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  1. My point was, essentially, that bitrates are all related to the codecs used to make the data streams inside the container rather than the container itself. Supported codecs are (usually) dependent on what the hardware chipset is capable of decoding, yes, but this shouldn't be confused with the container format which is essentially just a wrapper for the streams contained within. Have a look at this supported container and codec list (yes, I know it is for the updated Media 2.0): http://f.imagehost.org/0979/Samsung_2009_T...rted_Codecs.jpg - see how both MKV and AVI have essentially similar co
  2. MKV is just a container format like AVI (though not as limited). Inside the container are the separate video, audio, subtitle streams etc. If you had the same video and audio streams (e.g. video codec was divx and audio codec was mp3) in an MKV as in an AVI, then transcoding would be simple as only the container format needs to be changed on the fly... the Sammy just needs to be fooled into thinking it is getting an AVI. Its when the video and audio codecs inside the container, or the resolution of the encoded video etc are not supported, that the transcoding overhead goes up, because the vide
  3. "PS3 Media Server PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding any kind of media files, with minimum configuration. It's backed up with the powerful Mplayer/FFmpeg packages. " ... "Real-time video transcoding of MKV/FLV/OGM/AVI, etc. " Looks like the PS3 media server uses transcoding (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcoding) to support these containers/codecs on DLNA media players that would not otherwise support them. Does that put much of a load on the PC running the PS3 media server (could be the P
  4. It is kinda difficult to get all the specs from the Samsung site as there are missing details e.g. digital audio out and ethernet port for the B650 models. Try this site instead for the specs: Series 6 models - http://www.theelectricdiscounter.com.au/sp...=LA32B650T1FXXY Series 5 models - http://www.theelectricdiscounter.com.au/sp...=LA32B550K1FXXY Series 4 models - http://www.theelectricdiscounter.com.au/sp...=LA32B450C4DXXY The main differences from what I can see are: Series 4 models have resolution up to 1366 x 768 with the older DNIe+ picture engine and Wide Colour Enhancer 2 Serie
  5. I tend to agree. While it's nice to have a built in media player that supports a lot of formats, the downside is that you become reliant on vendor (Samsung) firmware rather than being able to pick and choose your own software (the latter usually being much more flexible). That said, it's not like you're paying a premium for the built in media player in this case.
  6. Actually, DivX/XviD are MPEG4 Part 2 and AVC/H.264 are MPEG4 Part 10. The MPEG4 container format is Part 14. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpeg4
  7. When looking at two Strong branded HD settop boxes just prior to Christmas I noted that there was a significant price difference between the MPEG2 only and the MPEG4 model: SRT 5405 (MPEG-2 Compliant) for $99 vs SRT 5410 (MPEG-4 HD/H.264 Compliant) for $200+ Admittedly the MPEG2 only model was on special (reduced from $139) at Myer, but I thought that it was still a bit steep to pay that much extra for something you can't even use (for 5-10+ years, or maybe never). Might be worth it if the particular device can use the onboard MPEG4 decoder for something other than live DVB/T streams e.g.
  8. That's encouraging news then, given that the AU specs for the LA46B750 on the Samsung site don't seem to mention it: http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/detail/...&fullspec=F Yet the AU specs for the previous LA46A750 model did include this: http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/detail/...&fullspec=F I was reading through the Samsung B650 owner's thread on avforums that hazzad linked to earlier and it was mentioned in there that there was an optical output, however there are UK (B6xx) models that have this listed in their specs (just above the section on Power) e.g. http://www.samsung.
  9. Another quick update. Just got a reply from Strong confirming that the software update is intended to fix the audio sync issue: The software version you have installed dated 28-11-08 solves this problem. Ensure you have powered the unit off and back on at the rear switch once the update has finished installing.
  10. Just an update on my last post. It seems that doing a factory reset as per the instructions was not enough to complete the software update. I turned the unit off via the switch at the back and then turned it back on again. When I check the software version on the display it now says 1.0 - 2008-11-27. The audio sync problem on all HD channels seems to have gone as well (at least for now). Not a bad little unit for the price ($99 at Myer, if you can find a store that has any in stock). It included a free 512MB USB stick as well which I used to do the upgrade. Apparently you can load MP3s onto t
  11. I bought one of these from Myer yesterday and have found the same problem that tim2chins is having regarding the audio being noticeably out of sync with the picture on 7HD. Seems OK on 10HD though. Haven't noticed any problems with the picture so far on any of the channels. I'm in Brisbane by the way in case that makes any difference. Downloaded the software update from the website (28-11-2008) and applied it as per the instructions (including a factory reset). It didn't fix the issue. I'm not actually sure if that is a software update on the website though as it says version 1.0 - 28-11-2008
  12. I think the 550HX-S may have TBC as well, according to the specs on the Pioneer site: http://www.pioneer.com.au/productdetails/h...ifications.html "Picture Quality Progressive Scan: PAL/NTSC 3-D Noise Reduction: Yes Video DAC: 12-bit/108 MHz (Progressive Mode only) 3D Y/C Separation Circuit (NTSC/PAL): Yes Digital TBC: Yes Picture Creation: Yes" Seems to be standard on the Panasonic DVD recorders too from a brochure I was reading: "VCR Refresh Copying to DVD Time Base Corrector (TBC) + 3D Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) When connecting a VCR and DIGA to record VHS v
  13. Hi Alan, Thanks for all the info that you have provided in this and other threads - it really is most insightful. Having bought my first house about a year and a half ago now (in Bray Park), it was a disappointment to find that I couldn't get any signal for digital TV using the pre-existing antenna on the house, but I'm finally looking to address that, most likely with a whole new antenna and cabling. At present I have only a fusion hdtv tuner card in my computer for receiving digital TV, but I had very few problems using that when I lived a lot closer to Brisbane (at Geebung/Aspley). To be
  14. Sounds like there is a lot of room to maneuver on the price with these units. Clive Peeters had the EX77 listed for $669 on page 41 of last week's Sunday Mail (Brisbane), and that was an advertised price.
  15. I asked about this myself on page 3 of this thread as it seems that the previous ex75/ex85 models had a similar issue (see the link on my post for a discussion of it re: the earlier models in another thread http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtop...p;#entry760992). Sure would be nice to know for sure if it is the same issue with these new models.
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