Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Anyone want to buy a nearly-new D-Link DSM-320?

Back when I was considering HDTV one thing I realized I needed was a way to replace my TiVo's ability to stream multimedia from my PC network to the TV. My choice was the D-Link MediaLounge DSM-320.

I'm very happy with the DSM-320... except for one thing. Turns out I'm an idiot.

The DSM-320 mentions nothing about an upper limit on resolution of images it can display in photo or video. And it includes a component video output which, in theory, can carry HD (though it requires five connectors compared to a single HDMI cable). Somehow, I thought it would let me stream HD video to the TV and see it in HD.

Turns out that's what the DSM-520 can do. Otherwise, they look to have identical capabilities.

Because I was kept so busy by troubles with the HD-DVR, and because my WildBlue bandwidth limits mean I can't easily torrent down HD content, and since there's precious little HD content to download anyway, I didn't get around to trying it until well after onsale.com's 30 day refund period.

There's no way to come out of this without a loss. I'm going to try to sell my nearly-new, mint-condition DSM-320 for not too much of a loss and buy the DSM-520, hopefully without too much of a soaking. Grrr.

2 comments:

litlfrog said...

Ouch; that's too bad. Hope you don't take too big a loss.

HawthornThistleberry said...

Looks like the loss won't be too bad. I have the DSM-520 on order and an invoice out for the DSM-320.