Eminent launches EM7280 media player

15 Sep 2011
Eminent EM7280

A little black box hiding a lot of playback power

Dutch media player specialist Eminent has unveiled the successor to its popular EM7180 box: the EM7280 hdMEDIA RT3.

Like it's predecessor, the EM7280 is a small black box designed to be connected to a high-definition display via an HDMI output - but comes with some impressive specifications that belie its compact dimensions.

Inside the case is a Realtek RT1185 chipset, which gives the device the ability to decode and play back a wide range of video formats in both standard and high definitions, including the popular MKV container format and H.264 codec. As a result, the EM7280 is capable of displaying almost any video content the user can throw at it.

That content can be transferred to the device in a number of ways: there's a USB 3.0 port for connection to an external hard disk, room for an optional internal hard disk, and a wired gigabit LAN port for connection to the Internet for streaming. Eminent has also included the popular Transmission BitTorrent client and NZBget Usenet client on the device, along with the ability to stream content from services including Metafeeds, Flickr, and YouTube.

The company has confirmed that the latest generation media player will be available shortly with a five-year warranty and all required cables, but has yet to reveal pricing.

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