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post #1651 of 2280
Master you need to detail what you are doing and the results that are not working. Saying I tried the "open" function but it didn't work is not enough information. Help us help you (which is what vie been trying to get across). Details are the key.
post #1652 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Ph8te View Post

Master you need to detail what you are doing and the results that are not working. Saying I tried the "open" function but it didn't work is not enough information. Help us help you (which is what vie been trying to get across). Details are the key.

I am fine now. For whatever reason the identical operation (using the "open" function to open the NMJ database) that failed Monday worked just fine yday evening.

thanks

James
Edited by mastermaybe - 7/3/13 at 6:38am
post #1653 of 2280
did they fixed the a-400 problems?
post #1654 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Rui Pedro View Post

did they fixed the a-400 problems?

That's a good one! Whenever something gets fixed, something else gets broken rolleyes.gif
post #1655 of 2280
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

That's a good one! Whenever something gets fixed, something else gets broken rolleyes.gif

Very true. Even though I'm a proud DUNE player owner, I'm not afraid to admit DUNE and PCH are in limbo with fixing the bugs on their firmware issues, as MEDE8ER is excelling in self-development since their recent firmware update w/ integrated movie scraper.
post #1656 of 2280
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Originally Posted by L33TX43RT View Post

Very true. Even though I'm a proud DUNE player owner, I'm not afraid to admit DUNE and PCH are in limbo with fixing the bugs on their firmware issues, as MEDE8ER is excelling in self-development since their recent firmware update w/ integrated movie scraper.

I agree. Except the Mede8er has the worse jukebox out of the 3.
post #1657 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Rui Pedro View Post

did they fixed the a-400 problems?
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

That's a good one! Whenever something gets fixed, something else gets broken rolleyes.gif

Well, I actually own the A-400 (3 of them) and haven’t had a single problem since day one. There are many setup combinations, so perhaps mine are such that I got lucky. Also, keep in mind that generally people without problems don’t post, so you can’t get a true picture by simply reading complaints. I think most players have issues with certain setups, so the A-400 is not alone in this regard.

For the record, I use the A-400 with latest firmware to stream only 2D mkv blu-rays and iso DVDs from my server and always select the best audio format on the disk+core. I have not had any problems with subtitles, buffering, synch, stuttering, etc, etc. Video is set at 1080P/24/NTSC/24P, Adaptive Deinterlacing & Film Cadence Detection is set to ON and have not had need to use Advanced Network Setup. I have YAMJ Eversion setup for cinemascope and 16/9 formats and use the NMJ app for control from my iPhone without any issues, also.

Perhaps my experience is a rare one, but for whatever reason may have caused my good fortune, call me a happy customer.
post #1658 of 2280
Mede8er's jukebox has come a long way: Y2M is a great front-end tool, there's now support for a combined jukebox, and recently, they added iPad jukebox support. So, on the movies side, I'd say it's very good. On the TV side, it's more than acceptable now. TVRename for Mede8er does a decent job, and the XML/artwork structure allows for anything to be TV shows if you need (custom videos, home videos, etc.) (like Boxee Box allowed with custom NFO's).
post #1659 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Rui Pedro View Post

did they fixed the a-400 problems?

The new firmware thread is a good indication its 10 days old only on page 4 and most of the posts are good things. Compared to last firmware that was 30 pages of complaints. Everyone is saying wreck it ralph players perfect which was everyones go to test video for 3d iso, or pch was smart and releasing the youporn app distracted everyone as they are busy watching it.
Edited by halfelite - 7/5/13 at 1:25pm
post #1660 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

Mede8er's jukebox has come a long way: Y2M is a great front-end tool, there's now support for a combined jukebox, and recently, they added iPad jukebox support. So, on the movies side, I'd say it's very good. On the TV side, it's more than acceptable now. TVRename for Mede8er does a decent job, and the XML/artwork structure allows for anything to be TV shows if you need (custom videos, home videos, etc.) (like Boxee Box allowed with custom NFO's).

I agree it's better, but to me it isn't "acceptable" to have two different programs to do what Zappiti or Yadis can do. I was hoping for Mede8er to have full support of Yadis by now.
post #1661 of 2280
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

I agree. Except the Mede8er has the worse jukebox out of the 3.

It does, because MEDE8ER is going to be a late bloomer in jukebox development Yet, I would ALMOST bet my money it'll come out on top in the end, with a fully integrated jukebox (movie, TV Series, and music).
Edited by L33TX43RT - 7/5/13 at 2:12pm
post #1662 of 2280
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Originally Posted by L33TX43RT View Post

It does, because MEDE8ER is going to be a late bloomer in jukebox development Yet, I would ALMOST bet my money it'll come out on top in the end, with a fully integrated jukebox (movie, TV Series, and music).
They may not need to, since they already have an integrated movie scraper coming soon. Next may be television series!

I think they are already beaten to the fully integrated jukebox, Almost everyone is happy with NMJv2 and it was carried down to all past models of PCH starting with the 200 series. Mede8er has a lot of catching up to do. But by the sounds of the jukebox it looks like its just yamj maybe running internally still outputting xml so wont be able to compete with a dynamics jukebox like NMJ

Even jer on the mede8er forums put it like this

"It works no different form an external scraper because the jukebox code is not being changed. It won't have complex layout tools because the aim is to make this for those who find the complex scrapers too complex. This is for them...it's not for the convinience of those who love the complex scrapers and would like the same internally." So its just a dumb scrapper still using the same layout. no big change.
Edited by halfelite - 7/5/13 at 1:57pm
post #1663 of 2280
Now that the A400 has Plex I can't imagine why anyone would think it is falling behind. I can use Oversight, Plex or NMJ. Nobody, except XBMC, is better.

Now, for Boxee fans it will be interesting to see what Samsung does with that.

Philip
post #1664 of 2280
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Originally Posted by pmcd View Post

Now that the A400 has Plex I can't imagine why anyone would think it is falling behind. I can use Oversight, Plex or NMJ. Nobody, except XBMC, is better.

Now, for Boxee fans it will be interesting to see what Samsung does with that.

Philip

There's a plex client for the Dune players as well. It works very well.
post #1665 of 2280
Out of nowhere I'm getting 1/2 second audio drops every 20-30 seconds on all of my mkvs...DTS True and PCM.

No f-ware update, no network changes. Anyone else?

James
post #1666 of 2280
Haven't had any audio dropouts as of yet.
post #1667 of 2280
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Originally Posted by mastermaybe View Post

Out of nowhere I'm getting 1/2 second audio drops every 20-30 seconds on all of my mkvs...DTS True and PCM.

No f-ware update, no network changes. Anyone else?

James

if you all the sudden start getting drops first thing first reboot the a400 test if they are still there something on your network might be causing traffic.
post #1668 of 2280
^ thanks, yep that's what I end up doing and it works...temporarily. I also considered network congestion, but I really don't have much going on. No other cpu's running, just a couple of iphones that are idle.

I've pretty much become accustomed to the idea that I need to reboot the 400 before interacting with it. tongue.gifrolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif


James
post #1669 of 2280
I don't need to reboot my A400's but I also turn them off when not using them.
post #1670 of 2280
^ Yeah, I think there may be something to leaving it on all the time as I think I've noticed it freeze up and/or drop the share more often when it's left running, but I have my Harmony set up to power it down when it's not in use so it should be off the lion's share of time it's not being used.

James
post #1671 of 2280
I haven't followed the thread for almost 6 months and the last time I visited it was pretty disappointing. Has the A400 matured to a point that it is stable enough to be recommended ? My other choice is the Asus BDS700, although FW has stopped for quite sometime.
post #1672 of 2280
^ 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". tongue.gif 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.

good luck

James
Edited by mastermaybe - 7/8/13 at 8:00am
post #1673 of 2280
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Originally Posted by breadvan View Post

I haven't followed the thread for almost 6 months and the last time I visited it was pretty disappointing. Has the A400 matured to a point that it is stable enough to be recommended ? My other choice is the Asus BDS700, although FW has stopped for quite sometime.

It will out perform that ASUS for sure. Judging by some of the comments on that device http://www.avsforum.com/t/1329972/asus-o-play-bds-700/150
It has almost reached full maturity. There are still some framerate issues being worked out & other minor issues(mainly the VXP feature set). To me the biggest issue with this device right now other than the mkv stuttering(there is a workaround for this) is the hdmi handshaking is called upon every time you play a file. This will cause you to miss the first few seconds of the file being played. I also get the spinning will of death on some mp4's, but overall I think this probably the best player on the market.
post #1674 of 2280
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Originally Posted by breadvan View Post

I haven't followed the thread for almost 6 months and the last time I visited it was pretty disappointing. Has the A400 matured to a point that it is stable enough to be recommended ? My other choice is the Asus BDS700, although FW has stopped for quite sometime.

I think it is impossible to make an informed decision on the A-400 by asking generalized questions on this or any other site. I suggest doing some homework on the NMT site to see what specific issues people have (and frequency) to see if you will be affected. For example, if you do not plan to play 3D BR’s in the short-term, then ignore it for now. (It will most likely get fixed later).

Second, try to judge the knowhow of the individual complaining to see if it is a setup rather than an equipment issue. Is it a lost soul like I was that couldn’t figure out how to get to first base? You should see my earlier posts when I was trying to set up my A-110’s several years ago. If you had based your purchase decision on my postings back then you would have probably have been scared away from the PCH for good!

And finally, remember that people rarely post unless they have issues, so you are looking at a severely skewed distribution when you read the horror stories. In the end, it is somewhat of a crapshoot, but doing your homework will narrow down your risk level.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1427748/popcorn-hour-a-400-is-coming-soon/1650#post_23499010
Edited by cappy1 - 7/8/13 at 8:49am
post #1675 of 2280
I agree w/cappy1. I have an A110 and 'upgraded' to the A400 to get 3D ISO support. My A110 works perfectly after many months and hours of frustrations (set-ups, YAMJ configs etc) but now it's great and my lady loves having it in the living rom. The A400 reminds me of the A110 phase- taking some lumps to get to a final build.
I've had the A400 since it came out (last year?) and resolved to discontinue trying 3D ISOs until they got a 'good 'fix for it and I have not fully tested the latest firmware for that but it has gotten much better for my needs.

I rarely post in this forum since the NMT forum is the better site for posts/reviews/comments. I love the AVS forum for other equipment I have.
post #1676 of 2280
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Originally Posted by cappy1 View Post

I think it is impossible to make an informed decision on the A-400 by asking generalized questions on this or any other site. I suggest doing some homework on the NMT site to see what specific issues people have (and frequency) to see if you will be affected. For example, if you do not plan to play 3D BR’s in the short-term, then ignore it for now. (It will most likely get fixed later).

.................

3D BD ISOs have been working very well with the current firmware release. They were working well before but the branching titles were causig issues. With the current A400 forum firmware I can stream my 3D BD ISOs with very few issues. And those issues I've run across were from the brnaching titles with a few, split second audio drops during the playback of the movie. .

the firmware had been getting better. I used to put all my 3D BD ISO on a lcoal drive for playback, and now I have no need to play back any of my BD ISOs from a local drive. Since it's doing a great job streaming them over the network(SMB)
post #1677 of 2280
So here's another fun one I'm having.

I have my 400 set up to start at the jukebox upon power up. This generally works. Worst case, I reboot and the jukebox starts up and I'm off.

But if I leave the jukebox for any reason- say to adjust a setting- and try to return to it again under "networked media", it, without fail, tells me "share no longer exist". But of course immediately upon a restart that same share magically appears within the jukebox.

?

James
Edited by mastermaybe - 7/9/13 at 4:05am
post #1678 of 2280
Try the different network "settings" via the advanced network app. I believe it's suggested to start with 6 test it out for a few days/ a week to see if you notice any difference. Make sure you reboot the "chain" as well.
post #1679 of 2280
Thanks- it has been a while since I've restarted my router.

James
post #1680 of 2280
The only thing that I have not figured out is that I have my settings set to boot up into the jukebox, but for some reason it boots up in the home menu. Anybody else having this issue or know of a way to fix it. It is starting to get on my nerves.

Thanks
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