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post #1 of 7721
Thread Starter 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/10/c...nder-hands-on/

excellent news. I really thought Ceton might do something like this as a way to continue to add value to the platform.

 

 

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Display with HDMI input
  • Wired Ethernet network
  • PC with Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Media Center. A PC with a TV tuner is required for TV and DVR features.

Tech Specs:

  • Size: 3.9" x 0.8" x 4.3"
  • Power Consumption: less than 5 watts
  • Outputs: HDMI, Optical Digital Audio (TOSLINK)
  • Other Connectors: USB 2.0, Mini USB (for power)
  • Network: Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Audio formats supported: Dolby Digital AC-3, MP3, PCM, WMA, WMA Pro
  • Photo formats supported: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
  • Video formats supported: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, WMV9

Included in the Box:

  • Ceton Echo
  • Remote control
  • USB power cable (2 m/6.5 ft.) and adapter
  • HDMI cable (1.5 m/5 ft.)
  • Ethernet cable (1.5 m/5 ft.)
  • Quick Start Guide

Warranty:

  • 1-year limited warranty



[edit] - since they are creating two distinct products, I thought I would change the thread title to focus on the Echo extender and create another thread specific to the Q DVR box based on Windows 7 Embedded.


Edited by pittsoccer33 - 10/11/12 at 7:21am
post #2 of 7721
Awesome!
post #3 of 7721
Hmmm....an Extender with Blu Ray support. Interesting...
post #4 of 7721
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Originally Posted by kapone View Post

Hmmm....an Extender with Blu Ray support. Interesting...

Exactly!! Why increase cost with a blu-ray drive? I hope they offer a non bly-ray option.
post #5 of 7721
Thread Starter 
the pictures with the bluray drive are for the htpc/dvr box. the extenders are much smaller and in the later pictures.
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Originally Posted by pittsoccer33 View Post

the pictures with the bluray drive are for the htpc/dvr box. the extenders are much smaller and in the later pictures.

Correct -the "AV component" sized device is Q. Echo is the much smaller, more "rounded" device.
post #7 of 7721
NOOOOO!!!!! I just ordered the stuff to build my bedroom htpc yesterday! Maybe Veronica will release and internal 2 tuner Cablecard tuner for that htpc. (Already have a 4nice tuner unit in the living room and need all of them, so no sharing)
post #8 of 7721
My question Eric is will the Echo extender be able to stream DVD and blu-ray rips? I'm talking about video_TS and BDMV. At any rate the product looks really nice. I just hope that we have the ability to stream the file formats I just mentioned. I would probably buy a Q to replace my WMC7 HTPC that already has a ceton CC device installed.
post #9 of 7721
Will the extender play dvds and bds? This could be a viable replacement for my sage extenders!
post #10 of 7721
Promising I hope. I wish there was more of an ETA on the extenders particularly before I decide to round up more two more Xboxes.
post #11 of 7721
Yes! Great news.
Hopefully that'll get SiliconDus and Hauppauge to think about making boxes and extenders as well.
This is just awesome.

CFC
post #12 of 7721
You should change the Title on the thread to make this an Info thread. Eric has already hinted at possibly being able to disclose some features not mentioned by Engadget in the Infinitv thread.

I think it would be better to have that info disclosed in a thread specific to the product.
post #13 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Derek K. View Post

Will the extender play dvds and bds? This could be a viable replacement for my sage extenders!

This is what I want to know, that and if it will support (either the Q directly or via a "regular" 7MC machine) HDPVRs or Collossi for those of us who hate our local cable companies with an unhealthy passion.
post #14 of 7721
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Originally Posted by stanger89 View Post

This is what I want to know, that and if it will support (either the Q directly or via a "regular" 7MC machine) HDPVRs or Collossi for those of us who hate our local cable companies with an unhealthy passion.

I doubt it since it sounds like it includes a six tuner cablecard tuner to make up the DVR portion of the box.
post #15 of 7721
Well that's their DVR box, they also say it's a "Windows Media Center Extender" which would/could imply that it would work with "normal" Windows Media Center.
post #16 of 7721
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Originally Posted by bryansj View Post

I doubt it since it sounds like it includes a six tuner cablecard tuner to make up the DVR portion of the box.

There are two boxes, the "Q" which is the 6 tuner DVR and the "Echo" which is the extender.
post #17 of 7721
If these work as advertised....I have a TON of normal people (ie. they don't know what a forum is) with loads of cash that would buy this for their whole house (and hopefully have me install them!).

I'm talking ditching 10 fios boxes for a Q and 9 Echo's in some of these homes. I hope this comes out soon and works well!!
post #18 of 7721
Well, if the echo could play back served BR mkv's (dare I ask w/ lossless video as well?) from WMC, this could be a ridiculously badass machine...
post #19 of 7721
The extender looks pretty nice, but I hope it's faster than the old DMA ones. Hell, even the XBox can have a slow interface at times, so I hope this improves it.
post #20 of 7721
Wow. I'm researching a two-room HTPC solution for TiVo replacement a media center. This could completely change my plans.
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Originally Posted by jhoff80 View Post

The extender looks pretty nice, but I hope it's faster than the old DMA ones. Hell, even the XBox can have a slow interface at times, so I hope this improves it.

Well...looking at purely the physical size of the extender...it does seem rather puny. If the Xbox with all the graphics horsepower in it, can seem "slow" as an Extender....well, fingers crossed.
post #22 of 7721
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Originally Posted by stanger89 View Post

This is what I want to know, that and if it will support (either the Q directly or via a "regular" 7MC machine) HDPVRs or Collossi for those of us who hate our local cable companies with an unhealthy passion.

Only Eric knows.
post #23 of 7721
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Originally Posted by almostinsane View Post

Only Eric knows.

While I would love you to buy an InfiniTV, we support MPEG4, as far as I know, that's all that's required to support the HDPVR
post #24 of 7721
Hey Eric, thanks for stopping over to this thread, if you had a D* compatible InfiniTV I'd be all over it . My real questions, or specific questions are:

Does the Q support the HD-PVR, if I got a Q, could I plug a couple HD-PVRs into it to record from Dish?

Does the extended work with "regular" 7MC machines (my reading makes it sound like it does)?

Thanks for the info, look forward to hearing more.
post #25 of 7721
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Originally Posted by kapone View Post

Well...looking at purely the physical size of the extender...it does seem rather puny. If the Xbox with all the graphics horsepower in it, can seem "slow" as an Extender....well, fingers crossed.

In this case, size doesn't matter. what is inside does. It looks to be about the same size as sage's hd-300, and those are just as snappy as a pc client.
post #26 of 7721
I would have waited to check this out instead of jumping to HTPC and going thru that process if I had heard this was coming. However, so many promising things have turned out to be not so much in this field. The HTPC may somehow satisfy my tinkering compulsion and is sort of a hobby, but its not a healthy hobby or obscession.... I hope this just works as advertised and is an alternative to the crappy cable satellite boxes with an interface as simple and nice as WMC or similar. I don't even watch a ton of TV or movies but like to know I can and that I can and skipping commercials on recorded TV quickly and easily and a good guide is my priority. I don't need much capacity for ripping BD as I don't archive my stuff so much but it is nice to now and then to rip an MKV for convenience if I know I can't watch or get it back right quickly. I don't know if this will do that or if you can add MakeMKV (I doubt it). But that's not a deal killer for me. Centrally located live and recorded TV network extenders 6 tuners, BD that works reliably AND over the network sounds great. But I'd still probably use Apple TV for my music and pictures etc.
post #27 of 7721
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Originally Posted by J3ff View Post

If these work as advertised....I have a TON of normal people (ie. they don't know what a forum is) with loads of cash that would buy this for their whole house (and hopefully have me install them!).

I'm talking ditching 10 fios boxes for a Q and 9 Echo's in some of these homes. I hope this comes out soon and works well!!

I have been selling and installing "Whole house DVR" systems around town since Ceton was released.

People don't even know there is a PC running it all. They are just happy they can watch their recorded content anywhere in the house...
post #28 of 7721
Looks interesting. Hopefully it comes with a decent working remote and an IR Reciever that works well with universal remotes. There was a couple pics showing the remote in the background, but nothing close up.

Also would have been nice if it has a full size coax connector on the back, and not what's used on existing tuners. Just a couple things I noticed
post #29 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Diverge View Post

Also would have been nice if it has a full size coax connector on the back, and not what's used on existing tuners. Just a couple things I noticed

I think Erik mentioned that was the plan. The current testing unit actually has a Ceton PCIE card in it from what I read..
post #30 of 7721
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Originally Posted by stanger89 View Post

Does the extended work with "regular" 7MC machines (my reading makes it sound like it does)?

Yes. The Echo will extend 7MC in addition to the Q experience. Other extenders will extend some of the Q experience, but not the Full Q experience.
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