For our tests, NeoDigits supplied us with the retail package of the X4000, which contains:
- The HELIOS H4000 HD Upscaling DVD player
- 1x printed manual
- 1x Audio/ Visual Connector
- 1x Power Cable
- 1x Remote Control
- 1x 5' HDMI Cable
- 2x Batteries
The player is currently listed at the retail price of US$169 and is available for purchase directly from NeoDigits at www.neodigits.com. The player is made of plastic and is very light weight, but it feels very solid.
On the front, there's a LED panel display that shows the basic operations of the player and the CD/DVD loader . On the top surface and towards the front of the player, there are the power on/off switch on the very left and at right a 4 button joypad for Stop/Previous/Play-Pause/Next and a fifth button in the centre for eject. It's an uncommon design for a player, but nonetheless convenient. The only drawback with having the controls and power buttons on the top is if you stack your decks, this unit will have to go on top.
The CD/DVD loader seems to work well. The tray loader when ejected, doesn't fully protrude outwards so you have to be careful when placing and removing discs. On the back, you will find the numerous connections, including:
- Video I/O: Composite video, S-video, Component, HDMI, VGA/RGB-HV and DVI (via HDMI to DVI converter)
- Audio I/O:
Analog stereo, 5.1 channel audio, Optical and Coaxial outputs
Looking at the inside, we can see the board layout. We can identify from left to right the PSU, CD/DVD Loader and main board.
At the top we also have the two small boards that handle the power on/ff and joypad:
The Helios X4000 is powered by the AmLogic AML3433G chip:
There aren't a lot of details about the AML3433G chip so we have to find out for ourselves, its strengths and weaknesses.
The remote control is large with the usual array of functions. Of course you need some time to get used to it, especially with its "big"size.