Buffalo LinkTheater review

This media streamer is hampered by lack of an HDMI connection, and limited format support Tested at £100.00

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Our Verdict

Lack of online content and copy-protected music are problems, but no HDMI is a major headache

For

  • Decent price
  • small, good-looking unit
  • easy to set up and use

Against

  • No HDMI means images are weaker than rivals’
  • limited format support

This is so much cheaper than many rival products you might think, “Where's the catch”? Answer: no HDMI.

That's right, this is one of the only media streamers we've seen recently that has Scart as the best-available connection. Otherwise, the LinkTheater is a tidy unit: it's much smaller than the Netgear EVA8000 and Linksys KiSS 1600, and though a bit light and plasticky, is perfectly well put together.

Once connected to the TV, using Scart or S-Video, we were impressed by the bright and sharp menus. However, once you've set up the player, you'll quickly wish you had a better connection. Noise and pixelation in the picture are annoying, and the colour palette isn't as varied as that provided by HDMI-equipped rivals.

The others here show what the Buffalo lacks
The lack of HDMI means HD content is a no-no, and it's also fussy playing larger AVI files, even though smaller ones play fine.

Compatibility with audio formats is a little better, though Apple Lossless and copy-protected music doesn't appear in the Link-Theater's folders. You also miss out on the online content that's available on the Netgear and Linksys.

Overall, it's a useful product, but you can certainly do better.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.buffalo-technology.com/home/
Brand NameBuffalo
Product TypeNetwork Audio/Video Player
ManufacturerBuffalo Americas, Inc.
Product LineLinkTheater
Manufacturer Part NumberLT-H90LAN-EU
Product NameBuffalo LinkTheater
Product ModelLT-H90LAN

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • LinkTheater LT-H90LAN Network Media Player
  • Remote Control
DLNA CertifiedYes

Network and Communication

Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsAAC, WMA, MP3, AC3, WAV, MP2
Sound SystemDolby Digital

Management and Protocols

ProtocolsDLNA, UPnP

Physical Characteristics

Width215 mm
Depth208 mm
Weight Approximate1.13 kg
Height48 mm
ColourBlack
Dimensions48 mm (H): 215 mm (W): 208 mm (D)

Video

Scan Format1080i
Video FormatsMPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, XviD, AVI, MPEG, VOB, M2T, M2TS, MTS, M4V, 3GP, MOV

Image

Image FormatsJPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year