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This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)
This is a versatile little media player with support for most popular codecs. I had originally bought a (Western Digital) WD HD 1080p Live but had issues with the network connection dropping randomly so I returned it. I've had no such issues with this product. The network connection, even when streaming from wirelessly connected PCs, is very solid.
I should say that I don't have an HD TV but I have found the video quality satisfactory. The sound quality is a little thin but fine as long as you're not running it through a home cinema setup. The menu and navigation systems look a little dated but are adequate - you have to browse your network or attached storage (i.e. there is no library feature).
I have found the odd video file or subtitle file that didn't play but that will play on my PC however, generally, the support for formats is excellent. Firmware updates have, so far, been regular and Asus actually respond on their own forums (unlike WD!). This box also supports menus for .iso images and VIDEO_TS folders (again unlike the WD). I have found rewinding and fast-forwarding in video files to be a bit glitchy and it would be good to be able to jump to a particular point in files, hopefully further updates will enable this.
Considering the price point this product represents great value. It does everything that I wanted it for and has no major failings, just a few niggles which prevent it getting 5 stars.
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Initial post: 10 Aug 2010 21:44:24 BDT
on the sound point... it might be terrible via the (cheap) supplied stereo RCA lead, but if you have surround sound you'll be using an optical cable, so the sound quality of the device itself is irrelevant.... the device supports DTS, so if your amp also does, you'll be getting absolutely superb sound out of this box.
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