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post #1951 of 4686
So what is the audio quality like with these WD TV Live devices? I plan on maybe using one as a music server for FLAC of up to 24/96 to a AVR with either the optical or the HDMI.

The thing is I already have a decent general-purpose PC server with an Xonar Essence ST soundcard and SOtM fan and SATA filters with bit-perfect output going over SPDIF to the AVR. I still like to use the PC for things like web browsing while listening to music. The PC is located in an a adjacent room with an 8 meter coax cable back to the AVR. So physical computer noise isn't a problem, but I do have occasional dropouts when a light switch is flecked or the heater thermostat cycles.

Is the WD quiet enough to have in the the room with me? Will the sound quality be on par with what I have now?

I hope these aren't questions that get asked every second day in here, but I did try reading through this thread first but couldn't find an answer to my questions.


... PS... I would be using it with a USB portable drive attached directly to it.
Edited by kiwi2 - 8/14/12 at 4:52am
post #1952 of 4686
Is there anyway to have the WD shutdown fully with power button?
It seems at moment that when power is pressed to turn on, it is ON in few seconds. I want to have it fully shut down so it does not run hot.

Thanks in advance..
post #1953 of 4686
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Originally Posted by muad'dib View Post

Is there anyway to have the WD shutdown fully with power button?
It seems at moment that when power is pressed to turn on, it is ON in few seconds. I want to have it fully shut down so it does not run hot.
Thanks in advance..

Hold the power button for more 3 seconds
post #1954 of 4686
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Originally Posted by 04rex View Post

Hey guys, i just got this device, and so far so good. It plays my MKV files fine so far and does everything i want it to do, so far. A very little bit slow, but nothing to cry over. I have 1 problem and a few questions.
Right now i am having one issue. I have connected my 500gb harddrive to it full of movies, and it finds all the movies. Only problem i am having is that some of the movies show the pics and info regarding the movie that the WD live downloaded on its own, and some dont. THe only difference i see between the ones that were downloaded and the ones that weren't is that the file(s) are named for example "Titanic.avi" instead of just "Titanic" So on the screen it actually shows "Titanic.avi"as the movie name instead of just "Titanic". To me it makes sense that i didnt download the info because there is no movie called "Titanic.avi". So i went and connected my harddrive to my computer and the file name is "Titanic" and not "Titanic.avi". I renamed the file anyways on the computer than reconnected it, and it still happens. This is happneing for about half of the movies. They play fine, its just the clipart or whatever and movie info doesnt download, which i would like it. Can anyone help with this?? I would really appreciate it.
Now i just have 2 questions. Is there any issue connecting a 3TB harddrive to it? Probably a dumb question, but thought i would ask as that is what i am planning on getting.
Lastly, i was originally thinking of getting an HTPC but then found this for alot cheaper. With the HTPC, you have to have a motherboard, 4gb of ram, a good video card or good built in video etc to make it work good. How does such a small device that doesnt have (at least i dont think) a proper processor, video card etc play the files fine (so far)?
Any help is apprecaited.
Thanks.

Show or hide file name extensions

A file name extension is a set of characters added to the end of a file name that determine which program should open it. Follow these steps to choose whether Windows displays these file extensions.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab, and then, under Advanced settings, do one of the following:

To hide file extensions, select the Hide extensions for known file types check box, and then click OK.

To display file extensions, clear the Hide extensions for known file types check box, and then click OK.


Now, the above will work for a PC, but I am not sure if the WDTV has an option to hide file extensions. If it doesn't you will have to live with it.
post #1955 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Shevek View Post

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Originally Posted by muad'dib View Post

Is there anyway to have the WD shutdown fully with power button?
It seems at moment that when power is pressed to turn on, it is ON in few seconds. I want to have it fully shut down so it does not run hot.
Thanks in advance..

Hold the power button for more 3 seconds

Awesome and thanks.

Now need to figure out how to tell harmony link how to hold power when it shut it down...
post #1956 of 4686
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Originally Posted by muad'dib View Post

Awesome and thanks.
Now need to figure out how to tell harmony link how to hold power when it shut it down...

Have a look here for the official thread for your model: http://www.avsforum.com/f/93/remote-control-area
post #1957 of 4686
Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in...I recently picked up the WD Live player and is a great little device...the only issue I had was having to assign the IP address manually in the live, otherwise it works great...I've just been using MAKE MKV in default settings to archive my blu ray and dvds and it has played everything fine, just no DTS-MA...dolby true HD is fine though...

Anyone know if they ever plan to support DTS-MA???

Also, while the UI is fine, I would love to see a XBMC or Meida Browser type interface, I'm wondering if the box is just not powerful enough to handle that?

One other thing, all my media is on a WHS V1 server and no issue at all streaming right from that box...
post #1958 of 4686
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Originally Posted by tydas View Post

Anyone know if they ever plan to support DTS-MA???
There has never been any indication that they would add DTS-HD support.
There have been several statements/rumors as to why not, all of which imply that it is never going to happen.
DTS core already has a very high bitrate; I can't hear any audio difference due to the HD extensions with my AV rig so I don't bother wishing for it any more.
post #1959 of 4686
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Originally Posted by tydas View Post


Also, while the UI is fine, I would love to see a XBMC or Meida Browser type interface, I'm wondering if the box is just not powerful enough to handle that?

 

 

Go to the WD Forum here. There is a couple of different themes that are pretty nice, Darklight and Mojo. Also a few in the Hub area of their site which work on the SMP also. Much nicer than what comes with SMP. I'm surprised there isn't much talk about themes for the Hub or SMP here.

post #1960 of 4686
I am very interested to pick one up. Does it support subtitles in Netflix? Are there any reviews of how it operates with Netflix?

I had an older WDTV Live (gen2?) a while back and have sold it since it doesn't do Netflix. The roku I got, while very nice, does not do subtitle.
post #1961 of 4686
Yes, it supports NetFlix subtitles.
post #1962 of 4686
Netflix has subtitles with 5.1 and 1080p. The interface looks exactly like ps3.
post #1963 of 4686
The only Netflix quirk I hate is that it asks if you want the normal or kids interface EVERY time you connect to Netflix.

Hint: Hit the OPTIONS button while playing to see the current and total time, video feed quality, and (sometimes) audio format.
post #1964 of 4686
I got the WDTV mainly for streaming Netflix in HD with 5.1 sound, and also use it as a DNLA player ( use my iPod to stream music from network and send it to the WDTV as an audio output device without having tv on)

So question about Netflix....

Are there any buttons that will bring up a search option, etc?
I know that options button will display info, but for example, in the kids Netflix, I would love option to search...

Thanks
post #1965 of 4686
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Originally Posted by muad'dib View Post

I know that options button will display info, but for example, in the kids Netflix, I would love option to search...
Thanks

I don't know in the Kods' section because I never use it. But in the "main" section, there is a Search function in the NetFlix app itself.
post #1966 of 4686
Anyone been having network trouble with these devices recently?
post #1967 of 4686
Streaming Netflix right now with no problem. Nothing different over last few days.
post #1968 of 4686
figured out what it was. one of my networking devices crapped out.
post #1969 of 4686
Has anyone else had their Live SMP randomly stop while playing MKV blu ray rips? And by randomly stop, I mean acting as if either the Stop or Back button was pressed during viewing. After playing flawlessly for more than an hour, the video stops and I am returned to the last folder from which I chose video file. I have had this happen the last 2 times I have watched a movie on my SMP, and the interruption has been quite jarring, occurring during the last 15 minutes (roughly) of each film. If no one else is having this problem (and I have not seen this reported anywhere), I am wondering if my unit is defective and if it should be replaced by WD under warranty. Thank you to anyone who has any tips or questions for me.
Edited by anthrojohn - 8/22/12 at 11:52am
post #1970 of 4686
I've seen this mentioned on the official forums, so far it does not seem to be reproducible.
post #1971 of 4686
is Western Digital TV Live Streaming Media Player the newest product of wdtv media players?

i want to ask u about the sound quality of this product.
i want to use spotify with it. is sound quality good?

do u suggest this player?
thank u
post #1972 of 4686
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Originally Posted by fulhamx5 View Post

is Western Digital TV Live Streaming Media Player the newest product of wdtv media players?
i want to ask u about the sound quality of this product.
i want to use spotify with it. is sound quality good?
do u suggest this player?
thank u
If you use it in bit-streaming mode it simply passes the digital audio from your source to your AVR.
post #1973 of 4686
Has anyone seen an MKV rip (BR backup) stutter on the WD SMP? I have a lot of backups made and they all stream fine (all hardwired) but LOTR 1,2,and 3 all stutter. Its like the framerate is off and there is one missing so there is a slight judder. I have changed the output HDMI from auto to 720, 1080 etc but no changes. Any ideas? Thanks.
post #1974 of 4686
^^ The stuttering I have seen has been limited to MKVs ripped from Blu Rays that use VC-1 video encodes. I will see a skipped frame every few minutes, sometimes more often, it seems, depending upon the material. When remuxed into a M2TS container, the stuttering goes away, so it is a WDTV/MKV/VC-1 bug, as far as I can tell.
post #1975 of 4686
Quick question guys,

I have got all of my movies to show thumbs so far except for one.

Batman The Movie, it is not showing the thumbnail for it.Just the standard black rectangle with the green folder icon.

It retrieves the data fine, and backdrops are visible when you select it.
It has created the ".metathumb" file in the directory, and when I open that file using imageviewer the thumbnail picture is definitely there.

Any ideas on how I may fix this?

*EDIT*
So I realized that it was because the pic at themoviedb was originally a ".png" file instead of a jpeg.
I found a different one that was a jpeg and saved it as the .methathumb name.

The thumbnail now SHOWS UP when I actually open the folder (where I see the description of the movie and live backdrops) BUT it still doesn't show up in the main videos screen where I have a list of all of my movies.
Why is this happening? It's the only movie like this!

I have them organized on my NAS with directories for each movie.
Edited by maxse - 8/28/12 at 8:47pm
post #1976 of 4686
maxse: If you're using "JPG" files INSIDE folders, then you need to duplicate the file and name it exactly "folder.jpg"

The other alternative is to just rename the file

xxxx.metathumb instead of xxx.jpg.
post #1977 of 4686
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Originally Posted by anthrojohn View Post

^^ The stuttering I have seen has been limited to MKVs ripped from Blu Rays that use VC-1 video encodes. I will see a skipped frame every few minutes, sometimes more often, it seems, depending upon the material. When remuxed into a M2TS container, the stuttering goes away, so it is a WDTV/MKV/VC-1 bug, as far as I can tell.

I'm sorry, so how does this get resolved? I haven't seen where/how to change the video codecs on makemkv. Can you take a VC-1 encode and remux it into a m2ts? I think this is getting a bit beyond me. I'd love to learn though, ant help is greatly appreciated.
post #1978 of 4686
^^ I use smartLabs tsMuxer to remux the VC-1 videos (and the audio stream) into a M2TS container, though others may know of different solutions. tsMuxer has not failed me yet, and it's a simple process. Though you lose chapter support, I have found the M2TS files are the most dependable format on my WDTV Live as well as my WDTV SMP.
post #1979 of 4686
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Originally Posted by anthrojohn View Post

^^ I use smartLabs tsMuxer to remux the VC-1 videos (and the audio stream) into a M2TS container, though others may know of different solutions. tsMuxer has not failed me yet, and it's a simple process. Though you lose chapter support, I have found the M2TS files are the most dependable format on my WDTV Live as well as my WDTV SMP.

If you use ClownBD and rip to folder structure you'll be able to keep the chapters.
post #1980 of 4686
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

If you use ClownBD and rip to folder structure you'll be able to keep the chapters.

Does this apply to working with Blu Ray discs directly or can you open MKVs in ClownBD? I guess what I am asking is, can ClownBD address the issue of MKV files needing to be converted to M2TS files? Thanks for your response!
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