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pinecooler
2007-04-11, 05:40
This may be sacrilige to ask here but hopefully not.

I want to setup a video streamer in my living room to cmplement my two squeezeboxes that are elsewhere in the house.

I have seen products like the Helios X3000, the Pixelmagic MediaBox MB100 and pinnacle showcentre

What i would like is something that is 1080p capable and is attractive to look at. I'm not fussed about audio because i will be partnerring it with a new squeezebox courtesy of the seasonal sale.

davidcotton
2007-04-11, 11:16
Excellent section on the video streamers (I've come to the conclusion that it takes up more time to set up than an audio only set up unfortunatly)over at www.avsforum.com. Also some good reviews on www.mpcclub.com

cparker
2007-04-11, 14:29
http://www.slingmedia.com/

Ian_F
2007-04-11, 15:08
This may be sacrilige to ask here but hopefully not.

I want to setup a video streamer in my living room to cmplement my two squeezeboxes that are elsewhere in the house.

I have seen products like the Helios X3000, the Pixelmagic MediaBox MB100 and pinnacle showcentre

What i would like is something that is 1080p capable and is attractive to look at. I'm not fussed about audio because i will be partnerring it with a new squeezebox courtesy of the seasonal sale.

The thing you need to be aware of before you splash the cash (and hopefully you'll pick this up in the links that have been given) is most of the clients are not without their problems. This is relatively new technology and certain devices are better than others at streaming certain types of files. Therefore, before you spend too much time ripping etc. choose your device!
Very few, if any, are suitable for mainstream use. Also, the best server software varies amongst devices.

It's certainly an interesting little project tho. I hope you've got lots of hair!!

dcote
2007-04-12, 01:52
check out the kiss players at:

http://www-uk.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C1&childpagename=UK%2FLayout&cid=1150490628933&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&lid=2893329179L05

i dont have one of those myself, but i do have one of the predecessor models, the DP500 (no HD-TV, no HDD recording). it will play >95% of the stuff people rip and encode. and there is a large number of thirdparty "servers" in case you dont like theirs.

i am quite happy with it.

good luck,
dom

bossanova808
2007-04-13, 18:49
I have a Zensonic Z500 video streamer.

The company is now called Ziova - http://www.ziova.com

The device is not nearly in the same league as the squeezebox (in terms of reliability, build quality, or slickness), and it's taken many firmware upgrades to get to this point, but overall it is now a decent video player for both optical media and streaming media.

It now very rarely crashes or hangs, maintains sync almost all the time, to be honest has few practical problems. I only use it for video playback, have completely ignored its other features.

Annoying lag the first time you fast forward a file, and a bit slow to boot, but the video quality is excellent on our 42" plasma and overall the device works well for downloaded telly etc.

I have one server that serves both the music and the video, it's quite beefy which I think helps, there's never any lag due to the server.

Until recently (Frimware 1.6.1) I would not have recommended it overall, but now I would. Although it's picture displaying abilities (ie slideshows) are still rubbish, which is the one other thing I would like to use it for. But for video, it's really pretty good now, we use it nearly every day with success.

If you want to know anything about it, just ask.

danco
2007-04-13, 23:42
The reports I have seen (I don't have one myself as yet) recommend the Tvix. Either the 4000 or the 5000 models, or wait for the newer 4100/5100.

ltb76
2007-04-14, 01:39
The reports I have seen (I don't have one myself as yet) recommend the Tvix. Either the 4000 or the 5000 models, or wait for the newer 4100/5100.

I've had a TViX HD-M5000A
http://www.tvix.co.kr/Eng/products/HDM5000U.aspx

And for a period I was very happy about it - stable and good quality. But it lacks support for DRM and many newer codecs so I think its life span is close to over.

I've not foud any commercial products to replace the TViX 5000 so Im building a small PC. Iíve ordered a motherboard with onboad HDMI / HDCP support, now Iím trying to build a XP embedded with support for remote control. If I canít get that to work Iíll just go with XP on a 4200rpm laptop disk.
The media Iíll be playing is located on a Freenas (Hergers SlimNAS version) Iíll connect them with gigabit Ethernet.

Cheers

Lasse

peter
2007-04-23, 12:15
pinecooler wrote:
> This may be sacrilige to ask here but hopefully not.
>
> I want to setup a video streamer in my living room to cmplement my two
> squeezeboxes that are elsewhere in the house.
>
> I have seen products like the Helios X3000, the Pixelmagic MediaBox
> MB100 and pinnacle showcentre
>
> What i would like is something that is 1080p capable and is attractive
> to look at. I'm not fussed about audio because i will be partnerring it
> with a new squeezebox courtesy of the seasonal sale.
>

My preferred solution is to transport a computer display via CAT5 baluns
and an FM modulator to the TV sets in the house. Then just play the
video's on the computer (which itself is safely tucked away in the
cellar). Anything you can play on the PC you can watch on the TV's.

Then I use my Lirc plugin to control the whole setup with my SB remote.

The software I use is MythTV on Linux. But the same kind of thing could
be done with Windows MCE.

Regards,
Peter

Mark0
2008-08-30, 08:50
I have a Zensonic Z500 video streamer.
The company is now called Ziova - http://www.ziova.com


I read you use(d) it only for video but, maybe you know if reading a CD or playing a FLAC file from the network, the audio stream fed to the digital outputs is sent as-is or is resampled?

Thanks in advance for any info,
Bye!