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QNAP NMP-1000 Brings Networked Video, Audio, Digital Pictures to the Living Room

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QNAP Systems, Inc, a world-class manufacturer of Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers today unveiled a unique new network appliance that can best be described as a set-top player crossed with a NAS server. Computer users around the globe face the dilemma of how to centrally store, manage, and playback growing amounts of digital content spread around the home on multiple computers.

"QNAP's ground-breaking NMP-1000 Network Multimedia Player is the definitive product that bridges the gap between the home network and the living room" said Meiji Chang, CEO of QNAP Systems, Inc. "Users are clamoring to centrally store and enjoy all their digital content in the living room and the NMP-1000 just fits the bill" Mr. Chang added.

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Anyone know estimated price on this?

Depending on price, this could be very nice...If it is around $200-$300, this could be very cost effective, easy alternative to an HTPC, but if the price is the $600-$800 range, I would rather build an HTPC.
 

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Even at $2-300, I think I'd rather pick up a PS3 instead.
 
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work's like download server? :rolleyes:
 
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It does seem like a HTPC for dummies kit. The slot on the side looks like it has a hot-swap tray setup for 1 3.5 HDD. The front seems to have a cover over a memory card slot for say camera pictures and video.

Could be a really nice buy around $100 to $150. At $200 (if no HDD) I would get a PS3. At $300, even if a HDD is included I would build my own.
 
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Great product... but would be better passive... not active.
 

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Even at $2-300, I think I'd rather pick up a PS3 instead.
Pretty much, but the PS3 doesn't double as a file server. Although, this also doesn't playback bluray. Depends on your needs I suppose.
 

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Pretty much, but the PS3 doesn't double as a file server. Although, this also doesn't playback bluray. Depends on your needs I suppose.
Thats true, but really most people have perfectly acceptable computers already in their homes that can be the file server...

Hell, up until about 6 months ago, my main file/media server was a GX50, which I picked up use 2+ years ago for $75. I believe they go for the sub-$50 mark these days. Drop in a decent sized hard drive, or even just connect an external, and you have yourself a sub-$100 file/media server that uses next to no power(more than this device when just sitting idle, I'm sure, but not a whole lot).
 

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Thats true, but really most people have perfectly acceptable computers already in their homes that can be the file server...

Hell, up until about 6 months ago, my main file/media server was a GX50, which I picked up use 2+ years ago for $75. I believe they go for the sub-$50 mark these days. Drop in a decent sized hard drive, or even just connect an external, and you have yourself a sub-$100 file/media server that uses next to no power(more than this device when just sitting idle, I'm sure, but not a whole lot).
Oh, I agree for people like us. I have some AM2 stuff laying around that are soon to be in an HTPC/file server build. Just need the case, psu, and some odds and ends. Have all the major components already.

But for people a little less inclined than enthusiasts like us, this seems like a fairly simple solution, that's likely easier to set up and get going.
 

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Oh, I agree for people like us. I have some AM2 stuff laying around that are soon to be in an HTPC/file server build. Just need the case, psu, and some odds and ends. Have all the major components already.

But for people a little less inclined than enthusiasts like us, this seems like a fairly simple solution, that's likely easier to set up and get going.
make sure you link me to that when it happens, i'm curious as to how yours will differ to mine


i think this is a bit expensive, but its beatiful. look at all those outputs! SPDIF TOSLINK, HDMI, COAX SPDIF, HDMI, component, composite, S-video - and it even has an E-sata connection so you can dump video files to it at respectable speeds
 

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Thats true, but really most people have perfectly acceptable computers already in their homes that can be the file server...
And most people don't even know what a fileserver is, let alone are able to set one up. Don't forget that such products are not aimed at geeks like ourselves but at the average home user.
 
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every output under the sun, USB and E-sata linkups (fastest, most compatible) as well as every file format and codec supported.

how can you NOT love this?
 
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If it comes with a decent sized HDD, for the average Joe, sure. Price is high, but that is about normal for "mainstream" consumer electronics. But with an MSRP of $400, I am really going to need them to give up a 1 TB HDD at the least for our non-tech people out there.
 
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And most people don't even know what a fileserver is, let alone are able to set one up. Don't forget that such products are not aimed at geeks like ourselves but at the average home user.
Thats what i was thinking. And you cant hook an eSATA external drive to a PS3.
 

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Hell, if it properly formats ASS and SSA subs, I'm sold if they sell it sans drive.
 
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Lol ass.



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