A.C.Ryan ACR-PV72100 Playon! Network DVR - A.C.Ryan Playon! DVR

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Like the Neuros OSD, the Playon! DVR has upgradeable firmware, but it's not open source, so while updates are not ruled out, they are unlikely. On the other hand, present functionality is already impressive, and unlike the Neuros OSD, the A.C.Ryan unit can already act as a NAS box. This in itself will be a handy feature for many.

You can also stream media from any other device hooked up to your network or sharing the same wireless network - again, the inclusion of wireless functionality out of the box is an added bonus.

Music can be organised into five local playlists, with - as far as I could tell - unlimited entries. Format support is reasonable, including OGG, non-DRM WMA, and of course MP3. Photos, meanwhile, can be in JPEG or BMP, feature large previews along the side and can be set up as a slideshow.

So overall we have a well specified multimedia box with HD support and a large range of options - which makes the low quality recording input, the audible noise level and a few niggles with the initial physical setup even more of a shame. That said, with a reasonable MSRP of around £150 - and with actual retail prices likely to be even lower - the A.C.Ryan ACR-PV72100 Playon! Network Digital Video Recorder is probably one of the best devices of its type.

Verdict

A.C.Ryan has created a multimedia station that looks good, has the highest quality outputs you could wish for - including HDMI and digital audio - and an excellent array of options. Combined with wireless LAN and NAS functionality, the Playon! DVR's support for High Definition Xvid/DivX up to 1080i makes it an intriguing option.

Ash

August 21, 2008, 10:56 pm

Very geeky UI :(

HL Tan

August 31, 2008, 7:17 am

It will be a better if it can support video formats that PC uses, such as mkv, rm, rmvb and those supported by video cameras. Work done on PCs can play on HDTV seamlessly over the wireless connection.

pitis

October 2, 2008, 11:17 pm

Is there support for AC3 codec? Thnx for reaction.

willgar

December 30, 2008, 5:09 am

According to the AC Ryan site, it also supports MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 ASP : XviD / DivX /DAT / VOB / IFO / ISO / MPG / AVI / TS

TechVegan

May 14, 2009, 4:08 pm

@Ash:


Geeky's a bad thing? :) Seriously though, this is an area most units could use some work in, with the nicest implementation I've seen being that on the http://www.trustedreviews.com/....





@HL Tan:


If it did that it would have been the best unit ever; not even the award-winning Western Digital WD-TV supports RMVB as far as I know.





@Pitis:


Apologies for the late reply. I'd imagine so, otherwise what would be the point of the IFO format support/digital audio outputs?





@willgar:


Yes, the same formats listed in the review :S

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