- Written by Chris Eberle
- Published on 16 May 2011
It seems only appropriate that I follow my recent review of the Apple TV with a look at another digital player, the Nixeus Fusion HD. This product is another example of a multi-media streaming device. It has the ability to play back a wide variety of formats for video, still photos, and audio. To this it adds Internet functionality in the form of a web browser plus access to services like YouTube and Flickr. It also offers file management in the form of BitTorrent and easy connectivity with your networked computers via Ethernet or WiFi.
Nixeus was founded in 2010 with the initial goal of providing digital player products like the Fusion HD. Rather than marketing expensive and complicated Home Theater PCs, Nixeus decided to simplify their offering into a simple-to-operate media-bridge. The Fusion HD connects your home theater system to your already installed computers and to the Internet and lets you stream that content with a single all-encompassing interface. An on-board hard drive lets you store large high-bitrate files if you want quicker access to your content. An external SATA port allows you to connect a PC for easy the transfer of files to the Fusion’s internal drive.
Before delving into the inner workings of the Fusion HD, I should offer a brief disclaimer. This device falls into the category of digital media players which is literally the latest thing in AV technology; truly the bleeding edge. Only a few products are currently available so an established frame of reference just isn’t possible at this time. After looking at and researching some of these components, I’ve concluded, for now, that the defining feature must be the user interface. All these products have wide format and codec compatibility, and are generally easy to install. The thing that sets them apart is how easily and intuitively they can access your content whether it resides locally or in the cloud. Therefore, this review will focus as much on the user experience as it will on the quality of playback.
- Design: Streamer for Audio and Video
- Processor: Sigma Designs 8655
- Video Containers: AVI, WMV,MPG, ISO, VOB, IFO, MP4, ASF, TP, TS, M2TS, MOV (h.264), MKV, Motion JPEG
- Video Codecs: MPEG 1/2/4 SD/HD, AVI, H.264 HD, WMV9, VC1
- Audio Codecs: MP3, WMA, AAC, Dolby Digital, DTS, FLAC, OGG, MPEG 1 Layer 2, PCM, WMA PRO
- Pass Through: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA
- Graphics Decoder: JPEG, PNG, GIF, Bitmap, TIFF
- Video Output: HDMI (480p, 576p, 720p50, 720p60, 720p120, 1080i50, 1080i60, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p60), Composite (CVBS)
- Audio Output: HDMI, Stereo (CVBS), S/PDIF (Optical or Coaxial)
- Networking: Wired 10/100 Ethernet, Wireless 802.11b/g/n
- Supported OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
- Media Storage Support: Internal SATA Hard Drive up to 2 Tb, External via USB and eSATA
- Inputs: 2 USB, 1 eSATA
- Outputs: 1 HDMI, 1 Toslink, 1 Coax Digital, 3.5 Mini-plug (Composite Video/Stereo Audio, Adapter Included)
- Dimensions: 3" H x 8" W x 5" D
- Weight: 2 Pounds with Hard Drive
- MSRP – $199.99 USA