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Old 05-22-2012, 04:06 PM - Thread Starter
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I am after a small media player under £150 that will send HD audio tracks to my amp with out down sampling them, any ideas?

I have a WD HD live but it doesnt do it

Micca EP600 G2 looks good but cant seem to buy it in the UK

Must support all HD audio track from MKV, ISO etc.etc
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:14 PM
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The Netgear NeoTV 550 will... and that's just about all it will do. Over here Amazon has it for $84.95.
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Netgear is old rubbish. This will do it for $120, latest realtek 1186 tech, also supports 3D:

http://www.amazon.com/Micca-EP600-G2...7729756&sr=8-1

Posted a long review of it here on this site. Very impressive.
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Netgear is old rubbish. This will do it for $120, latest realtek 1186 tech, also supports 3D

Hi Janieuk,

I would not discount the Neo so quickly. If you are concerned about HD audio, I suspect you want to play Blu-Rays. Although the Micca is good, it does not do Blu-Ray menus. I don't think anything else will give you the Blu-Ray support that the Neo can in that price range.

It is not without its bugs, and it doesn't do 3D, but I find it to be the best player I've had for music and Blu-Rays.
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Just to be clear I am not bothered about disks. I want it to play HD audio tracks from ISO,.MKV etc
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To OP, I think Mede8er's 450X2 would be in your price point. There's a Mede8er thread with good info about its capabilities.

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Netgear is old rubbish. This will do it for $120, latest realtek 1186 tech, also supports 3D:

http://www.amazon.com/Micca-EP600-G2...7729756&sr=8-1

Throwing out 3D as I or my projector have zero interest what would I gain by switching? My only goal is local streaming HD video and audio and I have had flawless 1080p MKV playback with HD audio... 40 movies with a variety of video and audio formats. Other than spending roughly 50% more...
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Try refurbished boxee box for less than 150usd.
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Try refurbished boxee box for less than 150usd.

haha did you read what he wanted he wanted to bit stream HD AUDIO last i saw boxee still aint fixed hd audio dropouts, And more then likely it will never be fixed so why recommend something that would not work for him?

the popbox v8 is in your range of price also. Almost all players will do what you are looking for so find the budget you like and also check subtitle support if its something you will use inside mkv
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Agree, you don't want Boxee if you need frustration-free hd audio. +1 for PopBox v8, or Mede8er MED450X2 as I suggested earlier. If you don't care about GUI, the Pivos AIOS HD Media Center is also an option.

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I recommend the Micca EP 600 G2. I tested it with 23 files in a review here and its flawless.
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I am after a small media player under £150 that will send HD audio tracks to my amp with out down sampling them, any ideas?

I have a WD HD live but it doesnt do it

Micca EP600 G2 looks good but cant seem to buy it in the UK

Must support all HD audio track from MKV, ISO etc.etc

you can order the micca EP600 to uk from adorama.com

i order my EP950 from there.
total cost with customs was $206 dollares, takes 2 days to arrive by ups.

i advice the ep950 or the ep600 g2
currently is the most stable/perfect media player in 2D and 3D for blu ray format in full 1080p/24.

perfect in frames 23.98/24hz 29.98/30hz 59.98/60hz

worth every penny,pounds or euros

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I recommend the Micca EP 600 G2. I tested it with 23 files in a review here and its flawless.

well i did a little more
i tested about 90 BD 2D + 4 BD 3D (about 15minutes each)
and not a single one show any signs of troubles.

fast forward, rewind, i really push hard with the player and didn't show any sign of weakness.

i also play some movies in other formats with acc, some flac music, everything i had around and could´t found any flaws.

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I am after a small media player under £150 that will send HD audio tracks to my amp with out down sampling them, any ideas?

I have a WD HD live but it doesnt do it

Micca EP600 G2 looks good but cant seem to buy it in the UK

Must support all HD audio track from MKV, ISO etc.etc

The answer is simple... J River Media Center 17. http://www.jriver.com/index.html (software based), it is highly recommeded at HDtracks.com
https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=digital_store
30 day free trial, but you need a sound card or DAC from your pc to your amp. There is several audiophile audio cards that are available, but it depends on the connection to your amp. Majority of the highend cards have XLR connections, but a few have RCA (receiver).
J river just recently added SACD ISO as a format. Just go to their forum to get that release.

A standalone box will limit you, based on the file format.
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Try refurbished boxee box for less than 150usd.

AHHHHHHHHH, You just made my head explode! He says he wants HD audio! You can't mention boxee box and HD audio in the same sentence unless you are screaming in anger!
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I recommend the Micca EP 600 G2. I tested it with 23 files in a review here and its flawless.

I tested it with 10 and it was NOT flawless..
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I tested it with 10 and it was NOT flawless..

My experience says otherwise. What files and what firmware?
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My experience says otherwise. What files and what firmware?

@Streamer already mention that in other threat, he as a denon 4311 that i believe is the cause of that, other user experience The same with 4311, dont annoy @streamer is a good guy

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