AC Ryan Playon!HD2 Media Player

Introduction

It’s no secret that I was pretty pleased with how the original Playon!HD media player performed, so I was quite excited to check out the revamped 1TB version. This 2.0 iteration has an improved GUI, a new Gigabit ethernet port, USB 3.0, an “EZ” drive slot and some extra formats in the official supported list. On top of this we also have the ability to access youtube, twitter, facebook and more.

Should be interesting.

Specifications

A/V Out

  • HDMI 1.3 interface up to 1080p
  • Composite Audio / Video
  • Y/ Pb / Pr Video
  • SPDIF coaxial (digital audio)
  • SPDIF Optical TOSLink (digital audio)

Storage Supported

  • EZ-Drive slot – 3.5” SATA/SATA2 HDD up to 2TB
  • 2.5” HDD support via adaptor frame

Media Cards Supported

  • SD, SDHC (SD High Capacity),
  • MMC, MS, MSPro

USB Supported

  • USB 3.0 and 2.0 Interfaces
  • Add ports with USB hubs, USB card readers
  • 2x USB 2.0 (USB-A)
  • 1x USB 3.0 Slave Port (USB-B)

External File System Supported

  • FAT, FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, HFS+

Network – Wired

  • Gigabit

Network – Wireless

(Optional)

  • Wireless WLAN 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps via USB WLAN adaptor (optional, not incl.)
  • Supports WLAN security WEP, WPA
  • Supports WLAN Peer-to-Peer (connects wireless without router)

Network – Wireless Bult-In

(selected models only)

  • Wireless-N via a PCI-e port with dual antenna

Video Formats Supported

  • AVI / MKV / TS / TP / TRP / M2TS / MPG /
  • MP4 / MOV / M4V / VOB / ISO / DVD-ISO
  • / IFO / DAT / WMV / ASF / RM / RMVB / / BD-ISO
  • FLV resolution up to 720p / 1080i / 1080p

Video Codecs Supported

  • MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP/ASP/AVC
  • (H.264 | x264) / XviD / DivX / WMV9 (VC-1)
  • / RealVideo 8/9/10 (up to 720P)

Video Output Supported

  • PAL / NTSC / 480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i
  • 50Hz / 1080i 60Hz / 1080p 50Hz / 1080p
  • 60Hz / 1080p 24FPS

Audio Formats Supported

  • MP3 / MP2 / WMA / AAC / FLAC / WAV /
  • OGG Vorbis / PCM / LPCM / MS-ADPCM /
  • LC-AAC / HE-AAC / COOK / RA-Lossless

Audio Output Supported

  • Stereo
  • Dolby Digital AC3 5.1
  • (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
  • Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
  • (passthrough)
  • Dolby TrueHD 7.1
  • (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
  • DTS Digital Surround 5.1
  • (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
  • AAC 7.1
  • (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
  • FLAC

Image Formats Supported

  • JPEG, HD JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIF, PNG

Subtitles Format Supported

  • SRT, SMI, SSA, IDX/SUB, SUB

Character Sets Supported

(Needed for Subtitles)

  • Unicode (UTF8), BIG5 (Traditional Chinese),
  • Western, Turkish, Central European,
  • Greek, Cyrillic, SE European, Russian,
  • Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, Thai

Cooling

  • 40mm Low-Noise Fan (for HDD Cooling)

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  • Lossy

    DO NOT BUY THIS. It is about the worst thing I have ever purchased. Bad interface, slow, wireless dongle doesn’t work. Keep well clear…

    • Shame you had such a rough experience with it. Apart from a reasonably lengthy boot time, I havn’t had any speed problems. Wireless works fine, interface is good. Would have to disagree I’m afraid.

      Update: I also know that they have a firmware update this week which is set to improve performance and fix a few bugs. Check it out if you’re still unhappy.