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Xtreamer review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £99
inc VAT

A low price, an amazing range of capabilities and a basic but effective menu system make the Xtreamer a winner.

It’s rare for a product to come out of nowhere and truly impress us, but the Xtreamer has done just that. For only £99 you get a media streaming device with a remarkable range of functions plus support for practically every file format you’ll need.

The device itself looks more like a wireless bridge than a piece of powerful home cinema kit. Thankfully, it’s small and so should be easy to tuck away somewhere near your HD TV. Despite its size, there’s space for a 2?in SATA hard disk inside, so you can store files locally if desired. Two USB ports on the rear let you attach external storage devices if preferred. However, one of these will be taken up by the bundled 802.11n wireless adaptor unless you opt to use wired Ethernet. A third USB port lets you connect the Xtreamer’s hard disk to a PC for fast and easy data transfers.

Also on the rear is HDMI, with support for resolutions up to 1080p, plus optical S/PDIF and AV outputs. Digital audio, via either S/PDIF or HDMI, supports Dolby Digital (AC3) and DTS formats, in either 5.1 surround or stereo downmix.

The menu system is easy to understand and reacts swiftly to your inputs on the clearly marked remote control. It’s not the prettiest looking interface, though.

It played Blu-ray-quality H.264 video flawlessly, with all the vibrant colour and fine details we’d expect. Entire DVD movies, complete with menus, can also be streamed or played from local storage. The remote has a volume control, and there’s a resume function for half-watched files. One downside is a maximum video rewind and fast forward speed of x32.

The Xtreamer supports all the image formats you’d expect. Photo loading is quick, and smooth image scaling made the most of our images. Photos are shown as a text list, however, with only a single thumbnail shown at once.

Audio files can be browsed by artist, album or genre. You also get album art, but again only a single piece to the right of a text list. It had no problems picking up our playlists from Windows Media Player.

As well as streaming media files from UPnP servers on your network, the Xtreamer can act as a UPnP server, so you can access files from other PCs in your home or over the internet. It also has basic NAS functions, letting you create shared folders. It supports SMB file shares, allowing you to see shared folders on your Windows PCs and vice versa. You can also access web-based content such as YouTube and Picasa Web Albums.

Its interface may not be as slick as some, but the range of functions is incredible and format support is among the best. For only £99 it’s a bargain, especially given the bundled 802.11n adaptor. This makes it better value than our previous favourite, Syabas’s Popcorn Hour A-110, which costs £180 and has no wireless networking.

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 AC3, DTS, FLAC, PCM
Internet radio stream compatib none

Video Compatibility

Video MPEG-1 playback Yes
Video MPEG-2 playback Yes
Video MPEG-2 VOB playback Yes
Video MPEG-4 AVI playback Yes
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playback Yes
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD support Yes
Video H.264 support Yes
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio support Yes
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio support Yes
Video WMV playback Yes
Video WMV-HD support Yes
Other video formats none
Internet video stream compatib YouTube

Image Compatibility

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

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports 10/100
Wireless networking support Yes
128-bit WEP Yes
256-bit WEP No
WPA2 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 2x USB


Size 162x27x110mm
Antennas 1
Internal/external antennas external
Upgradeable antenna No

Server Compatibility

Software included N/A
UPnP Yes
iTunes No
SlimServer No

Buying Information

Price £99
Warranty one year RTB

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