Where to start. Well, last post I was waiting for the EP950 to come in and It came in with some front panel damage. There is a
3/4 in by 1 inch irregular hole with cracks around it with small shards of plastic all in the display slot. I opened it up and investigated and surveyed for further damage.
The display and IR assembly is un damaged and working just fine but the touch sensitive part of the face plate suffers errors like when you touch the OK part, then the unit would shutdown. This was not good when you would want to navigate and the risk to
corrupt your files was just waiting for a disaster to happen. The EP 350 remote came in the next day...No Go. The USB parts and all the video/audio outs were working fine. I did not like the way the unit was behaving erratically with the firmware it had in it so I upgraded to the latest firmware and that stabilized errors better and I was able to use the OK button by trial and error using a pencil eraser but usually crashed to a power off situation. I managed to connect a 2.5 inch seagate 120 gb to the internal connectors (still need to upgrade the connectors but it's working fine for now). I loaded some folders of Fattburger's albums in flac format and I scanned the drive after disconnecting from the USB3 port. Manually managing through the broken faceplate was a real chore and I contacted Micca and appealed to them for a new faceplate/touch control board and a Remote control. Their email back to me was cordial but with a flat out "This unit is no longer being manufactured and we no longer support this unit for parts." Wow not much more than 3 years old and Hi media is rolling out this same configuration with several different evolutions using this very faceplate.
Well, Amazon has a remote for 59.99 on sale (Harmony 650) I am really hyped up now, I already invested too much in this thing (5bucks + 10 bucks to ship) (12 bucks for wrong remote) (4 bucks for a pair of HDMI cables shipped) (9 bucks for a 3 way HDMI switcher shipped) The rest is up to me...hmmmmmmmm...walmart is down the street and I got no remote. I went to the local walmart and there hanging on one of the outer electronics mark-down shelves is a Harmony 600 marked down to 30 bucks!
Yeah! just what I needed. If this Micca was gonna work The time is now to find out. I got home and 5 minutes later I had the remote programmed for my vizio 24inch 1080p, My Manhattan RS-1933 Sat RCVR/PVR, Hitachi sound bar, and the Micca!
After that, I powered everything up via one remote and every function on the Micca obeyed smoothly every command through the setup, navigation and playing various flacs and with a ASUS USB outboard (1dollar garage sale score) DVD burner suddenly became a full featured DVD player. OK, now I am elated. Smooth transitions from one song to the next, the audio is just superb and clean.
I notice a slight crackle or pop coming through the audio until I relocated the outboard 1TB Toshiba drive away from the display.
This player has a lot of potential. I successfully upgraded to Himedia's firmware and the transitions between menus seemed a slight sluggish but smoother in the process. More on that later. The player is still guts open and I need to work on the hardware a bit.
I may use a Dremel cutter /polisher to clean out the jagged mess on the front plate and find a suitable cover to cement over the open slot. I have several comments about the way Micca handles their business and how possibly Hi-Media stays silent. Anyways, enough for Jack's domain but if I can find a way to score a new faceplate, I would be a happy camper! I am exploring a way to find a small 5-7 inch high res touch screen and incorporate this with the Micca to save having to use the TV as a visual interface for music functions as it's primary mission. Will report back with further observations when I get this puppy put back together!
Edited by MusicAVlvr - 2/12/14 at 8:25am