10 September 2008

Dlink really weak in HD

I have been the patriot of Dlink products in media streaming. Currently I have 2 pc of DSM 520 and one DSM 320 streaming off my 2,5 TB Dell PowerEdge quad-core media server. Mostly I watch TV-shows like Friends, Top Gear etc and lot of MPEG4 movies. But more and more movies are coming out in HD, ripped off from blu-ray or recorded from the HD cable/terrestial. In most of the cases these are in .TS format, .MKV Matroska containers, H.264 whitch is pain in the a.. for Dlink. Converting is really a lottery and not really an option. Also, high bitrate (more than 20 mbit per second) 1080 has been problem for DSM-520, despite of wired ethernet.

Now I look something more capable. Most probably I'm going after Popcorn Hour A-110 streamer. Looks like just for me, HDMI 1.3a, supports the latest high bitrate video formats (MPEG2 MP@HL, H.264 HP@L4.1, VC-1 AP@L3 in TS of at least 40Mbps) to give you up to 1080p high-definition videos.

Another option is Buffalo Linktheater HD On the paper its H.264 AVC capable, but MKV container is not clearly notetd on their spec sheet?!


wtrompetter said...

I made the same experience like you did but I thnk I finally found the rpoduct that matches all of our needs: the Western Digital HD media player. It plys nearly all formats including MKV(!). Have a look at the spec-sheet: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=572 and the best of all, it retails for around 100$. Cheers - Wolfgang (Germany)

Jaak Ennuste said...

Thanks for Your comment! I went for Popcorn Audio and I really like it's performance in HD / MKV!