Originally Posted by dbone1026
Yeah, I would just focus on the big guys (PCH, Dune, Xtreamer/AC Ryan/Mede8er (umm...maybe lol). I have no desire to touch any of the other knock offs
Referring to Chinese brands as 'knock-offs' is a very old fashioned way of viewing things!
Who makes the ACRyan, Mede8er, Xtreamer products? It is those same Chinese brands.
If the Western brands are simply taking Chinese product and sticking their own badge on the front, I ask you who is knocking off who?!
The technology for Media Players is fairly standardised, and Realtek provide a highly developed SDK. All players, whether from Chinese brands or Western brands, use a very similar firmware and have near identical performance.
There may be differences in hardware quality but I don't think the distinction can be made clearly on national boundaries. A player like the HiMedia 600B is constructed with a quality and ingenuity above anything I've seen from any company anywhere. Certainly compare it to the AIOS player and the winner on quality must be HiMedia (the AIOS is a rebadged budget Chinese box).
As to firmware updates, please take a look at the forums relating to the HiMedia players. The updates are fast and frequent. Much more so than many Western companies.
Asia has a very large market for Media Players and it has a lot of customers who are eager for updates in exactly the same way people here are. The difference is that the Asian market is growing at a pace whereas the one here is not.
Asian brands are on the rise and they know it. They are fighting to become the next Sony or Asus. This competition is driving technology and standards forward.
I am from the UK and have no inherent bias towards Asia or the West, but in terms of technology and innovation I know who my money is on.