Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Ottawa, ON - Sharp Aquos 52" LCD - Bell 9200, 4x5900, 3x3100, E50 DVD-R, Harmony 880, Garmin C550
Had a basic setup running in 3 minutes or less. A local usb drive with some files on it, HDMI to the TV, power.
Unfortunately, the networking is flakey. Sometimes it connects to my windows shares, sometimes not. It can "see" my NAS drives, but doesn't locate any shares on them. This could be a poor implementation of samba on the NAS drives, but other windows and linux boxes don't have a problem.
I connected one of my 1TB NAS drives as a local USB drive. It took about 5 minutes to scan the 500GB of music, pictures and videos.
The options are pretty basic, but for $130 I guess I can't complain. I'm replacing/upgrading from an Xbox/XBMC.
Fortunately, the local USB drive is shared (without security though) on the network so I can still use it as a NAS device and copy my file up to it.
It would be nice to "save" a particular folder as the default root for videos. Save a few button presses.
The unit is extremely small. The remote about half the size of a standard remote, not that I plan on using it.
All-in-all it probably took me longer to reprogram my harmony 880 than it did to set this thing up.
I'm not a big fan of LEDs on the front so had to put black tape over the USB LED that flashes on disk access. I left the power LED uncovered.
Playback of SD avi files was flawless. Same for a couple of 720p mkv files. I have a 1080p wmv file, but it played back with no audio (but I don't have digital audio hooked up right now - and the clip only had dig aud track). A vob file also worked well.