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Thread Starter 
I need a recommendation on a new STB for the living room to do streaming.

My current setup is:
- Linux server running in my wiring closet, currently sharing media via SMB
- Xtreamer Sidewinder (original, not Sidewinder 2 or Sidewinder 3) in the living room plugged into a Sharp Aquos 46" via HDMI
- XBMC running on all our PCs in the house, in case the kids want to watch something in their bedroom

I have CAT5 throughout my house, so I don't need any WiFi or anything. The media is mostly MKVs in either 720p or 1080p, but at some point I would like to upgrade my living room tv to a larger 3D-capable TV. I also have some BluRay rips and other misc formats, but not many. In addition I have some MP3s and photos, mostly JPGs, but the main concern is watching the video content.

The Xtreamer has served me pretty well over its many years of use. I do have an HDD installed in it, but I never put anything on it...all content is streamed over SMB right now. The driving factor for changing is that we just bought a new TV for the bedroom, so the current Xtreamer Sidewinder will go there.

Requirements:
- Would like it to be 3D-capable...as mentioned I would like to get a new TV for the living room at some point, and I would like to future-proof the purchase as much as possible.
- I don't care about Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD, or other such apps. I have an XBox 360 and it does all of that now. If I had one device that did it all, and did it well, that would be a plus, but my understanding is said device does not exist, at least in my price range.
- It needs to be pretty simple to use. I already sort out all my TV and Movies into logical dir structures, and my wife and kids know how to navigate that structure. I do like the XBMC interface, but I have never been able to figure out how to delete stuff from it, which we do often (especially in the living room)
- WiFi is not needed, I have CAT5 strung all over my house.
- An attached BluRay player is not necessary, as I have one in the living room already, but it would be nice to replace two devices with one.
- I would like to keep the price under $300.

I was looking at the Xtreamer Prodigy HD as an option, but I read some reviews out there that make it sound as if its playback is buggy. I had hopes that someone would jailbrake the AppleTV 3, and I could just run XBMC on that, but I have been waiting for that for some time, and it doesn't appear to be happening any time soon.


Thanks for any advice, and I apologize for the lengthy post. I just wanted to make sure I got all of the relavent info into it.
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 
No recommendations?

Well, I read up on the Dune player. There is a Dune 3D Base out now, and a Dune 3D Max that is slated to be released Q1 2013. The more I am thinking about it, the more I am liking the idea of replacing two devices (media streamer and BR player) with one device, so I may just wait it out for a bit before I make a move. Not unless my wife decides she is tired of waiting, but she has OTA and a DVD changer in the bedroom for now to tide her over.
post #3 of 8
Dune, mede8er and PCH all have viable 3D capable options for you......
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Originally Posted by Ph8te View Post

Dune, mede8er and PCH all have viable 3D capable options for you......

Mede8er at the moment is ahead of everyone else. PCH-A400...all I can say is buy at your own risk. Dune 3D media players aren't out for sale yet.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'll take a look at the Mede8er. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Mede8er at the moment is ahead of everyone else. PCH-A400...all I can say is buy at your own risk. Dune 3D media players aren't out for sale yet.

I would agree that the Mede8er is ahead of the game, all depends onwhat you want.....with mede8er youll be managing your interface from a computer\server so there is that where as PCH its an option;. If all of your rips are in MKV format youll have less issues with the A400 from what I see, the real issue is with ISOs....the Mede8er has had the head start with the 1000 so they have had more time to fix the bugs, which is why they are ahead IMO, time will only tell if the A400 becomes as stable as part of it has to do with the new chip they are using, so there will be some work with Sigma involved, thus delaying things more......Mede8er from what I ahve seeen in reports still lacks a decent TV jukebox option, but strides are being made to get that more robust.......If I HAD to choose right now Id probably go with a Mede8er, otherwise I might wait a couple of months to see where evertyhing falls......
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Originally Posted by Ph8te View Post

I would agree that the Mede8er is ahead of the game, all depends onwhat you want.....with mede8er youll be managing your interface from a computer\server so there is that where as PCH its an option;. If all of your rips are in MKV format youll have less issues with the A400 from what I see, the real issue is with ISOs....the Mede8er has had the head start with the 1000 so they have had more time to fix the bugs, which is why they are ahead IMO, time will only tell if the A400 becomes as stable as part of it has to do with the new chip they are using, so there will be some work with Sigma involved, thus delaying things more......Mede8er from what I ahve seeen in reports still lacks a decent TV jukebox option, but strides are being made to get that more robust.......If I HAD to choose right now Id probably go with a Mede8er, otherwise I might wait a couple of months to see where evertyhing falls......

From my experience, I've noticed PCH takes years to fix anything. Look at the A300, they still have HD sound issues. Now, that the A400 is out that issue won't get fixed.
post #8 of 8
If you are buying right now, And dont want any of the options the A400 brings then go with the mede8er if you want some of the options like built in jukebox then wait and see how the A400 plays out. A month should be a good turn around time to get most of the major bugs put to rest to make it usable, If you can wait that long to see. and by that time the zappatit player might be out to see how it does.

Anything built off older gen things always has less bugs in the end, Mede8er has had a good year+ to work on the 1186, A400 has about about 3 months to work on the 8911, zappatti should be close to the tv 301 being its same chipset series just 3d added so it should function pretty close to the 301.

I really want to see what route mede8er goes after the realtek, seems like 1186 might be the last realtek chip if they will switch to marvell or sigma for their next generation.
Edited by halfelite - 12/14/12 at 10:18am
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