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what is the best network media player

Discussion in 'Home Theater PC' started by palindrom, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. palindrom

    palindrom Member

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    I would like to hook my hitachi plasma tv to my network to play ripped dvds from my hard drive and other video. I bought dlinks dsm510 hi def player and returned it. I had problems installing the software on my new gateway with dual core amd chip. I also could not set up the dlink on my hitachi the screen would go green during installation. There has to be a good device out there. I would like to hard wire it with cat5.
     
  2. mattardo

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    I've heard the Avel is good, but I don't have any details: my memory is foggy. most of the good ones are imports and it's questionable whether they do what they say.
     
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    A modded X-Box might be worth looking into, I believe the latest version of xbmc does Hi-Def. Once you get xbmc up and going it's interface is really intuitive and straightforward, it easily outclasses any other standalone divx player, and plays every feasible video format really well.
     
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    A ps3. you dont need to mod it. i just use nero media home. all my music and videos show up right on my ps3. The ps3 is also wifi and 1080p. good luck.
     
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    The PS3 would be superior, however from a price standpoint you can accomplish HD and Wireless with a modded XBOX for far less than PS3 + Nero, XBMC is vastly superior to Nero in pretty much every aspect. However with a PS3 you get the added benefit of much better hardware, PS3 games, and Blueray playback.
     
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    at this stage in the game the content we get is more and more available in HD.

    a standard xbox with xbmx does not have enough power to play back HD files.

    So what to do?

    either have a computer next to the TV or wait :)
     
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    Not true!

    The Xbox will happily play 720p.

    XBMC is streets ahead of anthing else available. It catalogs your collections, plays everything and streams perfectly, both wired and wireless!
     
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    I am thinking about buying the Mvix™ Hi-Def MX-760HD. Does anyone know if this is a good buy or should i wait for something better? The other media player I am looking at is the Netgear EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD but I am not sure if it will play Vob files from my ripped dvds. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?
     
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    I pre ordered this to try iy out but there is a back log
    http://www.popcornhour.com/
    Also a new Tvix(dvico) is comming out at end of january.

    I was looking at the netgear but for me ide rather had a box where i can put a hard drive in the unit itself

    Also there is the mediagate
     
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    The Asus DMAV15: Network media player is also good. Check out it's image
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    and it's description here.
     
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    Man that looks sweet ill have to check that out
     
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    I think I'm going to try this xbmc thing out. Gave my old xbox to a friend who I doubt even uses it anymore so I'll ask for it back.

    BUT, I hate the noise from the xbox. This might be a dumb question and the inappropriate place to ask, but I'd like to know how safe it is to disable the fans and replacement options are best. I hate having to have my tv twice as loud as necessary just to overcome those fans and that would honestly be my primary reason for not going through with this.
     
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