A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD Mini 2 Media Player Review

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A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD Mini 2 Media Player rated 100% KICKASS by 3dGameMan.com

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Sponsored by: A.C. Ryan
Review category: Audio
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The A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD Mini 2 Media Player is the best mini yet! This product plays just about any video, audio and picture format, it's tiny, looks great, full 1080p capable, 7.1 channel audio, internet media, is affordable and there's a large support community. If you're thinking about getting a media player keep this one at the top of your list.


 

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As a satisfied user of the old AC Ryan Playon! HD MINI1 "I wanted to buy new equipment because the gigabit data stream over my gigabit network, and thus the 'heavy' files to my TV set could stream without faltering.

But what happens is that a downgrade rather than purchasing an upgrade.

The menu where you must scroll through file consists of large icons, which only 8 fit on your screen.
So, if you have many files in a folder, it may leave you a long scroll until you have found the correct file.
(There is a 'list' button on the remote, but this is a detour, and not at all practical)

Also it goes very wrong with the subtitles of mkv video files.
The unit takes the first .srt-file from the folder, regardless of the video file. So you should always manually add your subtitle manually via the configuration sub-menu. (The name of video and subtitle are always identical, with no spaces or dots)
The previous 'Playon! HD MINI1 "I had it two years in my possession, I've never had this problem.

Also the sound goes mute, and you can hit a few times forward and backward, to get the sound back.

At first I thought it were beginners flaws of a new device, but these problems have existed since February 2010, and AC Ryan has still not be able to correct these problems through firmware updates.
I'm looking for another media-player, because this unit is a bad buy overall. This unit has won prizes, but many buyers experiencing the same problems as me.

Anonymous

I was not happy when the new one came out due to the fact that honestly it doesn't look like it's really something NEW. One thing that I was wishing that alot of people have wished for was the NetFlix media player built in. I have the PlayON! HD and it's done it's job but I really enjoy my netflix streaming.

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yeah 100% kickass!!!
i knew us dutchys where good at something :)

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For the shoutcast radio, can you add your own links or is it just a list of stations?

I hope you can add your own urls.

Anonymous

Ryan PlayOn looks to be as an very stylish media player. It has a really cool design and the specifications are very impressive. The player can easily handle hd content whether we are taking about 720p, 1080i or 1080p. I also like the fact that it has an dolby digital audio output which is great if you are having such type of audio system. VLC Media Player

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How does this do when it comes to network streaming?

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It has Gigabyte LAN, so no problem there :)

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that is good news :). since iam looking to get a new media player since my old popcorn hour is having some problems. and my main consurne with geting a new one is that it need to be able to handle streaming FUll hd specialy mkv files. since many media streaming devices i have tested have a problem with just doing that.

Anonymous

Can i connect a 3tb external hard drive to this?

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As far as I know, only up to 2TB HDD.

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Ooooohhhh I wanna hear deep bass! :D

Oh, I did hear the bass from the very beginning. My 12" sub can scare my neighbors like crazy.

Pardon my off-topic question, but what is the frequency response of the microphone in the camera? The movie sounded so good, even with a bass a bit lacking.

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From the camcorder it's 2 channel stereo, 256kbps bit rate, 48KHz sample rate, but render it to 128/48.

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Ah, okay. I did mention frequency response, like from 60Hz to 20kHz, since I'd like to know how well the microphone picks up low frequencies.

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Unfortunately, Sony doesn't list the mic frequency specs.