WD AVN00 Digital Multimedia Player

Audio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer - USB - MPN: WDAVN00BN
Product Details
Description
Turn your USB drive into an HD media player. Store your HD content on a USB drive. Plug the drive in and play HD movies, digital music and family photos on your TV. It's as easy as 1-2-3.
Summary
Product Title WD AVN00 Digital Multimedia Player
Manufacturer WD
Lowest Price $214.02 from Memory4Less.com
Power Score 3.8 | 11 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 10, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 72 expert reviews for Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player and the average expert rating is 83 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Western Digital WD TV
3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Dec 23, 2008

Announced and launched immediately on November 3rd 2008, the WD TV HD media player is Western Digitals first foray into consumer electronics. Unlike the majority of HD media streamers that attempt to replace dedicated media PCs, the WD TV HD remains a simple external hard disk expansion tool that can read and display a large variety of filetypes through a high speed USB2 connection. Most importantly, the device includes a plethora of connectivity options - including HDMI and digital toslink audio, allowing full digital passthrough to potentially higher quality home A/V equipment. While in some way limited by its lack of connectivity or storage, this fact allows the device to lot less expensive and small. File Formats Supported Music - MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264),MTS, TP, TS Playlist ... PROS: (1) includes a remote control (2) compact design (3) connect to 2 USB drives simultaneously - 2 USB ports (4) includes digital outputs for both audio and video - allowing for use with expensive home theater equipment (5) inexpensive ... CONS: (1) cannot replace the full usability of a media PC (2) no network connections - need to place media on a USB drive before watching (3) not compatible with online content services like iTunes, Amazon unbox, Netflix (4) requires users to have a USB drive (5) somewhat simple

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User Reviews
Unreliable
1 Star Review     

Strengths: Not to expensive, user friendly

Weakness: Unreliable, inconsistent

I have owned this product for about 8 months now, and it has worked about half the time I have tried to use it. I do not have cable as I travel a lot for work, so when I am home I prefer to use my WD TV over my laptop due to screen size of my TV and getting tired of watching movies on my laptop. About half the time the unit allows me to view my files, the other times it tells me no data is present so I end up having to watch the movies stored on said hard drive on my laptop. I guess for the $80 dollars I spent on it I should not get to mad, but I do feel that WD definitely dropped the ball on this one. Since my purchase I have heard they came out with a newer version(I think it is called the HUB), though I will not buy it, I would recommend that anyone thinking about purchasing one try the new version and not buy this one.

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This Player Does Not Support MAC Hard Drives
1 Star Review   By member dylan915 - Nov 3, 2009   

Strengths: Easy To Use

Weakness: Another PC Restricted Product

I bought this product because I thought the idea was great. Im tired of DVDs all over the place, and I wanted an intelligent MENU DRIVEN product that I could store movies on, and actually browse through a MOVIE MENU to see what's in the drive. I have a brand new Seagate 320 Gig hard drive, but apparently its a Mac format, so immediately after setting up the entire system, I turn on the WD TV Box, and the first thing that pops up on my screen is that it does not support the format. There is no menu to see the films that I had stored , about ten for the test. Still it says it will play the movie, which it did, but there was a lot of black clogged pixilation on the images of all the films I tested. Bottom line is YES, I guess I should have asked the people at Best Buy if this product supported Mac. You'd think with Mac now at almost 40 percent of PC users that companies like Western Digital would format their products to accept Mac hard drives. Im not sure if the poor video quality is because the products don't sync, or if this is actually what the WD TV quality is, but either way I'm really pissed off . I don't recommend this product to any Mac users who expect quality from their products !!

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Best and simplest Media player
5 Star Review   By member Sandiegoparis - Mar 10, 2009   

Strengths: Quality of the picture and simplicity of use

I got tired of looking around the house for DVDs misplaced and kids complaining that they could not find them. I backed up all the DVDs on a WD Passport hard drive. Plugged the WD TV into to my television and plugged the hard drive into the WD TV. Now I never have to lose my mind looking for a missing DVD or worry about a scratched one! All I do is turn on the WD TV and search through the menu to pick a video and play it!!!! Such a great product. Does everything it says it will do.

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Excellent product
5 Star Review   By WD HD TV thumbs up! on Buydig.com - Feb 24, 2009   

Strengths: Ease of use, full HD playback via HDMI and optical audio, small footprint.

Weakness: None.

Excellent product, I would highly recommend it. Hey Nsup, instead of blaming a great product for something it never claimed to do, how about you do some research before you rant nonsense in your review. If you had looked at the product description, you would have noticed that it doesn't mention VOB playback support anywhere...You having to return this item is due entirely to your lack of research.

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Good deisgn, Good prodcut !!
5 Star Review   By member JoyceH - Feb 22, 2009   

Strengths: Plays everything

Weakness: non

I love the product,it does plays all my video,save money and save time and make life easier. I think its very creative and friednly deisgn.

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Excellent little gadget
5 Star Review   By member windz - Feb 20, 2009   

Strengths: Plays everything I throw at it. Great UI. Plays all my MKV files! I can finally enjoy the movie I have on a big screen TV. Super easy to use

Weakness: Doesn't come with HDMI cable.

I got this product last December and have been using it every weekend since to watch all the movies I ripped and backed up. I love this thing! My friends came over all got very interested in this thing. One even wanted to borrow it from me and I just tell him to buy one since I got it from Dell.com for $99. The setup is super easy because there is practically ZERO setup. It works just like plugging in my DVD player. All I have to do is plugging in my USB drive to it and this little player can play all the video files I throw at it. I no longer need to use my PC or notebook to watch my movies. I've also tried solutions from D-Link and Netgear. The performance is just way better. You'll love it if you download lots of video and rip lots of movie. The few downside of this product is, it didn't actually came with a HDMI cable. Com'on WD, stop being cheap. Even the cheapo DVD player I bought came with a HDMI cable. This is a 1080p HD product! If you are to purchase this product, also make sure you upgrade it to the latest firmware that WD posted a couple months ago. I couldn't play some of the MKV files with VC-1, but since the upgrade. They all play flawlessly.

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Does what it is supposed to nearly perfectly
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Reads any video type I have thrown at it, pretty smooth controls, easy setup, works pretty reliably

Weakness: Remote is a little punchy, sometimes looses connected media but quickly finds it again, can't watch iTunes media

This product is exactly what I was looking for. An easy product to connect a USB device to the TV and watch downloaded content. It set's up instantly and works nearly flawlessly. The nearly is that sometimes it looses one of the USB drives connected but then it quickly scans and recovers it. It is easy to navigate, remembers where you stopped watching and in general is very intuitive design. The remote is a little slow to respond not enough to really bother the experience but enough to give you a small lag. For me it truly solved my desire to connect video I download to the TV

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Won't play movie encoded with DVDShrink etc
2 Star Review   By member nsup - Feb 13, 2009   

Strengths: Can play variety of video clips.

Weakness: Limited playback.

Tried playing my movies via USB hard drive but it won't play the movie in a folder encoded by DVDShrink, DVDFab, etc. because WD TV doesn't support playback group of VOBs i.e. in one folder. It means it can only play single VOB, so you have to play each VOB within that movie folder which is inconvenient and the movie menu will not be playback as normal DVD menu. In this matter even the caption (subtitles) doesn't work too. I hope this will help so it won't waste your time, money and effort returning this product.

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Today's Average: $214.02
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Product Details
Description
Turn your USB drive into an HD media player. Store your HD content on a USB drive. Plug the drive in and play HD movies, digital music and family photos on your TV. It's as easy as 1-2-3.
Summary
Product Title WD AVN00 Digital Multimedia Player
Manufacturer WD
Lowest Price $214.02 from Memory4Less.com
Power Score 3.8 | 11 Reviews
General
Weight: 10.72 oz
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
URL: Manufacturer Link
Green Compliance: Yes
Dimensions: 1.57" Height x 4.94" Width x 3.94" Depth
Additional Specifications
Audio Format: MP3
Depth: 3.94"
Video Format: MPEG-1
Output: HDMI
Device Type: Digital Multimedia Player
Broadcast Format Supported: 1080p (HDTV)
Height: 1.57"
Width: 4.94"
Interface Connection: USB Yes
Today's Average: $214.02
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Expert Reviews
Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 10, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 72 expert reviews for Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player and the average expert rating is 83 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Western Digital WD TV
3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Dec 23, 2008

Announced and launched immediately on November 3rd 2008, the WD TV HD media player is Western Digitals first foray into consumer electronics. Unlike the majority of HD media streamers that attempt to replace dedicated media PCs, the WD TV HD remains a simple external hard disk expansion tool that can read and display a large variety of filetypes through a high speed USB2 connection. Most importantly, the device includes a plethora of connectivity options - including HDMI and digital toslink audio, allowing full digital passthrough to potentially higher quality home A/V equipment. While in some way limited by its lack of connectivity or storage, this fact allows the device to lot less expensive and small. File Formats Supported Music - MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264),MTS, TP, TS Playlist ... PROS: (1) includes a remote control (2) compact design (3) connect to 2 USB drives simultaneously - 2 USB ports (4) includes digital outputs for both audio and video - allowing for use with expensive home theater equipment (5) inexpensive ... CONS: (1) cannot replace the full usability of a media PC (2) no network connections - need to place media on a USB drive before watching (3) not compatible with online content services like iTunes, Amazon unbox, Netflix (4) requires users to have a USB drive (5) somewhat simple

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User Reviews
Unreliable
1 Star Review     

Strengths: Not to expensive, user friendly

Weakness: Unreliable, inconsistent

I have owned this product for about 8 months now, and it has worked about half the time I have tried to use it. I do not have cable as I travel a lot for work, so when I am home I prefer to use my WD TV over my laptop due to screen size of my TV and getting tired of watching movies on my laptop. About half the time the unit allows me to view my files, the other times it tells me no data is present so I end up having to watch the movies stored on said hard drive on my laptop. I guess for the $80 dollars I spent on it I should not get to mad, but I do feel that WD definitely dropped the ball on this one. Since my purchase I have heard they came out with a newer version(I think it is called the HUB), though I will not buy it, I would recommend that anyone thinking about purchasing one try the new version and not buy this one.

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This Player Does Not Support MAC Hard Drives
1 Star Review   By member dylan915 - Nov 3, 2009   

Strengths: Easy To Use

Weakness: Another PC Restricted Product

I bought this product because I thought the idea was great. Im tired of DVDs all over the place, and I wanted an intelligent MENU DRIVEN product that I could store movies on, and actually browse through a MOVIE MENU to see what's in the drive. I have a brand new Seagate 320 Gig hard drive, but apparently its a Mac format, so immediately after setting up the entire system, I turn on the WD TV Box, and the first thing that pops up on my screen is that it does not support the format. There is no menu to see the films that I had stored , about ten for the test. Still it says it will play the movie, which it did, but there was a lot of black clogged pixilation on the images of all the films I tested. Bottom line is YES, I guess I should have asked the people at Best Buy if this product supported Mac. You'd think with Mac now at almost 40 percent of PC users that companies like Western Digital would format their products to accept Mac hard drives. Im not sure if the poor video quality is because the products don't sync, or if this is actually what the WD TV quality is, but either way I'm really pissed off . I don't recommend this product to any Mac users who expect quality from their products !!

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Best and simplest Media player
5 Star Review   By member Sandiegoparis - Mar 10, 2009   

Strengths: Quality of the picture and simplicity of use

I got tired of looking around the house for DVDs misplaced and kids complaining that they could not find them. I backed up all the DVDs on a WD Passport hard drive. Plugged the WD TV into to my television and plugged the hard drive into the WD TV. Now I never have to lose my mind looking for a missing DVD or worry about a scratched one! All I do is turn on the WD TV and search through the menu to pick a video and play it!!!! Such a great product. Does everything it says it will do.

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Excellent product
5 Star Review   By WD HD TV thumbs up! on Buydig.com - Feb 24, 2009   

Strengths: Ease of use, full HD playback via HDMI and optical audio, small footprint.

Weakness: None.

Excellent product, I would highly recommend it. Hey Nsup, instead of blaming a great product for something it never claimed to do, how about you do some research before you rant nonsense in your review. If you had looked at the product description, you would have noticed that it doesn't mention VOB playback support anywhere...You having to return this item is due entirely to your lack of research.

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Good deisgn, Good prodcut !!
5 Star Review   By member JoyceH - Feb 22, 2009   

Strengths: Plays everything

Weakness: non

I love the product,it does plays all my video,save money and save time and make life easier. I think its very creative and friednly deisgn.

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Excellent little gadget
5 Star Review   By member windz - Feb 20, 2009   

Strengths: Plays everything I throw at it. Great UI. Plays all my MKV files! I can finally enjoy the movie I have on a big screen TV. Super easy to use

Weakness: Doesn't come with HDMI cable.

I got this product last December and have been using it every weekend since to watch all the movies I ripped and backed up. I love this thing! My friends came over all got very interested in this thing. One even wanted to borrow it from me and I just tell him to buy one since I got it from Dell.com for $99. The setup is super easy because there is practically ZERO setup. It works just like plugging in my DVD player. All I have to do is plugging in my USB drive to it and this little player can play all the video files I throw at it. I no longer need to use my PC or notebook to watch my movies. I've also tried solutions from D-Link and Netgear. The performance is just way better. You'll love it if you download lots of video and rip lots of movie. The few downside of this product is, it didn't actually came with a HDMI cable. Com'on WD, stop being cheap. Even the cheapo DVD player I bought came with a HDMI cable. This is a 1080p HD product! If you are to purchase this product, also make sure you upgrade it to the latest firmware that WD posted a couple months ago. I couldn't play some of the MKV files with VC-1, but since the upgrade. They all play flawlessly.

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Does what it is supposed to nearly perfectly
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Reads any video type I have thrown at it, pretty smooth controls, easy setup, works pretty reliably

Weakness: Remote is a little punchy, sometimes looses connected media but quickly finds it again, can't watch iTunes media

This product is exactly what I was looking for. An easy product to connect a USB device to the TV and watch downloaded content. It set's up instantly and works nearly flawlessly. The nearly is that sometimes it looses one of the USB drives connected but then it quickly scans and recovers it. It is easy to navigate, remembers where you stopped watching and in general is very intuitive design. The remote is a little slow to respond not enough to really bother the experience but enough to give you a small lag. For me it truly solved my desire to connect video I download to the TV

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Won't play movie encoded with DVDShrink etc
2 Star Review   By member nsup - Feb 13, 2009   

Strengths: Can play variety of video clips.

Weakness: Limited playback.

Tried playing my movies via USB hard drive but it won't play the movie in a folder encoded by DVDShrink, DVDFab, etc. because WD TV doesn't support playback group of VOBs i.e. in one folder. It means it can only play single VOB, so you have to play each VOB within that movie folder which is inconvenient and the movie menu will not be playback as normal DVD menu. In this matter even the caption (subtitles) doesn't work too. I hope this will help so it won't waste your time, money and effort returning this product.

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