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Netgear EVA-8000

Has affordable networked multimedia come of age?

Once you've tried networked multimedia, it's difficult to go back to anything else - as any rich AV enthusiast will tell you.

You might have read about dream kit like the Kaleidescape media system - yours for £25k. Kaleidescape stores 'ripped' DVDs and CDs on the massive hard-disk array of a central server.

This content can then be accessed from networked clients that drive the AV systems located in the various rooms. No more hunting high and low for discs - sure sounds tempting, doesn't it?

The good news is that you no longer need a Jean-Paul Getty-shaped bank account to join in this particular branch of electronic fun. Indeed, the humble PC - which can accommodate terabytes of affordable hard-disk storage nowadays - can be pressed into service as a media server.

Indeed, multiple PCs can be used; in addition some clients will also work with networked hard disks, known as networked-attached storage (NAS). The networking gear you'll need is a gateway-router, now found in thousands of broadbanded homes around the country.

Full review

MusicRadar Note

4 / 5 Etoiles
On aime

Picture quality. Plenty of features. Hi-def compatible

On regrette

Compatibility issues. No significant uPnP support

Verdict

Not as polished as it needs to be, but a big step in the right direction nonetheless

Dimensions

431.8 x 50.8 x 254

Weight

2000

Interfaces

Ethernet Composite video

Protocol

Ethernet 802.11b 802.11g

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