Originally Posted by bgavin
The WD price is certainly nice, but.... only 40% gave 5-stars, and a blistering 108 out of 505 only gave it 1~2 stars.
This is a 20% I-Am-Seriously-Unhappy ratio.
A couple of questions:
- Is the AVS audience here experiencing this kind of fallout from WD Live
My intended use is playing .ISO from NAS to current Samsung 46".
Also curious if WD Live upscales as well as my $39 Sony DVD player..
Like any media player, it depends on what content you want to use it for. If you are one of those who gets bent out of shape because a sub-$100 player won't do BD menus, or won't bitstream DTS-HD, or won't play every kind of script-kiddie encoding you can download off the net like a $330 Dune will, then the $90 WD Live players are not for you.
I have been using WD Live players since the early days of the Live+. I play only 3 types of media; nothing downloaded from the net; I use both Live+ and Live-SMP players; they play my media flawlessly, streaming from a couple NAS units and a media-PC.DVD.iso
-- Full disk rips of commercial disks; main title or episode rips; DVD.iso that I author using Video ReDo or DVD Shrink. The menu structures play flawlessly as if the disk were in a player. Content playback is also flawless with good FF & RW response and chapter skip. 1080p up-conversion is actually pretty good and on par with the scaler in my 50" plasma -- definitely better than the DVD upscaling of my BD-75 BD player. Of course, not as good as my Oppo, but what is.HDTV.m2ts
-- OTA HDTV captures from both my TiVo and HD Homerun. I edit the commercials with VRD and save as HDTV.m2ts files to network storage. Flawless WD Live playback.BD.m2ts
-- I rip all BD titles to native BD.m2ts files in their full bitrate. Flawless WD Live playback of them all including my highest bitrate titles (Season of the Witch, 41.5Mbps; Super-8, 42.7Mbps).
I'm sure there are file types which give the WD Live problems. I would not be surprised if it has trouble with MKV -- seems like just about every
player has a problem with at least some MKV files depending on what software and options were used to create them -- often unknown when downloaded from the net. I never bother with MKV.
If you are playing mainstream content over a wired network, I believe the $100 WD Live series players will work well. If you want extra capabilities, compatibility with anything you can download off the net and are unwilling to compromise on features, you will need to spend a lot more money for one of the higher end players.Final Opinion:
I believe Windows-7 has destroyed the simplicity of file sharing (with non Win-7 devices) that we had come to enjoy under Win-XP. I think Win-7 shares are responsible for an incredible number of streaming problems that get unjustly blamed on the media players.