So as not to be beat up for posting in the wrong forum
, it's for my inbound DPI 3-chipper
.... And, I think my friends here overall have a better eye for finding the best solutions. This is one of those sub 20k things (K aside), that could enhance the >20k PJ, done right. So:
Besides Kalidescape (which doesn't do what I want overall due to their BR issues), do any of you have a Media Server you are happy with? Or perhaps better said, whats the lesser of evils right now?
I looked at several at CEDIA and was wholly unimpressed with them from any technical POV. Not one I can find will do "source direct". While it's rare that I watch SD-DVD's, when I do it's via a SDI stream off a modded Denon, upscaled by Lumagen. I am confident that most of us here have either a VP or a Projector (e.g. Sim2) that has video processing superior to any Media server local box. But alas, all of them I can find have static resolution outputs. Not to mention questions about what they will or will not pass in the way of interlaced/progressive, YCbCr->RGB conversions, etc.
My kids still watch a lot of our DVD collection and I suppose I could live with SD upscaling by a media server since it's low importance material normally, but I want a media server that is flawless on BR handling. No framerate conversions, no inderlacing, deinterlacing, no colorspace conversions, etc. Just give my Lumagen the video boys.
Several of them will read/play ripped BR material now, legalities aside, that's a good thing if you don't mind setting up the server to hold them (I don't mind).
I'd sure like to find a media server, mainly for movies but other media would be a plus, that had a decent GUI but still acted as a good transport leaving the video stream alone
Have any of you found anything you liked? I have a training/demo scheduled with Moz. next week, but I read Peter's experience with Axoinic(sp?) wasn't any fun and they may be related. Not to say they didn't clean up their problems with the new product. It seems overpriced and with no much more over a home built Media PC so far, but I've not had the full dog and pony show yet, so that's an uneducated impression.
So far everything I've seen (Vidabox, Moz., etc.) seem to be Windows Media Servers with spiffy cases. I never cared much for HTPC's per se, but I'd sure like to have the convenience of a Media server for the kids (and me).