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Synology DS214play worthwhile NAS?
I really need a reliable data server for my home network. Redundancy and ease of backup along with the reputed great apps of the Synology NAS's have me looking at them. Making a choice is challenging because every offering has major tradeoffs.
The DS214play has my interest but I absolutely don't know if the central feature, video transcoding, will be useful to me. I don't have a smart TV, what I have is an Epson 8700U 1080p projector and a switch where I can throw the content to my 23" computer monitor instead (or both if I like). I have a Sony BDP-S390 BD player, which is ethernet connected to my router. I have ~5.5 mbps (middling) DSL internet, have never done any streaming over the internet. So far, I've just used the Sony player for DVD's and occasional Blu-ray movies. However, I'm curious about streaming and ripping DVD's and BD's to store on the NAS.
So, my question is can the DS214play's video transcoding feature benefit me? I suppose that might depend on what formats the player supports. Sony's website says this:
TS ( .mpg.
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Does this mean that the Sony supports everything I might rip or stream and I don't need transcoding? Thanks for demystifications for a streaming video noobie.
Edit: I know that this NAS's transcoding feature does not support DTS, it's evidently a licensing issue. I know that DTS is a superior audio format, however I typically watch my movies using quality earbuds (my hearing isn't great and that helps, also don't have to worry about disturbing my neighbors), so multi-speaker surround sound isn't something I'm even dealing with (have 5.1, but don't use it).
I have computers in my media room, one with an HDTV card in it (MyHD 130), but the computer is underpowered and I plan to replace the mainboard, processor, RAM and OS. My computers are all Windows computers.
Last edited by Muse; 07-25-2014 at 08:23 PM.