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post #661 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Opentoe View Post

Some of us don't have unlimited space or funds and have to save space somewhere. Compressing a 30+ GB file into a 12GB file and not seeing a difference in video quality or not hearing a difference in audio quality is a benefit and a smart move for us poor folk that can't afford unlimited space. Even with running a 22 terabyte unraid server I'm always trying to save space since I only have 3TB left. I still get top quality and don't waste time. It is my computer that spends all the time encoding and working on producing the output.

So at 19TB at a 63% compression rate, going by the average of 24GB per movie on my file server, you must have around 1275 Blurays. I would think that someone that could afford over 1000 Blurays could afford another hard drive.
Edited by robnix - 12/2/12 at 8:40am
post #662 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Metric View Post

Disappointing to read about 3d iso playback being useless via network. I guess my quest continues, I dont want local disk playback, I want to stream all from my readynas.

The current patch list includes internal updates that deal with 3D playback issues.

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showthread.php?tid=64046
post #663 of 2280
Robnix just tested your sample and I see the same thing on my A400 its strange as it does it every high note almost like its clipping at that certain spot. going to test it on my A300 and nixeus next.
post #664 of 2280
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Originally Posted by halfelite View Post

Robnix just tested your sample and I see the same thing on my A400 its strange as it does it every high note almost like its clipping at that certain spot. going to test it on my A300 and nixeus next.

I haven't sat and listened with my eyes closed yet, but based on some of the other movies that have the same issue, is that the clipping starts when the audio get delivered to all the surrounds at once.
post #665 of 2280
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

What I've seen isn't that it's what people prefer or what appeals to the eye, it's simply what they're used to. I blame big box stores and lousy out of the box presets for this.
I let my coworkers borrow my Disney WOW calibration disc so they could at least get contrast/brightness and color/tint set correctly, every single one of them remarked on the improvement, one of them even said they couldn't believe that they ship TV's with the presets the way they are after seeing the basic changes a disk like that can make.

I used to think that way too and still prefer reference audio. The Runco LED FP can saturate some of the spectrum while using an algorithm to keep flesh colors natural. I never looked back.
post #666 of 2280
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

So at 19TB at a 63% compression rate, going by the average of 24TB per movie on my file server, you must have around 1275 Blurays. I would think that someone that could afford over 1000 Blurays could afford another hard drive.

Really. Many movie buffs can not keep up with those that come out every week without archiving 1000s of them we will never look at again and are probably available to stream anyway.
post #667 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Stevetd View Post

Okay.....I'm trying my best to quell the urge to take this thing out to my driveway and smash it flat.smile.gif
I can't get past setting up a share. Once I access a folder on my NAS the next time that I come back I get "Share no longer exist". If I restart everything it will allow me to access it again...once, then it's over.mad.gif
I'm running on a CAT5e network with gigabit switches. Here's my setup: Synology DS1511+, Linksys E4200 router, Cisco SR2024C Gigabit Switch (in panel), Cisco SLM2008 Gigabit Switch (in A/V cabinet).
I too am a DUNE (two D1's) user with zero problems on the same setup.
Any thoughts?

Posting this one more time in hopes that someone can help. I've tried everything that I know to do with no advancement. I've been all through Wiki and set up the Synology per what's in there. I've setup my switch to give the A400 priority. What I'm not going to do is change hardware in my network that works with everything else that's in and has been connected to it. I'm giving this thing till the next firmware and then it's gone if it doesn't get worlds better.......
post #668 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Stevetd View Post

Posting this one more time in hopes that someone can help. I've tried everything that I know to do with no advancement. I've been all through Wiki and set up the Synology per what's in there. I've setup my switch to give the A400 priority. What I'm not going to do is change hardware in my network that works with everything else that's in and has been connected to it. I'm giving this thing till the next firmware and then it's gone if it doesn't get worlds better.......

Have you tried the networkmediatank forum for help?

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/

I don't have a A-400( I have Dune media players and a ds1812)
post #669 of 2280
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Originally Posted by vaha View Post

Thanks. What advantages does the 400 have over the 300

If someone knows the answer to this off hand, I would like to hear also. I currently have Dune HD Smart D1 with yaDIS but am looking for something that will do better with music jukebox and with tablet app to avoid turning on big display. I only use DVD from ISO on ethernet wired NAS (no BD) and use my AVR for video processing, so would want video pass thru. Also need unprocessed audio bitstreaming for music files.

Pretty simple audio and video requirements I think. Would the 400 add anything over the 300 for my needs? I'm gathering that the jukebox and tablet apps are identical for the two models.

Thanks!
post #670 of 2280
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Originally Posted by pstrisik View Post

If someone knows the answer to this off hand, I would like to hear also. I currently have Dune HD Smart D1 with yaDIS but am looking for something that will do better with music jukebox and with tablet app to avoid turning on big display. I only use DVD from ISO on ethernet wired NAS (no BD) and use my AVR for video processing, so would want video pass thru. Also need unprocessed audio bitstreaming for music files.
Pretty simple audio and video requirements I think. Would the 400 add anything over the 300 for my needs? I'm gathering that the jukebox and tablet apps are identical for the two models.
Thanks!

Read the thread. I wouldn't recommend buying the A300 at all. I had it and returned it. I wouldn't recommend buying the A400 since it has too many bugs.
post #671 of 2280
You're in luck - it's all in this thread.
post #672 of 2280
for audio i see more sonos which is the perfect device for audio but very expensive.

the a300 and c300 has now also nmj navigator support, so i think should be enough for you.

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Originally Posted by pstrisik View Post

If someone knows the answer to this off hand, I would like to hear also. I currently have Dune HD Smart D1 with yaDIS but am looking for something that will do better with music jukebox and with tablet app to avoid turning on big display. I only use DVD from ISO on ethernet wired NAS (no BD) and use my AVR for video processing, so would want video pass thru. Also need unprocessed audio bitstreaming for music files.
Pretty simple audio and video requirements I think. Would the 400 add anything over the 300 for my needs? I'm gathering that the jukebox and tablet apps are identical for the two models.
Thanks!
post #673 of 2280
How is sonos a perfect device for audio:

No MLP support
No DSD support
No TruHD support
No DTS-MA suport
No Multichannel support
No support for resolution over 44.1khz/16 bit

What about those people who don't need more speakers?
post #674 of 2280
i think i made it not clear enough smile.gif, in my eyes the sonos interface is the best in the market when it comes to audio, i agree about the audio quality, there sonos is very limited.
post #675 of 2280
this chinese media players are not intent to be good in audio, evem if their coaxial port is used, its has too many jitter, besides you need to get the tv on in order to function with it.

i advice you get a dedicated streamer, and control with an ipad /android, something like the pionner n50 ,cambridge audio 6
the sonos connect , or the simply audio roomplayer 1 can also be a good possibility, and dont leave the logithech squezzebox out yet .

if you dont care about the tv is on, this chinese media players they all behave the same, coaxial or with their internal dac, get the cheapest possible you wont get any improvement in music.

theres also cheapers options like digital docks,, like cambridge id100 with 35ps (jitter ) the drdock from arcam, or onkyo s1, or the pure i20 behing the cheapest of all, and ive listen/test a few and they sound much cleaner that this media players.

regards
Edited by canton160 - 12/2/12 at 10:15am
post #676 of 2280
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Originally Posted by mlknez View Post

How is sonos a perfect device for audio:
No MLP support
No DSD support
No TruHD support
No DTS-MA suport
No Multichannel support
No support for resolution over 44.1khz/16 bit
What about those people who don't need more speakers?

if you want multichannel music i advice you go for a oppo 95 or the new 105 using their analog out , if is out of your budget get the panasonic bdt500.

there stereo and theres multichannel , getting all-in-one has their limitations and high price.
right now i have a stereo setup for music and a multichannel for movies and some blu-ray concerts.
post #677 of 2280
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Originally Posted by canton160 View Post

if you want multichannel music i advice you go for a oppo 95 or the new 105 using their analog out , if is out of your budget get the panasonic bdt500.
there stereo and theres multichannel , getting all-in-one has their limitations and high price.
right now i have a stereo setup for music and a multichannel for movies and some blu-ray concerts.

I am looking for a MEDIA player that is good at playing MEDIA. That includes, Music, Video and Photos. The Oppo is not so good of a streamer as they have been disabled from playing .iso files now and the 105 cannot play dsd files anymore. The analog of the oppo is fine but why use it if you want to also use room correction software that would require another analog to digital conversion anyway. Best to keep it digital until it gets to the speakers.

The a400 is SUPPOSED to be a new generation MEDIA PLAYER. It should play ALL hi-res music and video out there. It should take advantage of the speakers that you have. It should do a great job of displaying video and photos This product seems to do LESS than my 4 year old Dune players (except 3d video).
post #678 of 2280
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Originally Posted by mlknez View Post

I am looking for a MEDIA player that is good at playing MEDIA. That includes, Music, Video and Photos. The Oppo is not so good of a streamer as they have been disabled from playing .iso files now and the 105 cannot play dsd files anymore. The analog of the oppo is fine but why use it if you want to also use room correction software that would require another analog to digital conversion anyway. Best to keep it digital until it gets to the speakers.
The a400 is SUPPOSED to be a new generation MEDIA PLAYER. It should play ALL hi-res music and video out there. It should take advantage of the speakers that you have. It should do a great job of displaying video and photos This product seems to do LESS than my 4 year old Dune players (except 3d video).

I don't think there is one media player that is good at playing music, movies and photos. However, it would be nice to have one eventually.
post #679 of 2280
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Originally Posted by mlknez View Post

I am looking for a MEDIA player that is good at playing MEDIA. That includes, Music, Video and Photos. The Oppo is not so good of a streamer as they have been disabled from playing .iso files now and the 105 cannot play dsd files anymore. The analog of the oppo is fine but why use it if you want to also use room correction software that would require another analog to digital conversion anyway. Best to keep it digital until it gets to the speakers.
The a400 is SUPPOSED to be a new generation MEDIA PLAYER. It should play ALL hi-res music and video out there. It should take advantage of the speakers that you have. It should do a great job of displaying video and photos This product seems to do LESS than my 4 year old Dune players (except 3d video).

+++++1
post #680 of 2280
This is my first dedicated media streamer, I had high hopes. I read plenty of negative feedback about other pch products but wanted to give it a chance. It worked well out of the gate but the hickups have arrived. I hope these issues will be worked out with firmware updates but we will see. Do they not realize people would rather wait and maybe even spend a little bit more on a unit that is stable and does what it is suposed to do? Sonos is pricy but It is very reliable. I have never thrown an f bomb at it, can't say the same for the pch.
post #681 of 2280
Today I tired the NMJ Navigator for Android on my 8.9" and 7" Kindle FireHD tablets today. This is excellent. It completely changes the way I can navigate through my collection. And it's much, much faster than using NMJ on the A400. I don't think I'll want to go back to browsing the collection from the A400 any more. Poster art, covert art, etc. looks so much better on the tablet.
Now if they can get the network speed issues fixed with the next firmware update, that would be great.
post #682 of 2280
Last test folks, I had to use DVDFab Bluray Copy 9.0.1.2 to remux a 9 minute, two chapters, two audio, two subtitle tracks clip of Brave 3D Bluray ISO.

Its about 3gbs Full 1080p 3D Dolby TrueHD 7.1, and I had to make 6 rars to download in parts on 4shared.com

Part 1: http://www.4shared.com/rar/EfRLHSIA/BRAVE_3Disopart1.html
Part 2: http://www.4shared.com/rar/dfu6pXhM/BRAVE_3Disopart2.html
Part 3: http://www.4shared.com/rar/nvhSeaut/BRAVE_3Disopart3.html
Part 4: http://www.4shared.com/rar/bWvbinzK/BRAVE_3Disopart4.html
Part 5: http://www.4shared.com/rar/I7rpaFCc/BRAVE_3Disopart5.html
Part 6: http://www.4shared.com/rar/B1LkIq7A/BRAVE_3Disopart6.html

Please let me know if it works on your A-400.
Thanks
post #683 of 2280
We have been able to fix one persons network issue be tweaking some network settings, The A400 no longer runs a Vitesse phy like all the past generation sigma chips have. its been moved to an qualcomm atheros phy so hopefully its just a drive or settings issue. On the said user he was able to almost hit what PCH devs said they hit,

These are the settings we are tweaking on the a400 if any of you know telnet and want to try

sh-4.2# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_ecn
sh-4.2# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_no_metrics_save
sh-4.2# echo 8192 7812500 15625000 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_rmem
sh-4.2# echo 8192 7812500 15625000 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_wmem
sh-4.2# echo 15625000 > /proc/sys/net/core/rmem_max
sh-4.2# echo 15625000 > /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max


He went from 6MB/s to 30MB/s All these settings are how to mitigate bufferbloat so seems people with nicer switchs or older gens that did not suffer from it are in the clear and people with newer switchs are getting nailed.
post #684 of 2280
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Originally Posted by theaxledentaldj View Post

Last test folks, I had to use DVDFab Bluray Copy 9.0.1.2 to remux a 9 minute, two chapters, two audio, two subtitle tracks clip of Brave 3D Bluray ISO.
Its about 3gbs Full 1080p 3D Dolby TrueHD 7.1, and I had to make 6 rars to download in parts on 4shared.com
Part 1: http://www.4shared.com/rar/EfRLHSIA/BRAVE_3Disopart1.html
Part 2: http://www.4shared.com/rar/dfu6pXhM/BRAVE_3Disopart2.html
Part 3: http://www.4shared.com/rar/nvhSeaut/BRAVE_3Disopart3.html
Part 4: http://www.4shared.com/rar/bWvbinzK/BRAVE_3Disopart4.html
Part 5: http://www.4shared.com/rar/I7rpaFCc/BRAVE_3Disopart5.html
Part 6: http://www.4shared.com/rar/B1LkIq7A/BRAVE_3Disopart6.html
Please let me know if it works on your A-400.
Thanks

I would test but no 3d tv set here
post #685 of 2280
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Originally Posted by halfelite View Post

We have been able to fix one persons network issue be tweaking some network settings, The A400 no longer runs a Vitesse phy like all the past generation sigma chips have. its been moved to an qualcomm atheros phy so hopefully its just a drive or settings issue. On the said user he was able to almost hit what PCH devs said they hit,
These are the settings we are tweaking on the a400 if any of you know telnet and want to try
sh-4.2# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_ecn
sh-4.2# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_no_metrics_save
sh-4.2# echo 8192 7812500 15625000 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_rmem
sh-4.2# echo 8192 7812500 15625000 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_wmem
sh-4.2# echo 15625000 > /proc/sys/net/core/rmem_max
sh-4.2# echo 15625000 > /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max
He went from 6MB/s to 30MB/s All these settings are how to mitigate bufferbloat so seems people with nicer switchs or older gens that did not suffer from it are in the clear and people with newer switchs are getting nailed.

This fixed it for me as well. Will these settings stick if we have to reboot?
post #686 of 2280
I've never owned a PCH so this may be a stupid question, but can i use the Media Jukebox for my Movies connected USB? or is it for Network movies only? will it still look up all my info and cover art? and one more question, can i add my own cover art and info to my movies? or is it all downloaded auto?

Thanks
post #687 of 2280
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

This fixed it for me as well. Will these settings stick if we have to reboot?

They will not stick. if you want it to do every reboot you need an internal drive running nmt apps. then use csi and install busybox or something, That will give you a start_app.sh file in the root of the internal drive. you can edit it and put the in th commands and they will run each time on boot.
post #688 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Jeromi Rossell View Post

I've never owned a PCH so this may be a stupid question, but can i use the Media Jukebox for my Movies connected USB? or is it for Network movies only? will it still look up all my info and cover art? and one more question, can i add my own cover art and info to my movies? or is it all downloaded auto?
Thanks

It will use a usb drive, and it will lookup information from moviedb and tvdb as long as your pch has a network connection, and yes you can override the information with nfo files and local artwork.
post #689 of 2280
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Originally Posted by halfelite View Post

They will not stick. if you want it to do every reboot you need an internal drive running nmt apps. then use csi and install busybox or something, That will give you a start_app.sh file in the root of the internal drive. you can edit it and put the in th commands and they will run each time on boot.

Thanks.
post #690 of 2280
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to test as much as I would have liked today, but I did run into several issues:

3D BRs
- Stuttering/Audio dropouts on 3D BR (network)
- Trying to navigate (either chapter list via bd lite or next button) causes the movie to hang. For spiderman I actually tried to navigate to the last chapter. For whatever reason the A400 instead jumped to somewhere in the middle of the movie (even though the info showed it was on the last chapter)
- When I was successful navigating to a new chapter audio would be lost, and I would have to cycle through the audio tracks to bring the audio back

General
- Random issues with A400 getting hung when accessing a network folder
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