Crystal Acoustics unveils £50 PicoHD5.1 portable media player

Crystal Acoustics PicoHD5.1

This tiny device from Crystal Acoustics is a portable media player that turns any USB memory stick or NAS drive into an entertainment source for your high-definition TV.

Measuring just 7.5 x 6.5 x 1.5cm, and weighing 60g, the PicoHD5.1 delivers HD video up to 1080p via its HDMI output, and supports 5.1 multichannel audio.

The device works with USB drives as well as SD, SDHC and MMC media cards, transferring music and video files held on them directly to your TV.

There's support for DiVx, WMV, FLAC, .MKV, MP3, JPEG and BMP file formats, and the USB hub will work with FAT, FAT32 and NTFS external hard drives.

There's also a 5.1 audio output for transferring surround sound to your home cinema amp.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.