Originally Posted by giomania
I started researching 4K UHD network media playback devices (both dedicated devices and players with network capabilities) last month, and it became confusing quickly.
For my own edification / sanity, I started tracking certain parameters / capabilities of the devices in a spreadsheet. Since I put a lot of work into the document, I thought I would share, and see if there is interest, or if it is worthy of the start of a reference document.
In the google sheet below, I collected a substantial amount of data, but there are still many pieces missing. I basically have completed my research and decided upon my path forward. However, if members are willing to discuss the various device capabilities, it might be an interesting thread. Let's see if it flowers or withers on the vine.
-Apple TV 4K with Infuse - seemless interface in comparison to everything else I've seen with cover art. It remains to be seen if it will playback Atmos files in Atmos, but we'll know more by Fall when Apple rolls out Atmos support. Plays everything and automatically selects best default language track unlike most of the rest. Sees DLNA and SMB servers. Sees SMB & UPnP/DLNA shares. Also hooks into plex servers. Could be THE solution if Atmos capable. SHAME ON THE OP FOR NOT HAVING AN ITUNES SECTION. ITUNES IS NOW THE BIGGEST PROVIDER OF 4K MOVIE CONTENT AND OFTEN THE TITLES CAN BE HAD AT A REAL BARGAIN WITH CODE REDEMPTION.
-The Oppo's handle DLNA servers. Pretty much plays everything as advertised, but limited to 10 audio tracks.
-The Xbox One S is ineffective with 4K playback. The Movies & TV app sees DLNA servers, but not SMB. It can start up MKVs, but the video stutters. It cannot see the .m2ts files in stream folders, but it will attempt to play MKVs. It does not see 4K mp4 files. Movies & TV will not play Atmos audio tracks. It also doesn't handle DTS playback.
The VLC app on the Xbox will see SMB servers from Browse (going to network locks the app up). It will play mkv Atmos tracks, but no video lol. It sees MP4s, but blows up the app when you try to play them. Sees .mt2s files, but blows up on them.
-Sony UBP-X700 Simply an excellent value and can play back dolby vision test files like the Oppo. Another huge plus are its apps. Vudu has 60fps Dolby Vision (a problem for some TVs) with Atmos.
Netflix is DV, but not Atmos. Youtube HDR is superb. Amazon has HDR. The X700 sees DLNA servers. Won't see MP4 files. It does play 4K m2ts files from stream folders and it will play their Atmos tracks all with incredible speed.
For mkv 4k, the X700 will play them, but not the Atmos tracks. It does play DTS HD.
Spool up time on mkv is around 30 seconds. A small percentage of 4K m2ts files will not playback on the X700 properly due to stuttering and mkvs have a higher attrition rate, but it does amazingly well for a 3 pound device. A workable media player for those on a budget who want to test the 4K waters. Not great on subtitles (get Infuse) and barely enough oomph (if you get stuttering hit pause and play, for one title I directly plugged the network cable into my NAS with no router.) For those on an extreme budget willing to tailor their files to the X700s needs definitely a bargain with Vudu doing the holy grail of Atmos/Vision, Dolby Vision and Atmos for discs, and the above file playback capabilities. Serious mediaphiles will want ATV4K or Oppo.