Sitex 2011 - TVs & AV Products Buying Guide


Media Players - AC Ryan, ASUS & Aztech

The Little Box that Plays Everything

While enthusiasts who need to dabble with a variety of content and delegate a system to act as a media server still prefer to go the HTPC (home theater PC) route, for average customers with less than extreme needs, a simple do-it-all media player is often more than sufficient. And unlike the early days, most recent media players support a wide variety of codecs and file formats, and come with firmware that's flash upgradeable, so new features can be added on (and bugs fixed) at a later time.

As many media players now don't support for an internal hard disk drive, when buying one, make sure it has the right connections or services that allow you to access your media content. Does it have a USB port; is one enough? Do you need a card reader? Is it DLNA compliant, so that you can get to files residing on other DLNA-enabled devices? What network sharing functions does it have?

Also, know that support for most popular formats shouldn't be taken to mean support for all formats. If there's a particular video format that you always play, it's wise to scrutinize the specs sheet to ensure that it indeed is supported. Better yet, bring along some test files to try them on the spot.

AC Ryan (Booth 5J50)

 

 

AC Ryan Veolo Smart Android Hub

The Veolo is a full HD network media streamer, Internet TV web browser, and more. The browser supports HTML5, Flash and Chrome V8 JavaScript. Running on Android 2.2, you can download Android apps through AndroidPIT, an Android app market; Pulse News and ES File Explorer come pre-installed. The RF remote has a QWERTY keyboard at the back for text entry, as well as a wireless pointer.

  • Sitex Price: $329
  • Promotion: 3-in-1 RF remote control and HDMI cable included; Citibank card members get $20 off

 

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ASUS (Booth 5B40)

 

 

ASUS O!Play Mini Plus

The O!Play Mini Plus is a full HD media player with built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as gigabit Ethernet connectivity. There are two USB ports, one of which doubles up as an eSATA port. At the front sits a 4-in-1 card reader (SD/MS/xD/MMC). With O!Direct and O!MediaShare, you can sync media from a PC to a TV with just one click. The DLNA-enabled Mini Plus plays most media files, including RMVB, and supports Dolby TrueHD.

  • Sitex Price: $179
  • Usual Price: $199
  • More Information: HWZ Review

 

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Aztech (Booth 6E50)

 

 

Aztech PlayXtreme Internet TV Hub

Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the PlayXtreme turns your TV into a Internet-enable one; it supports both HTML 5 and Adobe Flash 10.3. The UPnP device can stream media from the Internet, an external USB drive, SD card or a NAS device. It supports HDMI 1.3 and resolutions up to 1080p. You can even install games and third-party APK files. The bundled remote has a QWERTY keyboard for easy text input.

  • Sitex Price: $179
  • Usual Price: $199

 

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