If tornados, shark attacks, and drunk drivers make you queasy, you can relax at home this weekend with the Mecer High Definition Multimedia Player (MP1055). The MP1055 is the perfect companion to a Big Screen TV and surround sound unit.
Think of the MP1055 as your TV’s Jukebox. You provide the hard disk, memory stick or memory card, and the MP1055 plays or views almost everything on it – from digital images and mp3s to Full HD MKV files. It even plays the FLV format which is used by YouTube and most other video sites to stream video content over the web.
The MKV format is often used to make copies of Blu-Ray Discs as the file format supports Full HD, subtitles and language options making it possible for you to copy your entire Blu-Ray collection onto a hard-disk and browse and play through the content easily with the device’s remote control.
Playback quality on the device is superb, and stutter free, in Full HD. The device has no moving parts, it is ultra-small, and plugs into your HDMI cable without hassle. It also supports analogue options for older TVs. Unlike most other Multimedia Players, the MP1055 doesn’t have its own storage built in, but I see this rather as a convenience as it makes it easy to connect various external hard-disks via USB. I tested the device with a massive 2 terabyte hard-disk and it had no difficulty whatsoever to play the media off the disk – enough space to keep hundreds of movies.
If you are a movie fanatic, you simply cannot go wrong with the MP1055, and at R549.00 this device is an absolute steal.
Video Output: Composite Out x 1
HDMI 1.3 Out x 1 (Support up to 1920 x 1080p)
Audio Output: Audio L/R Out x 1
File Transfer Port: USB 2.0 Host Port x 1 (Type A)
SD/MS Card Reader x 1
Video Decoding (Movie) DiVX 18.104.22.168, Xvid AVI/MKV Support up to 1080p
H.264, AVC TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS Support up to 1080p
MPEG-1 MPG/MPEG/DAT Support up to 1080p
MPEG-2 MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/IFO/TS/TP/M2TS Support up to 1080p
MPEG-4 MP4/AVI/MOV Support up to 1080p
WMV9 WMV Support up to 1080p
FLV FLV Support up to 1080p
Real Video 8/9/10 RM/RMVB Support up to 1080p
Audio Decoding (Movie) Dolby Digital AC3, DTS
MPEG-I Layer 1/2/3, MPEG-II Layer 1/2, Real Audio, AAC, WMA, LPCM
HDMI RAW/SPDIF RAW output for Amplifier decoding 5.1/7.1 audio channels
Audio Decoding (Music) WMA, MP3, Real Audio (RA), WAV, OGG,AAC, FLAC
Picture Format JPEG, BMP, PNG N
Dewald Van Wyk who is an analyst programmer at Pathcare (Dietrich, Voigt, Mia & Partners)