Originally Posted by qz3fwd
Is it stable?
Can you playback 1080i mpeg2 ts's? (18-24 mbps w/AC3)
Can it playback BD M2TS files?
Can it pplay the above locally and over NFS/SMB?
Can it playback DVD ISO/Folders while retaining menus over the network or locally?
I am considering picking up one of these just to tinker with XBMC on a streamer.
The XBMC-Linux firmware is pretty stable, but it's still very much an early beta; there are a lot of little issues and a number of standard XBMC features are missing. Hardware acceleration is working for a number of file formats... but definitely not all of them. Every file that I've played also has an offset audio track and there's currently no way to adjust that. They seem to be actively working on it, so I'm sure many of the issues will be resolved and the missing features will be added back in over time.
One thing that I'm not so sure about is the ethernet performance of the box itself. On my Xios, the ethernet performance is pretty bad. The last time I tested it, I think the max speed that I saw was about 13 Mbps. I was thinking that it might just be an issue with the Android install and that this Linux/XBMC install wouldn't have the same issue, but I dunno... All of my TV shows, which are typically ~10 Mbps, play back very smoothly but almost all of my movies are extremely choppy. The only movies that play back smoothly are the low bitrate ones (<11 Mbps), of which I only have a few to try. Interestingly enough, the Xios can play back the 38 Mbps Birds file with no sign of stuttering but that's a very short clip and I think the entire file gets buffered prior to playback, so it doesn't get streamed over the ?sluggish? ethernet.
I definitely wouldn't recommend purchasing a XIOS as an XBMC Box right now. Even if your files are all low bitrate, you're still going to run into the audio lag issue and other minor beta bugs. In a few months, when they get the bugs worked out and hardware acceleration working on more file formats... maybe.Edit:
One thing that I forgot to mention is that the boot time into XBMC is quite fast. It's definitely not as fast as OpenELEC on my little Foxconn box, but it's significantly faster than most of the other media streamers that I've owned (and that's an embarrassingly high number of devices).Edited by ScottAllyn - 8/14/12 at 7:27pm