^ Well I can only speak for my own experience. It's really impossible to even make a rough estimate of how it's gone for others as it's impossible to know who/how many are not
posting on these forums, and two: just how many issues are really attributable to the 400, given all of the network and file variables involved.
That said, in my experience the device is certainly not anywhere near the reliability of a disc player. Now, while that might smack of "well duh" to many on this sub forum, you have to understand that I- like many others- are just now entering this arena and have become spoiled I suppose of being able to watch a movie without issue when we want...even if takes a bit more "work".
My 400 disc BD changer went 5 years with nary a single hiccup.
Media player-wise, I have also had the WD Live and it was a much more reliable device but also imperfect. It's frustrating when the sole mission you have for a given device doesn't seem to be able to be routinely accomplished.
It's better now than it's been for me, but almost daily freeze ups and- seemingly- new issues with every f-ware update that addresses others will drive you crazy if you let it.
Basically, I think this is still a very young branch of AV and needs time to further mature/evolve. Sure, there are other variables involved when you plug this thing into a network, but I have other devices on the same network that never seem to encounter these kind of crippling losses of functionality. I don't think that's a coincidence.
All that considered, I really like the 400, humorously enough. I'm prolly still on the media player honeymoon and riding the cool factor of 400 movies in any locale, at the push of a button, but I still have faith that it will continue to shake off these burps as time rolls on.
My advice: if you can go in not expecting perfection and are really
willing to be patient, it's probably going to be worth your while. Heck, the jukebox functionality alone will really sell most, as I still think that's a BIG plus in the 400's corner vs other MP's . Just don't make the mistake of thinking you're buying a perfectly stable device and I think you'll be in good shape.
JamesEdited by mastermaybe - 7/8/13 at 8:00am