Asus O!Play HDP-R1 Digital Media Player Review

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Asus O!Play HDP-R1 Digital Media PlayerYou can add another product to this growing list of media devices that play content on your TV: the Asus O!Play HDP-R1 digital media player. The O!Play is a relatively small (1.9x7.1x4.9-inches), unassuming black box with rounded corners. It doesn’t have any onboard storage, but is designed to connect with media stored on attached drives or over a 100Mbps Ethernet connection. The left side of the unit has a USB 2.0 port, a combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port, and a reset button. The back of the unit houses the device’s output ports, which include analog stereo audio, composite video, digital audio (optical S/PDIF), HDMI, and a 100Mbps Ethernet port--the HDMI port supports up to 1080p 60Hz. Click the link below and check it out...

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LaMpiR replied on Wed, Dec 23 2009 12:19 PM

This is awesome product actually. I keep all my files on network and wifi version maybe even better for me. Is there a chance of hooking up some speakers to it or is there a way to do it from TV? I am thinking of gettting some over 40 inch full hd lcd tv.

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Marco C replied on Wed, Dec 23 2009 3:16 PM

You can hook up the audio out from your TV to an amplifier and speakers...

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dice1111 replied on Wed, Dec 23 2009 4:29 PM

Version 1.17N  firmware came out today (same day as this review was posted) that should resolve a lot of the issues. Maybe a revisit would be in order?

O!Play HDP-R1 firmware update (For NTSC TV system user)
1.Add BD iso file support
2.Add Win7 network neighborhood connection support
3.Improve HDMI compatibility to support SONY W5500 series
4.Improve network connectivity
5.Add FLAC ID3 support
6.Add Ken Burns effect
7.Add TimeJump function by using right/left key to skip part of the video. We provide 5/10/15/20/30 minutes options.
8.Provide the flexibility for firmware downgrade
9.Change Music Shuffle function. Will play the music under the folder when you press music shuffle button instead of playing all music files in the storage device.
10.If upgrade is failed due to any unanticipated accidence happen such as incomplete firmware download or power failure, please re-install again.

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We've had the 1.17N firmware for a few days now and will be posting an update to the review soon.

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ClemSnide replied on Thu, Dec 24 2009 2:11 PM

I* guess they had to use "o" because the letter "i"* would confuse people.

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LaMpiR replied on Sun, Dec 27 2009 1:22 PM

On NewEgg people are still complaining that it's too complicated to use but for that price...

Are there similar devices on the market?

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digitaldd replied on Mon, Dec 28 2009 2:07 PM

Before the holiday I contemplated between one of these, a Seagate Free Agent Theater, WDTV Live & a cheap SFF computer that would connect Ok to my  LCD TV even if through RGB connection and stereo input. I had a P4 SFF PC collecting dust so that is setup with Linux and Boxee. Still might go the ASUS, WD or Seagate route who knows..

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TravisZ replied on Tue, Feb 16 2010 3:40 PM

I have the WDTV v.1 and have been happy with it but looking for more features.  Considering the WD Live but not sure yet.

Maybe I missed it in the review but does this decode or pass thru DTS?

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Yes it support both DTS Passthru ( S/PDIF Optical Out and HDMI ) and decoding to stereo, same for DOLBY AC-3

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