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Best Alternative to Roku HD 1000?

Postby 4wbrown5 » Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:56 pm

:idea: To: Anyone who has a burnt-out HD 1000 power supply or just plain burnt-out enthusiasm for the promise that once was Roku HD 1000 before they shut down the product...

What IYHO is the BEST alternative to the Roku HD 1000 digital media receiver with high definition TV in/out, sound file sharing, etc. :?:
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Postby zargon » Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:44 am

I would have to say the TVIX M5000 and the soon to be M5101 with more HD format support.
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Re: Best Alternative to Roku HD 1000?

Postby dgburns » Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:25 pm

4wbrown5 wrote:What IYHO is the BEST alternative to the Roku HD 1000 digital media receiver with high definition TV in/out, sound file sharing, etc. :?:

You're not going to get consensus anywhere, ESPECIALLY not on a Roku forum... :shock:

Go to AVSForum and read the Digital Media Receivers section. You won't find any consensus there either though. Too many products and so many opinions. WHat is perfect for one person is blasted by another. But you'll get a feel for ever product out there, what it does well and doesn't do well.

I'm too am keeping my eye on the new TVIX.
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Postby igleaner » Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:04 pm

Here's a better and cheaper replacement from Netgear.

It will be released within 6 weeks and cost $349.

http://www.netgear.com/Products/Enterta ... A8000.aspx
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Postby zargon » Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:51 am

It looks like the NetGear requires a stupid server based software with its Windows requirement.

If that is this case, this unit is all but worthless too me. I really feel that you should not have to run server software to use a device like this. Let alone need a PC on all the time that this device needs to be used. The manufactures are getting real lazy. That is why I am having a hard time letting go of my Photobridge, I don't need anything for it to run, it can be all self contained.
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Postby igleaner » Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:37 pm

Zargon,

I don't quite follow your thoughts. If I am trying to stream music and photos from my PC to my TV, then wouldn't it be necessary to have the computer tuned on?
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Postby sansp00 » Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:18 pm

Basically, no ... All you should need is access to 'online' storage. Support for UPnP, DAAP, NFS, Samba or any other media protocol/drive mounting protocol should be standard. You should not need a hub (PC in this case) bridging the content to the streamer, especially if the content is not even hosted on the computer.
In my case, I only want to have my low wattage consumption NAS running and leave my PC alone. Presently, I have a DAAP server running on it and have NFS and Samba 'mounting' available and I am able to stream all my content to my devices, things should evolve in that direction without other dingles to run.
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Postby mlknez » Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:53 pm

The EVA8000 only requires software on a pc that has a tv tuner that you want to access from the eva8000 or remote control a pc. If you just want to stream pics, video, and audio you don't need any extra software.
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Postby sansp00 » Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:21 pm

Yes, I know that Mike, but just wanted to clarify the previous post. I think the Netgear unit works with UPnP and Samba ...
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Postby halfsheep » Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:49 pm

Why is the NetGear "better".

So far, it doesn't appear to be available so as of now it's effectively non-existent to a consumer. In fact, NetGear site post calls it "vapor ware". Is there just cause to believe this is legitimately a good product or could this be just another 'seems good on paper' situation? I hope the NetGear is the device, but seems I have heard of the device every couple of months and they all turn out to be horrible when put to the test.

If we haven't learned to be a little cautious of product promises by now, well....
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Postby mlknez » Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:28 pm

I saw the eva8000 at the CES. It looked pretty good with the preliminary firmware. I just spoke to the company today and was told the ship date would be end of March. They said that they wanted to work out a couple of issues first.
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Postby aceface » Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:42 pm

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