If you think LaCie
is only about hard drives, DVD burners and flash
drives, think again. Today, the outfit has extended its LaCinema Black
Series by introducing the LaCinema Black PLAY and LaCinema Black
RECORD. Both of these HD media streamers are definite high-end devices,
with pretty much every feature you could imagine on a streamer and even
a few you wouldn't typically expect.
These boxes can pull in content from UPnP networked computers (Macs and
PCs), and the custom user interface makes it easy to navigate through
material, select it and play it back. Both of the set top boxes are
designed by Neil Poulton, and aside from standard Ethernet, owners can
hook these up via Wi-Fi and pull down content without another cord in
the equation. Obviously, both the PLAY and RECORD support high-def
material (up to 1080p), and both can also upcovert standard-def clips
to 1080i. The RECORD steps it up by adding DVR capabilities and a
built-in TV tuner. Now, if only we could load Hulu on to this thing...
At any rate, both the PLAY and RECORD can be ordered with 500GB or 1TB
of internal HDD space, and the USB port allows for even more storage or
quick access to thumb drives and the like. Both devices are available
for order right now starting at $429.99.