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Needing some advice on issues I am having. I have a synology disk station and recently purchased Yamaha 673 receiver and Sony 5100 Blu-ray player. It wasn’t till after I got everything hooked up and working when I realized that the player will not play certain file formats on a network server. What do you recommend?

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The CPU in the NAS isnt powerful enough to transcode media in real time as you found out.

Best plan of attack, sticking with the Synology you might get away with audio transcoding on the Synology and Yamaha, there should be some basic audio transcoding settings in the media server settings. If thats no good purchase TVMobili and install that on the Synology, it has built in transcoding or try Serviio which is free but requires the annoying java to be installed on the NAS.

The CPU is usless for transcoding video so return or sell the Sony and get a media player with better media support to replace it, for example Samsung, Toshiba, LG all have far superior media players compared to Sony BD players.


Other options;
* Return the Synology, next generation Intel CE5300 based NAS with hardware transcoding support are just around the corner from the likes of Thecus (N2520 series), Synology and Asustor (AS3 series) . This should give you the real time transcoder that you need though these NAS will be more expensive.
* Convert everything into a format supported by both devices.
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Thanks for the info, I have a Samsung TV and Blu-ray with surround sound out in another room and I have no problems with it, I seen the Sony and it was in price range and jumped on it.

Is there something to look for when searching for media player, I thought the Sony was the one I needed but did not find out till I received it I was going to have problems.

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Avoid Sony and Panasonic those are two of the worst BD DLNA media players.

Check the manual PDF for any model you plan to buy to see what formats it lists are supported.
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Needing some advice on issues I am having. I have a synology disk station and recently purchased Yamaha 673 receiver and Sony 5100 Blu-ray player. It wasn’t till after I got everything hooked up and working when I realized that the player will not play certain file formats on a network server. What do you recommend?
You need to establish exactly which of the devices, via DLNA, are not supporting the particular media formats you require. It could be you've selected the wrong DLNA client profile in the Media Server of the Synology NAS or the media type is not actually supported by the Sony blu-ray player itself or a combination of both. Refer to the supported media types for your Sony BDP-S5100, if you haven't already done so:
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SPECS/BDPS5100_mksp.pdf

If it's a problem with the Disk Station's Media Server, experiment with different profiles, or change some of the individual profile settings as appropriate. Failing that you'll need to contact Synology.

If it's definitely a problem with the blu-ray player's DLNA support of the required media types and you've contacted Sony to make sure there's no firmware update that will solve the problem, then there could still be a solution, though it's not a very elegant one. You've probably noticed that that all media formats that the blu-ray player is able to support are available through the USB memory stick input. So, as long as the file formats you require are supported by the player's USB input, you could try using a wireless 'n' USB device, made by Canadian company HSTI, called the Wireless Media Stick. It allows SAMBA/Wiindows shared folders on the network, such as those on your Disk Station, to appear to the blu-ray player as folders belonging to a 1TB USB memory stick drive with a FAT32 formatted partition attached to the USB input. However, access to any potential network share is governed by the restrictions of the FAT32 filing system (most importantly the 4GB max file size) and the device is wireless so you'll need to have a good fast reliable WIFI connection (preferably high speed 2.4 gHz wireless 'n') in the first place to minimize playback 'stutter' and other performance problems. Have a look at HSTI's website for more info:
http://hsti.com/products/wirelessmediastick
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Well thanks for all the help, I ended up selling the sony and I went with a Samsung BDF5900. This is what I wanted in the first place and spent about the same amount. So far I have no issues with the BDF5900.

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