A couple of quick notes about the MED600X3D to anyone in my situation considering a change. I came from a WD TV Live SMP, and the transition has been both good and bad. My primary use for the player is streaming uncompressed blu-ray rips over the network. I imagine there are lots of folks out there who were in my situation - wanting to stream high-bandwidth content over a network, tired of the WD's many quirks, and unwilling to spend several hundred bucks on a dedicated HTPC setup.
-Menus and interfaces are much faster. The WD would constantly lag and trip all over itself trying to hop around the GUI - especially when dealing with network shares. God help you if you have a couple hundred blu-ray rips with movie sheets that need to be displayed - it would take 5 to 10 seconds just to "draw" each screen of 6 or 7 movies thumbnails. The Mede8er is nice and snappy, with no discernible delays.
-It passes through full HD audio tracks just fine. As I understand, not many set-top media players on the market can do this.
-As I mentioned, I have blu-ray mkv rips shared on my network. They are full 1080p with HD audio and no compression - about 20 to 35GB each. They're on HDD's connected to a Time Capsule's USB port, and shared over the network. The TC is a fast, current 802.11AC model. It's all hard-wired with Cat6 cable running at Gbit speed - including the Mede8er. To its credit, the Mede8er sees the shares just fine, and never has any trouble recognizing them (unlike the WD, which sometimes needed a restart and other "tweaking" just to re-recognize already-existing shares).
Using this setup, I get brief stuttering/hiccups in both audio and video every 45 to 60 seconds. On the Mede8er forum, I've been told that since the X3D was optimized for 3D streaming, they had to emphasize/tweak NFS sharing, which somehow compromised SMB performance. Apparently this is what's causing my issue. I've confirmed this by hooking up the drives by USB to the Mede8er, and all media plays perfectly. So it must be a network speed issue, which is absolutely baffling since it's all hardwired Gbit ethernet. I've tried new cables, etc. When doing file transfers across the ethernet from those media HDD's I achieve speeds that should be many times higher than necessary for blu-ray streaming.
-I understand that a Time Capsule isn't a dedicated NAS and won't perform as well. But, here's the kicker - the WD did just fine (once the movies started playing) in this setup. And, it costs half as much as the Mede8er, and it only had 100mb ethernet. That makes me wonder how the Mede8er folks somehow degraded SMB performance so badly that it can't even stream blu-rays over a full Gbit hardwired network.
So, just a heads up. If you're looking to stream uncompressed blu-ray content over a SMB share to your Mede8er, expect to have issues. If you connect your content via USB, you'll be fine.