Rating of home media players

It's hard to believe, but even the most compact and modestly looking media player is much more functional than all the usual BluRay, DVD, and CD players. Modern home media players can play videos, photos and audio of all known formats. In addition, most models have a Wi-Fi module, which allows them to be connected to the network with other devices, as well as view content from the Internet.
Today we offer a rating of home media players , which includes five models in the price category up to 5 thousand rubles.

Table of contents:

  • 5. Asus O! Play Mini
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  • 3. Digma HDMP-311
  • 2. IconBIT XD8003D
  • 1. Asus O! PlayMini

    Very small player based on the chipset Realtek 1055, can play all the most popular formats to date, has a card reader, a USB 2.0 port through which you can connect either an external drive or a flash drive. The player connects to modern TVs via HDMI 1.3, and if necessary, you can use an analog composite output. A serious disadvantage is the lack of Wi-Fi. However, the word "mini" in the title indirectly indicates that it is not necessary to wait for something special.

    4. Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming( Wi-Fi)

    Also very compact model, but already based on the Sigma 8670 chipset, "omnivorous" is a bit worse, but there are several other useful functions. There are already 2 USB 2.0 ports, there is a 100-megabit LAN and Wi-Fi. After connecting to the home network, the player can access network resources and servers, both in Windows and in Linux. Also, network storage mode( NAS) is supported - you can access the network via USB to USB mass storage devices. Connection to TV is via HDMI or composite output.

    3. Digma HDMP-311

    Digma HDMP-311 is equipped with a SATA interface, hidden behind a rubber stopper on the left side of the device. With it, you can connect conventional hard drives to 2.5 or 3.5 inches. Also there is support for network storage( NAS) and torrent-client. The presence of two USB 2.0 ports and a memory card reader allows you to play files from virtually any storage device. For integration into the home network, LAN and Wi-Fi are provided. Connection to the TV is standard: via HDMI 1.3, component or composite output.

    2. IconBIT XDS8003D

    This model boasts support for Blu-ray 3D and dual-boot Android. In addition, there are as many as four USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, an SD / SDHC card reader, a remote with training function and support for SATA interface for connecting a hard drive, but there's no fan inside. On the one hand, this has a positive effect on the noise level, on the other - it is necessary to select the HDD carefully, so as not to turn the player into a hot oven. The HDMI output is already version 1.4.Wi-Fi is not available, but you can buy an adapter in addition, and donate one of the 4 USB ports.

    1. IconBIT Toucan Smart

    This is the second version of the player based on Android, which allows to significantly expand the device's capabilities by installing applications for this platform. The leader of our rating of media players supports the now fashionable 3D format. Interfaces for connecting to a TV - HDMI 1.4 and composite. On old receivers sound can be fed through the optical output. The presence of a Wi-Fi module and a 100 Mbps network adapter will allow you to easily connect the device to your home network. In addition, there are three USB 2.0 ports and a card reader.