Summary: I have had this unit for almost a year. I had the older model EVA700 prior. I like the EVA8000. I use it hard wired to my ReadyNas Duo server through a switch. Music sounds great, and it can also stream FLAC files. Movies stream very well too, but some hi res HD files sometimes stall with a message saying the "network performance being insufficient - buffering". This has not happened often.
Summary: When I purchased the EVA8000 a year ago, I was horrified at how many bugs there were in the software. But I have to give Netgear kudos for really supporting the device. I have grown to love it now. I am using it with two DNS-323s for 3TB of music, photos, and movies. I have a thousand CDs and 300 movies which can be access from any room in my place at my fingertips. It's the heart of my AV system. My CD and DVD players are gathering dust now.
Summary: The main things I use this device for are: 1) playback of ripped DVDs 2) playback of high-definition home videos I haven't owned a cd player in over five years since I started ripping my music cd's and playing them back through mp3 players and audio streamers. Now that I can purchase music online, physical discs are quickly becoming obsolete for me as well.
Summary: Plays videos and music very well. Wireless connection is good but suggest using ethernet if you are playing videos. I have had challenges playing YOUTUBE videos despite applying the patch and upgrading the software. Apparently this is a problem for a great many users. Overall I am pleased despite the YOUTUBE set back. Tech support is a bit frustrating.
Summary: It works well most of the time. There are voice codec issues, does not play some of the videos, some config settings don't stick and freezes/needs-reboots sometimes. However, I like the fact that it does not suck-up to Microsoft or its failed product MediaCenterEdition/extender or the DLNA. Shared/SMB directories work just fine. Decent audio from MP3 files.
Summary: I got the EVA 8000 for my birthday in early Dec to replace an old PRISMIQ I had that is no longer supported because the company is out of business. This unit is way ahead of the PRISMIQ. I have used the unit extensively and I have to say I don't see all these issues people keep talking about. I installed the unit and it quickly found all my share folders on my NAS with music/pictures/video.
Overall a Very Good product. Good value for my money.
Mr. Nilesh D. Khambal, Amazon
26 December 2007
Summary: I have been using this product for a month now. I have connected it to my HDTV and have used it to play my music, photos and videos and so far the experience has been very good. Some minor glitches as probably been pointed out by many other users about sound issues during fast forwards etc. But nothing that could stop me from using it. I am glad that I could get rid of S-Video cable setup that I used to use before to play the media files from my laptop.
Summary: After reading so many negative reviews and posts, I thought it wasn't worth it. Then I used it at a friends house, and found it wonderful enough to go through with my purchase. I've had it for a few months and I'm quite pleased with it. It does an excellent job at playing all the movies that I have on my computer through the network.
Summary: In the end this product did what I wanted, but it is not for the faint hearted to set up. the geek squad from Best buy couldn't do it after several hours of attmepts, but finally, my daughter's computer whiz boyfriend figured it out. Nicely imports photos, videos, etc. from all networked pc's in the house via a wired network connection to the router. Also goes directly to you tube on the web and plays video content from there. Awesome!