HD Media Playersthedletterman writes "I've been spending the last few months shopping around for a good home media player. I don't need the ability to record or rip, but I do want 1080p playback. I would also like wireless N draft, support for common video codecs, playback from SMB shares, and most importantly, a nice UI. There's several players on the market which have caught my interest, but fail to meet these basic requirements. Am I asking for too much?
For example, I would take the Popcorn Hour A-100 in a minute (actually more like 3 months if you consider the waiting list) if it was wireless. I would take a Linksys DMA2100 if it didn't require running everything through Windows Vista Media Center Edition.
I'm currently considering the Mvix's MX-780HD but the interface looks like complete garbage. I'm using a Neuros OSD, which doesn't do wireless (properly.. it is using a bridge), doesn't support resolutions better than composite cables, the interface locks and lags, and it looks pretty crappy.
In my living room, I have a wireless Xbox running XMBC and component cables. The networking support is there, just not in N-mode, the codec support is there, and the UI is great: directory support for wide banner formats and a media scraper connected to thetvdb.com and imdb for the win. However, the Xbox won't do 1080p, is too loud with the fans, and the wireless controller just doesn't make a good interface and sucks through batteries too fast.
Am I asking for too much too soon from this rapidly evolving industry? Am I stuck with the Xbox as the best solution until next year's products roll out? I'd love to hear suggestions and feedback from other users who don't want to drop $30,000 for a Kaleidescape or have a media center PC in their living room but want a media player capable of handling the task that looks great."