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Netgear EVA9150 Digital Entertainer Elite review

Kat Orphanides
23 Jun 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
308
inc VAT

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Specifications

The EVA9150 is the successor to the EVA8000, which won a Best Buy award in our last group test.

The new model has some significant improvements, including an easily accessible 500GB hard disk and support for an even wider range of HD video formats and protected WMA-DRM10 files.

It's larger than the other streamers here and is designed to match standard hi-fi components. It also provides more connectors than the others, with HDMI, SCART, S-video, component and composite video as well as analogue audio and optical S/PDIF.

Helpful setup screens guide you through the process of selecting your TV's resolution and your location before prompting you to insert the installation CD into the networked PC that stores your files. You can skip this step, as the streamer can find network shares on any computer, but Netgear's Digital Entertainer software adds extra features such as the ability to monitor BitTorrent downloads and transfer them to the EVA9150's hard disk.

The interface is excellent and easy to use. The first time you browse your network, it scans and indexes your network shares. A basic web interface allows you to add RSS podcast feeds and internet radio stations without having to connect a keyboard or enter URLs using the remote control. Internet radio listings display stations by title, genre and quality.

We were impressed by its photo handling. Thumbnails help you to find what you want, and you can filter images by year, month and even the camera they were taken on. You can even view and filter photos from Flickr.

If money is no object, this is the streamer to buy. With a large hard disk, dual-band Draft-N WiFi, an excellent interface and the most comprehensive format support we've ever seen, it earns our Ultimate award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Media Streamer typehard disk streaming multimedia receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackYes
Audio AAC playbackYes
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackNo
Audio WAV playbackYes
Audio Audible playbackNo
Other audio formatsFLAC, WMA-Pro, M4A, M4P, AC3, PCM, LPCM, AIFF, DTS passthrough
Internet radio stream compatibMP3

Video Compatibility

Video MPEG-1 playbackYes
Video MPEG-2 playbackYes
Video MPEG-2 VOB playbackYes
Video MPEG-4 AVI playbackYes
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playbackYes
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD supportYes
Video H.264 supportYes
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio supportYes
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio supportYes
Video WMV playbackYes
Video WMV-HD supportYes
Other video formatsMOV, ISO, IFO, MKV (with AAC), Transport Stream (TS), M2TS, Program Stream (PS)
Internet video stream compatibFLV (YouTube)

Image Compatibility

Image BMP supportYes
Image JPEG supportYes
Image TIFF supportYes

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports10/100
Wireless networking supportYes
128-bit WEPYes
256-bit WEPNo
WPAYes
WPA2Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs0
Minijack headphone outputs0
Stereo phono outputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Total SCART sockets1
HDMI outputs1
Component outputs1
S-video output1
Composite outputs1
Other connectors2x USB, USB mass storage

Physical

Size51x432x254mm
Antennas3
Internal/external antennasinternal
Upgradeable antennaNo
Power consumption standby9W
Power consumption on15W

Server Compatibility

Software includedNetgear Digital Entertainer
UPnPNo
iTunesNo
SlimServerNo
SMBYes

Buying Information

Price£308
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.netgear.co.uk

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