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Archos 501429 DVR Station - 7th Generation

by Archos

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  • Connect your ARCHOS 5, ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet or ARCHOS 7 to your television--compatible with Gen 6 players
  • Easily record your favorite programs with the included TV program guide
  • Play back HD videos up to 720p from your ARCHOS to your TV with the optional Hi-Def plug-in
  • Browse the Web comfortably and write your emails using the included remote control
  • Discover a large library of movies, documentaries, music albums and games to purchase or rent
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameArchos
Item Weight2.6 pounds
Product Dimensions9.8 x 7.2 x 3.7 inches
Item model number501429
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002RL8UOS
Best Sellers Rank #90,781 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.6 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 5, 2009
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Turn your ARCHOS Internet Tablet into a Digital Video Recorder; The DVR Station is the perfect bridge between your TV and your ARCHOS 5, ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet or ARCHOS 7: record your TV programs and turn your TV into a real multimedia platform connected to the Web. Just insert your ARCHOS into the DVR Station and enjoy all the functions of your ARCHOS tablet on your home TV.

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The DVR Station is the perfect bridge between your TV and your ARCHOS 5, ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet or ARCHOS 7: record your TV programs and turn your TV into a real multimedia platform connected to the Web. Just insert your ARCHOS into the DVR Station and enjoy all the functions of your ARCHOS tablet on your home TV.

The perfect bridge between your TV and your ARCHOS 5, ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet or ARCHOS 7. Click to enlarge.

Plenty of outputs, including HDMI for full HD video.

Remote control with a built-in keyboard and a mouse pointer lets you experience Internet on your TV just like on your PC.

With the Electronic TV Program Guide, scheduling and recording from your satellite receiver, cable box, Digital TV adapter has never been so easy. You can also surf the Web or stream web video to your TV while comfortably laid back on your couch using the included remote control as a keyboard and mouse pointer.

You can also play back on TV in DVD quality through the composite, S-video, RGB or YPbPr video outputs. And with HDMI output, on compatible TV sets, you can watch films or any content in HD quality. The DVR Station includes a remote control with a built-in keyboard and a mouse pointer that will let you experience Internet on your TV just like on your PC. You can navigate through the web directly, write and send emails without booting up your computer. Or pick your evening's movie on the Media Club. From your couch, on your TV.

TV Recording
Easily record your favorite programs. Record from nearly any external analog video source such as your satellite receiver, Digital TV adapter (DVB-T), VCR or cable box.

HD Content Playback
Playback HD videos up to 720p from your ARCHOS to your TV with the included Hi-Def plug-in and the HDMI output.

Full Internet Experience
Browse the Web comfortably and write your emails using the included remote control.

Faster Charging
Charge your ARCHOS quickly (not available for ARCHOS 7).

Media Club
Discover a large library of movies, documentaries, music albums and games. Buy or rent your content in just a few clicks and get instant access to it on your TV.

Stream from PC
Stream any of the music, movies or photos from your PC to your TV using your Wi-Fi home network.

Multi-Channel Sound
Enjoy your films with 5.1 Surround Sound on your home cinema system through the SPDIF output.

Unique Remote Control
The DVR Station includes a remote control with a built-in keyboard and a mouse pointer that will let you experience Internet on your TV just like on your PC.

What's in the Box
DVR Station, Remote Control, Power Adapter/Charger, US Plug, Two S-Video cables, Two Audio RCA Cables, Hi-Def Plug-In Card, User Guide


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

There is no HDMI input, only an output.
Amazon Customer
Allow recording of one channel while watching a different program on the TV or even while outputting content from the Archos to the TV, just as your main DVR can do.
Earl E. A. Dopter
If this is the primary reason you are buying the station and you live in the US you will be greatly disappointed.
D. DAWSON

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Cary L. Brown on February 6, 2010
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I'm a recent Archos convert... and I bought this device for specific purposes, which is fulfills very nicely. There is one major drawback, however... and I'll get to that in a moment.

First off... the device is terrific for connecting your Archos device to, for example, a home entertainment system. In my case, I've got the AV interface set up so that I'm outputing component video and audio from my home receiver to the device (I have a free channel available, since most of my home theater system is using HDMI) and outputing directly to my TV by HDMI. It outputs 720p "hidef" video and good sound. The quality isn't as good as a full-scale device is going to produce, but that should come as no major surprise (considering how much capability is packed into the hand-sized Archos device).

The device has a USB Out (permitting it to be used with any PC with USB), and a USB In. Oddly, these can't be used at the same time... there's a sliding cover so you can use only one of them - the "host" for other devices, or the "link" to a computer. I have no reason to plug other devices in, since I can plug them into my home theater PC or directly into my receiver... but it's there if you want it.

It has a little "mini-remote." The mini-remote works nicely enough. It permits me to run a large number of "Flash9" based applications which can't be run on the base unit. It's not FAST, but it's very useful. It does require direct line-of-site, however, and the range isn't "terrific" but is acceptable for most setups. (Regarding Flash apps... realize that with the base Archos unit, the touchscreen will only be recognized as "mouse move" and "left click.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Rudd on December 10, 2009
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Summary: This product is best thought of as an Archos media tablet docking station. It provides the tablet device with power and external connectors, and not much else. As long as that is all you need, it performs that function well when mated to the associated Archos media tablet.

Caution: Bridge Out Ahead....

The biggest issue that most people will have with the DVR Station is the way it is connected into the typical entertainment system. Their connection guide shows this as a bridge device in-between a video source (like a satellite receiver) and the TV. The trouble with this approach is that there is no video pass-through functionality when the installed tablet is powered down or removed. This will pose a major problem for multi-person households where one person might want to watch some video programming while their housemate has the tablet elsewhere. This was the major show-stopper in our household. The only way around this limitation is to invest in additional electronic HW (like a multi-output AV receiver) so that the video source can be split/shared between the TV and the media tablet.

This Is Not Your Father's DVR...

(The rest of this pertains more to the Archos 5 Internet Tablet than the DVR Station, but, since you wouldn't be buying the DVR Station unless you wanted to take advantage of the DVR functions of the tablet, it is pertinent data.)

The details around the "DVR" functionality of the Archos 5 Internet Tablet combined with this device are sketchy at best.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Earl E. A. Dopter on March 10, 2010
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The Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a fantastic product. It's therefore a large disappointment to see how poorly the DVR functionality has been integrated into the product via this station. It's hard to understand how Archos could have thought this was an acceptable implementation.

Clearly, the Archos 5 I own has the capability of recording and playing back good quality video, more specifically content that has been ripped from a DVD. The output quality of such content is pretty good, given that it is compressed DVD. I use a product called HandBrake (which is free shareware for the Mac) to rip my content, and am generally satisfied with the results. I recommend HandBrake therefore if you are a Mac user.

I digressed slightly in order to give some background. The DVR station, as has been already described by several other reviewers, does not perform anything more than the minimal function of recording whatever show is playing at the moment. You cannot record one show while watching another without additional equipment. There is no TV schedule for North America, so US users must consult their TV guides to figure out what to record and when. Even worse, it can't record full HD, and the best video input quality that it will accept is Component. Since it has HDMI out, it's very disappointing that it doesn't have the same level of input.

Suffice to say that I should have read the specifications more carefully before purchasing, but if you want to output your ripped movies onto your TV you are going to need this station anyhow, even if you don't end up using it as a DVR. The limitations make it not worth the effort. Better to record off your main DVR, then output desired shows onto your Archos for later viewing.
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