It's somewhat baffling to think about what the HD media streamer sector
has become. Even five years ago, hardly anyone had an interest in these
one-trick set top boxes. Now, it seems that every consumer electronics
company on the market has a unit out. Today, MvixUSA as launched the
latest in its lineup, the Ultio.
Hailed as the "ultimate 1080p UPnP Home Theater Media Player," this
hard drive-based unit is able to store multimedia content locally, not
to mention stream content in via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The device is
powerful enough to handle Blu-ray quality video, and the HDMI port
ensures that the 1080p material is passed along to your HDTV in the
highest quality. Ultio supports most 1080p HD video codecs, and formats
such as H.264,
MKV, Dixv HD, MOV, VC-1, FLV, etc. It is also capable of playing unique
formats such as AVC-HD (normally used in camcorder footage) or FLAC
(the popular, uncompressed audio, craved by audiophiles).
Mvix Ultio is being launched in 2 flavors: the regular version (without
an HDD) is priced at $169, whereas the premium version (bundled with 1TB hard drive) will be available at $259.