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[HELP] choosing the best media player for the money

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by wahdangun, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. wahdangun

    wahdangun New Member

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    allright guys, I'm ditching my PS3, can you help me choose the best media player that can play any video format (especially MKV) but under $100.


    please guys, ;)
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    most blue ray players can i think?
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    but, its over $100, I don't have much money right now

    no, I can't use my computer, because the computer is not in my living room.

    so I have no other choice except buying a new media player or using my PS3 to streaming it(but its always give my random DLNA error),
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    I don't quite understand how your PS3 isn't sufficient? I use mine as a media server 98% of the time as opposed to using it for gaming. As for MKV I just use mkv2vob.
    Not sure why your having DLNA errors. I use TVersity for streaming but still don't have issues using regular WMP if I choose too. I stream from both my laptop(wireless) and my desktop(wired on a gigabit network) without any issue with TVersity.
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    1Kurgan1 The Knife in your Back

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    Why ditch the PS3, if your getting an error usually a restart of the PC or of the Media Server program fixes that. I don't think there are many other good options out there, the PS3 is awesome.
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    take a LOOOONG HDMI cable, and plug your PC to your TV.
    thats an option.
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    best option :rockout:
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    I have 1 TB of MKV video, and I event can't connect the TVersity to PS3 (its always give me DNLA error), I use PS3 media server although its sometimes give me DLNA error or data corrupted,

    thats the part why its so frustrating, and sometimes give me data corruption

    but " a LOOOONG HDMI cable " is expensive.

    btw ahok " mau meliput pameran komputer gak ?"
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    10 meter cost like £10 on the net, dont get a gold plated or anyother fancy shit, it is all digital now and makes NO difference so the cheapest will work the best:rockout:
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    yep gets my vote as well... get your self a long HDMI cable.
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  12. twilyth Guest

    Anything under $100 probably isn't going to be worth having.

    I've used units from Galaxy and a couple other manufacturers and you always run into shit it doesn't recognize.

    The best solution is get a cheap dvd player and burn what you want to watch. You can get very good conversion programs for way less than $100 and the Sothink dvd burner will even resample each recording so they will all fit on one dvd. Oh, and it's free (you just get a 5 second nag screen at the start of each title - which you can fast forward through if you are super impatient).

    Even better, get a dvd player than can handle mp4, wmv, avi, etc. IIRC mkv is just a container for mp4 so you still might have to do a conversion but it should be simple.

    I'm pretty sure you can get recording DVD players that will recognize all those file types for way less than $100.
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    hmm, is that true, because yesterday i bought 3 meter HDMI cable for $10 and its not even have gold plated in it.

    but if I burn it to DVD, I wont have 1080P, and I have over 90 movie in 1 TB hdd so it will be pain in the ass to convert and burn it.

    so there are no under $100 media player that doesn't suck ?
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    "eh kapan?"
    boleh"
    hahaha



    HDMI cable is a bit expensive here though..
    so, put that aside, PS3 i think is the best job for watching 1080p movies.
    or your PC
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  15. twilyth Guest

    I did a search on newegg for 'media player' and here is what I found (under $100) that looks like it handles 1080p. But read carefully because sometimes they say 1080p compatible or just say 1080 (which probably means 1080i). Anything with composite cables is out obviously. I can't remember though if component cables handle 1080p or just 720p.

    the last one is a Haupauge unit that will stream over ethernet. It also does wireless but double check that the wireless side can handle 1080p. Haupauge is a pretty good company so you can probably call their tech support with questions.

    Masscool MP-1371RS 1080P HDMI 2.5" SATA HDD/USB/NA...
    ViewSonic VMP70 1080p Digital Media Player w/2 USB...
    ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 HDMI HD Media Player
    Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player WDBAAN0...
    Argosy HV335T Mobile Video HDD Media Player
    Open Box: Argosy 500GB USB 2.0 TV HD Home Media Pl...
    Open Box: Argosy HV335T-EN000 Mobile Video HDD Med...
    Open Box: Hauppauge Media player 1016 Ethernet 100...

    Edit - I'm pretty sure none of these include the hard drive you will need although for the streamers, that's not an issue.
  16. twilyth Guest

    Might have to scratch the last one - couldn't find what it's max resolution is but if it only handles 802.11g I don't think it will do 1080p wireless.
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    Yeah I say the wd tv live is going to be your best option.
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    Crunching for Team TPU
  18. twilyth Guest

    Here's another search - don't know why i didn't search on 'media player 1080p' the first time. There is some overlap but some new items. All are between $75 and $100. I didn't see anything under $75 that was what you are looking for.

    $75 - $100,media player 1080p
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    I use the original WD TV Player. It's not networkable but newer versions are.
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=30

    I've got a Vantec dock connected to it via USB, and a matching dock conected with eSATA to my PC.
    http://www.vantecusa.com/en/product/view_detail/414

    The WD player has handled everything I've thrown at it. Only downside to my version is it's only HDMI or composite/TOSlink output. But it's got 2 USB ports so you can toss a movie of TV show on a flash drive and plug it into the player without moving cables for other storage devices.
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    wow, I never tough it will be that expensive, I expect it will be around $50 for non HDD one, and around $80 for including HDD.

    hmm, what do you think about Argosy HV335T Mobile Video HDD Media Player ? its seems good, and can be installed HDD but is there will be a major draw back that i didn't realize(im noob about this thing) ?

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