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Popcorn C-200 review

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

5 Star Rating

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
Sound SystemDolby Digital

Management and Protocols

ProtocolsFTP

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

Video

Video FormatsMPEG-1

Memory

Memory Card SupportedSD