This player started off at $130 USD when it first came out. However, I've found several deals lately. I own two of them now. On average they cost about $75. If you do any kind of comparative shopping you should be able to find them for less than that. The last one I was able to pick up for less than $60.
- 7.3 in Wide
- 7.6 in deep
- 1.6 Height
The outs are simple enough. Most people will use the HDMI, but there are also Component, Composite, as well as optical.The SMP-N100 has a simple monolithic design, offers built-in 802.11n connectivity, which allows you to connect to the the internet, or stream content from computers or storage devices on a home network, anywhere there’s a TV screen. Its DLNA-compliant, allows ‘plug and play’ connection to all similar devices on the network and play most movie formats, including ivXHD, MKV and AVCHD, audio tracks and display your photos, as well contend from attached USB drives. It also supports full 1080P video output on HDMI, compatibility with the latest high-definition audio codecs, like dts 2.0+Digital Out and DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS. The media device comes loaded with Sony’s XrossMedia Bar user interface and also allows access to BBC iPlayer and Demand Five, watch online video through services such as YouTube, features “Video On Demand powered by Qriocity” giving instant on-demand access to the latest Hollywood blockbusters and classic movies in a choice of HD or standard definition.
I primarily use it to stream most of my own files to the device. I can do this via DLNA (My home computer), or by simply plugging in my WD MyPassport (External HD).Here is a picture I took with my ExtHD plugged in to the front.Navigating the menu is simple enough. Getting to your files requires only a few clicks. So far it has played every format I have tried. Here is an official list of supported files.You can also control all your entertainment using an iPhone, iPod Touch or any device running Android, using free apps available from the Apple App Store or the Android Market. The SMP-N100 feature Sony’s IP Content Noise Reduction to improve streamed video and optimising the picture quality.
- AAC : Yes (USB)- m4a
- AVC-HD : Yes (USB)
- DivX : Yes (USB )- jpg, jpeg
- DivX HD : Yes (USB and DLNA)- XviD
- JPEG : Yes (USB and DLNA)- jpg, jpeg
- LPCM : Yes (USB and DLNA)- wav
- MP3 : Yes (USB and DLNA)- mp3
- MPEG-1 : Yes (USB)- vob, vro, mpg, mpeg, m2ts, mts
- MPEG : Yes (USB and DLNA)- vob, vro, mpg, mpeg, m2ts, mts
- Simple MPEG : Yes - MPEG 4 AVC (USB)- mkv, mp4, m4v, m2ts, mts
- WMA : Yes (USB and DLNA)- wma (DLNA:Basic profile only no 32kpbs or lower)
- WMV : Yes - WMV9 (USB)- wmv, asf
The user interface will look extremely similar to anyone who has a Sony PlayStation 3 because it's just a modified version of the XMB interface. Across the top you'll get icons for each type of media (photos, videos, music) but also network and Qriocity.
Once you setup wifi the first thing you will want to do is check for updates. Originally there was no support for advanced Netflix features like search and browse. But those have since been added. The streaming quality of this device is excellent. The wifi signal is consistent, and I have not lost my connection once.
Personally I'm only interested in Netflix, Hulu plus, and occasionally Youtube. However, you may use more. The supported online services.
Here's a little crappy camera phone video I made showing how quick video playback is from the HD. As you can see fast forwarding and resuming play is virtually seamless. I will note that it takes a minute for the box to gather the information from an external source. But that is to be expected on a large storage device.
This is the setup I integrated it with.
In the first image you'll note the antennae on the right. That catches the local over the air HD broadcast. I'm replacing that (tacky) antennae with one that I can mount outside. It's actually smaller than that one, very discreet. The in-ceiling speakers are Polk TC60i's. My center is a CSi5. I have an Onkyo TX-SR805 pushing them. The TV is a 52" Sony XBR series, and the subs are two Polk DSW PRO 500. Finally, the remote is a Logitech Harmony 1000
In summary I have to say that the Sony SMP-100 is a great box for the price. It's enabled me to free myself from cable services. I'm now able to stream what I want when I want without paying the ever increasing cable/fios bills. I'd recommend it to anyone who is serious about taking control of their home entertainment.