lol, well, I think I could in the living room. I just have the Klipsch quintets and a new yammy 673 receiver. Don't think I will hear the difference there. I'm still hung up on the BD ripping scenario.
Understanding that all the players in my price range have been stripped of playing BD ISO, I'm left with ripping to straight BDMV folder. I want to preserve the option of being able to burn these back to disc if I want to.
Playing BDMV folders is tricky with branchless .m2ts.
keeping the BD rip and then making a copy to mkv is twice the work, time, and space. And I hear there are issues with forced subs on the SMP.
I think I have given up on dedicated streaming media players. They all have some sort of sacrifice I don't want. I think HTPC is the only way to get what I want. Looking at the celeron NUC. I might be able to put one together for around $250. Hell, I have so many pc's lying around, just need a video card. Was looking to avoid doing all the Win7 OS maintenance but......
For S&G, I loaded Serviio and added my BR collection (straight BDMV rips) to it. Wanted to play them with my ps3 over wired ethernet. Not sure what the deal was but the movies did not play smoothly. One didnt even have audio (and I know it does). Not sure if it's the ps3, serviio, or my network. I am now afraid that all this work im going to do to wire my house with cat6 might not even allow me to stream these damn BDs!!!!
I'm a mess.
I support a couple of WD SMP for my brother, but he's not good with computers. He loves the simplicity of them. He mostly plays straight DVDs (VIDEO_TS Folders) from Windows Shares on his Win7 gaming box. Other movie file formats play also, including MKVs. Some high bitrate (ie 1080p and full DTS) MKVs are glitchy on SMP (even on wired Gigabit CAT6e local LAN backbone). 720p and full DTS plays fine.
Myself, I prefer the HTPC route, running Win7-64 and XBMC. AMD/ATI video with HDMI works nice. Logitech remotes, etc. I love the flexibility and XBMC addons.
I've never played with Servio or other DLNA stuff because it always seemed like a trick or emulated solution. I think you will have more luck playing high-bitrate MKV or straight M2TS Folder rips NATIVELY against real hardware. And yes, keep LAN wired. A fast Gigabit 8 port Switch on the backbone makes a difference. Use Cat-6/Cat-6e wires. Put FileServer or NAS close to that Switch.