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Monday, January 11, 2010
AC Ryan PlayOnHD!

1. Basic features

Media players have borrowed some of the multimedia functionality of a PC system and have become attractive to consumers, seeking for an affordable way to bring their video and audio files to their living room. Being stylish and compact, media players have found their way next to a high-end HD TV, offering effortless digital video playback.

Dutch company AC Ryan has introduced 'PlayonHD!', an attractively priced media player packed with powerful features.

The Playon!HD enables users to enjoy your Full HD media on their large screen TV with the highest 1080p Full HD quality. The supported formats and codecs supported include MKV, H.264, RM/RMVB, AVI, MOV, WMV, ISO etc. The simplicity of the Playon!HD is the key behind its success. Connecting simply with HDMI (high definition multimedia interface), the Playon!HD starts up in 5 seconds just as you would expect a living room consumer device to do. Browse for a file, press Play and enjoy!

The Playon!HD centralizes all your media, using a user-installable 3.5" hard disk (supports up to today's largest 2TB hard disk). Being able to function as a Network Attached Storage (NAS) Drive, means this centralized media can be played from other network devices too such as your computer. In cases where you still would like your Playon!HD to play your media from other storage, Playon!HD is able to play from a wide selection of media storage - Local 3.5" Hard disk storage, External USB Hard disks, USB Drives, Media cards (SD / SDHC / MS / MSPro) and Network. The additional Wireless-N 300mbps Adaptor (optional) brings the Playon!HD to the forefront of wireless HD media streaming.

Below is a list of full features and specifications:

  • Supports Full HD-video playback up to 1080p
  • Supports Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound
  • Expandable internal storage via 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD
  • Supports video playback via UPnP network streaming
  • Browse for shared videos, photos and music from networks and USB
    Flash Drives and USB external storage
  • Supports file transfer between HDD, USB, Network PC and NAS
  • Built in P2P file download management
  • File formats supported
    Audio Decoding - WMA, MP3, Real Audio (RA)
    Image Decoding - JPEG, BMP, PNG
    Video Decoding - *[MPEG-1] MPG/MPEG/DAT
    *[MPEG-4] MP4/AVI/MOV
    *[H.264/AVC] MKV/TS/AVI/MOV/M2TS
    *[DviX 3/4/5/6, Xvid] AVI/MKV
    *[WMV9] WMV
    *[FLV] FLV
    *[Real Video 8/9/10] RM/RMVB support up to 720p
  • Subtitle - SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA, SUB/IDX

Store, Play, Stream
Digital audio, video & images
HDMI 1.3 | Full HD 1080P
Plays Full HD video formats/codecs (incl. MKV, RM/RMVB, H.264 etc)
UPNP / NAS Network HDD / Media Player
Bittorrent Download
Wired Network
Wireless Network (optional)
supports internal 3.5" SATA/SATA2 Harddisk
supports external USB Harddisk / external USB storage
USB2.0 Host for expansion with more USB drives
Remote Control

HDMI digital video
High Definition Mulitmedia Interface
Newest high definition standard integrating digital audio & video
Single cable with user-friendly connector
Supports up to Full HD 1080p

Digital Audio/Video/Image Playback
Playback audio / video / images via audio/video output
via digital or analog connectors
- HDMI (Audio/Video)
- Component YPbPr (Video)
- Composite (Audio/Video)
- S/PDIF Coaxial (Audio)
- S/PDIF Optical TOSLink (Audio)
Audio pass-through: DTS/Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus

Media file formats supports
Video Codecs:
- MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP/ASP/AVC (H.264) / XviD / DivX / WMV9 (VC-1) / RealVideo 8/9/10 (up to 720P)
Content Formats:
- AVI / MKV / TS / TP / TRP / M2TS / MPG / MP4 / MOV / M4V / VOB / ISO / IFO / DAT / WMV / ASF / RM / RMVB / FLV resolution up to 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Audio Codecs:
- MP2 / MP3 / OGG Vorbis / WMA Std / PCM / LPCM / MS-ADPCM / LC-AAC / HE-AAC / COOK / RA-Lossless

Video Playback features
Supports subtitles (SRT / SMI / SSA / ASS / IDX/SUB / SUB)
Playback functions : Single File, Repeat One, Repeat All
Play, Pause, Stop, Fast Forward
Resume playback from last location
Thumbnail view

Audio Playback features
MP3 ID3 tag display : Title, Artist, Bitrate etc
Playlist function
Can be used as independent music player for music playback without being connected to TV

Internet Radio
Enjoy easy access to a digital world of internet radio

Image View features
Image Zoom-in & Rotate functions
Advanced slideshow with interval selection & browsing function
Set audio playback as background music during slideshow

Network - Wired & Wireless*
LAN Ethernet 10/100Mbps Auto-negotiation
supports Wireless WLAN* 802.11b/g/n
Supports WLAN* security WEP / WPA
Supports WLAN* Peer-to-Peer (connects wireless without router)
Built-in DHCP for Auto IP or Manual Fixed IP
* Wireless WLAN is supported via an extra option (not incl.) of USB WLAN adaptor

NAS Network Drive / Network Player
Great as Network Media Center
Functions as NAS Network Drive (accessible via network from all NAS capable devices eg. PC, XBOX, PS3 etc)
Browse network by navigation or direct IP address
Save Shortcuts to easily access network locations
Plays / streams audio/video/image media from any device in network
Use Playon! HD to play any media in network
Play media stored in Playon! HD from anywhere in network

USB2.0 Host for expansion with external storage
2x USB2.0 Host ports for 2 USB devices
supports USB Harddisks, USBdisk, USB Cardreader. iPod, PSP and other USB storage devices
Copy files between Internal Harddisk & External storage without going through PC

Advanced File Management
File Management allows viewing of entire disk drive contents and instant playback of media files
Media Library Browser scans and display all Image / Audio / Video contents
File Copy, File Paste, File Delete, Add New Folder, Copy All, Delete All
Multi-Language on-screen menu : English / Spanish / French / German / Italiano / Dutch / Traditional Chinese

Connect to PC via USB2.0 / Network / Wireless
USB2.0 480mbps / compatible with USB1.1
Network RJ45 10/100 mbps
Wireless* Network 300mbps
* Wireless WLAN is supported via an extra option (not incl.) of USB WLAN adaptor

for SATA/SATA2 harddisks
Supports all 3.5" SATA/SATA2 harddisk up to 10000RPM
Supports all 3.5" harddisk max capacity 1.5TB

File system:
- Internal HDD supports NTFS
- External HDD supports FAT / FAT32 / NTFS / EXT2 / EXT3
Operating system:
- Firmware upgradable

Audio/Video Out
- HDMI 1.3
- 3x Composite socket (Stereo Audio L/R & Video)
- 3x Component socket Y-Pb-Pr
- SP/DIF Coaxial (RCA)
- SP/DIF Optical (TOSLink)
- USB2.0 Male B (Device port for connecting to PC)
- 2x USB2.0 Male A (Host ports for connecting external storage)
- RJ45 Network
- Memory card slot (supports SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro)

IR Remote Control
Full function remote control

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