Originally Posted by pmcd
The disappointment is because that is not what I want. I want a player with a decent GUI that does not rely on a computer. I understand the approach taken by the 550. It's fine and suitable for many, if not most.
On my C200 I use Oversight which is a very interesting standalone, easy to mange interface. The Xtreamer is moving to a built in GUI as are other players. I am tired of the Dosshell approach that almost every player has taken and I just won't buy one that does not have a graphical interface.
I'm confused by your disappointment in this. Can you explain a bit more, so I can be sure you are not hitting on something that I don't understand, but potentially also might dislike?
You are stating that the GUI relies on another computer. I don't think the GUI needs another computer. You could just plug in a USB drive/ Esata drive and the NeoTV would operate correctly. It relies on another computer (server, etc.) to get network shares, but it isn't required. The tags are in the files, so if the files are local (USB/eSATA), then it operates as a "standalone".
Of course, we always need other computers to rip and convert media, and tagging is usually automatically done at that time. I guess I just don't understand the problem. You use a computer to rip (and maybe convert), right? Is it that you didn't get metadata at that time and now you'd have to retrieve the data (basically go through your entire collection again)?
Did you rip your movies and music without adding coverart, etc.? I think this must be the issue for you, right? If so, I can see how it might be a nice feature to let NTV550 fill in missing metadata via an internal system. But, I would always want the ability to turn that off and rely on my own data.