Originally Posted by derkdiggler
I have a media gate HD800 and a Argosy HV335T. I love the Argosy and at about $90 its a bargain. Never had a problem with it and also used it in an RV for playback to an LCD TV.
The media gate has always had problems, it took several firmware updates to get it to finally be stable but it lacks one thing (Shuffle or Random playing of ALL music files)
I have a Popcorn Hour A-110 and have been less than pleased with it. My 2 biggest complaints are no native ISO support and no out of the box cover flow support in the menu (took me way too long to set something up on the PC, and then it never worked quite right).
So I just built an HTPC, since most of my content is BD ISOs, and I have been content since. I also have an Xbox and PS3 and agree with the comments above... it's not worth it for standard DVD content.
Now I am looking at the latest options, and I don't see this Argosy unit in the comparison grid on page 1. It does look very promising, especially at $80 shipped, it seems to have everything I need:
- Blu-ray 1080p support
- Native BD ISO support (no need to mount ISO images first)
- DVD-style remote (perfect for the technology-challenged family members who are intimidated at the thought of using an HTPC). This is the #1 reason for me to move away from current HTPC solution
- Cover flow out of the box, that actually works, and looks up synopsis info accurately (I hope)
- Absolutely no need for internet streaming services like Netflix (that's what I have Xbox for)
Can you please confirm bullets 2 and 4 above please?
EDIT: Just went out to iboum and I see that while ISO is supported, this model does not support ISO for BD (only DVD), bummer. Well, that kills it for me, back to the drawing board.