Hardware Player - Any Recommendations

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michaelsft
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Hardware Player - Any Recommendations

Post by michaelsft » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:23 pm

Hi all, apologies if this is in the wrong place, I think it's quite a general question. I back up all my BD's to portable hard drives but when I plug them into my BD Player or TV to watch there is almost always no sound - I guess it's a limitation of the BD Player or TV that the audio codecs are not supported via USB.

Currently I use Plex but my internet is very bad and often struggles to play these. Does anyone know any hardware that I could hook directly up to the TV with a USB input that has good audio compatibility?

Thanks for reading!
Michael

d00zah
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Re: Hardware Player - Any Recommendations

Post by d00zah » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:46 pm

It might be a good idea to examine your current media to identify which codecs, specifically, your current players have an issue with. MediaInfo is a handy tool for this.

Once you know what codecs you require support for, you can now rule out player candidates without that support.

michaelsft
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Re: Hardware Player - Any Recommendations

Post by michaelsft » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:30 pm

DTS Master Audio seems the main culprit!

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Re: Hardware Player - Any Recommendations

Post by Woodstock » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:43 pm

There are a lot of hardware players out there, as you have seen. The ones I'd recommend (if they weren't discontinued and didn't die after a year or so) are the KDlinks 700 and 720. I'm trying some Android-based units; the KDlinks A300 had good capabilities but suffers from the fact that the different media players had different restrictions... Kode has a horrid user interface and didn't like certain types of subtitles, while the Android media player didn't like DIFFERENT kinds of subtitles.
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Re: Hardware Player - Any Recommendations

Post by TheTerrorBeyond » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:38 am

I have multiple NVIDIA Shield units and they work wonderfully.
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