So far the iStar HD has been flawless! It has played every HD movie I have thrown at it. The setup took all of 10 minutes; 1) plug unit into my power supply, 2) hook up HDMI cable to my HDMI switch and 3) connect network cable to existing router. Upon starting the iStar HD, it connected to my home network and got an IP address. I then could immediately see the myIHome instance I am running on my Windows PC. I was then able to start streaming my Blu-ray rips immediately without any slowdowns across my wired network. I plan on testing some more of my standard def movies, in addition to streaming music and photos over the next few days, but here are my early impressions so far. In addition, below are a few shots of the UI. It is basic, but very functional and fast.Pro's
1) Very quick to get up and running
2) Well built outer shell in 'stealth' black
3) Codes for iStar HD are already in the Harmony database
4) Media Portal option on the UI is very slick and gives access to various video streaming sites, such as YouTube and Veoh.
5) UI is basic, but navigation is fast
6) Good quality cables included (HDMI, Optical Audit, USB, Network)
7) Discrete on/off allows unit to be easily controlled by Harmony remote
8) Flawless playback (so far) of Blu-ray 1080p video with PCM audioCon's
1) No manual or CD included in box. Kind of an odd omission, but since I was up and streaming movies in 5 minutes, they are not missed so far.
2) No media software included for PC. But, I was able to download myIHome and install without any issues. Also, media servers iPlay and TVersity also work.