Review: Mede8er MED1000X3D

by Damian on October 24, 2012 · 53 comments

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Back in April I had the chance to review the Mede8er MED500X2, which is based on the Realtek 1185 chip. Today I will be taking a closer look at the Mede8er MED1000X3D. In many respects it is nearly identical to the 500X2. However, instead of the 1185 chip it is running with the 1186 chip, which means Blu ray 3D support. OK, enough boring stuff, let’s get down and dirty :D

Specifications:

Price: USD 225

Features:

  • Full 3D - HDMI 1.4 - Play 3D BD-ISO
  • Complete Aluminium Die Cast Casing - Fanless Design
  • Mede8er XBay - Easy Hard Drive Change - Up to 3TB
  • Active Backlit Remote with Self Learning Hot Button
  • Mede8er Developed Movie & Music Jukebox - Database Driven
  • Web Services, YouYube XL, Web Browser
  • Built in Mede8er Favorites Manager
  • Community Skins and Easy Backdrop Customization
  • HD Audio - 7.1 DTSMA & Dolby True HD
  • Fast USB3.0 & Gbit Network Port
  • Music JukeBox Local & Network Support
  • Built In View Manager (5 Custom views)
  • Compatible with Mac HFS+ USB Drives
  • Movie XML Med Data in Media Library
  • Video JukeBox XML Search Function
  • Hard Drive Spin Down Function
  • Alpha Search in Media Library
  • Internal Hard Drive Up to 3TB
  • Internet Media Streams
  • Social Media
  • Watches Indicator
  • Built in Web Browser
  • Optional Wi-Fi USB / PCIe
  • Internet Radio (SHOUTcast)
  • Full Parental Control on Folders
  • SD Card slot / Sony Pro Duo Card Slot
  • Samba Server - NAS Storage
  • Photo slide show with background music
  • Subtitle: SRT, SSA, SUB, SMI format
  • Network - Ethernet 10/100/1000* Mbps port

Specs:

  • Processor: RDT1186 – 750Mhz – 512MB SLC Flash – 512MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Video Fomats Supported: AVI/BDMV Light/BDISO Light/MKV/TS/TP/TRP/M2TS/MPG/MP4/MOV/M4V/VOB/ISO/DAT/WMV/ASF/RM/RMVB/FLV resolution up to 720p/1080i/1080p
  • 3D Video: Full 3D/Side By Side/Top & Bottom/Frame Sequential/Frame Packing.
  • Audio Codec Supported: MP3/MP2/OGG Vorbis/PCM/LPCM/AAC/RA/Dolby True HD – DTS MA Passthrough on HDMI/AC3 – DTS 5.1/Flac up to 24bit 192Khz/WAV/WMA Standard (DRM & Advanced Profile not Supported)
  • Photo format Supported: JPEG/BMP/GIF/TIFF/PNG
  • File System Supported: FAT32/NTFS/HFS+ (MAC)
  • Video Output Resolution: NTSC/PAl/480P/576P/720P/1080i/1080p/1080p 24Hz input
  • Output: HDMI 1.4/Component Video/Composite Video/ Stereo RCA/SD/SDHC/Sony Pro Duo Card Slot/SPDIF Optical/Co-Ax Digital/Slave Port USB 3.0/Host USB USB 2.0 x2/IR Jack

Hardware:

Yup, it’s a box.

Of course the first thing to notice is the shape of the X3D, which appears to be something out of a sci fi movie. It is a design that for most people they will either love or hate. Those who want players that fit in with the more traditional a/v components probably won’t care for the UFO design. I actually liked the design being outside the box, but no one ever said I was normal! As you can see from the top of the X3D, there are several buttons that can be used for navigation and playback if you don’t have the remote control handy.

Towards the back right are two USB 2.0 host ports and a connector for an optional wi fi antenna.

To the back left is an SD slot and USB 3.0 slave connection

To the back you will see the usual array of inputs and outputs.

Here is a picture of all the goods, which includes a USB 3.0, Composite cable, HDMI cable, remote control w/ batteries, wi fi antenna, MEDX2KEY USB wireless keyboard, and power brick. No network cable was included so make sure you have one available.

Pressing down the release latch on the front of the X3D opens up the top of the case (reminds me of the DeLorean!). This is where an internal hard drive can be placed. Also note there is no fan, so for those who are concerned about fan noise this shouldn’t be an issue.

Here is what the X3D looks like with a drive installed, takes about 10-15 seconds to install, all tool-less.

Here is a picture of the remote which had more of a rounded shape that fits in closer with the shape of the X3D. If you look closely, at the mid left and mid right of the remote are two black buttons. One button serves as a power button and the other button serves to turn the backlighting for the remote on (a nice feature)

Here is the MEDX2KEY USB wireless keyboard close up. It has a similar look and feel as other wireless mini keyboards out there, but branded specifically for the Mede8er. For anyone who is looking to use some of the online resources available, the keyboard is much more convenient then the remote.

One interesting item. Not only did the X3D come with an instruction manual, but it was actually a very detailed manual! Job well done!

I found the X3D as a whole to be very well thought out, from the packaging to the remote to the user manual. Of course the case itself folks will either love it or hate it. Maybe it is just the Trekkie in me, but I actually like the case. At a minimum when you hold in your hands you know you have a solid device and not a piece of plastic.

UI Appearance:

The stock UI on the X3D has had a minor overhaul from the 500X2, going with a Confluence type theme (menu items are vertical to the left of the screen). In my opinion this is a much better layout to go with as it is much clearer what each menu item is. As with the 500X2 you also have the option to download and install various user created themes.

Since the UI on the X3D shares many of the same traits as the 500X2 I won’t go into much detail over since it is covered more extensively in the 500X2 review.

When playing a folder rip you will be prompted to either play the disc or browse the disc.

Quick view of some of the video settings.

Since the X3D does not support full Blu ray menus you instead will have access to a basic bd lite menu.

Responsiveness/Remote Control:

The remote control is IR based which means direct line of sight is needed, and comes with the usual assortment of buttons. The design of the remote itself I found to be a bit more ergonomic  as compared to the typical hard edged rectangular shaped remotes.

Similar to the 500X2, navigating around was relatively quick, with very little lag when scrolling through the file browser. At times though the pointer got a little too jumpy, and I found myself constantly having to scroll back because scrolling once would actually register as two clicks over.

Network Performance:

The X3D has a gigE NIC, and when testing over the network was able to recognize both smb and nfs set up on my Windows Home Server. Using the infamous “bird scene” from Planet Earth I was able to play back without issue the 70 Mbps clip via smb and the 110 Mbps clip via nfs. This should allow for plenty of headroom when streaming high bitrate content. When transferring files over to network to an internal drive in the X3D I averaged approx. 15 MB/s.

However, currently there is one important caveat. Several 3D Blu rays currently push beyond the typical bitrate limits we are used to seeing with 2D Blu rays. You might have seen peaks up to approx. 50Mbps with a 2D Blu ray, but with 3D Blu rays there are peaks in excess of 90Mbps. As you can see based on the smb results above, this will cause issues with trying to play back 3D Blu rays over smb. I attempted to play back The Avengers 3D Blu ray via smb and had frequent stuttering/audio dropouts, to the point where it made it nearly unwatchable. I then switched over to nfs and the same Avengers 3D Blu ray played flawless. Of course though, there is another potential issue not related to the X3D. In order to use NFS and get the necessary performance, your media server which is streaming via nfs must support nfs @ 32k. It appears that Windows Home Server supports this (which is why I had no issues) but it looks like the current Synology media players only support nfs @ 8k, resulting in worse performance versus smb. For anyone who plans on streaming their 3D Blu rays this is important to note.

As far as smb performance, I guess only  time will tell if smb can be optimized for higher bitrates. If not then nfs or attached storage may be the best solution for those wanting to play back their 3D Blu rays.

Audio/Video Playback:

I tested playback using the latest X3D beta firmware at the time of this post (29-Sep-2012, V1.0.3), and below are the results:

  • mkv w/ chapters – (PASS)
  • mkv w/ 480p internal IDX/SUB subtitles  (PASS)
  • mkv w/ 1080p internal IDX/SUB subtitles  (PASS)
  • mkv w/multiple SSA subtitles – subtitles are not displayed properly (FAIL)
  • mkv w/ internal PGS subtitles (PASS)
  • HD Audio downmix to stereo – DTS(MA) (PASS) / TrueHD (PASS)
  • HD Audio downmix to multi channel PCM (over HDMI) – DTS(MA) (FAIL)TrueHD (FAIL)
  • mkv w/ forced subtitles –  (FAIL)
  • mkv/(m2)ts with DTS(MA) – bitstreamed without issue - (PASS)
  • mkv/(m2)ts with TrueHD Audio Track – bitstreamed without issue - (PASS)
  • mkv/(m2)ts with Dolby Digital Plus – bitstreamed without issue - (PASS)
  • mkv w/ VC-1 encoded video – played without issue (PASS)
  • Forced Subtitles in a BluRay Structure – (FAIL)
  • BluRay ISO (main movie only) – played without issue (PASS)
  • BluRay Folder (entire disc) – played movie, only main movie with bd lite menu support (PASS). However, if the BluRay is a seamless branch (i.e. the main movie is broken up into multiple files) playback issues were encountered (FAIL)
  • DVD ISO and/or Folder Structure – played with full menus (PASS)
  • 1080p quicktime (.mov) trailer – played without issue (PASS)
  • 1080p WMV w/ WMAPro Audio – (PASS)
  • avi/mpeg/m4v clips – played without issue (PASS)
  • mkv w/ FLAC – played w/ multi channel PCM (PASS)
  • mkv w/ header compression – played without issue (PASS)
  • 3D SBS mkv – played (PASS), however, signal was not sent through to TV to switch to 3D mode (need to do manually)
  • 1080p60 mkvs- played without issue – played but jerky (PASS)
  • L5.1 mkvs – played, however noticeable blocking in video (PASS)
  • 16 Reference Frame mkvs – – played, however noticeable blocking in video (PASS)

Similar to the MED500X2 the X3D encountered issues revolving around subtitle support. Forced subtitles in both mkvs and folder structures do not work, and multiple SSA subtitles (such as those commonly used in Anime) did not display properly. I believe this is an issue with the Realtek SDK not supporting, but hopefully the Mede8er developers can come up with a work around.

One other item to note, if you are using the X3D to output HD Audio as multi channel PCM over HDMI, instead you will only get 2 channel stereo. However, a multi channel PCM track will be output as a multi channel PCM track (for those using FLAC for example).

I did notice very brief HD Audio dropouts (1 second or less) when playing back a few 3D Blu rays over nfs (example being Prometheus which had approx 4-5 1 second audio dropouts), but otherwise audio and video played back as expected (taking into account the smb issues as noted in the Network Performance section).

I had a chance to briefly test auto frame rate support with 2D and 3D Blu ray content, and from what I could see 23.976fps was being properly output.

On occasion when playing back a full disc rip (such as a 3D Blu ray), I would get this invalid navigation message. Clicking continue though would take me directly to the main movie.

As I expected, the X3D was able to play back nearly all files I threw at it. Subtitle support still appears to be a weak spot though, and hopefully one that gets addressed in upcoming firmware updates.

Third Party Jukebox:

I won’t spend any time addressing third party jukeboxes since I covered this fairly extensively in my MED500X2 review except to note that the same options exist for the X3D on both the Movie and Music jukebox.

It is worth mentioning though that there still exist several shortcomings with the current video jukebox that I hope gets addressed at some point in the future. The first would be being able to create one central jukebox for multiple folders/shares. The second would be full support for TV Shows. Getting these two items integrated would go a long way to bringing the Mede8er jukebox more in line with several of the other jukeboxes that are available on competing media players.

Online/Additional Content:

Similar to the 500X2, the X3D offers some basic online services (such as internet access, you tube, etc…). The commonly requested services (such as Netflix, Hulu, etc…) are not available, and this not something that you can access via the browser either. More and more Smart TVs are hitting the market these days which already have many of these services incorporated, so I don’t view it as a huge negative that such services aren’t available (especially since bringing on some of those services could severely restrict the player and development).

There is one important distinction between the X3D and most other Realtek 1186 players. The developers at Mede8er decided to not include Android support (which is common in many of the 1186 players). The developers rely on custom code for the Mede8er, and this combined with Android support would create too many instabilities. Android in my opinion is rather overblown at this point anyhow, and until it is properly optimized for media players I would not lose sleep over not having this.

Final Thoughts:

As with the MED500X2 I found the X3D to be a very solid and capable player. As expected there are some bugs or performance enhancements to be made, most notably streaming performance for 3D Blu ray playback. Hopefully along with various playback enhancements attention can be placed on proper subtitle support and a more feature rich jukebox (either through internal development or from 3rd party developers). This would all go a long way towards making the Mede8er a must own player. Of course if you are in the market for a media player that can play back Blu ray 3D then your options are limited. There are several Realtek 1186 models, but I can tell you first hand that I would rather choose one that I knew I would get the full support of the developers, and this is an area where Mede8er excels.

Big thanks to Mede8er for providing me the X3D for review.





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Hi, my name is Damian, and I'm tech gadget addict! Although I always had some interest in technology, it wasn't until I got my EX470 and more importantly found Mediasmartserver.net, that my interest became an addiction. My goal, aside from world domination and to see the Mets/Broncos win another championship, is to set up the perfect digital home where all my media is available at the click of a button. When I am not writing for Mediasmartserver.net you can find me over at my blog at http://www.adigitalhomeblog.com or follow me on twitter


{ 52 comments }

Brajesh October 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Nice write-up as usual! We’ll have wait a couple of weeks to see how the PCH A-400 fares vs. this.

Damian October 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Thanks. We are usually pretty much on the same page with these players so I am sure we will probably have the same reaction (good or bad) to the A-400 lol

Gus October 29, 2012 at 5:31 am

I’m too waiting on the A-400 reviews. Hopefully, it won’t be another A300.

canton160 October 25, 2012 at 2:04 am

Nice review Damian
The wireless keyboard comes in the packeage or we need to pay extra $$, my euro version of med1000x3d bring the ethernet cable but not the wireless keyboard.

Brajesh October 25, 2012 at 7:00 am

You need to pay extra. Looks like what Mede8er sent Damian is a deluxe package for review (PCIE wi-fi + wireless USB keyboard). The latter is basically the Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard, which can be had for $25-30 USD. The former you don’t need if you plan to stream 1:1 high bitrate 1080p BD rips.

etrin October 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

Does this do full blu ray menus or just lite?
Can’t wait for the A400 review. I thought they were coming into the states this week. I guess not.
I guess I am old but I think netflix in the states should be on this and the A400 because it just eliminates a box on my center.
Yes my blu ray player has it and my neo 550… WAIT …you mean it doesn’t

Damian October 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

Just lite, you won’t see any new players with full blu ray menus because of Cinavia.

George November 2, 2012 at 5:53 am

Hey Damian, is your blog site down?? http://www.adigitalhomeblog.com
It takes me to a weird site……

Damian November 2, 2012 at 5:55 am

Hey George,

Yeah, never re-upped with that site. I figure I pretty much do all my postings here so no real need to try and maintain a second site.

George November 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

No Biggie Damian! just a heads up! this site is fine with me…

Ian November 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi Damian,

Thanks for the write up. I have one of these boxes ordered now and hope to receive it quite soon. Given that I currently have PCH A-300 and PS3, neither of which seems capable of playing either BD ISOs with 3D or on the PS3 3D Blu Ray Discs and HD Audio at the same time!?!?

Anyway if I just copy my Blu Ray Disc Folder structure to my NFS NAS setup which is a nice one. Will this player be able to play my 3D Blu Rays fine with HD Audio such as DTS MA or Dolby Tru HD at the same time as the 3D stream with no issues, or should I rip them as BD ISOs????

Thanks Damian,
Ian.

Damian November 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Ian,

I would assume that keeping a Blu Ray disc folder rip there would be no issues. I rip my 3D Blu rays to ISOs with AnyDVD. However, all my 2D Blu Rays are all folder rips.

MediaConcept November 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

Very helpful review. Nice Damian.

Isiah November 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I’m thinking about upgrading from a popcorn hour a-110 to this as I’m starting to have difficulty streaming high bitrate rips (a-110 can only sustain about 45 megabits via smb/nfs network. Apparent limit of the processor). At any rate, I have everything nicely organized using YAMJ. I read the guide for using Y2M but do not want to face the task of creating a separate folder for each movie. Currently I have 1 folder on each hard drive of my media server that contains all my movies. Can I continue to use this setup or is it an absolute must for me to put each movie in it’s own folder to get Y2M to work? If so, is there another tool I can use to produce a movie jukebox for the mede8er?

Thanks in advance.

Carl December 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Hi there. I have a question regarding 3D MKV with full 3d such as those created by MakeMKV. Will this unit (and possibly the A-400) play those? As far as I understand from MakeMKV they are supposed to contain all the 3D info but I have yet to find anything other than a few software players that will recognize and play the 3D signal.

Carl.

Damian December 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Hi Carl,

I did confirm that 3D Mkvs create with MakeMKV will work on the Mede8er. With the mede8er all you need to do is name the mkv a special way and then the player will auto switch to 3D mode (i.e. FileName.3DSBS.mkv or filename.3DTAB.mkv) On the A400 though the format is not supported currently (you get audio but no video)

Carl December 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Hi and thanks for your quick reply.

Just to confirm. The 3D MKV’ files created by MakeMKV are not Side-By-Side or “Top And BottoM”. They are the full blown embedded 3D (I Forget the exact technical term) just as if it were still on the original 3D Blu-Ray. So I am not sure why you would name them with the “3DSBS” (Side-By-Side) or “3DTAB” (Top And Bottom)?

the MakeMKV files can and often are remuxed or something to create the SBS and TAB files which are not true 1080P but actually Half of 1080P in order to be able to have the SBS.

but the actual file produced by MakeMKV has the full 1080P 3D data embeded within it. Most players though only see the 2D data.

btw any idea of when we might see a full review on the A-400?

Carl.

Damian December 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Yes, frame packed is what you are thinking. MakeMKV creates lossless mkvs. To create the half sbs or tb you would actually need to encode (DVDFab is an example of software that does this). Here is an example of how to create the 3D mkv with MakeMKV (http://www.mede8erforum.com/index.php/topic,9624.0.html)

Working on the A400, but been slow going (and I keep running into issues every time I start testing lol). I am hoping I can wrap up my testing by the end of next week and get my review posted shortly after.

Cheers
Damian

Carl December 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Thanks again. Sorry to keep you from the A-400 review which I and many others are waiting for.

But back to my original question (Now that I know the technical term for it). Does the 1000X3D play the “Frame Packed” lossless 3D MKV’s created by MakeMKV? (without converting them to SBS etc..)

Also since I am not sure my original question was understood exactly and since you are in testing for the A-400 same question for that unit.

Lastly you indicated in your original answer (“On the A400 though the format is not supported currently”) Am I to understand that the 3DSBS format is not currently supported by the A-400? This would seem strange since it is supported on most of their other units? (C-300, C-200, A-300, A-200 etc…) Or is this a glitch that is supposed to work but isn’t at the moment? (The inevitable waiting for a firmware update to fix it)

Carl.

Damian December 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Yes, Mede8er plays the MakeMKV created mvc mkv as a frame packed lossless 3D mkv.

The PCH A400 does not (as I stated before, you get audio but no video)

My comment regarding the A400 not supporting is regarding mvc mkvs (the framepacked 3D mkv version discussed above). It does support the typical SBS and TB files.

Carl December 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Ok 1 last question. (Maybe not in your expertise though lol). Any ideas where we northerners (Canadians) can purchase the 1000X3D? They have “only the best rated” listed as a reseller but they do not seem to carry it anymore.

Carl

Damian December 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Unfortunately I only know of MediaConceptUSA which is who I used. It may be worth asking the Mede8er guys to see if they know if a distributor for CA. I will ask on the forums and let you know if I hear anything.

bies December 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

Yesterday i got my Mede8ter 1000X3D with wireless keyboard, i update the firmware. It works great, today i played the movie cars 2 in 3D M2TS i got green screen and the player hangs, does anybody know about this issue ?

Vishnuvardan February 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Does this model support 3TB (NTFS) external hard drive through USB. External Hard drive is power sourced externally

Damian February 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Yes

Jason February 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Hi Damian,

Do both the 600x3D & 1000 still have issues playing 1:1 BD-ISO 3D by chance? I’m looking to pick up a 600x3D for my 3D ISO rips and would rather not convert to MKV.

Best Regards,
Jason

Damian February 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Hi Jason,

Specifically what issues? Seamless branch and forced subs are still a no (although forced subs don’t work on mkv either). Streaming over smb is still very spotty but streaming over nfs works great as well as via an attached drive. Hope that helps, but let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers
Damian

Jason February 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Thanks Damian as always! Sorry I wasn’t more specific. I had read on AVS that there were some issues with 3D BD-ISO playback but the post was back in January. I don’t require forced subs but not sure which titles I have that are seamless. I had been waiting to pull the trigger on the new Dune but wanted a full resolution 3D playback now. The 600x3D would be perfect for that but I wanted to make sure playback is smooth and consistent. I use NFS with my NAS on gigabit.

Thank you again.
Jason

Damian February 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Jason,

The issue may have been related to playback over smb. However, there are some issues with NFS (not sure what your NAS supports), I think I mention somewhere in the review here.

Pretty much any Disney animation movie is seamless branch.

Also, the new Dunes support full resolution 3D

Anything else, hit me up :D

Cheers
Damian

Jason February 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Good deal. I’m using a Synology NAS over gigabit so NFS should work fine for me. The additional $100 for the Base 3D is pricey and I already have two Smart D1′s. It would be nice to have an inexpensive solution just for 3D.

The other issue now is to figure out if my Synology will have problems streaming 3D full resolution content. I heard that there was a bug or limitation that caused issues. If so, $220 would be easier to swallow than $300.

Thanks again Damian!

Cheers,
Jason

Damian February 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

The TV303D (which I just reviewed here) is $199, same as the Base3D just a different case/enclosure.

I am not trying to steer you away from Mede8er, just figured if you are already set up with Dune (and possibly running a Dune jukebox) then it would go a little more seamless to add another Dune to the mix if/where possible.

Jason February 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Crap, I read your review a while back and didn’t even think about the 303D!! You are spot on. I’d much rather keep all players the same brand.

Cheers!
Jason

Battles March 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hi Damian,

Thanks for the review…your recommendation drove me to give the Mede8er 1000 a try. Just wanted a simpler and more reliable solution for my wife and kids to use vs. my DIY media server. That being said, my Mede8er doesn’t seem to want to playback my .m2ts VC-1 blu-ray files when streaming from my synology server (even with NFS enabled). The playback is very slow and choppy…far from watchable. Moreover, even when watching non-VC-1 files every couple of seconds there is a slight stutter which is unacceptable for a quality-phile like myself. Considering that you and most folks on the forum haven’t had an issue with smooth .m2ts playback I have to believe that I’m not setting up something correctly…do you have any recommendations or ideas for what might be causing my playback issues?

Many thanks,

Battles

Damian March 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Hi Battles,

Have you tried playback over smb and not nfs? Unless you are playing back Blu ray 3D smb should work fine. I think there is an issue with the nfs protocol in Synology that is causing the issues you are experiencing (If you look in the network performance section I mention the issue briefly). I am not sure if there has been a patch to fix this.

Give smb a shot and see if you still run into the same issues

Cheers
Damian

Wryker March 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I have the A400 (and an A110) PCH and I’m very displeased with the A400 not playing any 3D BD ISO file I have (they are supposedly working on a fix and have been for some time). I wanted an ‘upgrade’ from the A110 to support 3D since I have >40 3D titles so I got the A400. I read many good things about this mede8er however my biggest issue IS the need to have one jukebox for multiple shares. Including the internal drive; I have 11 drives that comprise my jukebox and it appears that’s the Achilles heel with this player (along w/the TV jukebox). That’s a real deal breaker for me since I want one jukebox. If they fixed this issue (or if there’s a workaround like there is for the A400 NMJ) I’d seriously consider replacing my A400.

Damian March 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm

They just released new fw that allows you to group multiple shares into one jukebox:

2. New Functionality Mede8er JukeBox Plus
JukeBox Plus is new functionality within the X3D Firmware that will allow you to Aggregate your Movie JukeBoxes across different sources such as internal Hard Drive, USB Drives and Network shares both Samba and NFS. There is no limitation to the amount of Movie JukeBox’s that can be added to JukeBox Plus and just remember that the source shares must have the required Mede8er folder structure with the correct images and xml files. JukeBox Plus is actually a dummy JukeBox and can be deleted at any stage without any effect on your source files.

David April 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hi,

Does the Mede8er 1000 support external usb 3.0 disks (4Tb, NTFS) to the usb 2.0 port?

I asked this because my PCH C200 does not support/see the usb 3.0 device.

Regards,
David

Dess April 25, 2013 at 6:30 am

Hi Damian
This is a good review. How does this compare with Western Digital TV Live?

Aaron May 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Damian:

Is there a new firmware upgrade for Mede8er that added full tv series support? I ask because they advertise this on their site and I know this was a very big reason why I could not go with Mede8er. I like Zappiti! But if that changed, I might consider Mede8er.

Damian July 29, 2013 at 6:34 am

Hi Aaron,

It is not full tv series support, it is something that needs to be managed outside of the movie jukebox

Carlos July 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Hi Damian,

I ended up taking a chance on the MED1000X3D, which hopefully will substitute my WD TV Live Streaming. From what I could talk with their support person, this model will accept external USB optical sources, which the WD TV does not.

A friend of mine just bought for me in HDLand, in Paris, so I couldn’t check on what’s inside. But he told me that there’s only one remote control, so the MEDX2KEY seems not to be included on the package.

Until the package gets here I won’t be able to check on that, though.

Damian July 29, 2013 at 6:35 am

Hi Carlos,

I commented in the forum here, you can’t connect for example a Blu Ray USB drive to the Mede8er and play back discs (not sure if that is what you were thinking)

Carlos July 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Aaron,

What do you mean by “full tv series support”?

Carlos July 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

Can you please explain what is this movie jukebox you talk about?

Why would I need it?

Damian July 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

Basically this is a video wall that will show you movie covers and media info for your video library. It is not “Necessary” as you can still view your library through the standard file browser, but many people prepare to use a jukebox (whether for looks, ease, sorting, etc…)

Carlos July 29, 2013 at 8:03 am

OK, I guessed that’s what it might be.

Apparently there’s something similar for the WD TV (and probably for the Med8er, ready or being prepared) which I read about on the local forum here.

I am a bit spartan about that, as I only need the file name.

Carlos August 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Damian,

Now that I got my MED10003XD I must say the unit DOES play external DVDs through the usb input.

I could play DVD material of any kind, showing the menus as it should and else.

It also played mkv files burned on DVDs, but not flawlessly at first. Only after installing a beta firmware did they play completely well. It will probably be released soon, and I hope to have some of my own requests added to it when it does.

In any case, I’m very happy that this media player can read external DVD players at least. Couldn’t try a BD player yet, as I have none, but hopefully will soon.

Peter September 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Thanks for a review, I know it’s been a long time since you did the review of Mede8er but do you know what kind of glasses to buy if I want to see a 3D movie with it.
In store they have many of them from Phillips to Samsung and so on…don’t know witch to get.
Thanks

Carlos September 12, 2013 at 6:07 am

The TV set is what determines which 3D glasses you will need, not the Mede8er. And they are different incompatible types, first between active and passive types, and infrared and RF in the active types.

AFAIK, if you don’t have a 3D TV you will not play a 3D video… or am I wrong? Would the Mede8er convert a 2D TV onto a 3D one?

I do know some external boxes that do that, using passive glasses.

Carlos September 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

It’s about two months since I have been using my 1000X3D, and there are some that are not good, particularly with subtitles management, and might not be solved in the short term:

1) You can’t choose which subtitle to load as default. That is external or internal subtitles. Default seems to be for external ones, which is different from at least three media players I have been using, particularly the WD TV.

2) There seems to be a short of “flicker” on some subtitle characters when the background screen moves. No clue on what that might be.

3) The standard remote control is very poor and apparently quite sensible to battery positioning. It’s a pity the Mede8er is not sold in Europe with the MEDX2KEY, as I think it might be an improvement. Perhaps I should get one, or an Airplay type.

As the WD TV and the Mede8er use different chipsets, perhaps the mentioned subtitles issues are related to the Realtek 1186. In any case, if you do need to use subtitles often I wouldn’t recommend the 1000X3D.

Damian September 23, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi Carlos,

I don’t believe subtitles to be a strong point of Mede8er (proper subtitle support is actually hit or miss on most media players). Considering there is a large european market for these players in particular you would think subtitles would get more attention. I honestly only ever use forced subs if present (which even then the Mede8er doesn’t display natively)

I do find the remote to be a bit jumpy when clicking (I noticed the same thing with the 1185 player as well)

Carlos September 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

Hi Damian,

It has been frustrating how little attention or concern I got from Mede8er on these subtitles issues, which I think are important ones.

From my part I will start a topic on a local forum advising not to buy Mede8er products.

It’s a pity I’m having a problem with my WD TV which WD refuses to repair in Brazil, even if still under warranty. An oscillation noise starts out of nothing and I can’t figure what it might be. Apparently it needs servicing.

It’s a problem buying imports from here.

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