Help needed: all in one Blu-ray/freeview PVR/media streaming
I need some assistance in trying to find the ideal AV source component(s ) for our bedroom. I want a Freeview twin-tuner PVR (preferrably HD), Blu-ray player and the ability to stream MKV files (mixture of SD and HD, some with DD sountracks and some with DTS). Looking to spend no more than £300 all in. Currently I'm using a Humax DVB-9300T PVR and a Sony BDP-570 Blu-ray player. These are a frustrating couple of products. Whilst the Sony is generally pretty decent, it simply will not stream an MKV with a DTS soundtrack. I've tried setting my media server to transcode (which solves that problem), but I get stuttering play-back on HD files (I suspect that my NAS doesn't have the horse-power to transcode). The Humax is rendered almost unused because the EPG takes several minutes to populate whenever the machine is switched on (even from standby), added to which the process of navigating forward through the days in the EPG is so unintuitive that it takes 5 minutes of trial and error to re-teach yourself evey time.
So, I have decided to treat us to a replacement for these devices - ideally one unit, but I'd rather have 2 that work intuitively and cover all the features than 1 that doesn't! 2 is the limit though as we only have 2 HDMI sockets on that TV.
I've been doing some research, and frustratingly I just can't seem to find anything that fits the bill. The Samsung BD-E8500 looks perfect on paper, it covers all the bases in a single unit and I was pretty much ready to take the plunge, but then I did some on-line research and it seems that there are a lot of unhappy owners out there, who have complaints about the useability and various reliability issues, so I have really been put off.
I looked at the Panasonic DMR-PWT520, which has a very similar feature set and looks to fit the bill nicely, until I saw a review that mentioned that it can only stream MP4 video files over a network...
So perhaps the way to go is a Youview PVR box and a Blu-ray player, if I can find a DLNA certified blu-ray that can stream MKVs...
I can't get another Sony because I have to assume that the same incompatibility with DTS soundtracks in an MKV file will still exist.
I remember looking at Pioneer and Denon players in depth when I was looking previously into what to get for the lounge, and the specs for both led to a degree of uncertainty that they would be able to stream MKV files (I've re-checked and even the current models don't mention MKV streaming compatibility)
I did have a look at the Cambridge 651BD, thinking that at least I know the CAs are good and can stream MKVs nicely, but that's £500...too much for a bedroom player that we only use to play films occasionally.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I honestly don't think that my requirements are so unreasonable, but it is very surprising how few products out there can handle the streaming part, even though we're 2 or 3 generations in to hardware that supposedly has 'networking features'. Any thoughts and advice appreciated!