When Netgear introduced the NeoTV 550 last summer, their goals was to make a complete digital media server that plays movies, music, and photos shared on your computer or networked devices including PCs and Macs. The NeoTV 550 displays and plays your media in full 1080p with HD 7.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound. It has a built in SD card slot as well as a couple of USB ports so that you bring over your media directly to the media player without a network.
The immediate problem for the Netgear NeoTV 550 is that in the past year or so, there has been a tremendous influx of media players and media streaming enabled devices on the market. With a retail price of $199, the NeoTV 550 starts off behind the curve being one of the most expensive players on the market. One of our favorite players – the Western Digital Live Hub carries the same MSRP, but the Western Digital comes with a 1TB hard drive for on-board storage. The question is: Can the NeoTV 550 deliver performance to justify this cost?
Netgear recently released a robust firmware upgrade for the NeoTV 550 HD Media Player to give what was already a solid media player a few new bells and whistles. Firmware 3.0.325 which was released a short time ago features Video and Audio improvements as well as a slew of multimedia streaming upgrades and bug fixes. Today we look at how Netgear’s newest upgrades compares to other top players on the market.
The Netgear NeoTV 550 Featured Specifications
Video and Audio Output
Digital Media File Formats