Just picked up one of these players primarily to stream netflix and hulu using a lot less power than my xbox. I also have a small collection of .mp4, .mkv and .avi files on my buffalo nas that so far have seemed to work quite well.
My problems so far have related to audio. I had the Live SMP hooked up to my marantz 7001 AVR via HDMI initially using pass through auto detect. Even though this receiver is DD only (does not decode DD+), I was pleasantly surprised to find the Netflix 5.1 titles I tried lit all all 6 channels on the receiver and seemed to work fine. Unfortunately, when I try to watch a Netflix title with stereo sound, I get no sound whatsoever. Hulu and local media files seem to play stereo just fine. I looked at the receiver and the PCM input indicator light was blinking when playing a netflix stereo track which I assume means something bad. The auto detect feature indicated that I had 7.1 channel LPCM, which I am supposed to, but I tried changing this to 6 and 2 channel with no change in my ability to hear stereo sound from Netflix tracks.
At this point I figured might as well try toslink since I have a spare cable lying around and initially it worked beautifully. I got DTS audio from an mkv file and both 5.1 and stereo sound from Netflix titles depending on their audio tracks. Victorious, I turned the device off and proceeded to gather the family around the projector. After showing off for an hour or two, I turned everything off. When I turned it back on later, all of sudden the audio would drop out on all material (DTS, DD 5.1 and stereo) every few seconds. I did some reading at it seems that the optical jack on the WDTV is a little finicky so I tried wiggling the cable and succeeded only in completely killing all sound from the toslink cable. After several power cycles and more plugging and unplugging of the cable at both ends, still no sound from optical.
I’ve switched back to using HDMI, which still works for everything but stereo Netflix titles. Anyone have any suggestions for how to either get stereo to work through HDMI or get the optical out working again? I ordered another cable just to check that, but otherwise, I don’t know where to start. Thanks.