• AC Ryan Intros Playon! HD2 And Mini2 Full HD Media Streamers

    AC Ryan may not be the household name that Seagate and Western Digital are, but it's an up-and-coming media streamer outfit that actually has a fairly impressive list of new gear. The company's newest two include the Playon! HD2 and Playon! HD Mini2. Both are Full HD Media Players, with each being the first to feature the latest 1185 Series processor from Realtek.

    Both of these are follow-up units, with the new processor making them faster and more capable than the originals. The HD2 can hold a single 3.5" HDD, while the Mini2 is designed to go HDD-less and simply stream all content. That's the primary difference between the two, and both are also able to connect to Facebook, Twitter, MSN and Skype. There's also a WePlayon! portal on the way to access a variety of online material, and each one has a Gigabit Ethernet port for connecting to the Internet. More specifications include a USB 3.0 port, 802.11n Wi-Fi (via external adapter), and a February ship date. The HD2 will sell for $169 empty, or up to $289 with a 2TB HDD; the Mini2 will sell for $109. Considering the pricey competition, it's not too bad, but sadly there's no direct mention of Vudu, Hulu or Netflix support.

    AC Ryan Unveils Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2
    at CES Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, USA – January 2011. AC Ryan continues to revolutionise the media player world with its market leading, multi award winning Playon! series of Full HD Media Players and Recorders. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2, the first to feature the latest 1185 media player processor from Realtek, takes the original series a class forward.

    The Playon!HD2 is the next generation of network media player, taking your digital entertainment to the next level. Store all your media files centrally and securely in the built-in eco friendly, low noise, low power consumption HDD up to 2TB. The Playon!HD Mini2 is the next generation of network media streamer. Stream all your media files from your attached storage or over your network. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 allow you to enjoy your media files directly in the comfort of your living room.

    The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 make digital entertainment at home easy. Enjoy more interaction with friends through Facebook, Twitter, MSN and Skype. Play or Stream the world into your living room with the WePlayon! portal (coming soon) for the best online content. The unique and intuitive Playon! GUI2.0 allows users to navigate through all the exceptional features with ease.

    Building on the success of the original world’s first, Playon!HD and Playon!HD Mini, the Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 are the first Full HD Network Media Player and Streamer to feature Realtek’s latest 1185 processor. Enjoy the pure performance of Gigabit Wired Networking for the very best in media streaming. Wireless networking is also supported with optional Wireless-N via an external adapter. The Playon!HD2 also includes a USB 3.0 port, supporting the fastest transfer speeds available on USB for your external storage, and an EZ Drive HDD slot, to make the installation of your 3.5” HDD even easier.

    The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 will be available at all leading retailers in early February.

    Suggested Retail Prices:

    Playon!HD Mini2 - ACR-PV73800 - $/€ 109

    Playon!HD2 – ACR-PV73700 - $/€ 169
    Playon!HD2 500GB - ACR-PV73700-500GB - $/€ 205
    Playon!HD2 1TB – ACR-PV73700-1TB - $/€ 229
    Playon!HD2 1.5TB – ACR-PV73700-1.5TB - $/€ 259
    Playon!HD2 2TB - ACR-PV73700-2TB - $/€ 289

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    Comments 5 Comments
    1. godofhell's Avatar
      godofhell -
      why would anyone buy this thing when you can just get a PS3 that does it all?
    1. hotshot6473's Avatar
      hotshot6473 -
      PS3 has Cinavia
    1. SonsOfLiberty's Avatar
      SonsOfLiberty -
      Quote Originally Posted by hotshot6473 View Post
      PS3 has Cinavia
      Doesn't matter, easily defeated by leaving DTS intact, and also can easily be cracked on XviD to, just get the newest version of MKV2VOB, mux and no more Cinivia...also, muxing on my POS only takes a few seconds, on 8GB x264s takes less than 5 so it's really no issue...and with the PS3's keys leaked, a hacker can easily make firmware/mods that could possibly disable Cinivia


      "Always Transcode DTS" box is unchecked.
    1. Appzalien's Avatar
      Appzalien -
      Like both the WDTV and Seagate streamers, it appears these units operate by remote only too. Not putting controls on the unit itself has been a big mistake in my opinion. When one of those cheap-o remotes goes bye-bye, your unit is useless until you pay the ridiculous ransom for a new remote.
    1. Detale's Avatar
      Detale -
      Well just to be clear AC Ryan has been around for years they are not a new company. They are relatively new to media streamers but they have made computer parts like fan grills and water cooling reservoirs for some time now. Still their media players aren't that high up on the long list of media players out there. On top OC is the WDTV Live

      @ Appzalien The WDTV Live doesn't have buttons on the unit but even with the stock firmware you can access it from any device on your network using a web GUI. There's even an Iphone app for it. I have an homebrew firmware on mine now (Psycho THC-Based on B-rad's) below is a picture of my web gui from my desktop but I also use it from my Ipod touch over the WiFi. It impresses most people I show. The wow effect is sooo worth it.

      Basically you click on the remote as if it were the real thing