Pivos XIOS DS Media Player Review

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The Pivos Xios DS is a fine example of what you get after crossing an innovative entertainment peripherals manufacturer with the media aggregation skills of XBMC. Pivos collaborated directly with the XBMC developers to create an Android-friendly version 12.0 of the popular application as part of its strategy to bring consumers the capabilities of an HTPC in an ARM-powered, hockey puck sized device. A highly customized XBMC holds a number of advantages over a standard streaming box, some of which just might push you to cut your cable plan for good.

 

Overview

Digital home entertainment never came in such a sleek package. Introduce the all new XIOS DS Media Play, one of the world's SMALLEST embedded entertainment companion designed for your digital life style!

 

 

The marriage between digital home entertainment and the powerful Android platform, the XIOS DS Media Play is the perfect solution to bridge your home entertainment, wide range of internet contents and thousands of mobile applications at the comfort of your couch.

 

 

Backed by a MASSIVE Apps Market at your disposal, you can start install your favorite apps via online (Memory Card Required) or local storage. Use the pre-installed third party app market or download and install compatible APK. You can bring all the latest games, social, and web apps to your TV!

 

 

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Specifications

 

Supported Video Codecs

 

MPEG 1/ 2/ 4, H.264, VC-1, WMV, M2TS, TS, RMVB, AVI, MKV, MOV, TS, MPEG, FLV, DivX, Xvid.

 

Supported File Types

 

AVI/ MKV/ TS/ TP/ TRP/ M2TS/ MPG/ MP4/ MOV/ M4V/ VOB/ IFO/ DAT/ WMV/ ASF/ RM/ RMVB/ FLV/ XVID/ DIVX 3,4,5 for up to 1080p resolution.
MP3/ OGG/ WMA/ WAV/ AAC/ FLAC
HD JPEG/ BMP/ GIF/ TIF/ PNG

 

Supported Audio Codecs

 

MP2/ 3, OGG Vorbis, WMA, WAV, WMA PRO, PCM LPCM, MS-ADPCM, LC-AAC, HE-AAC, COOK, RA-Lossless, RM/ RMVB 8/ 9/ 10./li>

 

Supported Connections

 

1 x HDMI A/V out
1 x 10/100 Ethernet
1 x 802.11 b/g/n built in wireless
3 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x MicroSD/SDHC Memory Slot (upto 32GB)

 

Supported Audio Output

 

MP2/ 3, OGG Vorbis, WMA, WAV, WMA PRO, PCM LPCM, MS-ADPCM, LC-AAC, HE-AAC, COOK, RA-Lossless, RM/ RMVB 8/ 9/ 10.

 

Supported Languges

 

Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Norwegian-Bokmol, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Swedish, Thai, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Simplified & Traditional Chinese

 

Supported Subtitle Types

 

SRT, SMI, SSA, ASS, IDX/SUB, SUB

 

Requirements

 

REQUIRED: High Definition Display device with HDMI input (up to 1080p resolution for best results).
RECOMMENDED: Wired or Wireless network connection is required for network or internet content. Audio amplifier is required for digital surround sound.

 

 

 

Unboxing

The XIOS DS comes in a well illustrated box with plenty of helpful information and a relatively thorough setup guide. Inside you'll find the device itself, the basic remote, an HDMI A/V out cable, and the A/C power adapter. One of the first things you are instructed to do is to download the latest firmware to a flash drive or micro SD card (not included). So if you're waiting for a XIOS to arrive in the mail, you might as well get that step out of the way. Take the time to track down any XBMC repositories while you're at it.

 

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