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Orb
2005-04-11, 16:30
Everything that SB2 does but have video outs so I can play my mpeg and other video files stored on my hard drive through the TV.

dborn
2005-04-13, 04:40
This is something I would love too.
Playing my .jpg picture files on the TV screen would be awesome. Being able to play DVD quality mpeg2 files with ac3 sound also would be great but there may be a bandwith/storage space issue to consider...

Daniel

Orb
2005-04-13, 05:00
There seems to be plenty of SD competitors with products that do this. What I like about the SB is it has a big display. Many of the media network player that connect to the TV do not have any displays but have menu's on the TV. Fine if you are wanting to watch Mpegs but if you just want to play music you don't always want the TV on.

I do hope SD do a visual media player with its own screen in the future though. Maybe the SB3!

Daryle A. Tilroe
2005-04-13, 07:27
Orb wrote:

> There seems to be plenty of SD competitors with products that do this.
> What I like about the SB is it has a big display. Many of the media
> network player that connect to the TV do not have any displays but have
> menu's on the TV. Fine if you are wanting to watch Mpegs but if you just
> want to play music you don't always want the TV on.
>
> I do hope SD do a visual media player with its own screen in the future
> though. Maybe the SB3!

I don't want to seem to be advertising the competition (and I don't
think it is actually in direct competition with current Slimdevices
offerings) but you may want to consider one of these that I just
bought (they go for under USD $300 or CND $400):

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/product-detail.php?productid=96&categoryid=18

Here is a very supportive thread on the AVS forums with incredible
participation from *the actual product manager* (very much like
the relationship with Slimdevices):

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=495915

I suspect Slimdevices will have trouble coming from behind on
this onc and competing with the likes of Buffalo and D-link.
They may be better off focusing on the audio side of things
and devices with integrated displays that do not require you
to fire up your TV/plasma/LCD/video projector. There is
probably room for two devices; in the medium term at least.
Of course in the end we will probably see massively integrated
media receiver/amps that do it all from the usual suspects (JVC,
Panasonic, Sony, etc.).

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Daryle A. Tilroe