Basic Media Server
Sony SMP-N100 Summary:
This affordable streaming media player delivers full HD 1080p but falls short on some other aspects, like interface and playing certain files.
Pros: Top quality sound and video, built in Wi-Fi, and a wide range of video sources make this media server a contender.
Cons: Does not beat the king of the interface (Apple TV) nor the sultan of flexibility (The Western Digital Live TV Plus).
What we like about the Sony SMP-N100:
- Picture Quality: The SMP-N1000 really shines here.
- Free Remote App: Free remote control app for Android and Apple iOS devices. Can’t find the remote, but have your phone handy?
- Stream all of your favorite online media: With a solid internet connection, one can easily stream online media from sources like Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and Hulu Plus.
- DNLA Certified: This allows you to stream content (like pictures, audio, and video) DLNA server.
What we dislike about the Sony SMP-N100:
- Good but not Great Interface: Apple TV continues to set the standard here. The interface is not bad, but Apple TV is hard to beat.
- Doesn’t always like your files: While some streaming media players are compatible with almost any video file, Sony chose a more narrow range of files. This is frustrating if you have a large collection of digital media you would like to view. The Western Digital Live TV Plus has the edge here.
- Trouble connecting the Wi-Fi: The Sony SMP-N100 initial setup steps do not include setting up Wi-Fi. Since you need an internet connection to use this media player, that’s a bit of a drawback.
- Doesn’t play all USB devices: Some external hard drives were apparently incompatible with this device. Keep this in mind if you’re looking to buy an external hard drive with this unit.
In a Nutshell:
If you want the simplest interface go with Apple TV, if you want to geek out and play almost any video and audio codec go with the Western Digital Live TV Plus, if you want something in between with super high quality video and audio this is your box.
Product Details at a Glance – Sony SMP-N100
|Wi-Fi||Built in 802.11b/g/n, DLNA Client|
|Internal Disk Storage||None|
|Video Outputs||HDMI 1080p, Composite, Component|
|Audio Outputs||HDMI, optical digital, analog 2 channel|
|USB 2.0||External Hard Disc Drive : Yes (FAT32, NTFS)
USB Flash Memory : Yes (FAT32, NTFS)
USB Keyboard : Yes
|Card Reader Inputs||No|
|Multimedia Formats Supported|
|Audio, Video, and Image Codecs||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
|Online Services Provided|
|Video on Demand Services||BRAVIA Internet Video – Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Pandora, Slacker, plus more|
|Dimensions||7 3/8″ x 1 5/8″ x 7 3/8″ (185x40x185mm)|
|Weight||1lb 8oz (680g)|
|Power Requirements||110-240V 50Hz/60Hz|