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Set top media player help please!

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by Mussels, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Mussels

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    Girlfriend is looking into buying me a set top media player to connect to my older model 40" HDTV for christmas, saving me on power/heat from my gaming system being connected to the TV for mere media playback.


    i'd like help hunting down what model for her to get me, since i don't want her to get ripped off and buy me overpriced junk.

    while linking me to USA sites is fine to help choose a device, if you're going to comment on prices please use australian online retailers/prices.

    TV's res is natively 1360x768, but for media use it works fine at 1080i. 1080p support would be nice for future proofing, but not necessary.


    Requirements:

    bare minimum:
    .avi playback
    HDMI output.
    USB input
    720p playback

    preferred:
    768p playback
    MKV + H264 playback, upto 1080p content.
    NTFS support for USB drives.


    perfect:
    1080i/p playback
    10 bit H264 playback (does this even exist in media boxes yet?)
    subtitles on MKV/H264
    SPDIF output for DD/DTS for my Z5500's
    wifi N out of the box.
    built in sata HDD port.
    edit: streaming support to PS3 over wifi.



    so far the best i can find is the patriot box office HD (bundled with wifi N adaptor) for $110 Au

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=172&products_id=12995



    any other suggestions for devices? known problems with the patriot bo HD?
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    http://www.xtreamer.com.au/shop/xtr...inder-2-free-overnight-delivery-in-stock.html

    these are pretty popular these days.

    Edit:

    Sidewinder 2
    ----------------
    Realtek 1185 (2011)
    500Mhz clock speed
    256MB DDR3
    USB 3.0
    HTML5 API
    Passive Cooling
    802.11n built in
    10/100/1000 Ethernet
    Web browser
    better HD audio support
    better storage support

    PBO
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    Realtek 1073 (2009)
    400Mhz clock speed
    256MB DDR2
    USB 2.0
    Fan
    802.11n dongle sold separately
    10/100 Ethernet
    can't pass Master DTS or TrueHD. can't downmix TrueHD.
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