Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

Cloud Media announced the new Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro media player. This product has a number of interesting features. The first is the double operating system: A-500 Pro is equipped with an OS derived from Linux, essentially the same one used by the Popcorn Hour VTEN. With the push of a button you can switch to Android, to take advantage of the large pack of applications available.

Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro Specs

The heart of the media-player consists of a Sigma Designs SMP8758 dual-core processor, based on ARM Cortex-A9 1.2GHz, combined with a Mali-400 GPU. As for the VTEN, it is the integrated with VXP video processing, specifically for image enhancement. We find algorithms for contrast optimization, a advanced deinterlacing (motion adaptive) and the detection of the correct cadence of the film material (in practice it is recognizes the nature of the film, and the related operations are activated for quality signal). The amount of RAM is 2GB of DDR3.

Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

The aluminum chassis allows you to install, inside, 3.5 hard disks "(probably 2.5"). The dimensions are 210 x 188 x 57 mm. The system of heat dissipation is totally passive, so as to ensure silent operation. Interestingly the audio: the digital to analog converter is an ESS Sabre ES9018K2M capable of supporting files DSD64, DSD128 and PCM up to 384kHz / 32-bit. There is also a pair of balanced XLR connectors.

Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro XLR connectors

Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro XLR connectors

Among the supported file types include:

  • Video : HEVC, VP9, H.264, MKV, ISO Blu-ray and DVD, 3D MKV, M2TS, BDMV
  • Images : JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG
  • Pass-through : DTS, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD MA

The available connections include a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, an optical output, stereo output on RCA, balanced XLR output, an SD card slot and an HDMI 1.4, capable of Ultra HD resolution support up to 30 Hz. There is also an application for iOS and Android, useful for controlling content playback.


Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro Release Date

The Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro is still under development and you can contribute to the development by visiting the Kick Starter page to make a pledge. Images/Sourced Via| Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro Kick Starter Page.

Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro Price

The A-500 Pro is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The target (50,000 dollars) has already been exceeded, with 23 days to the end. The A-500 Pro is offered at 399 dollars (with limited pieces). The first shipments are scheduled for November 2015. The list price, to campaign ended, it should be between 500 and 600 Euro.

Video: Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro Overview

Cloud Media Sdn Bhd unveils the tactfully designed Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO, a Networked Media Jukebox that delivers superior analog sound and astounding video quality. The team is now launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds required to take the Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO into production and distribution by the end of 2015. Support this project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...


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