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Nixeus Fusion HD (MSRP $220)

The Nixeus Fusion HD is not unlike many other players. It plays music, video, photo slide shows, and content off the web. With DLNA and UPnP support its easy to set up and enjoy. It took us about 10 minutes before we had video playing on our TV.

Features:

  • Full HD 1080 Playback up to 1080p60hz
  • Wireless 802.11n
  • DLNA 1.5 Certified and UPnP 1.0 Compliant
  • DTS 2.0 Digital Out and Dolby Digital Certified
  • Real-time Weather and Clock
  • Online Entertainment – YouTube, Fusion Channel, RSS, Flickr, Live 365, and SHOUTcast
  • Web Browser – Built-in Web Browser allows you to surf the Internet (Google, Yahoo)
  • BitTorrent – Built-in BitTorrent Client allows you to download your latest torrent files
  • USB 2.0 Host and Client Support
  • Supports Serial ATA (SATA II/3G up to 2 TB) hard drives

Setup

We litterally took the unit out of the box, connected power, HDMI to the TV and joined the wifi network in about 10 min. Shortly after that it found all the DLNA servers and networked drives. The Fusion HD ships without an internal drive but it has space for a 3.5″ SATA HDD. We also plugged a USB stick and external USB drive to the front of the unit. Over all setup was easy.

Performance

The Fusion HD played everything we through at it. In fact the Fusion HD supports almost all known media formats. The full list of media support is listed on their site under the tech specs tab. Videos looked good. The device didn’t adversely affect the content. The bottom line is the quality of what you see is dependent on the quality of what you give it. Music sounded no different than if we were playing it in iTunes or any other player. Over all the unit does what it is supposed to do.

There is also Internet connectivity with support of Youtube, Flikr, Live 365, and BitTorrent.

There is also a browser so you can check in with Facebook and Twitter. We did not find those functions that appealing to use on the device. They were probably thrown in just because. Youtube worked fine but the interface was pretty basic. In fact was one of our biggest complaints of the entire experience. The GUI looks like something you’d see in devices built in the 90’s. There was just no excitement about using it.

It does have a BitTorrent client if you are into that sort of thing.

Conclusion

The Nixeus Fusion HD is yet another device vying for a spot in your media room. Its does what it says it does albeit with an uninspired user interface. At $220 its going to be a tough sell unless you are really into BitTorrent.

 

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Posted by The HT Guys, November 4, 2010 11:22 PM

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The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.