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Media Chef HDD Multimedia Player + DVR with 500GB Drive (1080 Hi-Def)

Product code: CVHQ-E19-500GB
The Media Chef, a new HDD Multimedia Player + DVR with DVB-T and 500GB of Hard Drive Memory. A true multimedia powerhouse, this HDD Digital Player/Recorder comes in a stylish form factor and plays back your digital media files in HD quality so you can fully enjoy your downloads and rips on your living room big screen TV.

The first edition Media Chef was often called the "World's Best HDD Media Player and DVR" by some people because it comes with such a dazzling feature set offering you an unbeatable combination of power, versatility and functionality at such a low wholesale price. Now we have done even better, because this new version comes with the 500GB hard drive pre-installed so you can start using this baby the minute you take it out of the box!

So you may be wondering, what makes the Media Chef special? Well, this is a High Definition HDD Media Player that provides you with the functionality of a multimedia file player, Digital Video Recorder with OTR and Time Shift functions, and high capacity 500GB hard disk drive for file storage. The Media Chef immerses you in an exciting world of modern digital entertainment at the touch of your remote.

With its built-in digital media recording and playback options, the Media Chef will give you all the space you will ever need to enjoy your favorite digital multimedia. Watch, listen, create and enjoy - with full support for a range of video, audio and image formats, the power of this multi-functional HDD Player gives you the freedom to enjoy the multimedia that you want, when you want, opening up a world of digital possibilities. A responsive remote controlled UI places you in full control of the powerful built-in features.

An additional bonus feature for those of you living in the EU, the Media Chef also include a DVB-T tuner for Digital TV reception, allowing you to enjoy high quality digital TV without the need for additional equipment. This unit make a great alternative to a limited feature set top box, since this unit also works like TiVo, coming with a powerful Timeshift feature with fully customizable recording schedules to ensure that you never miss a minute of your favorite show again.

The Media Chef is perfect for enjoying your favorite digital media with your family, entertaining friends and visitors and also for special occasions like parties. This would also make an ideal gift for anybody who enjoys high definition entertainment, has a large collection of digital multimedia, or has a busy lifestyle and would appreciate a great alternative to TiVo.

At a Glance...
  • Media Chef HDD Multimedia Player Recorder (Hi-Def 1080)
  • Has 500GB of internal memory!
  • Native support for 1080i High-Definition output
  • Excellent TiVo alternative with powerful Timeshift recording function and customizable schedules
  • Easy to use and responsive menu interface
  • Built-in DVB-T receiver for high quality Digital TV
  • Perfect for personal entertainment or sharing digital media with family, friends and guests

China Manufacturer Specifications

  • Primary Function: High definition hard drive based DVP / DVR / Storage Enclosure
  • Hard Disk Drive Information
    - SATA Drive
    - HDD Size: 500GB
  • Supported Video Formats: DAT, MPG, AVI, MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, DIVX, XVID
  • Supported Audio Formats: MP3, OGG, WMA
  • Supported Picture Format: JPEG, MJPEG, BMP
  • Supported Subtitle Formats: SRT, SMI, SST
  • Aspect Ratio: Pan Scan 4:3, Letter Box 4:3 and 16:9
  • TV System: NTSC, PAL, 480P, 576P, 720P 50HZ, 720P 60HZ, 1080i 50Hz, 1080i 60Hz
  • AV Recording Format: MPEG2 (720x576 high)
  • Recording Presets: High, Medium, Low
  • Example AV Recording Time
    - High Quality: 100 Hours
    - Medium Quality: 200 Hours
    - Low Quality: 300 Hours
  • DA Conversion: 24-bit/192KHz
  • DVB-T: MPEG2
  • Digital TV Regions (23): Taiwan, Italy, France, Germany, UK, China, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland
  • Languages: English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Nederlands
  • AD Conversion 24-bit/96KHz
  • Connections:
    - Component Video (Y,Pb,Pr)
    - USB x2
    - HDMI
    - AV OUT
    - AV IN
    - SD/MMC card slot
    - RJ45 Ethernet for Networking
    - SPDIF Out (Coax Digital Sound)
    - Optical Sound Out
  • S/N Ratio: 95dB
  • Compatible Systems for File Transfer:
    - Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
    - MAC OS 10.x+
    - Linux 2.4.2+
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 52mm x 63mm
  • Manufacturer Ref: HDD8C5XSUPER

Product Notes

  • This product supports the DVB-T digital TV standard, which is not used worldwide. Please check to see if DVB-T will work in your region: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-T]
  • This DVB-T product receives MPEG-2 encoded signals. Please check whether your region's Digital TV broadcasts are MPEG-2 type or MPEG-4 before purchasing this product.
  • Want to know more about digital TV? Then check out our "Digital TV Explained" article at [www.chinavasion.com/digital-tv-explained.html]
  • Fully featured remote controller
  • Solid all metal casing with built-in cooling fan
  • Frontside media playback buttons and navigation pad
  • AV Recording - Schedules, Instant Record, Time Shift
  • Remaining recording time is displayed based on disk space left and recording mode
  • Note: For RCA connection, the resolution must be lower than 576 - this must be set to 480P.

Package Contents for Model CVHQ-E19-500GB

  • "Media Chef HDD Multimedia Player
  • User Manual - English
  • 2x AV Cable (composite audio and video)
  • Remote Control
  • Power Supply (100-240V, 50/60Hz)
  • USB Cable
  • Coaxial Cable
  • Antenna
  • Software CD

FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the advantages of this model versus others I have seen? This is a great TiVo alternative for those whose geography excludes them from owning TiVo or those considering TiVo but have been dissuaded because of the various restrictions that come with owning a TiVo.
  • Who needs an external hard drive? Everyone! Backing up important data should be a priority for anyone living in the modern digital age. Additionally, transporting files in excess of 32 GBs is impossible for most USB drives and SD cards. This unit supports large capacity HDD devices so it is perfect for the modern digital home or office.

  • Product Category:
    - Main = Home Audio + Video From China
    - Subcat = HDD Media Players
    - Group = Hard Drive Enclosures From China
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  • Pictures by: Rinson, Laura
  • If you plan to resell this item on non-english websites, the most common category names for this product are - HDD Media Player programban, HDD Gehäuse, caja HDD, HDD recinto, HDD ograjenega prostora, Mobil számítástechnika

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Date Launched: Aug 09 2010
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