The remote control response varies quite a lot depending on what I was doing. For changing channels, volume and navigating up/down on a menu, it responds immediately. It takes about 2 seconds to change from menu to menu after I press a button. Exiting and entering a menu takes the longest at around 4 to 5 seconds. The slowest response is when setting up a timer, where I actually have to keep the key held down for a second or two for the player to respond (i.e. where it’s ACK LED blinks). I’ve also mentioned about the remote responsiveness a few times in the review, so it’s worth doing a search on each page for ‘slow’ or ‘remote’ and you should find the spots.
Another test I tried was playing an AVI with a DTS soundtrack, something I forgot about during the review. With the coaxial audio output connected to my digital audio decoder, the sound played fine and going by its display, the Media Giant passes out the DTS bitstream for the decoder to decode:
I tried again with just the analogue RCA audio outputs connected and got no sound when I played the same AVI file, so the Media Giant does not have internal DTS decoding.
The final test I tried is an energy usage test, which is something important for those concerned about energy usage:
[li]Playing video - 30 watts[/li][li]Title screen (after HDD spins down) - 25 watts[/li][li]Standby (after HDD spins down) - 23 watts (0.55 kWh / day)[/li][/ul]
I do find its Standby energy usage rather excessive, considering this is the equivalent to running a 1kW electric bar heater for 30 minutes a day.