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Help looking for a simple media player

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   opopanax666



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Posted February 04 2014 - 03:44 AM

Hello everyone,


Need some help setting up my streaming system, and given the few "must-haves" and lots of "don't-needs", I thought it might be quicker to ask the experts!


I have:

- Samsung UE40D6530 LED;

- HDTV cable top box;

- Yamaha DSP-AX761 (RX-V661);

- 9650SE-based NAS running W7;

- Logitech One universal remote.


I need a box that allows me to:

- give me some NAS browsing ability;

- practically play any AVI, WMV, MKV, containing all kinds of formats;

- decode HD sound (TrueHD, DTS-HD MA), because receiver is 7.1, but doesn't decode HD-sound;


I don't need:

- WiFi (everything is connected by cat-5);

- access to online content (YouTube, ...);

- apps of any kind;

- 3D (would not work anyway, Yamaha output to TV is HDMI 1.2);

- Blu-ray player.


I looked around at Dune HD, Roki, Apple-TV, etc. but I get lost in all the possibilities, most of which I don't even need.

So, in short: I'm looking for a "no frills" media player, that plays most formats you can throw at it, decodes HD-sound to (L)PCM, and that allows me to browse my NAS. That's it, nothing more, nothing less :)


Which of the players you know comes closest to my needs?


TIA for any feedback,


#2 of 2 OFFLINE   bigshot



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Posted February 08 2014 - 04:24 PM

They're all going to have wifi and access to online content. I believe the Roku 3 does everything you want, but you should check about your specific brand and model of NAS first. Also, I'm not sure about avi or wmv.


I don't believe AppleTV can do MKV, AVI or WMV. It also doesn't do HD sound unless they have added that recently.

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