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post #31 of 67
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

I have zero issues with MKV's on my Boxee Box, not factoring in the hd audio dropouts which we're all waiting for Feb/March fix of course.

audio drop outs are NOT limited to Hd but are worse for HD...
I still want to love the boxee but until the audio get fixed it will stay in its box...
post #32 of 67
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Originally Posted by streamerlover View Post

audio drop outs are NOT limited to Hd but are worse for HD...
I still want to love the boxee but until the audio get fixed it will stay in its box...

yes we see some dropouts on non HD but nothing like HD.

It does work well as a bedroom unit downmixing to 2 channel though.
post #33 of 67
You're both correct. I still have two Boxee units, one for kids & other in family room, both connected directly to HDTVs. I'm digging the 1.5 update, both for UI and features (manually identifying movies/shows seems much improved now, allowing you to force Boxee to use local NFO's, when auto-scan misses some files; seems to work more smoothly with my large library, less jerky). Once they fix the hd/core audio issues, it'll be a very solid all-in-one box (local, online & live TV).
post #34 of 67
I'm a little confused. I have the Boxee Box and it plays all my MKV 1080P files with DTS-MA and TrueHD flawlessly without any audio dropouts. Some files, like Lord of the Rings Return of the King is 24GB in size. My Boxee Box is connected via HDMI to my Pioneer VSX-1020 which is connected to my 52' Sony 1080P TV. This is using the latest firmware, not the BETA.
post #35 of 67
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Originally Posted by shawn3985 View Post

I'm a little confused. I have the Boxee Box and it plays all my MKV 1080P files with DTS-MA and TrueHD flawlessly without any audio dropouts. Some files, like Lord of the Rings Return of the King is 24GB in size. My Boxee Box is connected via HDMI to my Pioneer VSX-1020 which is connected to my 52' Sony 1080P TV. This is using the latest firmware, not the BETA.

You haven't had buffering problems with large bitrate files? Anything over about 21Mbps I get nasty buffer.

Both my Boxees do this badly with anything after 1.2 firmware. I'm in this thread looking to return my Boxees for possibly a PopBox or something similar.
post #36 of 67
I get no buffering at all. The only time I ever did was during earlier firmware releases and recently when the option to sync with display was not selected. Otherwise, all smooth through and through. I do the following for my Blurays..

1. Use DVDFab to rip to hard drive and only select DTS-MA or TrueHD audio.
2. Use StaxRip to encode the file to a MKV and select "Just Mux" to retain the HD audio.
3. Place the encoded file in a properly named folder on my Dlink DNS-323 NAS.
4. Boxee Box finds the file and plays without any buffering or issues.
post #37 of 67
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

How are you creating 1080p IDX/SUB subtitles? Typical DVDs are only 480p IDX/SUB subtitles, and Blu-rays use 1080p PGS/SUP, so the only way DVDFab would be creating 1080p IDX/SUB subtitles would be if you are asking it to create this specifically (I have not used DVDFab in a while, but I don't know why it would insist on creating 1080p IDX/SUB subtitles)

It's just the (very limited) way DVDFab supports MKV subtitles. I usually remux the main movie of my BDs to MKV and here the only two options DVDFab offers is to render one subtitle directly into the video or create external VOBSUB subtitles at 1920x1080 which the Dunes don't support. Also if you look at those "MKVs out in the field" they almost always have full HD VOBSUB subtitles. As for specifically creating 1080p IDX/SUB you can use BDSup2Sub to go from IDX/SUB to PGS and vice versa.

But it really is a shortcoming of DVDFab, PGS subs in MKV are supported by the official mkvtoolnix for at least 2 years now. But the DVDFab people just don't seem to care although it's frequently requested in the forums.
post #38 of 67
Sorry to revive an old thread, but what's the latest here? I would like to stream MKV's to my Boxee, but the HD audio drops are horrible. Any suggestions?



Thanks,
dbl
post #39 of 67
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Originally Posted by shawn3985 View Post

I get no buffering at all. The only time I ever did was during earlier firmware releases and recently when the option to sync with display was not selected. Otherwise, all smooth through and through. I do the following for my Blurays..


1. Use DVDFab to rip to hard drive and only select DTS-MA or TrueHD audio.

2. Use StaxRip to encode the file to a MKV and select "Just Mux" to retain the HD audio.

3. Place the encoded file in a properly named folder on my Dlink DNS-323 NAS.

4. Boxee Box finds the file and plays without any buffering or issues.


excuse me while I laugh myself silly after reading #4!!!!
boxee box plays hd audio " without any buffering or issues"???!!!
hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Stop, you are killing me....
do you even own a boxee box???
post #40 of 67
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Originally Posted by dbldare View Post

Sorry to revive an old thread, but what's the latest here? I would like to stream MKV's to my Boxee, but the HD audio drops are horrible. Any suggestions?
Thanks,
dbl

Yes, get a different player. It's apparent that Boxee will never get the HD audio bug fixed so either downgrade the audio or switch players if it's important to you. Or get ahold of shawn3985 as he seems to be the only person that doesn't have HD audio issues with Boxee, lol.

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Originally Posted by streamerlover View Post

excuse me while I laugh myself silly after reading #4!!!!
boxee box plays hd audio " without any buffering or issues"???!!!
hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Stop, you are killing me....
do you even own a boxee box???

Even though your comment still applies that post is 7 months old. He must have been too embarrassed after that to come back since.
post #41 of 67
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Originally Posted by dbldare View Post

Sorry to revive an old thread, but what's the latest here? I would like to stream MKV's to my Boxee, but the HD audio drops are horrible. Any suggestions?
Thanks,
dbl

For realtek go with Mede8er. For Sigma Dune and PCH (although some HD Audio drop issues still present in the PCH 300 series)
post #42 of 67
Well, now I am embarrassed as I did not realize that that post was that old!
post #43 of 67
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

I bought my parents a WDTV2 for xmas. They love it. I tested m2ts, mkv, iso, and m4v files, and they all play without a problem. However, I test all these files via a 2tb hdd connected to the WDTV2 via USB. I didn't test network streaming capabilities for these files.


However, I did test the wireless network with netflix and vudu, and it played every movie with out any issues.


My parents have a 5.1 surround sound with an older AVR, which has no HDMI, and I connected the WDTV2 via optical cable. All the movies sounded excellent. They didn't have True HD sound, but had the next AC3 track sound, which sounded excellent.


My parents love the Pandora App. the most though

The WDTV2 wont play BluRay ISO, just dvd ISO.
post #44 of 67
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Originally Posted by stepmback View Post

The WDTV2 wont play BluRay ISO, just dvd ISO.

Yeap, I know. I just forgot to include the DVD in front of the ISO.
post #45 of 67
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

For realtek go with Mede8er. For Sigma Dune and PCH (although some HD Audio drop issues still present in the PCH 300 series)

+1 biggrin.gif
post #46 of 67
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Originally Posted by stepmback View Post

The WDTV2 wont play BluRay ISO, just dvd ISO.
Depends on what you mean by "play". If you feed it a BD.iso file it won't choke. It will just play the largest .m2ts file in the STREAM folder.
post #47 of 67
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Originally Posted by stepmback View Post

The WDTV2 wont play BluRay ISO, just dvd ISO.

The WD TV Live hub did, main movie only with the extras stripped out. Never tried a full BD ISO though. It was the first player I tried at least a year ago, it seemed to choke with HD audio though for the one codec they supported...TrueHD I believe. I thought they were the same with exception of the hard drive.
post #48 of 67
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Originally Posted by djc11369 View Post

The WD TV Live hub did, main movie only with the extras stripped out. Never tried a full BD ISO though. It was the first player I tried at least a year ago, it seemed to choke with HD audio though for the one codec they supported...TrueHD I believe. I thought they were the same with exception of the hard drive.

WD Media players do not support HD audio.
post #49 of 67
The WD TV Live Hub did, it was in their specs but only for TrueHD passthrough...they've since removed it. They never supported DTS MA. Here's one of the threads on the subject http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Hub-General/WD-TV-Live-Hub-Won-t-Play-TrueHD-Audio/td-p/115190

In my experience it made the video stutter, select a different audio stream and it would be fine. Probably why they removed it, couldn't get it to work properly.

I wouldn't sh*t ya. smile.gif
post #50 of 67
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Originally Posted by djc11369 View Post

The WD TV Live Hub did, it was in their specs but only for TrueHD passthrough...they've since removed it. They never supported DTS MA. Here's one of the threads on the subject http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Hub-General/WD-TV-Live-Hub-Won-t-Play-TrueHD-Audio/td-p/115190
In my experience it made the video stutter, select a different audio stream and it would be fine. Probably why they removed it, couldn't get it to work properly.
I wouldn't sh*t ya. smile.gif

I thought the reason WD media players do not support HD audio was due to licensing issues?
post #51 of 67
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

WD Media players do not support HD audio.
Maybe not DTS-HD but you are forgetting they play True-HD.
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Originally Posted by djc11369 View Post

In my experience it made the video stutter, select a different audio stream and it would be fine. Probably why they removed it, couldn't get it to work properly.
I wouldn't sh*t ya. smile.gif
I have the Live+ and the Live-SMP and both play full bitrate BD.m2ts files with True-HD perfectly without stutter.
post #52 of 67
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

I thought the reason WD media players do not support HD audio was due to licensing issues?

The best I could gather they did have licensing for TrueHD but not DTS MA. Given the fact that the majority of discs use DTS MA, apparently won the codec war, it was probably too expensive.

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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

Maybe not DTS-HD but you are forgetting they play True-HD.
I have the Live+ and the Live-SMP and both play full bitrate BD.m2ts files with True-HD perfectly without stutter.

It was quite awhile ago I tried the Hub, maybe they fixed it or maybe it didn't like the ISO container. Regardless, TrueHD used to be listed in the specifications but it's no longer mentioned that I can see.
post #53 of 67
Is the original Boxee still the best all around device for MKV streaming from a network drive?

Only downside is it doesn't do stream the Audio in True HD right?

any other suggestions?
post #54 of 67
I still have the Boxee playing MKVs from the NAS for quite some time, but am at the point to move on.

Mede8r any good is handling MKVs from a Nas without audio issues?
post #55 of 67
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Originally Posted by RJmacreedy View Post

I still have the Boxee playing MKVs from the NAS for quite some time, but am at the point to move on.

Mede8r any good is handling MKVs from a Nas without audio issues?

Dune and Mede8er are the top two media players at the moment. Mede8er has a good Forum support system. Dune...is Dune lol. I would love to own a Mede8er, but the lack of a full jukebox support for both movies and tv shows is a let down for me. However, you can't go wrong with either one.
post #56 of 67
When you refer to "jukebox", are you talking about how the UI navigates movies and music? Is it bad in that you have to select files from a folder or do you get avatars for each movie?
post #57 of 67
The default dune UI is just a simple directory point and click, you have to install Zappiti or 10muse or another Film/TV library editor if you want a more advanced UI, in my case I use Zappiti for around 200 films (BD and DVD) and 500+ TV episodes. When you are done editing your film/TV library, it exports it to your file server (I think it is HTML like with Movie Artwork and metadata from IMDB and other sources).

Zappiti also has a iPad app (it is not free) but it allows you to use the Dune's IP integration to browse your film library and start/stop films based on the artwork. It is pretty nice and seems to work fine for me.
post #58 of 67
Hmm. looks like Dune & Mede8er aren't as "kid" friendly as the boxee. right now the wife and 7yr old can easily navigate boxee..
post #59 of 67
Had the boxee and the dune blows the doors off it. My 8 year old son can do everything on it. The dune is rock solid and plays all the files unlike boxee. If I wanted the best I would get the oppo 103. Lot of dough though .
post #60 of 67
My 4, 7 year old and wife know how to use my surround sound and media players, which include Dune D1 and PCH210.
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