Testing TivX 6500
After reading the manual from the enclosed CD (and it was written in that bizarre style of English often seen for products of the far East), I unpacked the enclosed HDD and installed it into the device. (It also has a slot for a TV tuner which I assume is for use as a PVR.)
I then attached the device to my PC, initialized the HDD and formatted it as a NTFS drive, gave it a Letter and copied over about 100 Gigs of data. I put in some Music in MP3 format, some old radio programs in MP3 format, some JPEGs (it claims it can show JPEGs up to 3888 X 2500), and a good selection of video files. I put in a couple of Japanese films with subtitles in AVI format, some HD material in WMV format, some MPG, some HD MKV, etc.
I then removed the TviX from my PC and brought it to the LR AV system. I decided that for testing I would attach it directly to the Sony XBR4 rather than do any rewiring on the AVR.
I turned the TviX on and watched it BOOT, then LOAD. After about a minute some splash screens appeared on my TV. I went through a setup choosing NTSC (over PAL), 16:9 TV set, connection via HDMI, etc. It then SAVED the settings.
Then a Directory appeared showing the first level of Folders on the HDD. My first concern was that it would not accept multi-level directories, but it was able to drill down. E.g., under my VIDEO folder, I have an AVI Folder, an X264 folder, etc. I drilled down and clicked on a WMV 720p item with DD5.1 audio. It started up instantly and looked very good.
I stopped and returned to my AUDIO folder and selected some Nick Cave songs. They played without a problem, with the TviX starting the next song in the Folder immediately after the first selection finished. Interestingly, the list of songs disappeared from the TV's screen after about 3 minutes and was replaced by a moving "TviX" symbol. To stop burn-in, I assume. A thoughtful touch.
I then went to a JPEG folder and displayed about 20 photos without a problem.
I then went to an AVI directory and tested a Japanese film which came with a subtitles file. The subtitle file was not displayed in the Folder, but the video played OK and subtitles appeared on screen. I did notice, though, that the frame rate seemed a little jerky. These AVI files are often created at lower frame rates, 25 or so being common. I wonder if the TV was trying to do a 2:3 Pulldown exercise on the video? Something to check out later.
I tried various MPG, WMV, etc., video files and all played without a hiccup.
In other words, this device passed my tests. Now I've got to wire it through my Denon upconverting AVR. If I have a glitch with this, then I shall leave it connected to the TV but use the digital audio out from the TV to connect to the AVR.
The TivX is so small, it is almost unnoticeable sitting on a shelf under the TV set. Later I'll connect a 500-Gig external drive to the TivX via USB and then I'll have a total of 1 TB available for playing.
As an aside I have some misgivings regarding running the MP3s through the TivX. My Denon is supposed to have some circuitry for enhancing MP3 audio and I may connect my MP3 files directly to the AVR via another external HDD to its USB port.
A worthwhile investment - at least for my personal Utility Curve.