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post #1 of 15 Old 05-30-2009, 06:01 PM - Thread Starter
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After searching the net, the only hardware player that can play .mkv file is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882005043

Is there any other player that can play .mkv files?

Ipod first became popular when it advertise to the masses for its .mp3 capability.

Why don't we have more player that does .mkv files?

I kind of equate CD music as to .mp3 and blu-ray video as to .mkv.
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You could snag a WDTV Media Player. About $100 at best Buy and it seems to play almost everything.
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The Popcorn Hour (AFAIK) and SageTV players support the MKV container, as well as pretty much every other container out there.
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Yeah reviews of the Western Digital media player seem extremely positive.
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My sageTV HD-200 extender plays MKV files perfectly; as long as they are encoded correctly. It can play anything you throw at it.
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Western Digital HDTV is the least expensive, but has no networking with official firmware, but can with custom firmwares. I've got one, and like it. It plays 720p/1080p video very well, pass-through for DTS, and decent firmware support.

Popcorn Hour A-110 seems to be a decent player, has networking, and supports most, if not all the same file types, but is double the price. Great firmware support/community

Egreat M34A looks to be basically the WD, but with networking. One thing I do not like, or respect about this company is this claim..."This is for sure the most inexpensive way to output 1080P .MKV's to your TV with DTS sound support." Reason being is because it's "support" of DTS is the same as the WD (and a few other media players), all it does is pass-through DTS to your AVR. They are supposedly implementing DTS mix-down so you don't need a DTS capable AVR in a furture firmware, but it doesn't exist yet.

Tvix M-6500A looks to be one of the nicest of the lot, however, I don't know anyone that has one, and haven't heard a lot about it. Looking at the product info though, makes it seem to be a very nice, piece of hardware. It also looks like it will be supporting DTS-HD with a future firmware, but I am guessing, like the others can only pass-through DTS now.

SageTV HD Theater. Don't know a lot about it, except that the people that have them seem to really like them. Looks real nice though.

Amex Venice V38HD is new, BIG hard drive, and can rip CD/DVD.

Myka had a nice long description of everything it could do, basically the same things the others can, but now it is gone....hmmmm.

Asus O!Play is the newest (not out yet), but doesn't look to be anything new except that it is using a possible Realtek chip instead of the Sigma that graces most of the others. What does this mean? Who knows, could be good, could be bad, remains to be seen.
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Western Digital HDTV is the least expensive, but has no networking with official firmware, but can with custom firmwares. I've got one, and like it. It plays 720p/1080p video very well, pass-through for DTS, and decent firmware support.

Popcorn Hour A-110 seems to be a decent player, has networking, and supports most, if not all the same file types, but is double the price. Great firmware support/community

Egreat M34A looks to be basically the WD, but with networking. One thing I do not like, or respect about this company is this claim..."This is for sure the most inexpensive way to output 1080P .MKV's to your TV with DTS sound support." Reason being is because it's "support" of DTS is the same as the WD (and a few other media players), all it does is pass-through DTS to your AVR. They are supposedly implementing DTS mix-down so you don't need a DTS capable AVR in a furture firmware, but it doesn't exist yet.

Tvix M-6500A looks to be one of the nicest of the lot, however, I don't know anyone that has one, and haven't heard a lot about it. Looking at the product info though, makes it seem to be a very nice, piece of hardware. It also looks like it will be supporting DTS-HD with a future firmware, but I am guessing, like the others can only pass-through DTS now.

SageTV HD Theater. Don't know a lot about it, except that the people that have them seem to really like them. Looks real nice though.

Amex Venice V38HD is new, BIG hard drive, and can rip CD/DVD.

Myka had a nice long description of everything it could do, basically the same things the others can, but now it is gone....hmmmm.

Asus O!Play is the newest (not out yet), but doesn't look to be anything new except that it is using a possible Realtek chip instead of the Sigma that graces most of the others. What does this mean? Who knows, could be good, could be bad, remains to be seen.

Wow, thanks. I did not even now these things exist with such functionality. I think I saw some of them at Best Buy but I never pay any attention to them.

Thanks for the links and summarization of the units.
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Any of those play full-bit FLAC audio?

In terms of LFE, size does matter!
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Any of those play full-bit FLAC audio?

I'm not sure what you mean by full-bit, but the Popcorn Hour is able to play FLAC. Unfortunately, the built-in DAC is quite awful so you'll probably want it to send PCM signal to your receiver. Other caveats, the default interface it pretty pathetic and I don't think it can do gapless playback just yet.
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WDTV chokes on 24 bit 5.1 FLAC in a MKV - it jerks and jumps.

And it refuses to play 7.1 FLAC completely.

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sorry for bringing up old thread, but was interested in any new list for this year.

i used this nice suggestion many years ago but came to same requirement again. would appreciate it with new devices.

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sorry for bringing up old thread, but was interested in any new list for this year.

i used this nice suggestion many years ago but came to same requirement again. would appreciate it with new devices.

thanks

There are lots of devices now including the Nvidia Shield, Amazon Fire TV devices, numerous android boxes and even the Apple TV will play MKVs on your network with the right app. You should explore this dedicated forum to find one that matches your needs and budget https://www.avsforum.com/forum/39-ne...ent-streaming/


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At this point in time...pretty much all of them. Some do not support "forced" or "default" flags but that is easily fixed.
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sorry for bringing up old thread, but was interested in any new list for this year.

i used this nice suggestion many years ago but came to same requirement again. would appreciate it with new devices.

thanks
Keep in mind, MKV files are just containers. The video and audio could have different codecs involved. I have H.264 with MP3 audio, I have seen H.265 with AC-3 sound tracks and many more mixes...

So, older devices that can play h.264 will run a MKV with h.265 like a slideshow unless it has the chipset for it.

It can be a little tricky to find 1 hardware device that will play all MKV files... I would say, if it can play h.265 and play MKV files, you should be fairly safe
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