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MKV containers lose the original integrity of the disk. They can pack back in all of the stuff that was on the original, but not with all of the navigation cues, etc. It is a good container format if you want to save some disk space and are not concerned with all of the "extras" that come with video disks these days. There is no way to currently correctly store and play back Dolby Vision in an MKV container. An .iso container can be an exact copy of the original. You CAN edit an .iso file to get rid of stuff you don't want. I believe that the Shield Pro can play .iso files, however you may want to double check. I use a computer as my digital media player.
Storage is fairly cheap these days and I prefer to use .iso files so that I can get any information that was on the original. .iso files can contain and be used for Dolby Vision playback.
The cost of 400 UHDs is expensive!
You will kick yourself later if you only choose a 4-bay NAS to start with! Example...
Lets say that you buy a 4-bay NAS and install 4 12TB drives.
Each 12TB drive formats out to about 11.25TB with overhead. They will use Raid5 protection. That means that your usable space is 33.75TB (RAID5 protection protects against a single drive failure but sacrifices one full drive worth of space). The average UHD .iso file is 75GB. That gives you roughly 450 UHDs. If you already have 400, that leaves you very little expansion. You will also find that you want to use your NAS for other media such as family pictures, videos, music, data backups of your computers, etc.
If you get the 6bay NAS that you linked to for 960 and each drive costs 200, you wind up with a $2100 investment for the optical drive, NAS and hard drives. Not too shabby and less expensive than the much smaller Zappiti.
Media Room: LG oled65c7, Marantz AV8805, Sherbourn 7/2100, Emotiva A-300, Studer A80, Studer Revox b795, Nakamichi RX-202, HTPC, exaSound e38, Sweetvinyl Sugarcube SC-2, (2) Piega P10, Piega Coax Center, (6) Piega AP 1.2, Hsu VTF-15h mk2
Office: Emotiva mini-x A100, Geek Pulse, (2) KEF LS-50, Goldenear FF 4, PC, NAS 130TB
Bedroom: Panasonic TCP55vt35, Marantz NR1200, Dune 3 Prime, (2) Elac Uni-Fi UB5
Last edited by mlknez; 05-28-2020 at 09:23 AM.