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Argosy HV675 MediaPlay HDMI Media Player
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Argosy
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Argosy HV675 MediaPlay HDMI Media Player
March 31, 2009 carries a wide variety of tech goodies, including a large inventory of discount electronics items that you might not necessarily see anywhere else. The Argosy HV675 MediaPlay HDMI media player is one such item, and it was chosen for this review due to its rather unique attributes.

The promotional image below shows an overview of the HV675, where you don't really get much in the form of hints as to what the device might do. Basically, the slick black box connects to your television via HDMI, composite, or component video and can be used to play back a variety of audio and video files stored on a USB flash drive or hard drive.

Before checking out the sample provided for review, let's take a look at some published information on the Argosy HV675 MediaPlay HDMI media player. The bullet points below summarize features and specifications found at the product listing on the website.

Features and Specifications:

General Features:
    Slim, portable design
    USB 2.0 interface
    Plays back media files via HDMI
    Video upscaling to 1080i
    Displays photos at HD resolution
    Supports music slide show
    Supports full DVD menu
    Extensive language support
    Supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems
    Supports NTSC and PAL TV systems
    16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios
    Includes remote control

    Composite (RCA) video
    Component (YPbPr) video
    USB port
    5V DC in

Supported Media Types:
    DVD Folder
    DivX/XviD (AVI) movie files

Max. Content Resolution:
    Video: 720 x 576 pixels
    JPEG: 5120 x 3840 pixels
    MP3: 320 kbps
    IDX/SUB: 480i/p / 576i/p

Of the variety of file types you can enjoy, one of the more interesting is that DVD folders are included. For those unfamiliar with software like DVD Shrink, you can 'back up' your DVD movies to folders on your hard drive and the Argosy HV675 will access them for play back.

On the downside, one of the specifications corrects my assumption that this device may be capable of high definition. I guess I mistakenly assume that when something uses HDMI that it supports HD, but given the 720 x 576 pixel resolution you see that is not the case here.

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