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Yea the Dlink 520 will not do HD. Any HD you throw at it, it will stutter and pretty much be unwatchable. As for 720p witht he DLink, I have got that to work (xvid 720p) but only with the use of an external HD. They really should not push the DLink as a HD media player as it is very limited in its strength to play HD formats.
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You might want to add the Yamaha Multicast to the spreadsheet. I'm a newbie, so I can't post the link.
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You might want to look into the Esclient FireBall and or the Olive Symphony
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Nice chart. I'm considering the D-Link 520 but want to know if I can view burned DVD's in the IFO format? The chart shows via third party software and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations? Before I buy this unit I want to make sure I can view any of my DVD's that I decide to burn and store on my PC. Thanks!
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if you want it as a DVD player...i would say D-Link isnt the way to go. you can play IFo format but that just means you cant use the menu system. ISO will not work. Also the D-Link for HD is very poor. It says it will do HD, it can support HD, but IT CANT play HD to save its life.

If you really want it for DVD, get a modded Xbox and have at it...
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Thanks for the response. Not looking for a DVD player but as a media player for stuff I store on my PC. I think I'll wait for these products to get better.
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Thanks for the response. Not looking for a DVD player but as a media player for stuff I store on my PC. I think I'll wait for these products to get better.

Have you looked into the Roku.

It can display HD pictures, HD movies, DVD's, and music from your PC.

Downside is it can not play menus or subtitles and right now it is hard to get new

But the third party applications are pretty good. I use it a lot in my setup these days.
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Have you looked into the Roku.

It can display HD pictures, HD movies, DVD's, and music from your PC.

Downside is it can not play menus or subtitles and right now it is hard to get new

But the third party applications are pretty good. I use it a lot in my setup these days.

Thanks I will check Roku out!
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Spreadsheet has been updated with many corrections and additions. I can no longer upload the zip file containing the original spreadsheet, so it has been attached to the PDF version. I do not know whether Adobe Reader can extract the attachment (I use Acrobat Pro). If you want the Excel version and can't extract it send me a PM.
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I have the new MG-350HD in testing, please forward any questions and concerns
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Thanks, I used your spreadsheet to narrow down my choices, However the ability to play WMV-9 HD that some vendors elude to is the video only. The audio is 2 channel, Therefore, suggest you add under Audio "Analog 5.1/7.1". Reasoning I have yet to find a receiver that can decode "Professional 5.1" that is used on WMV-HD disks.
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thanks for doing up the spreadsheet, I just wish you included the non HD players,
I don't have any HD content right now...though having support for it will be a bonus.


Zensonic Z500 seems to be the closest to what I want, though I would rather it not have a dvd player built in, unless you can rip dvd's with it....like that will ever happen.
and it would be nice to have to have chapter/menu navigation(not sure if it can)

on the Zensonic website
"DVD ISO/IFO ***"
"*** Experimental feature"

the pixel magic mediaboxand the D-Link are also close to what I want, but no flac support(yet/if ever)
and no video/audio inputs for pvr usage

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I have the new MG-350HD in testing, please forward any questions and concerns

Does the MG-350HD support .ISO? The goal being able to use the DVD menu navigation.

Thanks
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Does the MG-350HD support .ISO? The goal being able to use the DVD menu navigation.

Thanks
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Yes the 350 does support ISO as well as VOB
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I'd love to see a column added noting whether the player can vertically stretch a picture to remove the black bars (a la my samsung DVD-HD860).

you'd then use an anamorphic lens to stretch the picture horizontally so everything is proportional again.

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Will you post your review of the box? Curious how it upscales and the gui interface. I have been watching the Pixel Magic HD box development closely, but it seems to continue to be plagued software bugs and the cost is high, so very interested in this unit. Thanks for any information.

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JHRUE,
The third party development team of MPLAY have modified MPLAY to support DVD ISO playback on the ROKU HD1000. Thought you might want to add this info on your next update of your spreadsheet.
Thanks
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The spreadsheet shows that the MG350 does noet support Upnp? Any other way to do streaming audio/video on this box?

Thanx,

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jhue,

How about adding Rapsody N35 to your list.
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The Roku forums appear to confirm speculation that their Photobridge is no longer a viable product. However, they promise something better in "early 2007".

I'm not sure if I want to wait that long.

I have 20Gb of pics that I want to stream to my Panasonic plasma. I'm beginning to burn my small CD collection to the desktop as well. All I want is a media extender to take photos/music from my basement desktop and pipe it into my Denon AVR. The connection could be wired/wireless (don't care, can accomodate both).

I am not concerned about FF or RWD of a burned DVD (I don't have any, really don't plan to do any).

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Thanks for a very good spreadsheet. I have looked for this a long time and this is the first time anyone makes such good work in one place.

My issue is that I bought an Acer AT-3705 LCD tv with an UPnP mediagateway built in.
I have for a long time desperatly tried to find a UPnP server to use with this gateway in order to watch DVD's over UPnP with sub's and menues..

The only one I have found so far which is supposed to do this is the uShare from geexbox which is running on Linux. Unfortunately I don't have and I don't know Linux...

So I am missing the info in the sheet if the mediaplayers are UPnP compliant and able to navigate DVD's across UPnP so that I could use the same UPnP server which I guess is the part that decides the functionality..

Does anyone know of such server for Win or has anyone tried the uShare so that I know if I have to learn Linux?

many thanks

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could the spreadsheet be updated to include support for video formats...

perhaps .rm, .ram, quicktime, xvid, .dat, .iso etc.?

The buffalo player seems to support the most right now
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well this is truly excellent help. what a great idea. and for once it is one of these grids i would believe as most of the web based seem to have an agenda and therefore i tend not to trust...thanks for all the work in it.
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hi all...

just found out about this forum... actually just found out about the existence of such player.
bought myself buffalo LT... quite ok...
didn't know there were many2 more media stream player available...

anyway, i think dstanley idea is also quite good...
listing what the player can support. like wmv,divx,xvid,etc

actually.. i am looking for player that can play OGM and MKV...
so such addition to the spreadsheet is greatly appreciated

also.. not sure if this is worth mentioning or not..
but what about adding to the spreadsheet item on firmware upgrade. does the player support it or not.

thanks in advance.
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The Roku may be Dead, but the third party support rolls on. MPlay was just updated for .iso files and its just keeps improving with the software updates from others. The company has not been much help but other have really supported the product.

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Really nice spreadsheet!

Rapsody N35 is EM8621L based as far as I can find. Spec's are almost equal to TVIX HD M5000, but could not find the DVD Features and Network streams stuff. Got NDAS though.

Mediagate MG350HD also looks like to be EM8621 based.
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is the spreadsheet (.pdf) posted on page 1 complete or up to date? Or are there other revisions?
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Would someone interpret for me the entries regarding file formats? For MPEG2 and MPEG4 the spreadsheet distinguishes between "MP@ML" and "MP@HL (High Def)" but I do not know how these are defined.

My real question is this: if a device, such as the Mediagate MG-35 is described as not handling HD does this mean only that it cannot decode .TS and .TP files or does it mean that it cannot handle high bit-rate files?

My HD content which I would like to store and transport comes from Beyond TV recordings which I edit and convert to DivX at about 6 megabits/second. Would these converted files play form an MG-35 even if the raw captures would not or does the MG-35 lack the processing power to handle such files? And what would the maximum bit-rate for such a device be?

Thanks for any help anyone can give me.

[Later] OK, Google tells me MP@ML and MP@HL mean Main Profile@Medium/High Level. It looks to me that this means files must be in certain formats, no bigger than 720x480 for ML. Is this the maximum pixel width/height that the MG-35 can handle? This would not be good news as my DivX archived HD is in 1280x720.
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thanks for doing up the spreadsheet, I just wish you included the non HD players,
I don't have any HD content right now...though having support for it will be a bonus.


Zensonic Z500 seems to be the closest to what I want, though I would rather it

I tried to download the spreadheet with no luck.

I was thinking of Buffalo, zensonic, avellink

Are there any advantages or pitfalls with any of these?
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