Originally Posted by StinDaWg
XBMC has this too.
Jriver isn't really a true media center solution IMO. It looks like itunes from 5 years ago. I actually laughed when I downloaded the trial thinking WTF is this. Not to mention it costs money when more capable solutions are free.
The difference between the two is very simple:
#1.) Jriver looks superior to XBMC for video quality playback
#2.) Jriver sounds better than XBMC for audio (and offers tons of high end audio support and features)
Info partly stolen from Jriver webpage:It also provides tons more features including audiphile ripping, Support for all lossless formats of audio (FLAC, APE, ALAC, WM), AIFF and WAV files (including tagging), Bit-perfect playback, DD support (ASIO v2.2, DoP, SACD, DFF, DSF, etc.) ; JRiver's audio is bit perfect. This means that it can output your CDs, your HD audio (88.1 KHz, 176 KHz, and more), your DSD, and any other audio perfectly to your DAC. All audio handling inside the program is done with 64 bits of precision. Most high-end hardware uses 24-bit output, meaning the engine has an additional 240 dB of precision above the hardware's output. As a result, should you choose to use them, digital volume, room correction, and other audio functions are pristine.
It's a single program and install package that can support Madvr and high end audio under a single interface. It's a paid solution so it's a not pieced together from a bunch of developers like XBMC as freeware. I understand the cost part of your objection but sometimes the reason why things have a cost is justified. I think Jriver is worth it's asking price for anyone who desired what it offers.
You are so entrenched into XBMC you can't see the good in anything else. I think you are doing yourself a diservice. Mediabrowser, Jriver, madvr, MPC-HC, PLEX and tons of the other stuff we have been discussing all have their own little charecteristics both good and bad but there is much good in all of them. Nothing wrong at all with enjoying XBMC or preferring how it looks to feels to others, but I suspect much of your opinion if based on the familiarity of XBMC from long term use versus the learning curve on something else. Simply put there is no possible way to just install XBMC and begin using it and have it look and sound as good as Jriver- or offer all the functionality. You can begin to get some of it with hacks, and plugins and work-arounds and doing stuff like using an external player for Madvr etc... but at the end of the day that is not so simple and not so good. For anyone that wants all that under a single program shell and installation Jriver is worth it's asking price.