AC Ryan unveils Realtek-based Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 media streamers

AC Ryan already took a few precious moments to introduce its FLUXX media player, but given that one new streamer in a month isn't nearly "enough," the outfit's dishing out two more this week. The Playon! HD2 and Playon! HD Mini2 are both based around Realtek's 1185 media processor, tout gigabit Ethernet and will soon have access to the WePlayon! content portal. For all intents and purposes, both of these boxes are identical save for a couple of major differences: the HD2 ships with space for a 3.5-inch HDD (whereas the Mini2 goes drive-less), and there's also support for 802.11n WiFi on the big daddy if you spring for an optional adapter. Oh, and the HD2 has a larger chassis -- go figure, right? You'll also get a USB 3.0 port on the HD2 if you'd like to connect up any other media, and you'll be able to find either in stores starting next month. As for prices? The empty units will sell for $169 (HD2) / $109 (Mini2), while the former can be ordered up with a 500GB ($205), 1TB ($229), 1.5TB ($259) or 2TB ($289) hard drive within.

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AC Ryan Unveils Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 at CES Las Vegas

Las Vegas, USA – January 2011. AC Ryan continues to revolutionise the media player world with its market leading, multi award winning Playon! series of Full HD Media Players and Recorders. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2, the first to feature the latest 1185 media player processor from Realtek, takes the original series a class forward.

The Playon!HD2 is the next generation of network media player, taking your digital entertainment to the next level. Store all your media files centrally and securely in the built-in eco friendly, low noise, low power consumption HDD up to 2TB. The Playon!HD Mini2 is the next generation of network media streamer. Stream all your media files from your attached storage or over your network. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 allow you to enjoy your media files directly in the comfort of your living room.

The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 make digital entertainment at home easy. Enjoy more interaction with friends through Facebook, Twitter, MSN and Skype. Play or Stream the world into your living room with the WePlayon! portal (coming soon) for the best online content. The unique and intuitive Playon! GUI2.0 allows users to navigate through all the exceptional features with ease.

Building on the success of the original world's first, Playon!HD and Playon!HD Mini, the Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 are the first Full HD Network Media Player and Streamer to feature Realtek's latest 1185 processor. Enjoy the pure performance of Gigabit Wired Networking for the very best in media streaming. Wireless networking is also supported with optional Wireless-N via an external adapter. The Playon!HD2 also includes a USB 3.0 port, supporting the fastest transfer speeds available on USB for your external storage, and an EZ Drive HDD slot, to make the installation of your 3.5" HDD even easier.

The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 will be available at all leading retailers in early February.

Suggested Retail Prices:

Playon!HD Mini2 - ACR-PV73800 - $/€ 109

Playon!HD2 – ACR-PV73700 - $/€ 169
Playon!HD2 500GB - ACR-PV73700-500GB - $/€ 205
Playon!HD2 1TB – ACR-PV73700-1TB - $/€ 229
Playon!HD2 1.5TB – ACR-PV73700-1.5TB - $/€ 259
Playon!HD2 2TB - ACR-PV73700-2TB - $/€ 289