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AC Ryan Playon! DVR HD Review

Rating: 9.0.

Dutch based A.C. Ryan have been releasing media players for years now and we recently looked at their Playon! and Mini Media Player, which left us with positive impressions.

Today we look at their latest model the Playon! DVR HD which includes 2 Digital TV (DVB-T) Tuners so you can watch and record different channels at the same time. This unit supports both MPEG2 and newer MPEG4 H.264 DVB-T Broadcast standards, meaning this is a universal system compatible with every country.

The unit we received for review today features a 1TB hard drive although you can buy it with no hard drive. There are options for 500GB and 1.5TB and the unit will also accept a 2TB drive if you already have one.


  • Record, Store & Play
  • Full HD Media player
  • Digital Video Recorder with Dual TV tuner
  • Record to Internal harddisk or external drives
  • Timer Recording
  • Time Shift
  • EPG Program Schedule Recording
  • Web Remote Schedule Recording
  • Web Remote BitTorrent Management
  • Web Remote File Management
  • HDMI 1080p HD Multimedia Interface
  • Audio/Video Streaming
  • Network Drive (NAS)
  • NFS (Network File System)
  • Wired (incl.) & Wireless (optional) Network
  • FTP Server
  • Expand more storage with USB2.0 & eSATA
  • DTS Downmix
  • HD Audio Support
  • UPnP Media Streaming Client
  • Internet Radio (by SHOUTcast)
  • Remote Control


  • Dual Digital DVB-T Tuner

A/V Out:

  • HDMI interface up to 1080p
  • Composite Video
  • Composite Audio
  • Y/Pb/Pr Video
  • SPDIF Coaxial (digital audio)
  • SPDIF Optical TOSLINK (digital audio)
  • Dual Digital DVB-T TV signal

A/V In:

  • Composite Video
  • Composite Audio
  • Dual Digital DVB-T TV signal

Storage supported:

  • Internal Harddisk
  • External USB Harddisks
  • External USB media card readers
  • USB disks / USB sticks
  • Network drives
  • eSATA drives
  • Memory Cards (SD / SDHC / MMC / MS / MSPro)

Built-in Storage supported:

  • 3.5″ SATA/SATA2 Harddisk up to 2TB

More detailed specifications are listed here

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