AIOS HD Media Center, Full HD 1080p, Gigabit Network, USB 3.0 data, Flash Reader, 3.5" SATA 2
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- The AIOS HD Media Center is a robust networked media center supports Full-1080p HD media playback featuring a superior multi-format video and audio codec including AVI, MKV, TS, TP, MOV, AVI, MPEG, WMV, RMVB, FLV, XVID, DIVX, and most popular formats.
- With a full range of video & audio outputs, the AIOS HD Media Center can connect to your TV or your receivers to enjoy crisp 1080p videos and surreal surround sound supporting DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Dolby?Digital AC3 5.1, Dolby?Digital plus 7.1, Dolby? TrueHD 7.1, AAC 7.1.
- Support upto 4TB internal HDD with hot-plug drive system, built in SDHC/ MMC/MS Pro flash card reader and the latest USB 3.0 controller, the AIOS HD Media Center supports content playback from network storage, attached USB storage, flash storage, digital cameras, digital camcorder and etc.
- Intuitive user interface allows user check hardware status such as network connectivity, wifi signal, hard drive capacity and other functions. Newly introduced file browser supports functions such as movie wall, video thumbnails, photo slides, music players, and various customized playlist and photo album functions.
- Based on latest Gigabit network technology and optional 802.11n, AIOS HD Media Center can let you easily access the premium functions such as PC-Less BitTorrent download, your favorite apps such as Google Talk messenger, Youtube, Picasa, Flickr, Shoutcast, Video Pod Cast, and hundreds of internet video & audio contents. The best yet, we¡¯ve throw in the latest HTML5 web browser into the mix which can allow you surf the web at your heart¡¯s content.
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What is AIOS HD Media Center?
Built with the latest embedded technology, AIOS HD Media Center is a hybrid media center that bridges Multimedia and Internet to your big screen TV. Capable of playback of all the latest video and audio formats from local, USB storage, Flash, networked PC and NAS devices , the AIOS HD Media Center also features hundreds of internet media sources such as YouTube, Picasa, Flckr, Yahoo Weather, Finance, Radio, CNN, NBC, Anderson Copper, RSS feeds, and more. Now with the latest HTML 5 browser, you can freely roam the web at the comfort of your couch.
- AVI/ MKV/ TS/ TP/ TRP/ M2TS/ MPG/ MP4/ MOV/ M4V/ VOB/ ISO/ IFO/ DAT/ WMV/ ASF/ RM/ RMVB/ FLV/ SVID/ DIVX 3,4,5
- MP3/ OGG/ WMA/ WAV/ AAC/ FLAC
- HD JPEG/ BMP/ GIF/ TIF/ PNG
- MP2/ 3, OGG Vorbis, WMA, PCM LPCM, MS-ADPCM, LC-AAC, HE-AAC, COOK, RA-Lossless
- SRT, SMI, SSA, ASS, IDX/SUB, SUBAudio Output:
- Dolby Digital AC3 .1 (passthrough & downmix)
- Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 (passthrough)
- Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (passthrough & downmix)
- DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (passthrough & downmix)
- AAC 7.1 (passthrough & downmix)
- English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, German, Russian, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.
- 1 x Card Reader (MMC/ SDHC/ MS Pro)
- 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 Data
- 1 x 3.5" SATA I/ II HDD Drive Bay
- 1 x HDMI 1.3 out
- 1 x Components Video Out
- 1 x RCA A/V Out
- 1 x S/PDIF Digital Audio Out
- 1 x Coaxial Digital Audio Out
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x DC-IN 12V Power
AIOS HD Media Center, Remote Control, Battery Set, Composite A/V Cable, USB 3.0 Data Cable, A/C Power Adapter, A/C Power Cable, Quick Installation Guide, User Guide.
Top Customer Reviews
A new player in town, how does this compare to the well established Patriot Box Office 1080p High-Definition Media Player PCMPBO25 (Black) which costs almost half the price (after the rebate) and the similarly priced Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player. Is it a flawlessly made product ? is it a the holy grail of media player ? if you currently own a PBO is it worthy the upgrade ? if you are about to purchase WDTV Live+ is it worthy to reconsider ? Read on and judge for yourself ...
Nicely double backed, high end looking design with flashing logos thrown on every side of the box.
How much would a 3' HDMI cable add to the cost of this box ? around the same price of any of the included cables ;)
Manual is exceptionally well written for this class of devices.
There is a quick installation guide too, which *interestingly* claims a USB webcam support !! :-0
Nice metal casing, not flashy and would easily fit within a typical home theater setup.
LCD screen ? such a disappointingly tiny display especially with such an empty front (which contains nothing beside the power button). You could easily fit a 2/3 lines display on the front of this player.
The box is considerably big (due to the supported 3.5" HDD), see pictures for how it compares to a PBO and a standard slime external drive.
This is most thing I hate about this box. Not only isn't unjustifiably big, but also the button placement makes absolutely no sense, compare with the PBO to envy the PBO owners ;)
And whats with the unused buttons ?! the manual said the 4 buttons are for the DTV model. Why they heck should a remote for a device has buttons for some yet to be release device, especially that the remote is not a universal one.
I wont elaborate that much into this, there has already been one firmware released beside the one that is shipped with the box. There is also a new firmware that is promised tomorrow. So I will just highlight two main points and keep the full review for the new firmware.
1. BR-ISO (50GB) works beautifully over GB network (resides on a modest DNS-321), no stutter, pauses, smooth as silk and full menu support too.
2. (Didn't test bitstreaming) But DTS-MA does work from the ISO, but doesn't work on MKV (though the display button shows DTS-5.1 for both files). This must be a bug, as the firmware setting menu has an option for DTS-HD (7.1/5.1 core).
3. Logitech wifi mouse worked without a problem.
4. The LCD doesn't display mm:ss but only hh:mm (so you got 00:mm for the first hour), it also doesn't work on anything but local video files (doesn't work on audio files, online contents whether video or audio)
To put it in a nutshell (IMHO) for those who already own a PBO, here is where the AIOS shines:
- If you have many ripped BRs (direct copy), the PBO will only play the longest track unless you go and individually select the streams. This is a worthy upgrade.
- If you have an HDD that you want to load, you can now load "over the network" in reasonable rates. This is a worthy upgrade.
- If you think the GUI 2.0 on the ACRBO is cool but too laggy for your taste, GUI 2.0 is very smooth on the AIOS. This is a worthy upgrade.
- If you are stuck with SD (composite) on your EDTV with the PBO, the AIOS has component port for your EDTV (480p). This is a worthy upgrade.
- If you want to watch YT-XL or have interest in logging to facebook from your big screen TV.
- If you are like me an early PBO adopter and hate your inability to bitstream HD-Audio, AIOS can bitstream HD-Audio without a problem. This is a worthy upgrade.
- If you are sick of PM support (or lack of) for the PBO, pivos is a new player with a single product to sell, so currently that's their bread and butter, so its not unreasonable to expect some serious development (on the firmware side).
Here is somethings to take into consideration:
- The hacking possibility of this box is still undetermined, one thing I found so far (after disassembling the whole player) that there is no easy way for serial recovery (this is what makes the PBO brick proof), I am yet to open up the firmwares (AIOS and the ones from ACR and Mede8er) and see how tightly locked they are (unlike the PBO the AIOS does have a standby button to force panic recovery though).
Again, I hate the remote, they must have paid someone to purposely mess it up, there is no way you can do so many placement mistakes in any single remote control (beside tossing a coin for button functionality assignment).
To sum up, the AIOS is one step up the PBO in every single direction, but whether it would make a difference for you depends on your current usage. For those who don't own a PBO and are willing to pay $89.99 for WDTV Live+, better think twice
Thats all for now, more to come after the update.
- Hacking unleashed, google for the AIOS WIKI.
- Pivos released multiple firmwares since release each dealing with "some" of the reported problems, while not yet quite there but they are certainly on the right grades.
- Semiofficial firmwares dealing with several bugs (adds metafeeds and nzbget).
- DTS-MA in MKV still doesn't work (apparently Realtek was notified and they are still waiting for a fix from them).
- Java (BD 2.0) menus not supported (and wont be), remember to switch BD menus to "simple" from setup if the disc have Java menus else the longest track will be picked up and played.
- Community managed to provide a replacement skin (yay).
- Arabic and Hebrew srt subs not working, they are working on a fix, but meanwhile one can use txt2vob to convert the srt subs to idx/sub files compatible with the AIOS.
- Latest semiofficial firmware (R15) adds movie jukebox (check uploaded pictures).
- Official firmware has working poster/coverart view mode as well a new NFS server scanner.
- Arabic and Hebrew srt subs are now supported.
- Pivos released bootcode update (B18) to fix scrambled bootup splash screen, this is very beneficial as we can now monitor firmware updates of HDMI.
- Price went down to $88 (in Canada) including wifi N adapter during the boxing week, customer base is certainly getting wider with these deep discount sales.
- it was reported on AVS that HD bit streaming (DD TrueHD and DTS-HD MA) works now on both in ISO and MKV containers (base firmware 184.108.40.206)
- new firmware release 220.127.116.11 which fixes that playon UPnP server bug, this is important for those who want to stream netflix, hulu or amazon vod to the AIOS.
- if you haven't checked already semiofficial R18 is already out, be sure to check the extended internet streaming feeds (literally hundreds of new channels, access to Justin.tv among many other additions).
- R19 is out, with updated IMS contents and more bugfixes and features.
Update: 5/31: Remote control:
The original disastrous remote (check the pictures) is now updated, the one getting shipped with the AIOS now has glow-in-the-dark buttons, better button placement and extra unassigned buttons are now removed.
- R20 is out, with updated IMS contents, new jukebox and a web enabled remote control.
- R21 is out, too many updates to list here, most notably, improved network performance, reworked home menu and advanced cover view mode.
Update 3/31 (2013):
- R22.1 is out, music jukeboxes, more customization for home screen, downloadable themes and updatable internet media services.
Update 6/13 (2013):
- R22.2 is out, fixes youtube
Update 10/25 (2013):
- R23 is out, adds YT+ app, iWeather app, screen capture ability
AIOS vs NeoTV COMPARISON:
* AIOS is slightly less expensive than NeoTV. Advantage: AIOS
* NeoTV has an eSata port while the AIOS doesn't. Advantage: NeoTV
* AIOS has a coaxial output while the NeoTV doesn't. Advantage: AIOS
* NeoTV has a more sophisticated UI than AIOS. Advantage: NeoTV
* AIOS has a USB 3.0 support, NeoTV only has USB 2.0. Advantage: AIOS
* AIOS has 10/100/1000 Ethernet, NeoTV only has 10/100 Ethernet. Advantage: AIOS
* AIOS has FTP/CIFS server and CIFS client support. NeoTV has CIFS server CIFS/NFS client support. Both have UPnP/DLNA client support. Advantage: Tie
* AIOS has HTML5 web browser. NeoTV has no browser. Advantage AIOS
* AIOS has a metal case construction. NeoTV is mostly plastic. Advantage: AIOS
* AIOS requires USB for updates. NeoTV can be updated from network. Advantage: NeoTV
Despite the AIOS having better hardware specs on paper, the NeoTV worked better and functioned more properly by being able to play BD-ISO files with working digital audio and menu support. AIOS wasn't able to display the BD menus correctly, skipped video frames, played the wrong chapter for certain movies and my surround processor wasn't able to detect digital audio from the AIOS no matter what I did. Even though I set both HDMI and SPDIF output to RAW, my surround processor only played audio in Prologic mode from the AIOS. It could be that my surround processor (B&K Reference 30) may be a little older than others but I paid good money for it awhile back and not about to replace it that easily. On the other hand, the NeoTV played Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound fine through my processor in comparison. That is why I am keeping the NeoTV and returning the AIOS.
Enough about WDTV, AIOS is working flawlessly for me after firmware update to v.18.104.22.168. Tested with full BR rips with TrueHD and DTS-HD[MA] (leave default DTS-HD = 7.1) - works, no lip sync issues. 1080/24p works. The vendor is actively supporting the product. I like GUI simplicity, direct access to Audio, Subtitles, Zoom, GoTo (my favorite one), list mode navigation and etc. Unit offers rich functionality for very reasonably price point. I will continue to test it and post any findings later on. Overall the unit is a A+ rated job, cudos to folks who designed it.
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