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Want NAS+Media Player, which hardware?

I want to buy a NAS and a Media Player which will be able to play all my blu-ray rips and passthrough DTS-MA and TrueHD to my AVR. Please give me some tips.
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I want to buy a NAS and a Media Player which will be able to play all my blu-ray rips and passthrough DTS-MA and TrueHD to my AVR. Please give me some tips.
For the last entire year I used a Synololgy 2 disk NAS and WD TVlive for a media player
on a 110" screen front projected. Worked perfect with no problems. The cost was about $300.00 + drives.

This year I junked my Synology and went to a ThinkServer TS-140.
The TS-140 at $215.00 is excellent. It will allow for easy drive expansion
to accommodate any future size.

So, Thinkserver TS-140, WD TVlive, Mezzmo software, still comes out
to about $300.00 + whatever size drives you buy.

The Thinkserver is the quietest PC I have ever used. You can't hear it period.
Mezzmo software is not needed for this to work but I like using it.
Nothing I've seen yet plays everything I can throw at it like a WD TVlive.

This setup works really really good with no problems so far.

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Thank you for your input!

Are you sure, that what you get on your avr is acctually DTS-HD and not only core?
Becouse after some google I've seen a lot reports about problems with WD TVlive...
http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-TV-Liv...ue/td-p/640845

Bout Thinkserver TS-140 his full pc size is a little too much for me.
I'm looking for something more like Buffalo, WD Cloud, Lacie.
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I'm using a Synology DS213j which I am really happy with. The 213j is not good for a video server however, you would want something like the DS214play and something like Plex so that videos can be transcoded on the fly for different devices. I would *NOT* recommend a Buffalo. I had one in my system for a while and it was basically junk. My boss is of the same opinion about their enterprise products of which he has a couple in our network.
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Thank you for your input!

Are you sure, that what you get on your avr is acctually DTS-HD and not only core?
Becouse after some google I've seen a lot reports about problems with WD TVlive...
http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-TV-Liv...ue/td-p/640845

Bout Thinkserver TS-140 his full pc size is a little too much for me.
I'm looking for something more like Buffalo, WD Cloud, Lacie.
I saw the sound complaints about the WD but I'm not effected by it. I'm using a Denon AVR-3801 with Toslink Optical input
and the HD 5.1 surround is superb. I cannot vouch for 7.1 as I don't use it? Regardless the WD TVlive is one hell of a media
player for $85.00. Until something better comes along you can't go wrong there.

I completely retired my HTPC after finding the WD TVlive.

Since you want compact with your NAS I would look no further than Synology. They are small, light weight, and excellence software
that can do just about anything you think you could need. I used a 2-bay for 5 years and then just gave it to my neighbor across the
street who is now using it still.

The Synology software is very easy and user friendly to set up.

The Synology was an excellent reliable server and very well priced.

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I like Synology, but ReadyNAS is reviewed well here as well. Building your own PC based NAS is also an option, if you are so inclined.
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I started with wdtv but upgraded to chromebox running kodi.

Kodi can do forced subtitles correctly. And it's much faster too. It also does gapless audio so it makes a great music server.
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There are many NAS Solutions like Synology, Qnap, Drobo, ReadyNAS to name a few, all of them will do what you want / need. You just need to pick up one that suits your needs / desired additional features (if needed) & price point.

The same goes for Media Players, there are many to choose from like WD Live TV, Roku, Dune, Oppo, Mede8er, Popcorn Hour (which I believe might be available in the US again). There are also some Blu Ray Players that will play Networked Media as well.

Personally I settled on a Synology NAS and a Mede8er MED600x3D That I love, it will do what you are looking for and has great picture quality and for some reason seems to offer better sound than any other device in my house including my Blu Ray Player. It has HDMI as well as Optical Out. Give one a try, I think you will be impressed.
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