(credit: Crystal Acoustics) Crystal Acoustics PicoHD 5.1 media player | £49.99 | www.crystalaudiovideo.com
don’t be deceived by the Crystal Acoustics PicoHD 5.1 media player’s pocket size build. what looks like a card reader is actually a media player packed with features that include full HD 1080p playback with 5.1 DTS/Dolby AC3 digital audio, an USB hub that supports FAT, FAT32 and NTFS external HDD and an integrated SD/MMC card reader that allows for viewing of photos and videos directly from the storage card. the beauty of having the support for NTFS is of course, it can accommodate file size that is beyond 4 GB which most full HD movie files are well above.
PicoHD 5.1 media player also covers a wide variety of file formats which include .MKV, DivX, MP3, FLAC, JPG, BMP, among the many others. it also has support for SRT, ASS, SSA and SUB subtitle files. despite its diminutive size, it is also packed with connectivity options that include HDMI, USB, component video out, analog audio output and Coaxial digital audio out. that said, if you are a supporter for optical out, here’s a downer: it doesn’t has one. the PicoHD 5.1 media player measures just 7.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 centimeters (2.95 x 2.56 x 0.6 inches).
typically, we connect our media player to an integrated AV receiver but if you prefer to do without such intermediary then you will be delighted to know that the PicoHD 5.1 media player also supports full stereo downconversion of Dolby and DTS soundtracks that allows full compatibility with all TV sets and audio equipment.
PicoHD 5.1 media player is available now for £49.99 (about US$82) which is pretty reasonable for a gadget with such a wide variety of file formats support.