I am trying to select a Media player and honestly I have gotten lost in trying to find the right equipment to match my needs.I have done a lot of research on manufacturers sites and in various forums, but I still can not figure it out. It looks like Live Hub is what I am looking for, but I am not sure. Perhaps if I outline what I want to accomplish then you folks can give the benefit of your expertise.
I have tons of music files (wav and MP3), still photos (JPEG) and some home videos stored on my computer which is located upstairs. My entertainment equipment (satellite dvr, DVD player/recorder,Yamaha HDMI AV receiver etc) is located downstairs and not connected to the computer (wireless does not work in my home and running cables would be a daunting and expensive task). What I want to do is copy the files on the computer and load them on a media player. Since there is no way to link the two units I think I would have to load the files on a USB drive and then transfer the files to the media player. So, the media player has to have an internal hard drive. I will run its output through a Yamaha receiver which is linked to the flat screen TV on the wall.
I have found some devices that seem to fit that need, but they all seem lacking in the flexibility to play back the files stored on the hard drive. I use Media Player to play the files on my computer and am comfortable with its ability to search the computer hard drive and create playlists. I can not get through the technical fog with the various media players to find one that would afford the same flexibility. Seems like they either can not create and store comparable playlists or you have to jump through all sorts of hoops to get it done.
I have no interest in connecting to the internet and streaming files to the media player.
As you can tell, my needs are rather basic; as is my knowledge in this area. So, I guess the question is: does Live Hub match my needs or should I be looking at a different WD device? Any thoughts or advice would be sincerely appreciated.