I am writhing this post to help out new and existing media player addicts. I have been reading numerous questions regarding this issue, and I believe it would be best to set a sticky post so people can come and read this post rather than having the same question over and over again.
I am writing this post with what I feel are the most popular media player in the USA. If I miss something, or I am wrong about something please let me know. As I've said before I am writing this to help people out and try to reduce the same questions.
Budget Media Player at or less than $150.00 dollars:
1) AIOS $89.99 (You can find this at www.amazon.com or www.newegg.com)
2) WDTV2 / Live $89.99 (You can find this as www.amazon.com or www.newegg.com)
3) Netgear NeoTV550 $84.99 (You may be able to find these at www.amazon.com or www.newegg.com. It is a discontinued model)
4) Micca EP600 G2 $119.95 (You can find this at www.amazon.com)
5) Micca EP950 G2 $150.00 (You can find this at www.amazon.com)
6) Roku 2 XS $89.00 (Numerous location. I recommend www.amazon.com)
8) Dune HD TV 101 $130.00 (You can find this at http://www.diamondhomedesign.com/, www.duneplayer.com or www.ebay.com. Diamond HD or duneplayer are excellent to buy from)
1) AIOS http://www.amazon.com/Pivos-AIOS-Net...7812263&sr=1-1
Supported Video Codecs
- H. 264 BP@L3, MP@L4.1, HP@4.1 (720P/1080i/1080P)
- MPEG 1
- HD MPEG-2 (up to 1080p)
- HD MPEG 4 SP/ ASP (up to 1080p)
- WMV9 VC-1 (up to 1080p)
- RM/ RMVB 8/ 9/ 10 (up to 720p)
Supported File Types
- AVI/ MKV/ TS/ TP/ TRP/ M2TS/ MPG/ MP4/ MOV/ M4V/ VOB/ ISO/ IFO/ DAT/ WMV/ ASF/ RM/ RMVB/ FLV/ XVID/ DIVX 3,4,5 for up to 1080p resolution.
- MP3/ OGG/ WMA/ WAV/ AAC/ FLAC
- HD JPEG/ BMP/ GIF/ TIF/ PNG
Supported Audio Codecs
- MP2/ 3, OGG Vorbis, WMA (DRM, and Advance Profile not supported), PCM LPCM, MS-ADPCM, LC-AAC, HE-AAC, COOK, RA-Lossless
Supported Audio Output
- Dolby Digital AC3 .1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
- Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 (passthrough)
- Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
- DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
- DTS-HD MA (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
- AAC 7.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
- 1 x Card Reader (MMC/ SDHC/ MS Pro)
- 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 Data Port
- 1 x 3.5" SATA I/ II Hot Plug HDD Drive Bay
- 1 x HDMI 1.3 out
- 1 x Components Video Out
- 1 x Composite A/V Out
- 1 x S/PDIF Digital Audio Out
- 1 x Coaxial Digital Audio Out
- 1 x 100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x DC-IN 12V Power
- English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, German, Russian, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, Simplified and Traditioanl Chinese
Supported Subtitle Types
- SRT, SMI, SSA, ASS, IDX/SUB, SUB
My Experience With This Player:
1) It is a very simple media player. The UI is very simple, and nothing out of this world.
2) It plays every M2TS, MKV and every SD ISO file I've got.
3) It supports HD audio.
4) It supports force subs,better than my Dune D1 does.
5) NFS shares are possible via a Linux code hack, which Aasoror can help you out doing.
6) It is possible to install a jukebox by using ThumbGen and TVix, but to me it was too time consuming, and I decided to not continue doing it.
1) The remote is not very responsive. A lot of people use a Harmony remote, which solves the issue.
2) It does not support BD java menu.
2)Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...7812922&sr=8-1
File Formats Supported
Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9, FLV (h.264)
Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle - SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.
WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution.
H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output.
Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048x2048.
Single layer TIFF files only.
Uncompressed BMP only.
For details, please refer to the user manual.
File Formats Not Supported
Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes Store, Movielink, Amazon Unbox, and Vongo
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese , Portuguese (Brazil), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian,Hungarian
English, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Hindi (India), Malay/Bahasa (Indonesia), Central European language
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarian
My Experience with WDTV2
1) It played all of my M2TS, MKV and SD ISO's files without any issues.
2) It supports internet apps such as Netflix, Hulu, VUDU, Pandora etc.
3) The UI is pretty nice. Nicer than the AIOS.
4) Remote is responsive, but needs clear line of sight.
5) Jukebox is possible via ThumgGen, which is my opinion is pretty slow if you have a large movie collection like I do.
1) No HD AUDIO.
I bought this player for my parents, and they did not care about HD audio, but they wanted an all in one box, and the WDTV2 was perfect for them. They love Pandora.
WDTV Live Thread
3) Netgear NEOTV550 http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-NTV550...7813384&sr=8-1
USB Storage devices
eSATA storage devices
SD memory card
UPnP AV and DLNA Servers
Windows Media Player 11 Media Sharing
Video and Audio Output
HDMI 1.3a, 36bpp deep color, 12 bit xvYCC processing and HDCP 1.2 compliant
Stereo analog audio
S/PDIF optical digital audio
Digital Media File Formats
H.264 HP@L4.1 up to 1080p
VC1 MP@HL, AP@L3
MPEG-2 MP@HL up to 1080p
MPEG-4 Part 2 ASP@L5 to 10 Mbps (Xvid)
AVI, Xvid, MOV, MP4, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2-TS, DVD ISO/VOB/IFO, MKV, ASF, AVCHD, DivX, WMV, M4A, M2TS, MTS, MP1, MP2, MPG, DVR-MS, BDMV
Blu-ray (external USB Blu-ray player not supported)
Dolby® Digital (AC3), Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby® TrueHD
DTS 2.0+, DTS HD and DTS HD MA (passthru)
MP3 up to 320 Kbps or variable bit rate (VBR)
Gapless playback MP3, FLAC, M4A, M2TS
WMA8 and WMA9 up to 192 Kbps or variable bit rate (VBR)
WMAPro, AAC, FLAC (to 5.1, 192Khz), PCM LPCM/WAV (to 5.1, 192Khz)
Internet radio (streaming MP3)
JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF
SRT, SMI, SSA, SUB, TXT, DVD, PGS, VOBSUB, SUB/IDX
What I know about his media player:
I do not have any experience with this player, but I've heard a lot of good things about it, and I've heard bad things about it as well. I was considering buying this player just for the fact that it support SD and BD full menu.
It should be noted Netgear has discontinued this player. It is not longer supported. However, the price alone makes it a good buy. I am still thinking about buying one.
No jukebox support though.
Netgear NeoTV550 Thread:
4) Micca EP600 G2 http://www.amazon.com/Micca-EP600-G2...7813685&sr=8-1
5) Micca EP950 G2http://content.miccastore.com/node/233
What I know about these media players:
I do not have any experience with either of these players. They are both the same. The only difference is that the EP950 has room for a hard drive.
I've heard and read many good things about this player. However, I've heard and read bad things about it.
You can read someone else's review of the EP600 G2 here:
You can read the EP950 thread here:
6) Roku 2 XS
802.11n Wi-Fi (b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA and WPA2 support
10/100 Base-T Ethernet
Bluetooth version 3.0 (currently enabled for use with Roku game remote only)
480i (over composite video)
480p (over HDMI)
720p (over HDMI)
1080p (over HDMI)
1080p High Definition (HD)
720p High Definition (HD)
16:9 anamorphic / 4:3 standard
Analog stereo (mini-jack to left/right/composite video RCA)
Digital over HDMI (5.1 surround sound pass-through)
microSD card slot for additional game and channel storage
Roku Bluetooth game remote (with motion sensing for playing games)
Streaming player includes IR. Compatible with various universal remotes
Less than 2W (typical) when streaming HD video
5.2V – 1.5A power adapter
USB Media Formats
Video: MP4 (H.264) MKV (H.264)
Audio: AAC, MP3
Image: JPG, PNG
3.3 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches
What I know about this player:
1) It is an excellent online media streamer with a large online channel selections.
2) It has wireless and ethernet port connection.
3) The UI is pretty simple and easy to use. I've seen them in used at my friend's house, and I wouldn't mind owning one of these.
4) You can use Plex to stream you media content!
My Experience using Plex:
1) It is pretty simple to set up and run.
2) The UI is nice, and it was 100% correct when it scrapped all of my media content.
3) It will transcode your media if your device does not support the format. So, if you own a Roku box, I would suggest trying out Plex to stream your stored/ripped media. You might end up liking it!
1) It was pretty slow are scrapping all of my media. However, I've got a large media collection. Furthermore, it was faster than ThumgGen, and it was 100% correct with all of my media. However, it was much faster after completing the initial scan.
2) You will have to pay $5.00 dollars for that Android Plex app. I am not sure if you have to pay for Apple devices.
3) I was unable to test the streaming capabilities to an IPad, IPhone, Droid phone and my TV. I tried installing the Linux Plex server in my unraid server, and i was unsuccessful. I stopped testing thereafter. If I have time, I will try to run Plex in my W7 PC, and try streaming BD and SD movies to my android phone.
7) PopBox v8 at $130.
Plusses: HD audio, plays almost anything like its pricier sibling PCH A-300, supports YAMJ/Eversion jukebox, and some (non-premium) Internet apps.
Minusses: Won't play 1080p/60 and 1080p/30 camcorder/iPhone4S videos, and limited native jukebox.
This review was done by Damian / dbone1026.
8) Dune TV HD 101 at $130.00
I do not have any experience with this media player. However, you can find this player on ebay for approximately $100.00 dollars, but Dune will not cover warranty on these products if you buy if from ebay sellers.
- The newest Sigma Designs 8670 media processor: enjoy excellent playback and performance of interactive features. This unit DOES NOT support Blu-Ray ISO or Blu-Ray Menus. It will support Lite BD Menus according to Dune HD TV 101 owners/users.
- HDD player: connect an HDD to the player and play content directly from the HDD.
- Network player: connect the player to a local network and play content directly from PC or NAS (UPnP, SMB, NFS).
- MKV player: play HD and SD video in a popular MKV format and other modern video file formats, including top quality HD video with very high bitrate.
- USB port: conveniently connect HDDs, USB flash drives, USB card readers and other USB storage devices.
- HDMI 1.3: ensure the best possible quality of HD video and audio.
- Video output flexibility: output video in any resolution and format (from SD to 1080p, 24p/PAL/NTSC).
- Upscaling: high quality upscaling of DVD and any other SD video content to Full HD (1080p) or other HD resolution.
- File browser: convenient file browser with powerful file management (copy, move, delete, rename, organize, sort).
- High-quality music playback: play very high-quality (up to 192 Khz / 24-bit) music files in various formats (FLAC, Monkey’s Audio APE, WAV/PCM, etc).
- Playlists: build playlists from your folders, use your own playlists, use repeat and shuffle functions.
- NAS function: access files on storage devices (HDD, optical drive, etc) attached to the player from the local network (using SMB or FTP).
- **********: use built-in ********** client to download files from P2P networks.
- Customizable user interface: work with media collections using cover art and icon browsing (with Full HD graphics).
- Internet radio: playback and record various Internet radio stations (HTTP/MP3 and other formats).
- IPTV: playback and record IPTV streams (multicast UDP/RTP) from your Internet provider (check availability of multicast UDP/RTP streams with your Internet provider).
- Digital TV option: playback and record Digital TV channels using an optional Digital TV USB dongle (Digital TV USB dongle is not included; this option can be purchased separately).
- Processor: Sigma Designs 8670/8671
- RAM: 256 MB
- Flash memory: 128 MB, expandable with a HDD partition, USB flash drive (2GB recommended)
- Media sources: external HDD (USB), external optical drive (USB), USB devices (USB flash drive, USB card reader, etc), PC and NAS in local network (SMB, NFS, UPnP, HTTP), other Internet and local network media sources (HTTP, multicast UDP/RTP), premium streaming video services are fully supported
- Web Browser: NetFront (ACCESS) or WebKit
- Widgets support: when using NetFront browser
- HbbTV and iPlayer support: when using NetFront browser
- DLNA: Full DLNA (1.5 or 2.0) standard support
- Adobe Flash: 3.1 (Lite, standalone)
- DRM options: Microsoft DRM10 and PlayReady, Verimatrix, Secure Media, Flash Access (Support coming soon). Additional DRM’s available by request
- Video codecs: MPEG2, MPEG4, XVID, WMV9, VC1, H.264; support for very high bitrate video (up to 50 MBit/s and higher)
- Video file formats: MKV, MPEG-TS, MPEG-PS, M2TS, VOB, AVI, MOV, MP4, QT, ASF, WMV, DVD-ISO, VIDEO_TS
- Video output modes: wide range of supported output resolutions (up to 1080p) and framerates (including 23.976p, 24p, PAL, NTSC)
- Video output framerate: automatic (according to the played content) and manual
- Audio codecs: AC3 (Dolby Digital), MPEG, AAC, LPCM, WMA, WMAPro, FLAC, multichannel FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis; support for very high quality audio (up to 192 kHz / 24- bit)
- Audio file formats: MP3, MPA, M4A, WMA, FLAC, APE (Monkey’s Audio), Ogg/Vorbis, WAV, AC3, AAC
- Subtitle formats: SRT (external), SUB (MicroDVD) (external), text (MKV), SSA/ASS (MKV, external), VobSub (MP4, MKV, external SUB/IDX), PGS (TS, MKV)
- Picture file formats: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
- Playlist file formats: M3U, PLS
- Photo viewer functions: slideshow, transition effects, picture rotation, zoom, browse playlist, repeat, shuffle
- Audio playback functions: browse playlist, repeat, shuffle, ID3 tags, plasma TV burn-in prevention
- Filesystems: FAT16/FAT32 (read-write), EXT2/EXT3 (read-write), NTFS (read-write)
- Ethernet: 10/100 Mbit/s
- WiFi: (optional) may be included inside (802.11n) with external antenna or added via USB dongle (not included, Dune HD Air recommended)
- Dune Network Playback Accelerator: special optimizations ensuring best-in-class network playback performance for the Sigma Designs 864x/865x/867x platform and enabling smooth playback of any supported kind of media content via any network protocol (including NFS and SMB) even in 100 Mbit/s Ethernet networks.
Edited by GusGus748s - 7/15/12 at 4:38pm