NAS Compares Synology DS1621xs+ NAS Plex 4K, 1080p and 720p Tests (H.264 & HEVC)

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NAS Compares Synology DS1621xs+ NAS Plex 4K, 1080p and 720p Tests (H.264 & HEVC)

Transcoding 4K Media on the DS1621xs+ NAS Plex Media Server

Smooth playback of high end media on a NAS is always something that you cannot really cheap-out on. If you are investing in a new NAS system and are looking for a solution that will last for a good few years alongside your TV/Sound system, then you need to choose wisely. This also applies to choosing a Synology NAS that will have the horsepower to convert your big, BIG files into something more suitable with your mobile devices, tablets and more – known as transcoding. Transcoding on a NAS such as the DS1621xs+ device is the ability for a multimedia file to be changed from it’s existing format or codec to one that is better suited to the destination device. In this file access, the DS1621xs+ NAS is the host device and the device you want to play the file is the client. This is the case of whether you are using Plex or not. Transcoding is typically required when a media file is more recently released than the client device that is accessing it, so the newer compression or playback format is unknown to the device you want to access it with. Alternatively, you want to access the movie or music on your DS1621xs+ and do not want to use the original file in its full size. Transcoding can enable you to stream a much smaller version in weight or resolution if needed. In a popular program such as PLEX, smooth playback is essential, and with the plex media server application on the DS1621xs+ NAS using a larger percentage of CPU and Memory than most programs, it is very useful to know the plex transcoding abilities of any NAS.


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