In case you were curious about the all-powerful EVA9150 media box we've posted on previously, know that it's coming out in February at the previously mentioned price of $US400.
Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150)
An ideal solution for serious media enthusiasts, NETGEAR's Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150) is the
most powerful and flexible digital media player available, incorporating the latest video, audio and
wireless technologies to deliver an unparalleled living room experience. Its integrated 500GB hard drive,
easily user-upgradeable to larger capacity disks, makes the Digital Entertainer Elite the world's most
powerful home video jukebox on the market. Consumers can play on their TVs Blu-Ray quality up to
1080p digital video, high-resolution digital photos, MP3s and recorded television shows from their PCs or
storage on their network. They can also enjoy Internet content, such as YouTube, Internet radio, Flickr™,
RSS feeds, and videos from popular websites. The Digital Entertainer Elite automatically finds all digital
media files on the home network and organizes them into an easily accessible library.
The Digital Entertainer Elite is exceptional in that it works simultaneously with Windows®, Mac® and
Linux computers, and Networked Attached Storage (NAS) devices, such as NETGEAR's award-winning
family of ReadyNAS® storage solutions. It supports an unmatched list of file formats, including:
•Video formats: AVI, DivX, Xvid WMV, MOV, M4V, MP4, VOB, MPG, MP1, MP2, MP4, ISO,
IFO, MKV, TS and M2TS;
•Audio formats: MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, WMA-Pro, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, LPCM, Dolby
AC3 5.1 stereo downmix, Dolby AC3 5.1 passthrough, DTS 5.1 passthrough, Dolby TrueHD
Downmix, Dolby+ Passthrough and DTS-HD Master Audio passthrough;
•Subtitle formats: SUB, SRT, SMI, SAMI, TXT and DVD Subpicture; and,
•Video codecs: MP1, MP2, MP4, Xvid, VC-1/WMV-9, H.264 and OpenDivX.
The Digital Entertainer Elite's two USB ports also enable instant access to content on a USB flash drive,
digital camera, iPod® or other USB storage device. Three of NETGEAR's exclusive RangeMax™ internal
metamaterial antennas and Dual-Band wireless 802.11n give the Digital Entertainer Elite the best wireless
performance of any digital media player on the market. More specifically, the Dual-Band wireless enables
the Digital Entertainer Elite to pick from not only three 2.4GHz channels, crowded by 802.11g wireless
networks in the neighbourhood, but up to twenty clearer channels in the 5GHz band. Further, the Sigma
Designs 8635 chip ensures the most powerful and flexible audio and video performance.
Multiple NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Elite units can work in concert throughout a house. Using
"Follow Me," consumers can pause a video in one room and resume it in another. While in "Party Mode,"
they can synchronise music playback for whole-home listening.
The Digital Entertainer Elite also features NETGEAR's award-winning Push 'N' Connect to seamlessly
and securely connect wireless clients based on Wi-Fi Protected Set-up (WPS), eliminating the need to
remember or input password keys. Further, NETGEAR's Digital Entertainer Elite includes
environmentally friendly features, such as an energy-efficient power supply and auto-sleep mode.
Backed by a one-year warranty and full 24/7 technical support, the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Elite
(EVA9150) is expected to be available in February through leading retailers, e-commerce sites, and
value-added resellers at an MSRP in the U.S. of $399. More information can be found at
"NETGEAR's product introductions take advantage of two major trends that we are seeing with
consumers -- digital media and connectivity," said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst of
Parks Associates, which specialises in research and analysis for digital living technologies. "First, as
digital media collections grow, we anticipate that the average broadband household will require a
significant amount of additional storage and media centralization capabilities. Second, our Digital Media
Evolution study finds high demand for connected CE experiences that can deliver premium Web content
to the living room."