Lars - KiSS DP-600

Next up is a product I’ve been waiting for since CeBIT this year, the Kiss DP-600. This is an HD compliant multi-format video and audio player which can stream video and audio over both wired and wireless LAN. It will play DVD, Windows Media 9, Windows Media 9 HD, MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX 3.11, DivX 4, DivX 5, DivX HD, Nero Digital and XviD media, which is quite an impressive range. On top of this it also supports Audio CD, WMA, WMA Pro, MP3, MPEG and MPEG-2 – although OGG and AAC support is missing.

It will also connect to pretty much anything as it has SCART, HDMI, Composite Video, S-Video and Component Video – the only thing possibly missing is a D-SUB and DVI connector. It has a built in 5.1-channel decoder and the equivalent analogue outputs alongside optical and coaxial S/PDIF and a set of stereo phono connectors. Audio and video can be played either from disc, a USB storage device or be streamed over wired or wireless networks. The DP-600 supports 802.11g which should be fast enough for most video formats except HD.

As if this wasn’t enough the new design looks really cool and the user interface has been given a major overhaul. Another new feature is that it can interface with Windows Media Center Edition, so you can stream video directly from an MCE PC to the DP-600. The only thing missing really is a hard drive and recording capabilities, but I’m sure Kiss has a model coming with these features too.

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