HD player of DVDs

Helios X5000
Helios X5000

Note, this is not about HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. :-)

I’ve been pretty happy with our two LG players (an LD-530 in the bedroom and an LD-531 in the living room), but one feature has been lacking and it’s getting more and more critical over time.
More and more of my downloaded TV shows are in resolutions higher than NTSC. The LD-530/531 (and the follow-up LD-731 apparently) can’t handle any resolution better than 720×480.

Most of my shows are now in “HR” format, which is exactly one-half the dimensions of 1080, i.e. 960×540. Some are in HD720p and some are now coming in as HD1080i (in raw .ts form, no less; let’s hear it for over-the-air recording!).

So I think I’ve found a new player: It’s the “Helios X5000 HD Network Media Player”.
Not only does it play up to HD1080p resolution DivX and WMV (and MPEG and .ts I think) with HDMI output, but it has an ethernet jack and wireless 802.11g through which you can play HD content on your network.
The highest bitrate you can play wirelessly is 12 MBps, because.. that’s as fast as wireless can go.

Helios X5000 (rear)
Helios X5000 (rear)

It’s has a good review from
enGadget
and people are
saying good things on the AVS forum.

It’s a bit pricey, but it has a lower-cost sibling, the 3000, which I haven’t looked into yet.
It also has a pricier sibling, the 8000.
I’ve spent too much time on this already so feel free to mention the pros and cons of the two siblings in the comments!



6 Responses to “HD player of DVDs”

  1. rae Says:

    Ok, I’ll take my own advice – according to this, the 3000 isn’t on sale until the end of November, and has fewer audio features.

  2. Iain Says:

    Why not use your G5?

  3. rae Says:

    For the G5 I need a good front-end app to serve up a nice UI that is controlled by a remote. But ya, it is certainly the less expensive option. :-)

  4. Iain Says:

    Have you found a Front Row hack? I must give Front Row another go as I think the current crop of QuickTime codecs will solve my video playback issues.

  5. rae Says:

    Ya, I managed to get Front Row to work on my Mac Pro and it shows all my DivX movies in the Movies folder. The previews are very, very slow though. I wish you could turn them off!

  6. Guilin Tour Says:

    That Sounds interesting, I agree with you.Please keep at your good work, I would come back often.*

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