is there any good compact media player that can play mkv files etc, with surround hdmi output for realiser a8 .
something like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Noontec-A3-II-1080p-Player/dp/B005I6AQSC/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt
but i want better spec to use it with realiser a8.
theres one from dune hd compact series, im not whether it output 5.1/7.1 sound from mkv file. please update me.
http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/OPlay_TV_Pro this one from asus. not sure if these would give perfect surround output for realiser. please advise me.
Although there are many small media player devices out there, I have yet to find one that will decode surround audio to multi channel LPCM. This is basically due to licensing costs. If the devices don't have to decode Dolby and DTS, then they don't have to pay for those licenses. And since most people who want surround decoding are going to connect these media players to AV receivers, most people would never use the decoding in the media player anyway.
You will see in the specs of these media players that say they will output LPCM audio via HDMI, however, what they never say in the specs is that it's only a 2.0 channel mix-down. You will never get 5.1 or 7.1 LPCM out of the box due to licensing unless the specs specifically say so. (I;ve never seen one that does though.)
I actually own a WDTV Live and I know it won't do it. I know for a fact that the only DUNE devices that will do it are the Dune HD Max and Duo. (I have a Max and it works great.) All the other Dune devices will not do it. I also did the research on every popular media player out there, and could not find one. I don't even think the Popcorn Hour products do it either, but maybe their newer ones will. The Asus OPlay will not work either.
So, that's the difficulty of the Realiser for surround content. We have a unique need that is not worth it for the manufacturers to add to the cost of their device for such a small part of the customer base.
With that said, most higher end Blu-Ray players will decode surround audio to multi-channel LPCM. But they are not as small as what I think you're looking for. For portability, there are some laptops that will output 5.1 or 7.1 via HDMI outputs. mine has HDMI, but will only output 2.0. I think newer MacBooks might output 7.1. I think that's what Struggles is using.
The Realiser isn't all that portable either anyway. I guess it is smaller than a typical Blu-Ray player.