
The AIOS is a very simple and inexpensive media player. I only use it to stream movies from my server and nothing else. It has a few apps, but I don't use them, and I can't tell you if they work or not. I have not tested this media player with an internal drive either. I have heard some people having some issues with installing and accessing the internal hard drive, but I think that is due to not formatting the drive correctly.
AIOS has their own forum, and Aasoror, which is a member here can help you out with any issues you have. He helped me a lot with setting up a jukebox, which I don't use anymore because it is easier for me to update the Dune's jukebox. AIOS uses a combination of ThumbGen and TVix program to create a jukebox, and at the end I got tired of it.
Therefore, I only use the "list" option for my movies. It only give me an alphabetical list of all my movies, and it doesn't have a search option either.
Over all, it does support HD video and audio. It plays all of my M2TS and MKV files via network without any issues. It supports DVD ISO, but it doesn't support BD ISO's with java menus.
So, if you do not want to spend a lot of money, and want to give it a try buy it from Amazon.com just in case you don't like it you won't have an issue with it.
Here's the pivos website with their description and supported files:http://www.pivosgroup.com/#!vstc3=sp...stc2=productsa
Here the pivos/AIOS forum
Price at amazon.com $89.99http://www.amazon.com/Pivos-AIOS-Net...6494829&sr=8-1
Another media players I would suggest looking into:
Mede8er---is a little bit more then $200, but it is a good media player here a review of it done by Damian / dbone1026. I used to have one, and I sold it. I regret it now lol.http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2012...e8er-med500x2/
Popbox V8 $130
review site: http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2011...iew-popbox-v8/
Netgear NeoTV550 $84.95 on amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com/Netgear-NTV550...6495157&sr=8-1
The NeoTV550, is similar to the AIOS. However, it does play DVD and BD ISO's. The downside, Netgear does not support this player anymore. A large number of people like this player, but there are some that have had issues with it.
WDTV Live $89.99http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...6495324&sr=1-1
I bought this media player for my parents because it is an all-in-one media player. It has netflix, hulu, vudu, and pandora, which is what my parents use. I tested this player, and it played all of my files within an external hard drive. I did not test this player playing the files via network.
Patriot Memory / PBO Alpine $99.99http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...media%20player
This is a new media player, which replaces the Patriot Box media player. It is android based OS 2.2 I believe. It is fairly new, and I haven't read anyone on this forum getting one or writing a review. So, I can't recommend it, but it is there. It doesn't support HD sound.
Micca EP950 / EP600
EP950 has room for internal hard drive. EP650 doesn't. They are both the same. They play 3D movies, but they are having some issues with stuttering at certain frames. micca is working on the issue. Jack@Micca is a AVSForum member, and is the only person who I know to provide support for this device.
I almost bought this media player to replace my AIOS, but I didn't once I heard it was having some issues with stuttering. However, there have been reports from some Micca owners who do not have any issues. I don't believe this media player has any issues with playing regular DVD and BD movies.
Then you have the "elite" and "expensive" media players:
Dune media players and PCH media players. If you have the money, I would suggest the Dune player over the PCH. I used to own a PCH-A300 when it first came out, and I had a lot of issues with it. After testing, spending $$ and time with other players, I ended up buying a Dune Smart D1 series, and it was the best media player I've own so far.
PCH-A300 has new firmware, and it appears that Popcorn Hour is working on all of the issues. The player still has some bugs, but it is a lot better now, and it is a lot cheaper than the Dune media players now.
So, there you have it. I wish I can tell you just buy this media player and you will be set, but it just doesn't work that way. You will have to just buy one, try it out, and see if it works for you.
One other thing, if you decide to buy any media player that are able to have an internal hard drive do not be surprise or alarmed when you try to transfer a file to it, and the fastest speed you see is 6 MB/s to 12 MB/s if you are lucky.
There are a lot of people who complaint about transfer speed with the media players even the ones that have gigabit ethernet connections are slow. That's just the way it is. Theses media player are designed to play files not to transfer / receive files.
Hope this helps.