Originally Posted by Kelson
It's not clear to me that your question has been answered yet for the 550, and it is important for me -- will it function in native transport mode and send DVD's out in 480i and BD out in 1080p without my having to manually reset the output resolution.
I have yet to see a player that can operate in other than a fixed resolution mode -- set it for your displays resolution and everything is scaled to that resolution by the player before output. I accept that some people consider their players to do a good job at up-conversion, but people with higher-end video processors would argue the point and rather let their external equipment handle the job.
If it doesn't do native mode, I hope there is at least a button on the remote to toggle resolution rather than having to go into the menu structure to change it.
P.S. I like Netgear too.
I know that the 550 doesn't do "Source Direct". My dream is they add it via firmware
Anyone know where/how we can email them.
It is a myth you need a higher end video processor, I bet any processor in any tv/receiver/projector/etc. will do a far better job than any streaming player.
My kuro when fed 480i from dvds performs ivtc and plays back at 72hz applying much different processing say to a 1080p60 signal. My 1k blu-ray player upscaling dvd couldn't match it let alone a streamer.
My next projector will have the hqv vida chip along with super-resolution (epson's dvd upscaling) so I certainly don't want my dvds (I have a large collection) coming out at 1080p60.
Manually changing resolution during playback is not ideal but it is better than nothing. Why can't all streamers play content as is (as all dvd players have done since the beginning). Processing the image can only ruin it, leave that to the display or a proper processor.
Originally Posted by Perpendicular
I'm sure there are media players that will do what you are asking.
I know the Nixeus Fusion is one of them.
I didn't know about the fusion but a search brought up it uses the inferior 8655 chip. I wish the 550 used the 8646 chip (beefier processor, 3d acceleration, GbE) but the 8642 will have to do for now.
Originally Posted by OnlyMe
You set the 550 to the resolution of your display and everything will be scaled to that resolution.
You CAN override this setting during movie playback via a popup menu. So, if you want it to output the DVD you're watching as 480i then you can do that without having to stop the movie, delve into the menus, change the setting and then recommence the movie.
That review linked to earlier in the thread explains this. See belowNeoTV 550 Upscaling
See the 6 screenshots half way down on this page for things you can change "on-the-fly" NeoTV 550 resolution overrides
Thanks. This makes everything crystal clear. The 550 has serious potential. Adding a "Source Direct" mode would make this a player comparable to standalones and the only player worth buying if you're a videophile.
Reading up on the fusion above another advantage of the 550 is that it doesn't have useless space for a harddisk or cooling for it. I can't stand those oversized players that you can fit a noise and heat generator (hard disk) which is just 2TB in size, all for a couple of blu-ray movies? My multi terabyte server sits in another room where noone can hear it and gets upgraded as hard disks get cheaper and cheaper.
I believe the 550 doesn't have wifi which is again a plus. Wifi is adequate for internet/phones/netbooks/ipads/etc. but painfully slow and unusable compared to my cat6 GbE.
Anyone have any info on availability? I check almost everyday us/europe/uk/etc. nothing so far.