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Nice bit of kit
on 19 July 2012
It was either this or the Dune HD1. I planned to upgrade from my very reliable and trusted WDTV live, largely because I wanted DTS HD MA and Dolby True HD pass-through and a better browsing experience.
Having read a number of very negative reviews I nervously ordered my A300. It promptly arrived and I got to work setting it up. Everything is fairly straight forward just follow the prompts...easy and, as recommended, update the firmware. The audio and video setup options are fairly extensive and would appear to support all makes and needs.
So, time for my first movie a MKV 24 Gb Blu ray rip with DTS HD MA streamed from my QNAP 412 NAS over a Gigabyte network with a TP Link switch and Cat 5e cables.
It was dreadful stuttering and stalling video without HD sound. So the predominate reason for buying this beast was turning out to be a major disaster. After an hour, I repacked it and printed off my Amazon returns label and left it by the door for collection.
But it bugged me why it wouldn't work, because it appears to offer so much of the functionality I was looking for, so I spent the afternoon on the web and found many users with similar problems and the root cause was the new firmware. So I unpacked it rolled back the firmware and all was fine. I also stopped using Twonky media and shared via Samba. I intend to try a NFS server later. Twonky appears to struggle with my HD files, haven't figured this out yet though. Will no doubt be user error...as always.
So maybe try the original firmware first or check how its performing on the forum and set up using Samba shares.
I'm running at present with green unauthorised drives in my QNAP 412 from Seagate and WD and they have been fine. I have about 500 movies loaded in various formats, AVI, MKV, VOB, MPEG2, MP4 and all play fine as does Dolby 5.1, DTS and the HD formats I mentioned. I do not have a drive installed on the A300, it runs hot and I have it sat in a tight enclosure.
The NMJ is a joy to use and great fun to set up. Download NMJ Toolbox2 it will help with managing your movie database, particularly for UK TV series the A300 really doesn't like them being IMBD sourced I would assume. I read somewhere it only creates a NMJ database on the local drive, this was not the case for me and I set it up easily on my NAS. also I would recommend you back up the database file I have had mine become corrupted on a couple of occasions for no obvious reason
I know it works with QNAP and Dlink NAS boxes and runs at 1000 Mbps network speeds across various cable types and switches throughout my home.
The supplied remote appears pretty comprehensive and it illuminates for those winter nights. Not keen on the, 'delete key' though be careful with that.
So in short I love it, but it is a pain to set up and it's a tad overpriced but definitely a step up.