Home Theatre PC minus PC
The whole time I was waiting for the release of Apple TV, the devices I should have been lusting after were silently released by some Korean hardware manufacturers. Perhaps I had missed their release because their web pages are Search Engine Retardant containing no text, but images of text? When will companies realize that Google does not have a GIF braille reader?
The trend in Home Theatre PCs is to drop the PC and soup up a hard drive enclosure with multimedia features. Drop in a hard drive sized to your liking and start dumping your media onto it. A remote control will help you navigate your vast collection of JPEGs, audio files, video files, even HD! Some of these enclosures can output DVI for video, and digital out for surround sound processing in your home theatre receiver. And often sport Wi-Fi so you needn’t even connect them physically to your computer.
Here are all the ones I’ve come across. Please let me know if I’m missing any of them.
- eUreka LX350HD N
- Modix HD-3520
- abigs DVP-570HD
- G-Play Personal Media Player
- Mvix Wireless Hi-Definition Media Player
- TViX HD M-4100SH and HD M-5100SH
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