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RE: DLNA - Any good? Any Advice?

I use Samsung BluRay player, (BD C6900), which will play VOB or mpg (with DD5.1) from my DLNA NAS, plus any AVI files I've tried, .TS, (which a lot of PVRs record in), and although I don't often do it I'm pretty sure I've streamed the odd MKV. No ISO.

The quality is very good, but the fly in the ointment is it won;t recognise anamorphic. If I export a .TS file from my Sagem PVR, or rip a DVD as VOB, (even of I rename the vob to mpg - every vob is a valid mpg file, but not vice-versa), it doesn't show them properly as it doesn't recognise the anamorphic video, so they are narrower than they should be. No fix seems to be on the horizon. I believe this also affects Samsung TVs, but there are custom firmware versions from non-Samsung enthusiasts that address it.

The problem with DLNA is the spec is limited, and so devices and servers do more, but often finding out what and exactly what the results will be isn't easy. The differences between USB and network playback don't help. I'd like to see a lot more in reviews about what they do in this respect.

There is a BluRay / DLNA / Freeview HD PVR box, the Samsung E8500 / E8900, and they will also act as servers for stored content. Not sure how that works for HD encrypted recordings, but hopefully this box wouln't have the anamorphic issue.

I wonder whether the streamers like AC Ryan perform to the standard of something like a BluRay player when streaming froma pure picture / audio perspective and like to see more about this in reviews also. I haven't worried too much about ISO playback as if I want to store away one of my DVDs I tend not to be bothered about the disk extras so a ripped vob of the film gives me the unaltered film and takes up less disk space.

 

 

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RE: DLNA - Any good? Any Advice?

A streamer like an ACryan will allow perfect playback of BD-ISO.

The BD is usually ripped with error correction using a PC to a NAS, and the streamer is certified to fully support the required video/audio codecs.

ISO's are also my preferred format for ripping dvds- as any subtitles are copied also. Otherwise your ripper will need to add an .srt,.sub etc file to the .VOB

 

Many films (eg Kill Bill1, Hunt for Red October) have parts spoken in foreign language - without the subtitle encoded you wont get the translation.

 

For the sake of £80 or so, I would always recomend a streamer as the best quality solution for both video (DVD/BD) and lossless audio (eg FLAC), when plugged into an amp.

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RE: DLNA - Any good? Any Advice?

Not sure if this is any help:

i bought a NAS drive from western digital, set it up over the network via my PC - youu can tell it who can have access over the network etc, transferred all my audio & pics etc to it & then my Yamaha A810 is DLNA certified & i just put the amp on, tell it to read the WD NAS drive & i select what i want & its all there on the TV screen.  1tb WD NAS drive cost me about £100 from Amazon.

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RE: DLNA - Any good? Any Advice?

Hi All

Just logged on here and found this old post is alive and well, so as the OP I thought i'd do an update.

I disabled the media player on the Synology NAS and installed a DLNA server called Serviio - great support, forums and profiles.  I did this as my research showed the DLNA server which comes bundled on the synology is resource hungry, leaks memory, clunky and confines you to using a certain directory structure.

Anyway hardwired the NAS via my router directly to the Samsung TV Series D TV and it plays all my videos I've thrown at it.  1080p mkvs in their proper format - with DTS audio

Forced Subtitles (Avatar / district 9 / Bourne films, etc) seems to be a bit of a minefield.  I've found the best way to deal with them is to ensure they're hardocded into the MKV file. (various ways of doing this but its prob out of scope of this post)

So, so far I've learned Serviio on the Synology DS212j is far better than the DLNA server which comes prepacked.

I've yet to try with a Samsung Recorder / Bluray player (as i've yet to buy one) but more updates as i get them.

Streaming with the boxee box is also flawless as well

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RE: DLNA - Any good? Any Advice?

As you have a Samsung TV I suggest you also try installing the plex client on your TV, and the plex media server on your NAS

http://www.plexapp.com/linux/linux-pms-download.php

 

Ensure your films are name in the format name_year_type and the thumbnails, movie info will appear for each film when you browse them.

Eg. A Beautiful Mind_2001_DVDRip.ISO

 

This is what my TV looks like when browsing my NAS using PLEX.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/34970833/IMAG0016.jpg

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RE: DLNA - Any good? Any Advice?

cheers, joe - yeah used to use plex server and client on my macbook plugged into my telly for a year or so.  Was really interested to see the client on the samsung so I installed it a while back when it first came out using my macbook as the server and it works a treat.  However its not really an option for me since I really want to free up my macbook and my Synology is a DS212j which has the ARM chipset reather than Intel so the plex server for Synology won't install.  I've been watching the 'plex server for Synology ARM' thread for about 6 months now though and one chappie posted the other day that it's 'not far away'.

Will be interested to try it when it surfaces (I really miss that plex interface!) but having said that Serviio is absolutely excellent and so efficient in terms of resource footprint on my NAS so I'll be hard pressed to find something that matches it I think.

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RE: DLNA - Any good? Any Advice?

Hi everyone !

I have a Synology NAS server with DLNA on my local network and I'm considering buying the Onkyo TX-8050 to play the music stored on my server (connection via ethernet link).

Is this amp capable of reading the DLNA flux from the server directly via ethernet ?

I'm also thinking of getting the usb wifi dongle to be able to control the amp from an android tablet/mp3 player (which i think is easier than browsing through all the files from the amp directly)

What do you think ?

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RE: DLNA - Any good? Any Advice?

cyril_13 wrote:

Hi everyone !

I have a Synology NAS server with DLNA on my local network and I'm considering buying the Onkyo TX-8050 to play the music stored on my server (connection via ethernet link).

Is this amp capable of reading the DLNA flux from the server directly via ethernet ?

I'm also thinking of getting the usb wifi dongle to be able to control the amp from an android tablet/mp3 player (which i think is easier than browsing through all the files from the amp directly)

What do you think ?

 

Yes the Onk can stream music straight from the NAS. For best quality use FLAC format.

If you have a wireless router then you shouldnt need the wifi dongle to control it with a phone/tablet.

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