First of all, I have to tell that apart from the fears the unit works on Slovenian DVB-T (is someone else is interested). It works first time. And works good, we have audio and video OK.
Let me tell you that I am used to Kiss DP-558 legendary recorder. Everybody competing with it has a hard time, becuuse apart of the fact that I needed to solder the PSU of the unit 8standard problem) every 6 months, the unit was a pleasure to use.
I have bought ACRyan because it is the ONLY unit I know of that has DVB-T and I mean DOUBLE the fun and has ethernet and is able to play my files over the ethernet. Only Dreambox with DVB-T tuner does the same and is in my opinion a better and more flexible machine, but it costs a 1200+ EURO!
Let me tell up front that I have some issue with the unit, the connector where the power goes in is loosing contact and I am not sure how to fix it. If it is inside to the end it doesn't work at all, I have to be carefull when sticking it in
)) I would not like to send it back for that.
Unfortunately I do have old 4:3 CRT TV and the first experience is quite bad. Everything is flickering, fonts are too small etc. The fact that the browser for files is using half screen for preview is not making it any better, I can hardly knw which episode I will play. I set this to no preview but there is also half screen unused if I set it like this. I suppose that on a FULL HD TV things are much better... I can only hope.
The good news is most of the things work as expected. The online feeds are really on the thin side and I am not sure how to easily add my own, but... Everything I could think of feeding the unit from my NAS is working with subtitles and our special characters are also working, the čšžČŠŽ. Great!
There is another big praise. ACRay is th only unit which plays my Dreambox 800 TS stream files correctly. By that I mean it even plays the DVB subtitles!!! I have yet to find a program on PC which does that, i am searhing for 2 years now. The subtitle streams are marked as 1 - No stream and 2 - No stream, but if I select them I have subtitles and our characters work. Unbelievable. I just sat there and stared at the screen
The TV is ok I guess. The channels move too slow, but I think this is Digital TV problem in general. I really do miss something like I had on Kiss, the scheduler I could feed to, like Tvxb. I know here is EPG, but in Slovenia it is non existant almost ;-( I would really like some XML parser I could feed to have scheduler. The EPG that is there and the channel menu doesn't work wih čšžČŠŽ btw.
I haven't tried anything exotic yet, it does boot a little long from standby.
There is a little thing I really HATE. That is that when device is booted I see menu and picture in the back. I don't dare to show this to my wife. She would have to press enter every time she turns on the device. Let it be like VCR, when on, default action is TV. Why menu???
There are other things that can surely be improved in software, gladly the new beta has fast search much better in files. Some things can be only improved in HW like gigabit ethernet.
But all in all I do hope ACRyan will not abandon this unit and make a new version too soon, because I look forward to new firmwares and improved things, I think from the market state it is almost perfect.
I have plugged in a DVD external and it works perfectly! Unfortunately (yes, yes, I know why that is) it doesn't support protected DVD's
(( This is the only thing mising so I could have ONE device for everything (my Kiss for TV, Xbox modified for files etc.).
I give this unit a 8/10 and if you make it that it defaults to TV I will give it 9/10
Thanx for such a great unit and reading my thoughts.