March 6, 2007

MvixUSA MX-760HD Review

The MX-760HD from MvixUsa is their latest offering in the networked digital media market. The Mvix 760HD is basically an external hard drive that has built in media playing capabilities. Hook this up to your TV and you can, via the on screen menus, browse the media that is backed up on the internal hard drive ( up to 750gig can be purchased and installed by the user ) or another location on your network. This is a very stylish device that offers what a lot of people have been looking for, an attractive unit that can easily display their media on their TV. Very few people want to sit at their computer to watch movies or look at sideshows of pictures. Hook this up to your TV and you won't have to. Once you have the hard drive set up to work with the Mvix, whatever you put on it will be accessible either via the front control panels or the remote control.

You can hook this up to your network either via ethernet( 10/100 ) or wirelessly with 802.11G. We like that it gives both options so for the lucky ones that have wired houses you can just plug in and go. We like that you have the option so you can bundle everything together and not have to worry about running another computer in your home. But like any modern device you have the option to use an external source for your files since that would allow you greater storage then can fit on one drive as well as let you leverage your already existing infrastructure.
This is all fine and good, but what can this puppy do with your media other then find it. Well for starters it can play HD content up to 1080i which covers just about all you would want out of a player of this sorts. They have put a ton of support in here for different file types and these days you need to be able to play almost everything to get noticed. Here is the list from their product page of the file types supported:

    Supported Audio Formats:
  • MP3
  • WMA
  • AAC
  • OGG
  • PCM
  • AC3
  • DTS (pass-thru and downmixing)
    Supported Image Formats:
  • BMP
  • JPEG
  • PNG
    Supported Video Formats:
  • DivX (3/4/5)
  • AVI
  • Xvid
  • MPEG
  • VCD(DAT)
  • WMV(WMV-9)
  • ASF(WMV-9)
  • TP
  • TS
  • TRP
    A-V OUT Options:
  • DVI
  • Component
  • Composite
  • S-Video
  • Optical


So right there they have basically covered just about all formats. The only one that is missing that we would have liked to have seen included is FLAC. We spoke with someone at Mvix and they said that the 760HD will not support FLAC but they have it as a possible inclusion on a future product they are working on. Even without FLAC this is a very impressive collection of formats and one I am sure will bring a smile to many a faces. What dooms so many of these types of devices is their limited file type support. Wether it be for cost reasons, time to market, or whatever, more and more companies need to realize that we have our content stored in all kinds of formats and the products that people are going to buy are the ones that give them the freedom to choose.
So all in all this looks like a great little device for the home. We would love to get our hands on one so we can put it through our paces. We'll update you when we get around to buying one. If you are interested in picking one up they have them at Newegg.

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Posted by David Ficocello at March 6, 2007 7:53 PM

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