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been looking to buy one of these for a while and the cheapest i could find was on ebay for £55. But while browsing SVP found it for £34.89, plus to sweeten the deal just now SVP are offering the 99p shipping!!

This one is much better than the drivel on ebay as it has a fat upload via an onboard memory card reader. One button and the memory card is dumped onto the hard disk.

Plus dont forget the quidco aswell!!!!

bit of info on the enclosure :


Play videos and MP3s and view pictures through your TV. This may look a bit like a standard external hard drive enclosure, and it can be used as that, but this media player is in actual fact a great addition to your home entertainment system.

Insert your own memory cards (all major formats supported) or slide in a spare 3.5" hard drive (upto 500GB) and then just relax yourself on the sofa and use the remote control to flick through your favourite media files. Includes AV and component outputs for TV and VGA output for support with PC monitors.

Features:
- Play video, audio and image files through your TV
- Supports DivX and Xvid video file formats
- Supports 9 varieties of memory card
- High speed USB2.0 connection for use as storage device
- Remote control included
- Folder support
- Progressive scan video output

This new AquaPlus model now includes a One-Touch Backup Feature, allowing you to back up data from memory cards directly to the hard drive. Other new features include,

- Display lyrics and output sound signal at the same time using the .snf file format, supporting MP3 and WMA file formats
- xD card support
- SMA / AAC audio file support
- MJPEG image file support
- DVD IFO navigation function support
- DVD wide-screen display support
- Multi-angle and multi-language support

Specifications:
- Supported hard drive format: Standard parallel-ATA 3.5"
- Supported hard drive capacity: Up to 500GB
- High speed USB2.0 connection

Supported media files:
- Video: *.mpg, *.mpeg, *.dat, *.avi, *.vob
- Audio: MP3
- Image: JPEG

Supported memory cards:
- CF, SD, Smartmedia, Memory Stick, MMC

Outputs:
- Composite video + stereo audio channels
- Component video
- VGA

Image resolution:
- 720 x 480 (NTSC, YPbPr)
- 720 x 576 (PAL, YPbPr)
- 640 x 480 (VGA)

Dimensions: 220 x 115 x 40mm

Package contents:
- Sumvision AquaPlus media player and drive enclosure
- Remote control
- Power supply
- USB cable
- AV cable
- Component video (progressive scan) cable
- Case support stand
- 2x AAA batteries
- Hard drive installation screws


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#1
could this be used to take the VGA output from the laptop, plug it through this, and be able to watch my media files through the tv? If so great coz I've been looking for something to do that for ages
#2
swancut
could this be used to take the VGA output from the laptop, plug it through this, and be able to watch my media files through the tv? If so great coz I've been looking for something to do that for ages


You can simply copy the file from your laptop to this and play file from the unit directly to yout TV
#3
apcody
You can simply copy the file from your laptop to this and play file from the unit directly to yout TV

Thanks for reply apcody but if I do that will I also have to buy a hard drive
#4
swancut, no the video connectors on this are output only.
I've got one of these for up in the bedroom, I put a 40GB drive in that I had lying around, it's great.
Connected using Component picture is amazingly good. I've tested the VGA output as well, again brilliant and last weekend it got taken away to a relatives house and the composite picture was cracking as well.
Great bit of kit, does exactly what it says on the tin.
(I got mine from Maplin a few months back and paid a little bit more than this)
#5
thanks lininjim
May look for something that will connect laptop to tv, but this still sounds good for the money and your comments about it are tempting me to get one.
#6
No MKV - No ISO - No good
#7
seems like a great deal for me, have been looking for something like this for a while!

Does anybody know if there is something like this that will play high definition video files, or at least attempts to upscale videos to high definition?
#8
I have one of these...

it is half the price of the freecom equivalent...which I also have

but it is also half the functionality

please correct me if I am wrong, but the limitations are :

supports only fat32 for onboard playback, so .iso files over 4GB are impossible, xvid/divx are ok
the sound out of my unit is really bad, and crackly, might be
partition sizes are limited to fat32, so if you put into it a 300GB hard disk, you have to have many separate partitions

I found the hard disk I put into the units got hot and noisey, with the freecom I took the hard disk out and put it into a remote server (next room), and kept the freecom unit in the cinema room, where it makes no noise whilst streaming 8GB .iso files from the server via network cables

the new freecom's support wireless, so no cables from server room to cinema room
#9
andrew2110
seems like a great deal for me, have been looking for something like this for a while!

Does anybody know if there is something like this that will play high definition video files, or at least attempts to upscale videos to high definition?


http://www.pixelmagicsystems.com/products/media_players/hd_mediabox.htm

Found it on sale here http://www.crtprojectors.co.uk/hd_mediabox.htm
#10
#11
I bought a similar unit off fleabay, cracking piece of kit. It will change the way that you watch TV, as I just download all the shows that I want so I'm not restricted to watching 1 episode a week, if I've missed the start of a series I can never watch it etc.
#12
narcist
Does this support hd dvd and h.264?


Good support forum on their site where you should be able to find out pros and cons
#13
narcist
Does this support hd dvd and h.264?


No AFAIK
#14
Thanks alan! At the moment i just have a little computer to do the job but am looking for one of these to cut out some of the noise! Will have to keep an eye out on the price and wait for them to come down a bit!
#15
andrew2110
Thanks alan! At the moment i just have a little computer to do the job but am looking for one of these to cut out some of the noise! Will have to keep an eye out on the price and wait for them to come down a bit!


You and me both.
#16
tubbyasstoo
I have one of these...

please correct me if I am wrong, but the limitations are :

the sound out of my unit is really bad, and crackly,
might be partition sizes are limited to fat32, so if you put into it a 300GB hard disk, you have to have many separate partitions

I found the hard disk I put into the units got hot and noisey,



The sound is average - but definately not crackly- you may have a poor unit or the unit is screwed into the hard disk too tight (something similiar happened to me when I first installed it - I would recommend not to screw it in too tight - ie leave a little slack). I have connected mine through composite as I have no component connectors.

I am unaware of partition size limits - but I have a single partition on a 160GB hard disk.


I would say the noise from the hard disk is caused by ...eh... the disk drive. So if you have a relatively silent disk drive (like my seagate) you hardly hear a thing if anything. The unit can get a tad warm though.


Cheers Scoobies
#17
swancut
could this be used to take the VGA output from the laptop, plug it through this, and be able to watch my media files through the tv? If so great coz I've been looking for something to do that for ages


Don't think so (I've got one of these).

Surely you could just copy your files onto the hard disk (it doesn't come with one, it's just the enclosure) via USB?
#18
swancut
Thanks for reply apcody but if I do that will I also have to buy a hard drive


You'll have to buy a hard drive to put in the enclosure. Not that I've tried, but I don't think it'll run without one.
#19
lininjim
(I got mine from Maplin a few months back and paid a little bit more than this)


Yeah, I got mine from Maplin, too - I think it was £39.99, at the time (a few months back). I think I used a voucher, though, and got a couple of pounds off.
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swancut
could this be used to take the VGA output from the laptop, plug it through this, and be able to watch my media files through the tv? If so great coz I've been looking for something to do that for ages



hi swancut if your laptop has an s-video port then you can simply buy a s-video to scart lead. i bought one from a pound shop in piccadilly manchester (near the train station) so can watch anything on my harddrive or internet on my tv.
#21
Lester Burnham
Yeah, I got mine from Maplin, too - I think it was £39.99, at the time (a few months back). I think I used a voucher, though, and got a couple of pounds off.


I got my own one from SVP for £39.99 a few months ago. then bought a second for a friend from Maplins also at £39.99 when on promotion. The were both identical just boxed differently with slightly different text on the front.

The unit is now £59.99 at Maplins http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?TabID=1&ModuleNo=97124&doy=19m10
#22
tubbyasstoo
supports only fat32 for onboard playback, so .iso files over 4GB are impossible,

Don't think it would play iso or img files. After all, they are just disk image files.


tubbyasstoo
xvid/divx are ok

Indeed - you may need to make sure that you aren't using hi def resolution AVIs though.

tubbyasstoo
the sound out of my unit is really bad, and crackly,

The sound is fine out of mine. Maybe iffy cables, poor connections, or a faulty unit?

tubbyasstoo
partition sizes are limited to fat32, so if you put into it a 300GB hard disk, you have to have many separate partitions

You don't.

You can either use the partition software supplied on the CD with it, or something like swissknife.

As to other products, will either networked or wireless are a good advantage - but I suspect you can't buy that sort of kit for the same price as this.
#23
dc2447
No MKV - No ISO - No good


Well fair enough, if that's your opinion. Many people use either DVD / mpeg2 or downloaded AVI (usually Xvid). It copes just peachy with those.
#24
stay on my xbox with xbmc:thumbsup:
#25
i paid 90 quid for the freecom media one and it was **** it wouldnt play xvid movies with packed bitstream properl ei jerky playback
#26
[SIZE=2]Any chance we can make the OP shorter?[/SIZE]
#27
proevo21
hi swancut if your laptop has an s-video port then you can simply buy a s-video to scart lead. i bought one from a pound shop in piccadilly manchester (near the train station) so can watch anything on my harddrive or internet on my tv.


that is an excellent idea - i havethis set-up, and it works perfectly. Don't forget that you will also need external speakers, as the laptop's built-in ones may not suit the larger TV picture.
#28
proevo21
hi swancut if your laptop has an s-video port then you can simply buy a s-video to scart lead. i bought one from a pound shop in piccadilly manchester (near the train station) so can watch anything on my harddrive or internet on my tv.

Hi proevo21 unfortunately not its only got a stupid VGA out.
#29
marquis
stay on my xbox with xbmc:thumbsup:


I'm with you on that - best piece of kit I ever had - I'd be lost without my XBMC now.....:-D
#30
I have one of these

total peice of **** dont buy it

after getting the hard disk to work after formating it in the correct format etc it wont playback the files

really is a total peice of rubbish

nice paperweight
#31
i agree about the xbmc! loved mine until i started getting my videos in High Definition! if only there was a way to modify the original xbox to do HD!
#32
swancut
Hi proevo21 unfortunately not its only got a stupid VGA out.
most tv's have vga in now
#33
This product is not very good.
Its user interface is very poor.
you can't create sub-folders to categorise material.
for example, when you store films on the player, they all appear in a single level on the player - similar to chapters on a dvd player.

if any of the films are split into two parts, then they won't necessarily appear next to each other in the chapter views on screen.
with films - you also don't get film names below each film view, so you have to guess which film it is from the screenshot shown.
and moving between pages is very slow and cumbersome.

if they offered an updated user interface to this product then it would be worth considering. i would avoid this product.
#34
I got this from maplin about 6 months ago, only occasionally is it useful, and most of the files it says it supports, don't actually work! They have to be stopped and started many times to get them to play properly (if at all). Cheap, but think carefully before buying this, if you are after a decent media centre, pay the extra money!
#35
andrew2110
Thanks alan! At the moment i just have a little computer to do the job but am looking for one of these to cut out some of the noise! Will have to keep an eye out on the price and wait for them to come down a bit!


mtdistribution.com & mtelectronics.com wholesale to public, you can download the prices sheet from their websites. mtdistribution is Edinburgh based and mtelectronics.com are based in Birmingham so handy if you are close. mtelectronics price inc vat is 29.96 for 1 etc. Might not be good to some folk but handy for spares. And no i have no connection other than spreading the knowledge.
#36
Despite those negative comments , I found mine 2 extremely good .I bought the first one at maplin for £39 , and went back for another at the same price when I realised just how handy these things are.I fitted a 80gig hard drive in each and have had no problems .Just buy a cheap HD , link it to a PC to format , then create 3 folders on it :MUSIC:PICTURES:MOVIE . Bung it into the case and your off. Link it to your PC by USB and add your downloaded avis ,vobs ,mpeg ,to the MOVIE folder , mp3s to the MUSIC folder and your jpegs to the PICTURES folder .It will link to a PLASMA ,VGA monitor ,projector , TV owt you like and play back your movies by remote control . It also has a slideshow feature , it plays your pictures back with different transitions to the music your have stored in the MUSIC folder .These things are not only for back up , but are multi-purpose , fill it full of ripped DVD's [ it will read vobs ] and take it on holiday and on a rainy day you can have hundreds of films to watch .
#37
I have one of these with a 40Gb hard drive in it.

The is no limit now for Fat32, though you will need other software to format (on CD or from web)

The sound from mine is perfectly fine, and the picture is great for avi files. I use the composite connectors.

The user interface is not the best, it is slow and as mentioned there are no titles shown, however, it's very simple if you use the file mode where you will see directories like in explorer.

When you format (as said already) make your main folders, I have Pictures, Music, TV and Movies.

When i copy stuff onto the drive i set up subfolders if required so everything is neat and easy to find.

ie : TV>Bionic Woman>Season 1>all episodes here
Movies>Action>all action films here


The media player will work from memory card without the hard drive installed

These are great little things if you don't want to go the whole media centre route or you want to be able to take stuff with you when you go away.
#38
andrew2110
seems like a great deal for me, have been looking for something like this for a while!

Does anybody know if there is something like this that will play high definition video files, or at least attempts to upscale videos to high definition?



Have a look at http://www.tvix.co.kr/Eng/
#39
Does anyone know a good place to get a cheap decent size hard drive for this (ie 250-500Gb)?
#40
I bought one of these hoping to use it as an MP3 jukebox.

It was rank rotten. Sent straight back.

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