Syabas Announces PopBox v8

by Damian on September 4, 2011 · 9 comments

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This morning at IFA 2011 in Berlin Syabas announced their next player to hit the media player market, the PopBox v8. The v8 is the successor to the Popbox which was released over a year ago. The v8 looks to improve on the built in jukebox that the current Popbox uses, as well as continued integration of Syabas’ ever expanding App store. There isn’t much else in the way of details as to what will separate the v8 apart from the current Popbox (i.e. possible premium content such as Netflix, Vudu, etc…). Below are some pictures and well as the specs for the v8. You may notice that the design is identical to the SageTV HD300, but unfortunately does not appear to have the capability to add an IR Receiver. I am way overdue on my Popbox review so I hope to have something posted in the coming weeks (and of course I will look to pick up a v8 for review once available)

Specs (apologies, original post is in French):

Caractéristiques techniques

Chipset
Sigma Design 8671, 700Mhz CPU, 256 Mb DDR2 DRAM, 256 MB NAND Flash

Support : Audio/Video Outputs
HDMI v1.3a with CEC, 36bpp deep color,
12-bit xvYCC processing and HDCP 1.2 content protection
Component Video,
S-Video and Composite Video
Stereo Analog Audio
S/PDIF Optical and Coaxial Digital Audio

Média et Formats supportés

Video containers:
MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)
MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB)
MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)
AVI, ASF, WMV
Matroska (MKV)
MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4, Real Video (RM)

Video Decoders:
XVID SD/HD
MPEG-1
MPEG-2 MP@HL
MPEG-4.2ASP@L5,720p,1-point gmc
MPEG-4.10 (H.264) :BP@L3, MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0,
HP@L4.1 WMV9 : MP@HL SMPTE
421M (VC-1) : MP@HL, AP@L3
FLV H.264

Audio Containers:
AAC, M4A
MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA) WAV WMA FLAC OGG, APE, TTA

Audio Decoders:
Dolby Digital
DTS
WMA, WMA Pro
MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3 MPEG-4 AAC-LC
MPEG-4 HE-AAC
MPEG-4 BSAC
LPCM
FLAC
Vorbis

Audio:
DTS, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD MA
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD

Autres Formats:
ISO DVD, IFO navigation
Lecture BD Iso et navigation simple

Formats photos:
Acceleration materiel
JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF

Formats des sous titres:
SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA, SUB/IDX, Téléchargement sous titres online

Other Interface :
1x USB 2.0 host at the front
1x USB 2.0 host at the back
Infra-red Remote Control
Full power down, standby and power up by remote control
Service pin hole for TV Mode switching and shutting down without remote control

Network :
Ethernet 10/100
USB 802.11n WiFi dongle WN-150 (Optional)

Power :
AC-DC adaptor
Input 100~240V AC, 50~60 Hz
Output 5V DC, 2A max

Package Content :
PopBox V8
IEC 60320 C13 power cord
5V 3A AC-DC Adaptor
1.5M length HDMI cable
IR Remote Control with 2 “AAA” batteries
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card

Dimensions
128mm(W) x 30.5mm(H) x 100mm(L)


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Hi, my name is Damian, and I'm tech gadget addict! Although I always had some interest in technology, it wasn't until I got my EX470 and more importantly found Mediasmartserver.net, that my interest became an addiction. My goal, aside from world domination and to see the Mets/Broncos win another championship, is to set up the perfect digital home where all my media is available at the click of a button. When I am not writing for Mediasmartserver.net you can find me over at my blog at http://www.adigitalhomeblog.com or follow me on twitter


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John Zajdler September 4, 2011 at 11:41 am

The design makes me think of a SageTV extender. I like that typo, PooBox v8 :-)

Looks like a bunch of codecs.

Damian September 4, 2011 at 11:42 am

Haha, fixed!

It is the same exact chassis as the SageTV Extender (the HD300)

John Zajdler September 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

I want one of these that runs XBMC :-(

Ganesh@AnandTech September 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

No Blu-ray 3D support ? No HDMI 1.4a? What is special about this that the PCH A210 / NTV550 can’t do other than the eye candy?

Damian September 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Hey Ganesh,

I agree. I was discussing on the NMT forum, that was my point as well. The sense over there is that Blu-ray 3D is still a bit of a marketing ploy, and maybe it is. Still, I feel like for the last 2+ years we have been in a continuous loop of similar hardware with no noticeable or next gen improvements. At some point you will see HDMI 1.4a/Blu-ray 3D commonly supported, and players that don’t have these features will either need to be priced ridiculously aggressive to get any sort of attention or they will simply lose out. I am hopeful that SMP8910 players in 2012 will be the next gen step (Dune has already announced their flashship SMP8910 player, at least on paper)

Andy VT September 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

+1. What’s the point of a different shell around the same capability.

Damian September 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm

The only thing I can think is if the SMP8671 in the v8 has premium content certification (Netflix, Vudu, etc..) it could be a cheap way to get a premium content player into the market quick for Syabas (assuming the v8 will be priced similar to the original Popbox). That would be pure speculation for now as there is no indication of this.

Andy VT September 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

If they can get Netflix and VUDU on it that would be something worth upgrading for.

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