Popcorn C-200 review

This box of tricks offers fantastic value for rip and download enthusiasts Tested at £485.00

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Our Verdict

A little specialist, but stunning value for rip and download enthusiasts

For

  • Huge hard-disk
  • supports many file types
  • decent HD images

Against

  • Set-up not the easiest job
  • audio just a little soft

The Popcorn Hour C-200 builds on the capability and flexibility of its smaller, cheaper A-110 sibling.

As in that player, the C-200 is available in various forms, with this iteration offering the delights of substantial built-in hard-disk space (500GB) and its own, internal Blu-ray player.

Now, don't get over-excited. You can't go ripping films from one drive to the other: copyright protection simply won't allow that to happen.

What the new capability does mean, however, is that you could, if you want, own just one box – this one – to stream all your music and movies, listen to internet radio, display your photos and play your Blu-rays.

Set-up is a little more complex than with rival players such as Apple TV. That's partially because the C-200 is more of a specialist product than its Apple rival – but it's also because it's far more flexible.

Supports all manner of file types
It'll support a huge range of file types, and the design's new screen makes operation easier than with some players of this type, including the A-110.

And in action? The C-200's picture quality is fine: yes, you'll notice some subtle judder with Blu-rays, but otherwise HD quality from the built-in player is solid enough.

Images from the hard disk are similarly capable, and if sound is a little soft, in context we'll consider that fair enough. This is great-value kit.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.cloudmedia.com
Brand NamePopcorn Hour
Product TypeNetwork Audio/Video Player
ManufacturerCloud Media
Manufacturer Part NumberC-200
Product NamePopcorn C-200
Product ModelC-200

Network and Communication

Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
EthernetYes

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsMP1, MP2, MP3, MPA, WAV, WMA, FLAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD

Management and Protocols

ProtocolsFTP, UPnP

Physical Characteristics

Width425 mm
Depth290 mm
Weight Approximate3.70 kg
Height80 mm
Dimensions80 mm (H): 425 mm (W): 290 mm (D)

Technical Information

Internet StreamingYes

Image

Image FormatsJPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF

Video

Video FormatsMPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, M1V, M2V, M4V, MPEG, VOB, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS, AVI, WMV, MOV, XviD, M4A, IFO

Memory

Memory Card SupportedSD