As PC users were assembling large media collections and as there appeared numerous digital formats for storing music, video, etc, a new class of computers emerged. It is the Home Theater Personal Computer. An HTPC is a small but advanced computer designed specifically for storing and reproducing the user’s media collection.
Today, the most popular solution for building such media centers is a microATX system or various types of barebone kits. Such solutions have the advantage of compactness, come with preinstalled and preset software, and offer a large number of interfaces for connecting to networks, display devices, audio systems, etc.
One media center from this class is going to be discussed in this review. Developed by the Korean company Novatron (www.iamm.co.kr), this model is known under different names given to it by its resellers: IAMM NTD36HD, IconBIT HD360W, Eureka LX350HD and Cinebox HD. The sample I have is called IconBIT HD360W.
Specifications and Accessories
Supported video formats
- HD chassis (tp, trp ts),
Supported audio formats
Supported photo formats
Supported formats (other)
- Fast Ethernet 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T
- 64/128bit WEP
Supported file systems
Remote control unit
95 x 190 x 145 mm
730g (without hard drive)
External power supply
The box contains:
- HD360W multimedia player
- Remote control with two AA batteries
- Cable for composite video input and stereo audio input
- Component video cable (YPbPr)
- USB cable to connect the player to a PC
- 5dBi antenna
- 12V/3A power adapter with cord
- CD with software
- Quick installation and setup guide
- User manual
The accessories are sufficient. You may only need to add S-Video and LAN cables to use all of the player’s features.