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A.C. RYAN PlayON! HD & MINI Media Player Review

Rating: 8.5.

Dutch Company A.C. Ryan are a well known organisation who have been supplying after market parts and modding supplies to the community for many years. Today we are taking a look at several of their units, the Playon! HD Media Player with a 1TB Hard drive, and the ‘Mini' version which is sold without a drive.

The specifications of the Playon! HD Media Player are impressive, it handles basically every video format on the market, including MKV and MOV and other more specialised codecs such as FLV and RMVB – right up to 1080p output, over both component and HDMI. If you are a home cinema purist you will stunned to hear they even offer 1080p 24 playback. On the audio side of things they also offer DTS Audio and Dolby output via pass through or down mixed to stereo.

The Playon! HD is also the worlds first full HD Realtek chipset based media player and A.C. Ryan are offering a frequent firmware update strategy which will appeal to more demanding users who always want the latest features and bug fixes.

They also deliver wireless n and wired connectivity with the big brother also offering NAS functionality as well as Bitorrent (straight to internal hard drive) and Youtube support. On the ever expanding list of features is full support for reading media from CD and DVD drives.

Feature List (drive support limited to Playon! HD):

  • HDMI 1.3 / Full HD 1080P
  • Store, Stream and Play
  • Digital Audio, video and images support
  • Plays Full HD Video formats/codecs including H.264, MKV, RM, RMVB, Mov etc
  • Wired Network Support
  • Wireless Network (optional)
  • Internal HD 3.5″ SATA/SATA 2 support
  • Full Support for USB/USB 2.0 external drives
  • Remote Control

Full Media List Support:

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
  • Image:- HD JPEG / BMP / GIF / TIF / PNG

It would be fair to say that if you watch it, A.C Ryan PlayOn! will support it!

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