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Habitech Announces Availability of Stream EVO Media Server/Player System (3/1/2013)
Advanced two-box multi-room media system delivers class-leading performance, control, integration and reliability.
Stream has launched a smart state-of-the-art media system comprising a server and a matching room player, custom-designed for luxury levels of performance, control, ease-of-use and 24/7 reliability.
The Stream EVO media server and room player will deliver excellent video quality up to 1080p/24, and audio from 2-channel all the way to DVD-A and DTS HD formats. Offering one-touch bi-directional control from tablets, the Airplay-enabled, Sonos compatible EVO system can operate as the source for high quality audio and video, accessible in every room, easy-to-use and optimise through comprehensive in-play menus.
Super-slim, super-silent design
Stream’s stable, Linux-based EVO Media Server features advanced storage and processing technology designed to keep heat, noise and energy consumption to an absolute minimum whilst providing instant access to up to 12TB of upgradable storage for Blu-ray, DVD, CD and picture content (approx capacity for 2500 DVDs or 500 Blu-ray titles). Its slender, passively cooled (fanless) design is manufactured entirely from aluminium and is easy to accommodate within any media equipment stack or rack. The server’s clean fascia is populated only by a slot-loading Blu-ray drive and power button. Its companion room player is of a matching all-aluminium design.
Built for complete reliability, the EVO server’s low-noise architecture is supported by a silent, digitally controlled PSU feeding a solid-state OS drive and up to three power-efficient 4TB Coolspin SATA media storage drives, engineered for 24/7 operation. The optical drive is a high-speed slot-loading design capable of 6xBD/8xDVD/24xCD. Video processing in the player is from a high quality NVidia ION2 processor with 24fps capability for totally smooth movie action.
Equipped with gigabit networking capability, the EVO Media Server behaves as a high speed NAS drive on any network, providing three simple network shares of Movies, Music and Pictures. In addition it will store owner-derived audio, video and photographs. A simple WUI (Web User Interface) - available from any browser on the network - offers easy set-up options for plug-and-play integration with virtually any control system. The EVO server captures and presents media over DAAP and DLNA for instant network delivery. It will appear as a share device on AirPlay networks, and will perform as a music server for multiroom audio systems like Sonos and NuVo.
Easy, Convenient Operation
Operation is straightforward: once a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc is inserted, the server automatically captures, tags and catalogues the media ready for simultaneous multiple high definition delivery to several companion EVO players around the home. Content is transcoded flawlessly without the need for third-party software, and the disc is automatically ejected when the process is complete.
The super-fast EVO server offers class-leading back-up speeds, processing Blu-ray media in under 40 minutes. What’s more, the system’s two-box format offers the convenience of simultaneous rip and play, allowing users to load one disc while playing another.
Command and Control
Rapid start-up and ripping are complemented by easy in-play control and navigation via the remote supplied or tablet computer. Together with a choice of menu views - and YouTube preview links for each film - a comprehensive range of adjustments for audio and video includes the memorising of resume points for every stored movie and audio offset for the perfect syncing of sound and picture.
Stream’s EVO system is designed to be the ultimate high performance media platform for whole-house entertainment allowing command over a vast library of HD content from a range of control devices including tablets. Built for complete reliability and offering plug-and-play integration with all leading home control systems, the advanced EVO system is a powerful and versatile option for custom installers, providing quality that eclipses the limited choice and poor performance typically supplied by VOD services.
Features and Specifications
• Upgradable storage capacity up to 12TB
Stream EVO server approx. retail price (inc VAT): £2390 - £4430 (3TB-12TB)
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