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How's your memory, original A-100 owners?
10-12-2009, 03:07 PM
Post: #16
RE: How's your memory, original A-100 owners?
I got mine in December 07 or January 08, can't remember exactly. I remember the thread where we compared user ID's to see about when we'd get a pre-order invitation email.

The way it worked back then, you registered on the PCH website for the pre-order invitation and then they invited 50 or so people to pre-order the A100! hahaha

Compared to that, the C200 was a success! Tongue

PCH A-100 || PCH C-200 || Panasonic TH-58PZ800U || Denon AVR-1912 || Cerwin-Vega CVHD 5.1 || Dish Network ViP 722 DVR
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10-12-2009, 03:42 PM
Post: #17
RE: How's your memory, original A-100 owners?
The answer to your question will always need to be prefaced with "It depends".

Because PCH users seem to have an extremely diverse array of uses for a PCH box. Each user's experience will be different.

So the stability that you desire may come very soon if you want common functionality. Or it may be some months away if you want more esoteric functionality.

Only you will be able to tell us the answer for your particular usage patterns.

My history.

After being a Hauppage MVP and KISS DVD player user for a while I registered for a PCH pre-order in October 2007. I got the first of three A-100 in February, sold the next two (which paid for the 1st) and spent the next 6 months learning lots of things about DLNA and media streaming.

The early FW was worse than the current C-200 FW when it came to simple browsing (it couldn't) and handling slow NAS devices using UPNP (it couldn't). In fact there's much that we now take for granted that has been added since those early days.

After about 6 months it was fairly stable, and Syabas started to iron out the bugs that come from attempting to play almost all combinations of Audio and Video streams from withing several containers. Every month or so a new major feature was introduced and within each month those of uf on the beta list got to test 3-4 new FW releases stuffed with more and more fixes.

With several hundred combinations of Audio and Video support they were never going to get every one of them working in every home. However the vast majority now work fine, and from my collection the ability to at least try to play them seems to have made it into the C-200 FW.

The A-100 firmware updates dried up in early 2009, and now we know why.

I would expect the next two months of C-200 FW updates to target basic usability. Hardware compatibility and Network card interfacing seem to be the two biggest areas at the moment. Then a gradual shift from usability to extending playback support.

Having said that there will always be some work done in the codec support area each time. Syabas have an entirely new set of Sigma libraries to work with, and these will have their own bugs and quirks to work around.

PCH: A-100 160G 2.5" drive, 100BaseT.
PCH: C-200, 320G 2.5" WD scorpio blue, 1Gb Cat5e.
PCH: A-200, 320G 2.5" WD scorpio blue, 1Gb Cat5e.
TV Hitachi 42PD5200, AMP: Arcam AVR300, Speakers: Cura 5.0 surround.
NAS: Synology 207+ with 2x Samsung F3 2TB raid 1.
Remote: Philips ProntoNG TSU3000.
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10-12-2009, 04:16 PM
Post: #18
RE: How's your memory, original A-100 owners?
(10-11-2009 07:15 PM)Willem53 Wrote:  Founded in 2001, Syabas quickly emerged as an early leader in the development of digital entertainment middleware solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers in the U.S., China, Europe and Japan. The company's enterprise partners and customers have included Netgear, Hewlett Packard, D-Link, Buffalo, I/O Data and Pinnacle. Syabas launched the Popcorn Hour consumer brand in late 2007, and, in combination with its licensed platform, the company has captured a significant share of the global market for digital media players / streaming media devices.
I have an HP Media Vault NAS, which I believe has Syabas software on it, and it has been 100% reliable for many years. (And it talks to the Popcorn Hour A-110 with no trouble).
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10-13-2009, 04:40 PM
Post: #19
RE: How's your memory, original A-100 owners?
(10-12-2009 04:16 PM)Hokeysmoke Wrote:  I have an HP Media Vault NAS, which I believe has Syabas software on it, and it has been 100% reliable for many years. (And it talks to the Popcorn Hour A-110 with no trouble).
Got a Pinnacle Showcenter myself that used MyIhome

PCH-A100/A210/C200/A400 500GB EXT3 HDD<-->HDMIv1.3<-->Onkyo TX-NR1010<-->HDMIv1.3<-->Panasonic TX-P46S10 + 6 Bowers & Wilkins speakers.
10 NTFS 2TB USB drives on 3 hubs attached to the A400, 2 Seagate blackarmour NAS 3TB, 2 Seagate Central NAS 4TB.

The inability to setup and configure the NMT should not be disguised as a defect of the box...
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