dscf0395 A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD2 review: its all about HD content

Another day, another media player shows up in VR-Zone's office, where it sits on my desk awaiting its judgement in the form of a review. And this time, it is A.C. Ryan's Playon!HD2 which will be in the hot seat. How well will it fare when put to the test? We shall see.

dscf0391 A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD2 review: its all about HD content

Most people enjoy watching movies, but not everybody is willing to spend good money on a movie ticket that is only good for one screening of a certain show. After all, common logic dictates that it is more practical to go for the cheaper digital purchase of the film in question which allows for unlimited playbacks, as opposed to blowing it all on a single-trip ticket to the movie theatre, even if the theatre offers a superior audio and visual experience.

Of course, users who opt to go for digital downloads will still want to be able to enjoy their downloaded movies on their television sets, and that is where devices such as A.C. Ryan's Playon!HD2 comes in to fill that need. In this review, we will take a look at the aforementioned media player to see whether it will fit the bill as a suitable device for the home theatre enthusiast.

As usual, here is a quick listing of the Playon!HD2's technical specifications.

A.C. Ryan Playon!HD2 media player technical specifications:

Chipset  Realtek 1185DD
A/V Output  Video: HDMI 1.3, composite video, Ypbpr
 Audio: Digital 5.1(optical+coaxial) audio, composite stereo L/R
USB Interface  2 x USB 2.0 (host), 1 x USB 3.0 (slave only)
Supported File Systems  FAT, FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, HFS+
Supported output formats  PAL / NTSC / 480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i
 50Hz / 1080i 60Hz / 1080p 50Hz / 1080p
 60Hz / 1080p 24FPS
Supported Video Formats  AVI / MKV / TS / TP / TRP / M2TS / MPG /
 MP4 / MOV / M4V / VOB / ISO / DVD-ISO /
 IFO / DAT / WMV / ASF / RM / RMVB /
 BD-ISO
 FLV resolution up to 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Supported Subtitle Formats  SRT, SMI, SSA, IDX/SUB, SUB
Supported Audio Formats  MP3 / MP2 / WMA / AAC / FLAC / WAV /
 OGG Vorbis / PCM / LPCM / MS-ADPCM /
 LC-AAC / HE-AAC / COOK / RA-Lossless
Supported Audio Systems  Stereo Dolby Digital AC3 5.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
 Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 (passthrough)
 Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
 DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
 AAC 7.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
 FLAC
Supported Codecs  MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP/ASP/AVC
 (H.264 | x264) / XviD / DivX / WMV9 (VC-1)
 RealVideo 8/9/10 (up to 720P)
Supported Image Formats  JPEG, HD JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIF, PNG