Stream unveils slick EVO media server system

posted on Wednesday, 21st November 2012 by Steve May

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Stream has unveiled a new two box media server system dubbed EVO. Comprising a server/ripper (pictured above) and matching room player, the system is AirPlay compatible and can function as an audio server for Sonos and NuVo wireless music systems. UK distribution is via Habitech.

Built on a Linux rather than Windows platform, the EVO Media Server boasts capacious storage capabilities and top flight picture processing. Server capacity is expandable to 12TB (enough for around 2,500 DVDs or 500 Blu-rays).

Build quality appears high. Both server and player are finished in aluminium and sport a clean modernistic design, with a slot loading disc mechanism. The two box approach "offers the convenience of simultaneous rip and play, allowing users to load one disc while playing another," says the brand. Stream appears to have gone out of its way to make the server CI friendly. The unit uses a solid state drive to house the OS and can accommodate a trio of 4TB Coolspin SATA media storage drives, engineered for 24/7 operation. It embraces a fanless design to run cool, too. Beneath the lid is an NVidia ION2 processor able to output at 24fps for judder free picture performance, plus integrated gigabit networking.

Installation should be a breeze. Once online, the server appears as a regular NAS, with shares for Movies, Music and Pictures. To aid media management, the units can be accessed via a web interface from any browser. The server captures and presents media over DAAP and DLNA.

Ripping of CD, DVDs and Blu-rays is automatic and fast. A standard BD is backed-up in just 40 minutes, with metadata assigned; the platter ejects when finished. The main menu also offers a YouTube preview window, and there's plenty of audio visual calibration available. Resume points are memorized for every stored movie. Other file formats are also supported, including MKV video and FLAC audio.

The Stream EVO server prices begin at £2,390 (for 3TB storage) rising to £4,430 (for 12TB). The player client has an RRP of £1,293.

For more about Habitech's products and services, pay a visit to our Partner Page.

Also read:
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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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