The Real World...
<quote>When I see mkv, avi and the rest of the cohort on a big brand's official format (BRay) player.
One word to people thinking about buying any of these:
Don't. They become outdated pretty quickly and do not get enough updates during the useful lifespan of the device.
Dear Reg Readertard buy yourself a media centre computer its the way to go.</quote>
This view, and the ripping community's view, to try the latest codecs annoys me immensely.
Divx and H264 don't change too much, and so anything with the spec on the side should play fine. Compare that to Xvid and x264 in which later revisions may or may not play with an older decoder. These devices are *retail* and generally won't have developers adding new codecs and updates all the time, but they shouldn't need it. Not everyone has the ability to get a real media centre working nicely.
That said, the LG HB906TAW (which has this model with surround sound & speakers) works fine for my kids, updates every so often, and only has issues with files the WD Live and BeyondWiz also have issues with.
Only issues seem to be :-
* Odd resolutions(not 4:3, or 16:9) not always playing - complains about unsupported resolution.
* Some 5.1-channel AAC in MP4s produce motorboating on the sub-woofer
* No VP8 support - but then we're back to codec version issues