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Hi there.


As the title says I`m new the whole HT scene. I`m looking for a media player. I looked in several forums but could not find anything that suits me. My existing equipment:


LG 55LW6500

RX-V-671


connected to


DGN2200


My future media player should do following things:


- playing mainly mkv and mp4 files with dts, ac3 and aac 5.1 audio (that`s the biggest issue I read so far - the support of aac 5.1)

- attached HDD should not only play the formats mentioned above but also be accessible through my laptop which is connected to the network

- support of srt and sub

- support by manufacturer or community (such as xmbc which I`m not afraid to install)


As I said I have looked at some players. One I really like is the ntv550 but I read several good and bad reviews. My budget would be around 300 dollars but it could be a bit more if necessary. But if I cant find anything then I have to consider to build a HTPC. I just don`t want to hear:"Just get a HTPC." There must be a different solution such as a decent media player




Cheers.
 

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Maybe you've already got an HTPC.


What outputs does your laptop have?

If it has an HDMI or DisplayPort connector that might be the end of your quest: all you need is a cable.
 

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micca ep600 g2 or micca ep950
 

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Originally Posted by lokipoki  /t/1414852/new-to-the-scene-the-hunt-for-a-media-player-or-htpc#post_22119490


What about the popbox v8? Whats the difference between this unit and Popcorn Hour A300?

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PopBox v8 is fine, just uses a different Sigma chip. No full BD menus, only lite, and built-it jukebox isn't full-fledged as in PCH A-300/C-300. Micca EP600G2 and EP950 (both with Realtek 1186 chip) play frame-packed 3D BD-ISO's, but lack a jukebox. If you want full 3D, there are several Realtek 1186 players available: HiMedia HD900B, Xtreamer Sidewinder 3 or Prodigy, etc. Xtreamer has a jukebox, but there are some issues, and in general their support is poor.


If you don't need frame-packed 3D, your best bet would be either PCH A-300 or Dune Smart (both Sigma chips). An alternative is Mede8er's MED450X2 or 500X2, with Realtek's 1185 chip. Also, solid players, with jukebox.
 
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