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Hi all,
after I finally installed my new Home Theatre (amp DENON + Wharfedale speakers) I am looking for a new media player to substitute my WD (as said in the title )
The HD TV has done his job very well for more than 2 years, but unfortunately recently I am having trouble in playing movie with H.264 codec because WD is not releasing firmware/codec upgrade.


So I am looking for a new media player with the following features:

  • play flawless and with high image’s quality full HD movie in various file format and codec (starting from mkv, H264, BD ISO....)
  • transmission pass through of HD audio (DTS MA and Dolby TrueHD)
  • play 3D contents
  • network capability with Gigabit LAN input (I am not interested in wifi support)
  • right now my movie are stored in a USB3.0 external HD that I will connect directly to the player so I am not interested in internal HD

I am not interested in feature like video upscaling (already well performed by the DENON ) and video jukebox...

Now I am considering the following:

  • Mede8er MED600X3D
  • Eminent EM7380
  • Dune HD Base 3D
  • Popcorn Hour A-400


Which mediaplayer are you suggesting me (among these ... but also other)?
The extra money, for a Dune of PCH instead of MED600X3D, are well spent?

Thank you very much to everyone that will give me any help!!!

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but unfortunately recently I am having trouble in playing movie with H.264 codec because WD is not releasing firmware/codec upgrade.
Is that so? I'm having no problems with H.264 files. Let me guess, you've downloaded 10bit or High@L5.0 profile files, none of which where advertized to work with the WD nor will be with any firmware update.

AFAIK there's no standalone yet that supports 10bit.

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Hi all,

reading around in the web I have shorted my to list to 2 alternative: Popcorn Hour A-400 and Mede8er MED600X3D.

They seem very similar in term of specifications and equivalent for the supported formats.

 

Have anyone had the possibility to see both them and can tell me which is the best one?

 

In detail, what does the PCH offer that it is worth to pay an extra 100€ for?

 

Thanks to anyone that will answer me!!

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Ditto.

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I'm having no problems with H.264 files. Let me guess, you've downloaded 10bit or High@L5.0 profile files, none of which where advertized to work with the WD nor will be with any firmware update.

 

I have checked one of the file that I can't read with the WD HD TV, and it has the following spec: Profile High@L4.1, Bitrate 17 Mbps, Frame rate 23.976 fps and deepness 8 bit.

 

My mediaplayer is a 2nd gen WD HD TV (not live, model number WDBABG0000NBK).

Is ti possible to play a file with that characteristics in this player?

If yes, is there some option that I have to chose?

 

Due to the fact that I am also interested in playing BD ISO (now 2D in the future 3D) which player have I to consider?

 

Thank you in advance for any help!

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I have checked one of the file that I can't read with the WD HD TV, and it has the following spec: Profile High@L4.1, Bitrate 17 Mbps, Frame rate 23.976 fps and deepness 8 bit.

My mediaplayer is a 2nd gen WD HD TV (not live, model number WDBABG0000NBK).
Is ti possible to play a file with that characteristics in this player?
If yes, is there some option that I have to chose?

Due to the fact that I am also interested in playing BD ISO (now 2D in the future 3D) which player have I to consider?

Thank you in advance for any help!

What's the number for REFRAMES?
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What's the number for REFRAMES?

ReFrames: 5 frame

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ReFrames: 5 frame
I do remember my old WDTV struggling with some MKVs, but ever since I went with WDTV Live and now WDTV SMP, I'm yet to find a file that the unit can't play
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I went with WDTV Live and now WDTV SMP,...

 

What does SMP stand for?

Because I don't find any media player in the WD's site with this letters.

 

Does it play BD ISO?

 

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Streaming Media Player, basically wdtv gen3. I don't think it plays bd ISO, but I could be wrong as I rip all my stuff to mkv.
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The specs look ok so it should play. If you really wanna know why not, just use MKVToolnix to split a 1 min clip off of this MKV and upload it to Sendspace or something so we can take a look. The WDTV LIVE SMP (streaming media player) does playback BD ISOs but without menus. So if the main movie is split over several m2ts, it will play back the largest of it and not the entire movie.

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