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Vivadi MM200 Media Server review

John Archer



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Vivadi MM200 Media Server
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The funny thing about films is that while I love buying them on DVD or Blu-ray, because I like something tangible for my money rather than a ‘mere' download, I also hate the clutter such discs can cause. I've got draws full of the bloody things all over the house.

Which is why I'm feeling rather enthusiastic today about the arrival of the MM200 Media Server from UK innovator, Vivadi. For the MM200 is a single, surprisingly slender box capable of storing vast quantities of my DVD discs onto its built-in 1 terrabyte of storage capacity. As well as being a Freeview PVR, DVD recorder and fully functioning, multimedia-savvy PC...

But before getting in to all that complicated stuff, though, let's go back to the MM200's aesthetics. For it looks a million dollars in other ways too, thanks to a gorgeous high-gloss black finish, and elegant and unusually readable LED display. Heck, even Vivadi's logo is unusually stylish.

At first glance the unit appears to be extremely well-stocked with connections, too. There's an HDMI output capable of delivering 1080p video to your screen, for instance, as well as an absolute feast of multimedia jacks, including multiple front and back USB ports, slots for Smart Media, Compact Flash/Micro Drive, Memory Stick and SD cards, a VGA port, IEEE 1394 Firewire ports, and a LAN port for internet connection - though you can, of course, also connect to the internet wirelessly, if you've got a wireless router.

Plus there's a connections bay sporting an RF tuner jack, and two S-Video inputs, and finally there's a rather important large slot to the left-hand side where you pop in your lovely shiny music and movie discs.

Pausing to reflect on this long list of connections, though, actually throws up one surprising shortcoming: no HDMI inputs to accompany the HDMI output. This means that you can't use the MM200 as a handy ‘switchbox' for HDMI sources such as a Sky HD receiver, Xbox 360 Elite, or PS3 games console.

I guess you could argue this isn't an essential feature for the MM200; its chief raison d'etre is as a multimedia hub, and in that respect it's amply provided for. But HD switching certainly could have boosted the unit's potential usefulness considerably.

Unfortunately there's another blow for HD fans when it comes to the MM200's disc playback capabilities. For the disc slot is only capable of playing or recording to DVDs or CDs. In other words, there's no Blu-ray support.


January 12, 2009, 4:32 pm

Blimey, this is so *nearly there*... but what it needs is that little push to make it worth more than the sum of its parts. Can you put a price on reducing the number of boxes and remotes?


January 12, 2009, 4:44 pm

It looks fantastic - you didn't mention anything about fan noise though. How hot/ noisy does it get?

Will Apple now wake up and put a freeview PVR on to the Mac Mini?


January 12, 2009, 5:20 pm

Can you provide the full PC specs in the feature table (processor, memory, graphics card) etc so we can compare value with a standard media pc?


January 12, 2009, 7:02 pm

Seeing as this is called a media server, why does the review not even mention how well it streams audio/media?


January 12, 2009, 7:58 pm

Nice review, but like mentioned above does seem to be missing some basic specs. eg. How many Tuners does this have, if it was just a single then that would be a real shame. Whats the GFX card, if its a Gefore 8 series and above, the purevideo decoder gives some really nice up-scaling.

Jay Werfalli

January 12, 2009, 10:14 pm

To answer your questions, John has asked Vivadi for more details on the processor and graphics card so we'll update the spec table as soon as it arrives.

John also states in the review that the MM200 is 'nothing short of exemplary when it comes to accessing, storing and playing back multimedia files' - a comment intended to cover its streaming capabilities. Apologies if this wasn't obvious enough.

It has two Freeview tuners.

And finally, regarding fan noise, while the MM200 runs very noisily for a few seconds when you first turn it on, it calms down to ultimately not being substantially noisier than a Sky HD receiver. It's certainly no Xbox 360, at any rate...


January 13, 2009, 12:09 am

Hmmm, looks like one of Hiper's HTPC cases, but rebranded. Oh wait, it is!

I built an earlier model for a friend, and would do it again in a second if I had the cash to replace my old shuttle system. Beware of that top vent though, the one I built died after whisky seeped through and met with the motherboard.

Incredibly cramped and tricky to put together, so a ready-built unit is ideal!

Great review, I think this is the closest any chassis has come to fitting into the living room alongside dvd players.


January 13, 2009, 2:17 am

Strange - was only saying to a mate yesterday that I thought we'd be seeing dvd player sized (well, ish....) computer/media player/freeview box/pvr/everything soon.

I reckon these will be very popular, very quickly. Now if windows 7 media center ups the ante, then could be on a winner. (Wonder how well the new windows version of XBMC would work on this...)


January 13, 2009, 1:52 pm

"John also states in the review that the MM200 is 'nothing short of exemplary when it comes to accessing, storing and playing back multimedia files' - a comment intended to cover its streaming capabilities. Apologies if this wasn't obvious enough."

Not so much a case of how obvious the statement was, more that it wasn't very meaningful. It'd have been useful to know for instance what media was streamed (audio, video, hd?) and how (wifi or wired, what receiver was used, etc).

This may well be a fantastic piece of kit you could use as a media server to provide content to your whole house, or it might just be a reasonably nice windows Media Centre box like a number of others. Right now, I've not got a scooby which it is.


January 13, 2009, 3:44 pm


I've had the same feeling too - but it may not be windows pcs under the tellys - many of the top end PVRs just need iplayer, web function and they are there as well.

Alternatively Sony will do the obvious (or smart) thing and incorporate the PVR function they currently sell as an add-on for the PS3 into the next hardware revision of the PS3 (and hopefully make it look more like a DVD player but with the build quality of the current ps3).

Also Apple could do something more bold with the Mac Mini.

2009 will be the year of the integrated box!


January 13, 2009, 7:00 pm

Yep, definately a Hiper Media Centre. I should know I have one under my TV. I built it for about 𧹈 18 months ago using cheapish components with a 250Gb HD. Works great, was quite tricky to build but I managed it even with my sausage fingers! Nice looking, nobody ever guesses its a PC and its not much louder than my Sky HD Box as mentioned above.

Jay Werfalli

January 14, 2009, 4:58 pm


The processor used in this case is a dual core AMD 4850e (2 x 2.5GHz). In other models, a 5050e (2 x 2.6GHz).

The graphics sub system is based on an ATI Radeon X1250.

alex novotny

January 15, 2009, 3:50 pm

If I bought this unit in the UK could I use it in Spain? Here we have TDT. Can someone help please?

Moko Donovan

March 30, 2009, 6:22 pm

can i use this in nigeria? how many tvs can i connect this unit to, or how many vivadi mm 200 can serve over a hundred tvs

eduardo alvarado

October 9, 2009, 8:07 pm

where can I buy this in USA preferable??? And if not possible I understand, please let me know wherever anyway.

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