July 26, 2007

Monsoon Multimedia HAVA Wireless HD In House

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Well the good people at Monsoon Multimedia were kind enough to send us a HAVA Wireless HD to evaluate. We had written about products from this company earlier and we were very impressed by what we had read.

Well we ripped open the box and hooked it up real quick. We haven't had time to complete a full review yet, but lets just put it this way, I am writing this post from the office while I am watching the Red Sox on my HAVA player! :)

To be honest we had never really been in love with products like the Slingbox since we couldn't see the allure. Our opinion has never changed so fast in our life.

We can't wait to play with the HAVA Wireless HD for a couple of weeks and try it from a bunch of different locations.

Stay tuned for a complete post with all the gory details of this great device. Also we are hoping to get our hands on a Slingbox to do a good head to head comparison.

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July 20, 2007

The Top 7 Media Streaming Products Available Today

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Well we have reviewed a lot of different devices over the past months and we are here to say what we think our the top 7 products on the market today. Why 7, well we are just sick of top ten lists, thats why. There are a lot of things to weigh when you are deciding on which device makes the list.

For us here at Networking Audio Video, one of the most important aspects of any media streamer is ease of setup. If your average person off the street can't open the box and get this thing to work then it won't be widely adopted, plain and simple.

We also had to decide if we were only going to include products that could stream all media types or also include specialized devices that only did audio, video, or images. After much internal debate we decided to include all the devices out there even if they only streamed one type of content.

Well enough boring setup, on to the list!

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July 16, 2007

Archos TV+ Wireless Media Streamer

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Archos is set to release in September a product that might give the AppleTV a run for its money. Looking over what are the reported specs it seems that Archos has a great little product on their hands. One of the first things that caught our eye was the inclusion of a 500GB hard drive. Apple finally updated the AppleTV from 40GB to 120GB, but even 120GB small these days. Having 500GB allows the user to store more data internally and thus offers, in our opinion, a better experience.

Now the one thing that the AppleTV will always have in its favor is iTunes. So far there is nothing else like it on the market. Sure you can download media from other sources, but so far none of those sources also sell a media streamer. So Apple will always win when it comes to an all in one solution until someone else tries to take them on.

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July 12, 2007

SavitMicro cineDISK CD36HD Media Streaming Box

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So there is yet another all in one video/audio/image streaming box out in the wild and we are very impressed by what we have read so far. This one comes out of Korea from a company called SavitMicro and by looking at the specs it seems they threw everything they could find into it.

For starters this it will act as a central file sever utilizing a watered down version of a NAS called NDAS. It also comes equipped with a USB connection so you can hook it directly to your computer for file transfers.

The next thing it offers puts it in the same league as the Mvix 760HD and the Tvix m5100sh among others. It is a full fledged streaming media box with a ton of connections and output options.

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July 11, 2007

Monsoon Multimedia Set to Release Slingbox Competitor

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Monsoon Multimedia
has released the latest product in the growing crowd of Slingbox competitors. They have the HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD boxes for sale now and it seems like they will be giving Slingbox and all the other companies in the video streaming over the Internet segment a run for their money. The problem with products like the Slingbox is that they are the first to market and companies watch what they do and copy it, usually making a better product in the long run due to the fact that they see the short comings of current line of products.

That is what we believe Monsoon has done. These devices seem to do it all. From multiple PC's able to access the same stream to integration with Windows Media Center PC's. We haven't seen a lot of hands on reviews with these yet, but looking at the specs we are very impressed. Just look at this feature list:

  • Multicast to multiple PCs simultaneously
  • Connects to any TV source including Cable, Satellite, DVD, TiVo and Camcorders
  • All inputs include a pass through connector, eliminating the use of splitters when connecting HAVA to home video equipment
  • Streams video at an average of 6 Mbps directly to PCs in home network in MPEG-2 full D1, full screen at 720 x 480 pixels
  • Streams MPEG-2 format over the home network, MPEG-4 format over the Internet
  • Component Input and support for native 16:9 display ratio
  • "HD capable" (HAVA Platinum HD only)
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition integration -- appears as an installed TV-tuner card (HAVA Platinum HD only)
  • Enables TiVo-like functionality on the PC. Users can record, store, pause, rewind and fast forward stored video (HAVA Platinum HD Only)
  • Schedule and record programs for later viewing (HAVA Platinum HD only)
  • Allows burning of stored material to DVD (HAVA Platinum HD only)

With the numbers of broadband users in the US growing day by day these types of boxes are becoming more and more popular. The fact that it will act as a PVR is a huge step forward in this market and we are excited for not only this product, but all the future products that copy it and try and one up it.

We can't wait to get our hands on one of these to try out. We will be sure to update you when we get one in house.

via ehomeupgrade

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June 28, 2007

Europe: TwinhanDTV MagicBox Digital TV USB 2.0 Box

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The TwinhanDTV MagicBox Digital TV USB 2.0 Box looks like a European only Sling Media Slingbox PRO competitor. The TwinhanDTV MagicBox lets you enjoy high quality digital entertainment on your notebook or desktop PC streamed from any video source you choose. Features include instant recording for recording digitally as MPEG II format, Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for the the most updated channel information, TV with time shifting and much more! More than a receiver, this TwinhanDTV can record your favorite programs into your PC and never miss a moment! Get the ultimate mobile digital TV solution!

  • High quality digital terrestrial TV & radio receiving (DVB-T = EUROPEAN MARKET) - USB-Ter supports only free-to-air programs
  • USB 2.0/1.1 compatible / Instant recording: Record digitally as MPEG II format
  • Schedule recording: Set your own recording list and playback whenever you like
  • Time-shifting: Pause live TV shows and never miss any marvelous moment
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG): EPG tables offer the most updated channel information

At TwinhanDTV MagicBox Digital TV USB 2.0 Box

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June 23, 2007

Pixel Magic Systems Media Players HD MediaBox

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We just saw the HD MediaBox™ from Pixel Magic yesterday at Microcenter. It was tucked behind one of the smaller HDTVs and looked interesting. The HD Mediabox is a high definition HDD (hard disk drive) media player which gives instant access to your high definition video, digital music, digital photos and DVD files no matter where they are stored - on it's internal hard disk drive (HDD), on your personal computer*, USB HDD or Network Attached Storage box*. The HD MediaBox™ supports output resolutions of up to 1080p so you can now set all your HD media free from the constraints of your monitor. Use any VGA, component video, DVI or HDMI equipped display device - Flat panel displays, projectors, HDTVs and more.

The HD MediaBox™ is designed with high quality audio playback in mind. Equipped with 24-bit/192KHz audio DAC from Analog Devices Inc, low noise Op Amps from Burr-Brown® (famous for their clean output and ultra-low distortion characteristics) and our own specially developed timing circuitry, HD MediaBox™ can now be the centre of your hifi as a high end CD jukebox storing thousands of CDs!

We'll find out more as we check out this interesting new streaming wonder.

At Pixel Magic Systems - Media Players - HD MediaBox

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June 11, 2007

DivX GejBox Media Streamer Concept Box

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So we read over at engadet that it seems that DivX is trying to get someone to build a DivX media streaming box. DivX has become one of the standards of movie compression over the years and more and more media devices support the codec for playback.

A good quote from the article:

Basically this thing is a media streaming beta box to test out DivX's new connected hardware platform initiative, so it's safe to say that while a select few beta testers will get to play around with a GejBox, this device will most likely never make it to market -- at least not in its current form. (DivX is really trying to get harware-makers to pick up their platform, we don't think they want to be in the box business.)

So we will have to keep an eye on this as we feel this is the year of the streaming media revolution. Sorry to be so dramatic, but we have been following this for so long its nice to see some actual momentum in the sector. Apple and Microsoft are both in the market and more and more companies are vying for the title of the best media streamer on the market.

Here's hoping someone picks this up and runs with it

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June 6, 2007

TViX HD M-5100SH Digital Media Server

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The HD M-5100SH is the latest offering from TViX in there media streamer line. This bad boy attempts to do it all. Just looking at the ability to playback 1080p signals over HDMI, it bests most other consumer media streamers, and that is just the beginning. It packs a high speed Serial ATA drive inside to store your movies on and has an Ethernet port to use your home computer for more storage.

It can handle just about any format you throw at it including:

Video

  • WMV
  • WMV HD
  • AVI
  • MPG
  • VOB
  • MP4
  • ASF

Audio

  • MP3
  • WMA
  • AAC
  • FLAC
  • OGG
  • PCM
  • M4A

You can output these files to your TV via:

  • HDMI
  • Component
  • S-Video
  • Composite
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June 4, 2007

D-Link DSM-510 High-Definition Media Player

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DLink has released a smaller version of the DSM-520 to target the segment of the population that likes their media players small and out of the way. There is a great hands on review over at Small Net Builder that takes a detailed look at the new device.

What they found is that this device, while smaller and cheaper then its big brother the 520, lacks a lot of power and abilities as well. The 510 does all the basics one would assume in a networked media player, video, audio and images. The problem is that it seems to do them all just so so.

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