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Eminent hdMEDIA RT EM7080 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £125
inc VAT

The EM7080 has a better interface than most, but we were irritated by problems such as poor YouTube support for users who don't install a hard disk.


Like most modern streaming multimedia receivers, the EM7080 has excellent format support. It successfully played the video content of our Blu-ray rip and gave us full menu support for most DVD ISO rips, as well as happily playing all our codec test files. Alongside a list of file names, the browser show a preview window for video files and album art for music. We were annoyed to find that music tracks usually produced a slight skip when we started playing. After that, entire directories played in correct album order without further problems. Directories full of videos also played sequentially until stopped. Photo viewing worked reasonably well; the slideshow viewer had trouble loading a 38MB TIFF image but smaller TIFFs weren’t a problem.

Eminent hdMEDIA RT EM7080

The EM7080 is cheap for a streamer capable of taking a hard disk and comes with a phenomenal five-year warranty, but it’s also noisy and its functionality is compromised if you don’t add a hard disk. We prefer the Western Digital WD TV Live Hub.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Media Streamer type hard disk streaming multimedia device

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback No
Audio AAC playback Yes
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback Yes
Audio WAV playback Yes
Audio Audible playback No
Other audio formats FLAC, COOK

Video Compatibility

Other video formats MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, APC, H.264, WMV9, XVID, DIVX

Image Compatibility

Image BMP support Yes
Image JPEG support Yes
Image TIFF support Yes

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs 0
Minijack headphone outputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 1
Total SCART sockets 0
HDMI outputs 1
Component outputs 1
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 1
Other connectors 2x USB, 1x USB (client)


Size 50x166x166mm
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 7W

Server Compatibility

Software included none
UPnP Yes
iTunes No
SlimServer No

Buying Information

Price £125
Warranty five years RTB

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