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Eminent hdMEDIA Stream DTS Edition EM7075 review

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Price when reviewed : £116
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Although it's easier to use than many basic media streamers, the EM7075 is also much more expensive.

Eminent’s budget streaming media receiver is a glossy little black plastic box that won’t take up too much room next to your TV. It has just one USB port to connect external hard disks, which could be problematic if your disk requires an extra port for power. There’s also the the obligatory HDMI, optical S/PDIF, composite, stereo phono and 10/100 Ethernet ports.

Eminent hdMEDIA Stream DTS Edition EM7075 Ports

Eminent hdMEDIA Stream DTS Edition EM7075 remote

The remote control is small but well designed, with just a few basic buttons to play, skip, navigate and access options. There’s no alphanumeric pad, which isn’t a serious problem as there’s an on-screen keyboard. However, the keyboard is in alphabetical order which makes it a little slow to use letters if you’re used to a QWERTY layout. The remote’s buttons are oversensitive, too, making it easy to click through two menus by holding a key for too long.

The streamer has an unimaginative but nicely designed ribbon interface, with icons that bear more resemblance to the features they’re supposed to indicate than most. When you select each, a further set of options becomes visible below. Network gives you the option of accessing UPnP, Samba and YouTube options. The next ribbon tabs are Video, Music and Photos, which only display content if you have a USB hard disk connected.

The YouTube interface takes a little getting used to – in order to play a video properly, you have to first select it, then press the options button and choose fullscreen from the menu. Even more irritating is the client’s inability to play older YouTube videos – it only supports recent videos which are H.264 encoded, so you’ll find that some content gives you a codec error and refuses to play. The EM7075 also has an integrated NAS server as well as BitTorrent and NZB Usenet download capabilities, but these can only be used if you connect a USB hard disk.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Media Streamer type streaming multimedia receiver

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. AIFF

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 0
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 1
Other connectors 1x USB


Size 35x180x104mm
Power consumption standby 4W
Power consumption on 6W

Server Compatibility

Software included none
UPnP Yes
iTunes No
SlimServer No

Buying Information

Price £116
Warranty five years RTB

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