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Mede8er MED500X
South African Realtek 1073 player that is notable for being the first Realtek player to have an HD user interface and one of the first to implement YAMJ. Performance and format support are the usual Realtek very good.

The player itself is solid and chunky in appearance. Inputs are reasonable with perhaps the only thing lacking being eSATA. Although this player does have a fan, it has been reported as nearly silent. Firmware releases have been consistently ahead of the rest. The Mede8er firmware is more developed away from the Realtek SDK than any otehr Media Player and benefits from this. Sanji have been consistently among the first to release useful new firmware features.

This player is now available in both 1073DD and 1073DD+ chipset versions. The DD+ version has a blue sticker on the packaging.

Mede8er MED500X
Specification Summary

Launch Date September 2009 3579 days ago
Country South Africa
Ranking 448/837   ? 
Player Type Media Player (Realtek)
Chipset Family Realtek 1xx3 (2009)   ? 
Chipset Model Realtek 1073DD(+) @ 0.4Ghz Single Core
Chipset Rating 2 /5   ? 
Storage Internal 3.5" SATA (1) USB (2) SD
Network 10/100 Optional Wi-Fi(n)  ? 
Size 230 x 170 x 65mm   Fan Yes
Video Outputs HDMI Component Composite
Audio Outputs HDMI Stereo Analog TOSLINK Coaxial
DVD ISO Yes   Blu-Ray ISO Yes. Simple (BD-Lite)
XBMC No   ? 
HD Audio DTS DmixTrueHD DmixDTS-HD MA Dmix
DTS PassTrueHD PassDTS-HD MA Pass   ? 
Page last updated: 31-May-13
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Product Discussion

There are 10 comments
Ferdie – Fx
March 15, 2011 - 17:18

How does it handle 23.976fps mkv's?

Dina – NL
March 05, 2011 - 11:14

New V4 firmware is excellent.

True-HD en DTS-HD MA passthrough both support. Interface looks great, is more snappy and overall a mucher better experience.

Also, Sanji is really open/transparent about the capabilities of their hardware with even giving you max. throughput for samba/nfs shares over wifi and ethernet.

Reply to Dina
Dina – NL
March 05, 2011 - 11:16

That said, stay away from the wi-fi dongle. The hardware is just much underpowered. I couldnt get more than 800KB/s over a Wifi-N network. My laptop that stands 2 ft away from the Mede8er easily gets 5MB/s

The Osiris – Indonesia
July 14, 2010 - 04:06

Now equipped with new RTD1073 C+ and firmware v.3.0.4 ...
(Writer should update their review)

Much better !!
Mede8er should be 5 star rating !

Reply to The Osiris
clueluzz – Indonesia
July 14, 2010 - 12:57

Can the new chipset do DTS-MA HD passthrough audio? If so, where can I get the new stock?

vincent.boleh – mALAYSIA
June 18, 2010 - 08:39

Similar with ACRyan, all new players are now equipped with Realtek 1073DD+ chipset with digital audio capability. Too bad if you are getting older sets.

Ilan – South AFrica
May 18, 2010 - 08:23

I have one of these units and really love it.

I have had many players as I am a Electronics fanatic and I must say this is without doubt the best one I have used and definitely my favourite.

I love my Mede8er.

M8 – Out there
January 31, 2010 - 10:30

Gary3928, you are full it - the Mede8er was launched in September and you post in October that firmware updates have stopped?
I have 2 of these and I am a very critical media user.
It has a few shortcomings granted, but it is still relatively young - firmware updates are coming through twice monthly with continuous improvements.
The MED500 GUI is better than any other Realtek-based player currently available, hands down.

October 20, 2009 - 16:16

i have 1 of these. it works ok but there are many missing features and firmware release seem to have stopped.

Dan – the moon
September 30, 2009 - 10:23

This player is gr8!

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Detailed Specification
Max Resolution1080p
Box TypeRealtek
Chipset FamilyRealtek 1xx3 (2009)
Chipset ModelRealtek 1073DD(+)
Chipset Ghz0.4
Flash Memory (GB)
Internal HDD3.5" SATA
HDD Num1
USB Host2
USB Slave1
USB Version2.0
SD Card TypeSD
Other Storage
File SystemsFAT, EXT, NTFS
Network ProtocolsSamba, NFS
Wired Network10/100
Wireless Network Optional Wi-Fi(n)
Component Video1
Composite Video1
HDMI Version1.3
Audio/Video Other
Stereo L/R Audio1
S/PDIF Coaxial1
AV Recording
AV Inputs
Video Formats (Codecs)MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP /ASP /AVC (H.264) / XviD / DivX / WMV9 (VC-1) / RealVideo 8/9/10 (up to 720P)
Video Extensions (Containers)AVI / BDMV Light / BDISO Light / MKV / TS / TP / TRP / M2TS / MPG / MP4 / MOV / M4V / VOB / ISO / IFO / DAT / WMV / ASF / RM / RMVB / FLV resolution up to 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Audio Formats (Codecs)Mp3 / Mp2 / OGG Vorbis / PCM / LPCM / AAC / RA / FLAC up to 24bit 192Khz /WAV, WMA Standard (DRM, & Advanced Profile not supported)
Audio Extensions (Containers)
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP, PNG
Subtitle FormatsSRT, SSA, SUB, SMI
3D Top Bottom
3D Frame PackingNo
3D Frame Sequential
Blu-Ray 3DNo
Blu-Ray ISOYes. Simple (BD-Lite)
Dolby Digital (AC3) DownmixYes
Dolby Digital (AC3) PassthroughYes
Dolby Digital Plus DownmixYes
Dolby Digital Plus PassthroughYes
Dolby TrueHD DownmixYes
Dolby TrueHD PassthroughYes
DTS DownmixYes
DTS PassthroughYes
DTS-HD HR DownmixYes
DTS-HD HR PassthroughYes
DTS-HD MA DownmixYes
DTS-HD MA Passthrough
Internet RadioYes (Shoutcast)
Web Services
Native XBMC
Play Store
Web Browser
Browser Detail
Front LCDNo
Supplied Remote
Power Usage Standby
W (mm)230
D (mm)170
H (mm)65
Volume (litre)2.54
Weight (kg)
W (inches)9.1
D (inches)6.7
H (inches)2.6
Weight (lb)
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