Originally Posted by isolar801
I really think that after 46 pages of problems. Eagle 2 should just give up on this unit......no offense.
I use this for 3D...which looks just fine to me.....and 2D and flac music files......having 40 or so 3D mkv's on one of the six hard-drives I have plugged into it at all times.
I have 4 in a Pro-box, one internal and one hooked into the sata port......I just plug the drives into my pc for file transfers, but I dont doubt that plugging the 950 into the PC causes problems.. you cant expect a 150 dollar machine to be perfect at everything......I also have a Samsung PC Bluray drive plugged in...one of the best things about this unit that few mention.....and it boots fine every time.
My big complaint is the occasional loud screech at the beginning of a song when navigating flac files......
But the biggest plus of the Micca is...........NO CINEVA !! if you are thinking of getting an Oppo or other player.....dont !! A lot of your rips will be useless .......
I haven't given up on this unit because I still believe it could be ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS OUT THERE - if they would just address these well-known issues.
- great interface - much better than the WDTV Live - that player is very unpleasant to use, especially if you need to skip to another part of the video - it's painful the way they have you do it. With Micca it's fantastic - almost as easy as navigating a video file with a mouse, just scroll along the timeline
- file support - no player supports every possible file but this player comes as close as any player possibly could - it plays files that the WDTV Live doesn't even know what to do with
- features - tons of features! And full 3D support - one of the primary reasons I got this player.
- Beautiful unit - nice solid construction and beautiful brushed metal finish with nice illuminated touch buttons and screen - white illumination was a nice touch (dislike remote though)
- No Cinavia
that's a lot of praise and I have no problem giving it praise where it is due. It's a very nice unit, but sadly is plagued with bugs, some which are serious:
- known framerate issue with 23.976 in 3D (well known, I know, but just listing it here since I'm listing pluses and minus - and I know they are working on it (but can it actually be fixed?)
- plays video off center - resulting in a nasty side-effect with 3D SBS/over-under viewing (distracting bar on left of screen) - any calibration disc will show this off-center issue
- serious boot issues
- often not recognized by Windows 7 as storage device - needs another reboot to get recognized
- 16:9 DVD menus often displayed as 4:3
I realize that Micca seems to be working on these issues - but seriously, these are pretty frustrating issues - and ones that should never have seen the light of day. Especially the boot issues. This is the only device in my apartment that doesn't start up every time. Just today the player froze on boot 3 different times. To me, it almost seems that Micca has given up on us. I'm grateful that a new alpha firmware was offered a while back, but seriously, this benefits no-one since it has major issues and doesn't even fix the problems. If this was any other product it would be slammed by the public with such bugs - imagine a tv or blu-ray player that you had to start 2-3 times before it would boot properly. Would anybody keep a device like that? Unlikely, it would get returned to the store within a week.
I've been very patient over the months, hoping that eventually these things would get worked out. But after all these months, most of the same issues remain. I'm still hanging on, hoping that they are having some success. I also understand that it's not entirely Micca's fault - the chip manufacturer is certainly to blame as well. But the bottom line is Micca/Himedia and other brands chose to use these chips and advertise the 3D functionality, without the units being fully tested. My belief is that as soon as the chips hit the market, the companies all rushed out to get their players to market, trying to beat each other. I talked to an Iconbit rep before I bought this player, and he told me the Iconbit was the first/only 3D media player on the market, which was clearly a lie since this was already available as well as other units. In the rush to beat each other to market, we were sold units that were essentially still in beta stage. If Micca had taken a bit longer to iron these issues out first, they could have had a home-run with this unit, and not had to do a hardware recall (and it still doesn't boot right).
Anyways, I'm still giving them some credit for trying to iron this out - but as a consumer it's very frustrating to see week after week pass without any resolutions.Edited by eagle_2 - 11/2/12 at 12:46pm