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.
"Great for wired video streaming!! Lots of features!!"
28 November 2008
Pros: I have had this unit for 8 months now and can access all shared media from the PC on my network. Will play ISO, AVI and VOB formats. Just rip your DVDs to a USB, NAS unit or media server and away you go.
Cons: Does not support 1GB wired and Draft N wireless. In 100 yr old house, wireless G and N Routerscould not push signal from rear upstairs to front living room. Relocated Terastation NAS to shared gigabit switch in living room and all is streaming 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: 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: 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: The vision behind this product is great, but the implementation is weak. They better improve the UI so consumers can benefit from all the features with ease. The server software is the most problematic. It often crashes on my XP Pro and YouTube steaming stops. It also does not run as a service, so I have to logged in. My biggest complaint is the remote control. Hard to use, with very very small prints.
Summary: I really like this device, it's got great potential. However I should note that this unit is for techical users - not-technical users will probably be better off with iTV. This box plays a lot more formats and has a lot more features - but it compromises on ease of use. If you are the kind of person that likes to tinker - this is definitely a good fit for you.