AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Media Player
Posted by: editor on: 19.06.2011 03:29:01 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
AC Ryan have almost hit perfection with the PlayOn!HD2 in my opinion, it does movie and audio playback very very well, I do have a couple of minor gripes with it as mentioned on the previous page and I would love to see these improved, AC Ryan will probably do a few firmware updates over the life of this product and I expect the gripes to be fixed. They are not major and not really an issue for me, but I thought I would point them out as they are little niggles you the readers should know about.
Having said all that though will it replace my HTPC? well let me put it this way, I have already replaced its internal drive with a 2TB one and transferred my whole collection of films over to this little gem, yes I do have some minor gripes with it as explained on the previous page, but it performs very well straight out of the box and has better black reproduction than any sort of player I have used and considering it took me a few days to get certain films to look the same with my HTPC that is no mean feat. AC Ryan is going from strength to strength with their players and if they keep this momentum up they will surely rise to the top of the pile.
- Plays all the common audio / video formats (mp3 / wma/mkv / avi / mpeg 1,2,4 / DVD vob etc).
- Excellent Black reproduction
- Easy to use and slick looking GUI
- HDD easily upgradable (my nan could do it)
- USB 3.0 Slave port (for faster transfer from PC)
- Easy to setup
- Can be used as a NAS/FTP
- Clean and stylish design
- Internet media options seem a little slow and un responsive
- Had to mess around with audio on receiver side when Dolby 5.1 played out through the HDMI
Reality Check: This player is really good despite my little niggles I pointed out, the fact that at time of finishing up this review my HTPC is no more and has already been stripped down say a lot for it, it has now replaced my HTPC as my media hub and I cannot see that changing for a while, the interface and ease of use (plus faster loading time than my HTPC) make it a winner for me. I have to say if it was not for the slightest niggles the PlayOn!HD2 would have easily collected our highest platinum award, but don’t be put off it still receives the next best thing a gold award.
Review by Richi
Many thanks to AC Ryan for supplying the player for the review.