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Old 18-10-07, 22:03   #1
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Default Is ziova a good buy?

Hello people ... my first post in this forum.


I have been scavaging this subforum since I find the ziova cs505 could very well be what i am looking for. I want a mediaplayer that can play my dvd-isos (not hd) and music from a desktop pc and maybe show some prepared picture slideshows. I want ths done over W-lan, and i want my kids and wife to be able to run it ... oh its a plus if it can play music streams from internet. And i want it as a dvd-player to.


As it seems the ziova can do all this (pleeeease correct me if i am wrong), but from what i can find out some iso:s needs a bit of tampering before they run (or has that been corrected in the latest fw updates?).

I have been thinking about the kiss dp1600 and now i want you to convince me that the ziova is what i need.
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Hello Loowa

The Ziova is what you need

The Ziova can do all the things you mention. And it has a high WAF factor (Wife acceptancy factor).

With the latest beta FWs (FW2.0 RC6), i have been able to play all DVD-RAw images I have (full images made with anydvd-dvdshrink combination).

It still has a few bugs, but what player doesn't ? (I am experiencing HDMI signal loss + freezing but this happens very rarely).

Hope this is helpfull.

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Old 19-10-07, 05:55   #3
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Ziova is the best EM8620 player out there with DVD, no doubt possible.
The ISO tampering is gong since a few updates and all runs fine now...
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Old 19-10-07, 09:42   #4
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Now with the 2.0 RC6 firmware mine does all I want mostly what you want minus ISO playing, which I understand its good at. I have a ReadyNAS that shares my media via a wired link to my Netgear DG834, the CS-505, the one with a DVD drive, is connected via WiFi to the netgear. I use MAC access lists to provide a little security and WEP to encrypt the WiFi data. Both are easy to crack but should give hackers pause for thought and move on to another open access point. Having said that the CS-505 is a great player and does me fine.

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Old 20-10-07, 13:15   #5
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I am most greatful for your answers ...

It seems the only downside for me would be that if i decide to buy this then i cant go around looking at differnt players and readiing reviews and stuff anymore ... after all planning for buing is quite a pleasure to.


I think you have answered all my questions, once again: Thank you!!

*bouncing off to find the best price available*
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Old 22-01-08, 16:55   #6
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Have bought ZIOVA 505 today, but compaired to Transgear DVX-700 it is not that good...
reeds same files, no removable hard drive
but has HDMI output

A lot of bugs!

I might have done a misstake by buying it...
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Default Re: not that good

Originally Posted by optik
no removable hard drive
But you can hook one to the usb port, Fat32 or Ext2 formatted.
I happen to hook even a multi card reader and it works fine, to my surprise.

Originally Posted by optik
A lot of bugs!
Did you update to 2.0 Firmware?
It's not perfect, I rekon, but I can't onestly call it buggy.
Ok, I'm a former Kiss owner so I must be biased!

The only bug of a certain relevance I've faced with so far is some freezing while playing original DVD. It happens sometimes, not always.

^_^
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Default Re: not that good

Originally Posted by Yump67
Originally Posted by optik
no removable hard drive
But you can hook one to the usb port, Fat32 or Ext2 formatted.
I happen to hook even a multi card reader and it works fine, to my surprise.

Originally Posted by optik
A lot of bugs!
Did you update to 2.0 Firmware?
It's not perfect, I rekon, but I can't onestly call it buggy.
Ok, I'm a former Kiss owner so I must be biased!

The only bug of a certain relevance I've faced with so far is some freezing while playing original DVD. It happens sometimes, not always.

^_^
Just adding to that.
Have you tried or do you own a NAS device as I think this is the best companion to these devices to date for extra storage imo
And yes agree with Yump67, make sure it is updated with the 2.0 FW
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Old 23-01-08, 11:51   #9
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Firmware updated

1.WI FI only works with WEP coding or open network!!!!
is'nt it a BUG?
2. Radio does not work thru HDMI!!!!
3. Some dvds will freeze the player, and reboot needed to recovor from it.
4. Expencive compaired to Transgear, and reeds less video formats after 2 days of testing.
5. It is more bugy then Kiss (thar i also own)
6 Remote is not a preety thing...


good points

1 it is good advertized thru MPCClub
2 It sells
3 it has USB, but all kiss has USB, transgear has USB apart from removable hard drive...

To prove that i know what i am saing
I own Kiss 1600, Transgear 700, PS 3, Peekton 6006, Ziova 505, Yamada 305 usb....
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optik, hope you won't start making reviews

How well does your KiSS "stream" ISO DVD from network or play them from internal drive? How well does your Trans-Gear "stream" ISO DVD from network? Does KiSS or trans-gear have SMB support so you are not limited to rubbish UPnP media browsers for streaming content? Want to compare how many DVD drives and PSU fails in kiSS vs Ziova? Want to compare the hardware between all players? How's the Web Radio on Trans-gear?

Answer those questions and you'll know why we said Ziova is the best DVD
player out there in the EM8620 range... The only serious flaws is that Ziova
makes no progress on FW anymore after the last final release, does not
deliver upon NTFS over USB on these units and failed on some other
expected stuff...

It still is the most featured EM8620 player out there...
You are comparing only the features you need, try comparing the global unit and you will end up with saying the added functionality of SMB is worth more than wireless WPA (use hard cable or power plug and use router for security / protection).

Anyway...
Too bad it doesn't work out for your needs... Does not mean it is worse
than another just because it does not have "some" options as it has many
the other two don't have...

That said, the DVD lockup issues happens not that often.
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