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AC Ryan PlayOn! HD Mini 2 Network Media Player Review

Rating: 9.0.

In the past year we have looked at a number of products from AC Ryan’s PlayOn! range which have all impressed us, earning some of our most prestigious awards over the last year.  So when AC Ryan offered us their latest product for testing, we couldn't refuse!

Today we are going to look at one of the more budget friendly products from AC Ryan the PlayOn! HD Mini 2. This replaces the original HD Mini that we reviewed a while back, bringing a number of updates which should improve the user experience.

These include YouTube playback and access to other social media platforms such as Facebook and Picasa.


  • More format support
  • NAS Functionality
  • Silent Cooling
  • Unique User Interface
  • Engage Social Media
  • Smart Content Management
  • Gigabit Wired Networking


A/V Out HDMI 1.3 interface up to 1080p
Composite Audio / Video
Y/Pb/Pr Video
SPDIF Optical TOSLink (digital audio)
Storage Supported USB HDD, USB sticks and other USB Mass Storage Devices
File Systems: FAT, FAT32, NTFS, EXT3
Network drives: USB2.0 PORTS: 2 x USB 2.0 (USB-A)
USB Supported Add ports with USB hubs, USB card readers
2x USB 2.0 (USB-A)
Network – Wired Gigabit
Network – Wireless
Wireless WLAN 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps via USB WLAN adaptor (optional, not incl.)
Supports WLAN security WEP, WPA
Supports WLAN Peer-to-Peer (connects wireless without router)
Network – Wireless Built-In
(Selected models only)
Wireless-N via a PCI-e port with dual antenna
Video Formats Supported AVI / MKV / TS / TP / TRP / M2TS / MPG / MP4 / MOV / M4V / VOB / ISO / DVD-ISO / IFO / DAT / WMV / ASF / RM / RMVB / FLV resolution up to 720p / 1080i / 1080p / BD-ISO
Video Codecs Supported MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP/ASP/AVC (H.264 | x264) / XviD / DivX / WMV9 (VC-1) / RealVideo 8/9/10 (up to 720P)
Video Output Supported PAL / NTSC / 480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i 50Hz / 1080i 60Hz / 1080p 50Hz / 1080p 60Hz / 1080p 24FPS
Audio Formats Supported MP3 / MP2 / WMA / AAC / FLAC / WAV / OGG Vorbis / PCM / LPCM / MS-ADPCM / LC-AAC / HE-AAC / COOK / RA-Lossless
Audio Output Supported Stereo

Dolby Digital AC3 5.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)

Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 (passthrough)

Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)

DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)

AAC 7.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)


Image Formats Supported JPEG, HD JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIF, PNG
Subtitles Format Supported SRT, SMI, SSA, IDX/SUB, SUB
Network – Wirless Built-In
(Needed for subtitles)
Unicode (UTF8), BIG5 (Traditional Chinese), Western, Turkish, Central European, Greek, Cyrillic, SE European, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, Thai
Power DC-IN 5V Standby: 0,3 W / Active: 8,2 W
Cooling No Fan (Advanced Fanless Cooling for processor)

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