NeoDigits has released more info on its upcoming range of X-Line HD Network Media Players. Part DVD player, part media centre PC, the first models, the HELIOS X3000 and X5000, will launch in June. Both decks have built-in LAN, wi-fi and USB ports to make it easier to connect and share digital audio, video and images over a home network.
To integrate the X-Line into the PC and AV environment, the user loads supplied NeoLink server software on a PC and the player connects, ready for streaming.
According to neodigits, the software can synchronize with iTunes, Real Rhapsody and Napster, supports Windows Media/WinAMP playlists, and does real time transcoding for Real player (RMVB) and 3GPP formats. It also reportedly allows the player’s GUI to access RSS feeds and other media links from a web browser’s bookmarks, as well as connect to internet radio and TV. Both decks come bundled with 50 pre-set links to popular online media sites.
As with previous Helios DVD players, the units are compatible with MP4, DivX, XviD, DVD VOB, XviD HD, DivX HD, HD TS and WMV HD file formats.
Available output resolutions are also extensive: 480i, 576i, 480P, 720P (NTSC 60hz), 720P (PAL 50hz), 1080i (NTSC 60hz), 1080i (PAL 50hz), 1080P, 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 852 x 480, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1366 x 768
While both share the same spec, the X5000 has demonstrably better build quality, with a brushed aluminium panel and full metal case. Beneath the lid, Burr Brown DACs are used for digital-to-analogue conversion while gold-plated phono jacks add a bit of back-panel sheen. Video connectivity includes HDMI, Component Video, Composite Video and S-Video.
Tim Beloney , Director of Sales for NeoDigits says, “From digital cameras and camcorders to MP3 players, online content and downloaded movies, digital media is everywhere but rarely connected and easily accessible. Our X-Line lets users easily bridge the digital gap from the PC to the living room, and even extend it to the basement or boardroom while maintaining our extreme flexibility and high resolution roots.”
UK Prices (and product photography!) have yet to be released.