When I first started to test the RaidSonic Network Media Player there was several issues that I would stumble across from time to time. Certain videos would not play, the system would lock and to be fair it was a pain in the butt. After a few firmware updates all of these issues were sorted out and the system is now rock solid. If this review was written within the first thirty days of its arrival the outcome would have been much different. Luckily there are a couple of online communities where members are active in testing and working on pieces of the updates. These communities are very transparent about what features they are working on and what issues are being sorted in the next update. Even though the Network Media Player is now functioning just as advertised the NTM tweakers are adding new features at a steady rate.
Once you factor in all of the extras that are produced by the DIY crowd it is clear that we have not even scratched the surface of this product. The Bit Torrent client was included from the factory but not discussed in this article. The web interface allows you a level of control over the unit and is where you load your torrent files.
The playback capabilities of the RaidSonic Network Media Player are top notch and the system gives you a lot more flexibility than the Apple TV or Windows Media Extenders. Playback quality is above average even when paired with high quality audio and video components. The system isn't going to make your YouTube videos look like DVDs since the quality of the video you are watching will determine the final output quality.
If you are not prepared to build or buy a stand along PC for use as a media player to bridge your audio and video files from your computer to your TV then the RaidSonic Network Media Player is a good way to achieve this goal. The unit is silent , uses a lot less power when compared to a PC and makes other purpose built products look like kids toys.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The RaidSonic Icy Box IC-MP309HW-B Media Player]
- Page 5 [Test System]
- Page 6 [Setup]
- Page 7 [Menu System]
- Page 8 [Local Content]
- Page 9 [Audio and Video Quality]
- Page 10 [NAS Performance and Remote]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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