which Revo to buy?

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  1. kolofan

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    Hello, i have become very interested in xbmc and have decided to get myself an acer Revo r3700 as a late xmas present. i want to
    1. stream tv shows and movies (that i own) from my NAS via xbmc
    2. watch freeview via catchup tv on xbmc
    3. watch iplayer via xbmc
    4. watch skygo/skyplayer via internet browser.

    i see ebuyer has 4 flavours of revo varying in OS and RAM. prices go from £200-290. basically 2gb or 4gb of Ram and a choice of win7 and Linux (something called linpus). Also one the cheaper version has wired keyboard. not too bothered about the price but want value for money. might also get a remote.

    I have read that the revo is no good for HD audio but i don't think this is a problem, i don't really know what it is. i will only listen in stereo via the TV for the foreseeable future.

    What version best suits my needs?
     
  2. kolofan

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    anyone??
     
  3. devilmen

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    hi, i have the revo 3700 windows 7, with xmbc installed , plays hd well in xmbc when setup properly through revo or external hd , stream iplayer , etc well , i put xbmc ontop of w7 so i could use as a media player and browsing etc, eden beta as just come out for xbmc so hopefully will be even better than darhma {current} when full release is complete . recently i bought some homeplugs and this as helped flawlessly streaming hd from iplayer or computer no stutters or anything. hoped this helped a bit :smashin:
     
  4. tredman

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    Sky go required ms silver light, which is only available for widows (poss apple?), so you need to pay the windows tax!
     
  5. kolofan

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    Thanks tredman, skyplayer is a must so that means windows is the way to go.
    The price is 265 with 2gb ram vs 300 with 4gb ram.
    do i need the extra? is it easy to put in ram myself?
     
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    £35 seems a bit steep for 2gig! Are the hdd sizes the same?

    2gig is enough IMHO, but I would imagine its not going to be a diddle to upgrade it should you want to do it at a later date - looking at my revo it looks pretty well sealed
     
  7. kolofan

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    ahhh, well spotted. the cheaper one is 250gb hdd, more expensive one is 500gb hdd.
    think i will go for higher spec to give a modicom of future proofing
     
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    Have you considered the Zotac Zbox ?
    I have gone from Revo 3600 to Zotac Zbox AD02 AMD-350 Fusion chipset and I find it much faster than my old revo which on paper is same dual core 1.6 power but I have read that the Amd chipset is better on power consumption than the intel and more powerful than the latest intel 1.8ghz too. The onboard ATI radeon 6100 series out performs the ION and AMD take 8gb ram and as far as I am aware no revo can.
    Zotac also do the intel chipset too.
    What threw me onto this was my Revo was fidley to take apart because of crap plastic clips so 2 hards drives failing in just over 1 year made up my mind for me given the Zbox is 2 thum screws off comes panel then 1 more thumb screw for hdd and bobs your uncle.
     
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    Revo with 2gb and XBMC live is what I have and it's spot on.

    Don't need more than 2gb and have a look at the new Eden beta you might find the addons so you don't need windows bloating it up!

    Mines got the 60gb out of my old ps3 and was a diddle to swap. YouTube have videos showing what to do its not difficult!
     
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    Almost certainly there'll never be a sky go addon.
     
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    Isn't the player going next to the skybox then? You can use wifi remotes to control XBMC.

    For the bitrate/quality of sky go compared to HD on their box and who's your broadband supplier hope you haven't a data cap for all the VOD content. Sky broadband is unlimited and fantastic as is anytime+
     

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