Help looking for a simple media player

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by opopanax666, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. opopanax666

    opopanax666 Auditioning

    Feb 4, 2014
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    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. bigshot

    bigshot Cinematographer

    Jan 30, 2008
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    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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