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Western Digital WDTV Buying Advice

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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Hi Everyone, I'd like a bit of advice about the Western Digital WDTV and a few other HD Players.

I've got lots of MKV files that I would like to playback on my HD Tele, however I can't make my mine up on which player to buy.

The most popular one seems to be the Western Digital WDTV (Around £65), however after an hours worth of reading reviews it seems the WDTV has problems with MKV files with 5.1 DTS and gives no sound, therefore each files needs to be downmixed to enable you to hear it, also theres lots of problems with laggy menus and other issues, that said theres also a lot of good reviews too.

The box I'm considering is the Xstreamer which is around £99, this has inbuilt wifi which would be useful, but doesnt have as good menus as the WDTV.

There are other models but I'm really stuck on what to get, I've been having a good read and some have opted for a HTPC but I don't want to spend a fortune nor do i want anything bulky, the PS3 and xbox are not an option as they dont play MKV files straight off their hard drives, trust me if the PS3 could do this then I would swap out the internal hard drive with a large 1tb one.

Has anyone any recommendations on what would be the best option

Cheers
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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first off what is your source? internal drive, external drive NAS, PC?

The MKV down mix is true, so the WDTV probably isn't the player for you.
Its a great little box (i use one myself with custom firmware) but am looking at upgrading.

so far and without further info from you i would suggest the Egreat EG-M32A, it runs on the Networked media tank firmware (like the popcorn hour) so you can use media jukebox plugins. im considering it myself.
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Jetpac;7214451
first off what is your source? internal drive, external drive NAS, PC?

The MKV down mix is true, so the WDTV probably isn't the player for you.
Its a great little box (i use one myself with custom firmware) but am looking at upgrading.

so far and without further info from you i would suggest the Egreat EG-M32A, it runs on the Networked media tank firmware (like the popcorn hour) so you can use media jukebox plugins. im considering it myself.


Hi mate, i'm using a external USB hard drive, I find this better than networking as the TV is downstairs and too far to be running cables around, never heard of the Egreat are they a reasonable price?

Just to throw a spanner in the works, Western Digital have a V2 model of the standard WDTV box out (just released this week according to few forums) scan say it downmixes auto without use of converting it first, no reviews yet tho
#4
the egreat you can pick p for under 100, the same price as the streamer but with a better interface.
It will also do the 5.1 mix. I personally dont use MKVs for this reason, they dont really offer any benefit to me over the standard mp4 container and it is more compatible cross platform ive found as MKV is not supported widly yet.
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Jetpac;7214969
the egreat you can pick p for under 100, the same price as the streamer but with a better interface.
It will also do the 5.1 mix. I personally dont use MKVs for this reason, they dont really offer any benefit to me over the standard mp4 container and it is more compatible cross platform ive found as MKV is not supported widly yet.


That sounds ok, just found another unit that seems to get good reviews, "the xtreamer"

Sells for the same as the egreat, cant seem to find the egreat for sale in the uk btw
#6
If I was to go for a media player at the moment I'd go for the WDTV live personally. I very nearly bought one, but instead I put my old PC in a nice case and have that running on the TV instead. It's actually quite cool because I can surf the net etc all from my arm chair on the big screen. I may well end with a WDTV live though for my bedroom!
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blackster
That sounds ok, just found another unit that seems to get good reviews, "the xtreamer"

Sells for the same as the egreat, cant seem to find the egreat for sale in the uk btw


The xtreamer is ok, but the interface is very poor.I was eying it up for a while, but i dont like the company, they way thery operate or the outlandish claims they make comparing their player to others.

plus dont forget with the Xtreamer you will be paying an extra £15-£20 on top for postage.

you can pick the egreat up new on ebay from business sellers, it runs on the NMT firmware as i have already said, which is very well supported in terms updates and community work.
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nickw90
If I was to go for a media player at the moment I'd go for the WDTV live personally. I very nearly bought one, but instead I put my old PC in a nice case and have that running on the TV instead. It's actually quite cool because I can surf the net etc all from my arm chair on the big screen. I may well end with a WDTV live though for my bedroom!


Ditto........ WDTV Live ..... :thumbsup:

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