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Popcorn Hour A-410 Network Media Jukebox

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  • Premium casing by SilverStone ensuring optimal cooling
  • Slide-out bay for HDD
  • VXP Video engine processor
  • Suports H.264 Muliview Coding, Blu-Ray 3D, 3D MKV
  • Brand new Sigma Desings 8911-processor

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  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 15.8 x 5.6 cm ; 1.3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
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  • Item model number: A-410
  • ASIN: B00IBF9VB0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Feb. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,262 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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The Popcorn Hour A-410 Network Media Jukebox The Popcorn Hour A-410 is based on the extremely successful A-400 model it has been re-engineered and improved to give you a cutting edge 3D compatible Media Jukebox. Boosted with 1024MB of DDR2 memory and on-board ESS Technology Sabre Audiophile class DAC. Powered by the latest Sigma Designs Dual Core CPU which supports 3D Blu-rays and enhanced video perfromance with the VXP video processor. The A-410 was designed with discerning audiophile taste in mind. Powered by an ESS Technology Sabre 24 bit DAC with sampling rate of 195KHz. The A-410 delivers near jitter free studio quality audio with 112dB DNR. VXP Video Processing Integrated XVP video processing takes the video output quality of the A-410 to the next level. By offering best in class video processing for deinterlacing scaling and image enhancement seperate video post processing is no longer necessary. The A-410 features a brand new user interface with automatic active background which changes according to the time of day and even the weather. Recently played media can be displayed on the main menu allowing quick access to your favourite files. The main interface is fully customisable allowing you to put shortcuts to your favourite apps and organise the menu to your personal requirements. Customise the themes to match your personality. Popcorn Hour Apps Market Watch global news listen to internet radio or stay in touch with friends on Twitter. You can catch up on your favorite YouTube channel or play some casual games with the family. With over 100 free and premium TV Apps currently available and even more on the way there is something for everyone! NMT Apps Turn your Popcorn Hour A-410 to a SAMBA NFS or UPNP server with the NMT Apps. Share your A-410 hard drive to other connected networkd devices. It works exactly like a NAS

Box Contains

Popcorn Hour A-410
User manual
Remote
HDMI-cable
Power plug



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I like it, no doubt best picture quality comparing to other streamers, but I can't see ANYTHING to justify nearly £300 price. Seriously, it should cost max £200. I know picture quality is huge advantage, but there is also many software glitches, small problems, rare firmware updates (since 4th of July only one so far and still quite lot to improve). I have very mixed feelings, I really want to love it, which would justify its price, but for some reason I cannot. Couple of months later I also purchased MED600X3D and must say that for 1/3 of the A-410 price it is a lot of device. It does nearly same things for roughly £200 cheaper compared to A-410. The small things what annoys me (and others as I can see on PCH forums) could be resolved by firmware updates, but at the moment I'm little disappointed with firmware update frequency.
I hope next firmware will change my opinion slightly so I could give it five stars.
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For video it will play pretty much anything you can throw at it. It is the perfect companion if you have all your media on network attached storage as it will browse the NAS box and even index it Plex-like if you want to. That said, you'd be better off installing Plex because the jukebox software isn't brilliant, but as a Plex client it's faultless. If you're using a home theatre setup / AV receiver, then be aware that by default multi-channel is set by default to stereo downmix so you'll need to change the audio settings to passthrough.

As for the much-trumpeted audio DAC, it's not much use if all your music is in Apple Lossless (ALAC / .m4a) format as it won't play this. It's a huge inconvenience if you want to play your lossless music as your only option is to convert it all to FLAC. When it does play something it supports then it does indeed sound superb.

I would give it five stars but for the ALAC issues.
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I bought this on a recommendation from a friend, and I have to say that thus far I am extremely pleased with it. If you buy this, get the Ipad App as well, it makes choosing your movie etc dead easy. Takes a while to set up though i.e. Firmware updates and installing all of the video art. My only criticism is that it sometimes becomes unresponsive and I have to pull the plug out at the rear. Not what you want to be doing when you have paid this much for a device. Also, there does not seem to be anyway of playing albums, unless you select each track individually. Perhaps I am doing something wrong. A visit to a forum is required methinks!

Overall though, a very accomplished piece of kit.
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This device is well build, has a fine picture while playing movies, but you should be carefully following the right steps or you will get some problems.

When installing a new hard drive I recommend follow the Wizard of the device, that will format the disk in the filesystem Ext3/Ext4 (Linux), and install all the NMT applications.

The real problem with this device is when it comes to put your stuff on the disk. You have 3 options:

1. Connect the device as Slave in you computer and run a Linux Live CD, like Ubuntu Desktop (Ext3/Ext4 works on Linux not on Windows 8);
2. Transfer the files via Network, wireless or Ethernet;
3. Plug an external Hard Drive to the device and use the device interface to make the wanted copies.

Here are the problems with each option:
1. If you use a Linux Live CD, make sure you enter with the root account (sudo passwd root) before make any copy, then change all the permissions to allow access to all (chmod -R 777 Folder). If you don't do this, you will get many access denied when accessing via Network;
2. Network, not only is the slowest option, but also, the unstable one! I don't know why, but while transferring files via Ethernet I got disconnected or access denied several times, and have the need to press "Try Again" on Windows 8 to resume transfer. This is the worst thing I found in this device;
3. Using the device menus is the way I recommend, plug your disks on the device and with the remote control select and copy the folders and files you want. Very fast, with no permissions problems and no interruptions.
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Bought this after reading reviews and it is as good as they say. BUT, I have to remove the internal disc in order to add media because It is unrecognised by a connected PC (I've tried four) if connected using the usb slave connection. The turn lock on the drive door is so stiff I've given up trying to use it.
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