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What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
06-01-2009, 10:27 PM
Post: #121
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
(05-16-2009 11:45 PM)markb Wrote:  Paul, I'm new here but my summary sentence would be the exact opposite of yours. This is an expensive device that accomplishes little of what it sets out to do - it plays about half of what I give it and the play quality is poor. And let's not even start on the usability of the user interface. I'm a linux hacker and I expected problems with this thing but it's just rubbish.

I was conned into purchase by statements like yours Paul.

Ah... a fellow victim. Amen brother. Big Grin
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06-02-2009, 12:28 AM
Post: #122
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
Only one for me, ASS/SSA support.
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06-02-2009, 06:30 AM
Post: #123
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
(05-16-2009 11:45 PM)markb Wrote:  ..the play quality is poor.

720p/1080p content played back via HDMI on a Pioneer Kuro is, for my money not good - but superb - quality. As for standard definition content, I have found the quality to be just as good - considering of course, the format's inherent lower quality.

So why are you (or anyone) experiencing poor quality playback?

Perhaps the source of your files are of poor quality; or the codec used/encoding settings are encouraging poor quality output; or the settings used are somehow incompatible with the Popcorn Hour. The next level of possible problems is exterior hardware: Display/Display settings; cabling or other connection problems can all result in awful quality. And then finally, your unit - not all Popcorn Hours - may just be the faulty link in the chain.

If you are seeing poor quality, something is undoubtedly wrong.

Now as an aside, I'm not saying the Popcorn can play back every file I have fed it - but those that have played back - and those being the vast majority - have played back superbly.

In fact, the only exceptions I can make to this statement are the playback of files with borked audio, HD files that are encoded with a specific high encode quality setting and very low quality YouTubeish Internet media.

If your unit isn't playing back crystal clear audio and video for the most part - and admittedly my main experience is with 720p/1080p MKV or with DVD quality AVI files with either MP3/AC3 audio - then something is very wrong.

Also please note that my statements do not cover DTS or extended AC3 playback as I have not used them extensively enough to spruik the Popcorn's handling of them so if your quality issues lie there, please ignore most of this post. And since I run everything via HDMI/Digital Audio Out, my comments do not refer to the Popcorn Hour's other lower quality connections.

(05-16-2009 11:45 PM)markb Wrote:  I was conned into purchase by statements like yours Paul.


In my experience, both the the A-100 and the A-110 are excellent units and for the price insanely good value. I'm sorry your experience is different but as my post suggests, there must be a reason for this disparity, that you are yet to discover.
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06-02-2009, 08:04 AM
Post: #124
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
For me, the two biggest concerns are that it's not actually delivering on all accounts that it claims to.

1) The DLNA-Server is not able to handle too big libraries. My DLNA-Client reports "Server error" if I have a too big library on the A-110. It also doesn't handle playlists in m3u or WPL, which is a shame. Otherwise DLNA-server is a great feature, but as it is now it's unusable for me, and this was one of the main reasons I chose PCH, for it to be an all-in-one box.

2) The NAS-Server have performance issues. The PCH is advertised as being able to serve as a NAS, but it's unable to reach higher speeds than about 4Mb/s. It's also a bit slow when listing directories with lots of subdirectories and files (say around 1000-2000). It's a cheap mans NAS, but not a full-fledged one as I would have hoped and that it gives the impression of.

For its primary function, as a media player, it works great for me. I have only found one file that wasn't playable.
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06-02-2009, 04:36 PM
Post: #125
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
(06-02-2009 06:30 AM)paulmoons Wrote:  720p/1080p content played back via HDMI on a Pioneer Kuro is, for my money not good - but superb - quality.

It's certainly not superb to me if the colors are wrong. Despite the prevalent belief that this is a videophile device, it won't ever be until they fix the color decoding bug.
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06-02-2009, 06:06 PM
Post: #126
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
My biggest complaint comes from the latest firmware breaking the 4:3 Letterboxed "fit to screen" option on the DVD player. This is discussed in detail in another post on these forums.

Basically, when you play .ISO files that are pure DVD rips, some DVDs play "letterboxed" in a 4:3 window on your 16:9 TV. Imagine a 4:3 box inside your 16:9 TV, and the video content in that box is also letter boxed, meaning you have a pretty small picture on your TV, surrounded by black boxes.

The core of the problem is the original DVD, which was mastered as "4:3 Letterboxed" instead of "16:9 Anamorphic". However, nearly all set top DVD players automatically compensate for this, and apparently older PCH firmware also compensated correctly for this.

I have found that most of my pre-2003 "Widescreen Edition" DVDs exhibit the problem on playback. My original 1999 DVD of Jesus Christ Superstar looks especially horrible, because it's presented in a 4:3 Letterboxed presentation of a 2.35:1 film, so basically the movie is this little window surrounded by huge, thick black bars.

Modern DVD releases have that "16:9 Anamorphic" flag set during authoring, which means the PCH plays them correctly.
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06-11-2009, 01:06 PM (This post was last modified: 06-11-2009 01:07 PM by ToRrES.)
Post: #127
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
No show stoppers only 1 annoying thing so far:

- gaps between audio files! i would love to here the songs of mixed mp3 cd's to play seamlessly.

When will this feature request be send to syabas?
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06-15-2009, 08:44 PM
Post: #128
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
My two showstoppers are the issues described in following threads:

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showth...?tid=14635 (hard disk problem)
http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showth...?tid=23638 (audio crash)

Especially audio crash is really annoying.

I can sincerely say that PCH is the worst purchase I have done in a very long time.
If I had known back then what I know today, I would never have bought it.
But now that I bought it, I'm just trying to make the best out of it.
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06-29-2009, 11:06 PM
Post: #129
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
Issue #1: Make Rewind available on MKV files.
Issue #2: Sound dropping out when FFWing MKV files.

NMT: PCH A-110
HD: WD10EADS 1TB
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06-30-2009, 09:30 AM (This post was last modified: 06-30-2009 09:51 AM by adel.)
Post: #130
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
I'm using mine only to watch videos, so I have nothing to say about music, pics or any other stuff like youtube or torrents.

As my native language is Arabic, watching Arabic material is ok, but other languages without Arabic subtitles is really required. Imagine, that I'm postponing 100ths films, just waiting to get the Arabic subtitle working.

so here is my most important features to be implimented in next firmware:

1. Support of Arabic srt subtitle format
2. idx/sub support.

else, every thing is ok for me.
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07-02-2009, 08:04 PM
Post: #131
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
(06-02-2009 04:36 PM)Hokeysmoke Wrote:  It's certainly not superb to me if the colors are wrong. Despite the prevalent belief that this is a videophile device, it won't ever be until they fix the color decoding bug.

I second that. I'm suprised they haven't fixed it yet.

Hokeysmoke - have you tried connecting your unit via component? I would just like to get another opinion on the component output vs hdmi. If you haven't could you try it and let me know what you find? I would like to get somebody else with another HD tv to compare the hdmi output and component with a 720p and/or 1080p h264 mkv movie. I have two A-110's and both of them output better color and clarity through component.

Would the decoding error affect the component output?
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07-02-2009, 10:00 PM (This post was last modified: 07-02-2009 10:04 PM by Hokeysmoke.)
Post: #132
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
Yes, the error affects component output as well, but there's a twist in that someone tried to correct for it by adjusting the component gains. Therefore on most HD content component should look better, but it's being corrected in the wrong place. See the following post.

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showth...#pid199894
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07-03-2009, 09:15 PM
Post: #133
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
Not a Showstopper, but the user interface is sub-mediocre, performance is slow, support from PCH is non-existent, the device is unusable for MP3 and JPG files, and firmware releases are a pathetic example of inevitable increase in entropy: IOW, decay of quality.

Other than that, and being over-priced, it's certainly suitable for playing DVD ISOs.
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07-04-2009, 12:22 AM
Post: #134
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
(06-02-2009 06:06 PM)decker12 Wrote:  My biggest complaint comes from the latest firmware breaking the 4:3 Letterboxed "fit to screen" option on the DVD player. This is discussed in detail in another post on these forums.

Basically, when you play .ISO files that are pure DVD rips, some DVDs play "letterboxed" in a 4:3 window on your 16:9 TV. Imagine a 4:3 box inside your 16:9 TV, and the video content in that box is also letter boxed, meaning you have a pretty small picture on your TV, surrounded by black boxes.

The core of the problem is the original DVD, which was mastered as "4:3 Letterboxed" instead of "16:9 Anamorphic". However, nearly all set top DVD players automatically compensate for this, and apparently older PCH firmware also compensated correctly for this.

I have found that most of my pre-2003 "Widescreen Edition" DVDs exhibit the problem on playback. My original 1999 DVD of Jesus Christ Superstar looks especially horrible, because it's presented in a 4:3 Letterboxed presentation of a 2.35:1 film, so basically the movie is this little window surrounded by huge, thick black bars.

Modern DVD releases have that "16:9 Anamorphic" flag set during authoring, which means the PCH plays them correctly.

I was wondering why it was doing this. I thought I was the only one experiencing this; glad to know I'm not. I hope it's fixed soon.

NMT: PCH A-110
HD: WD10EADS 1TB
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07-04-2009, 07:04 AM
Post: #135
RE: What are your two SHOWSTOPPER problems with your A110?
1. PCH incorrectly outputs a standard def color matrix when viewing HD. This happens on most of the HD content I have.

2. can't rewind MKV's

really #1 is most important to me because if it doesn't get fixed I will probably defect elsewhere.
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