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Crystal Acoustics MediaMatchBox review: Crystal Acoustics MediaMatchBox

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Picture quality

Image quality is excellent. The Blu-ray ISO of Sintel, an open-source computer-graphics fantasy animation created using Blender and released under a Creative Commons licence, looks beautiful via the MediaMatchBox, with crisp detail and vibrant, well-gradated colour.

The user interface is the default from Realtek, but it looks crisp and sophisticated when output at 1080p. There are individual buttons for music, movies, photos, and general settings. During playback you can also make adjustments to brightness, saturation, hue and contrast, as well as zoom in on the video image itself or call up file data.

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There's no space wasted on the tiny remote.

Should you need it, a night mode offers dynamic range compression to level off sonic peaks for late-night listening. You can also compile music playlists.

Connectivity

While it lacks network capability (that would have been the icing on a rather delicious media cake), you can plug a fair number of devices into the MediaMatchBox, including external USB hard drives (in FAT32, NTFS and HFS+ flavours), USB sticks and SD cards.

The MediaMatchBox performs a scan of anything new that comes its way, populating the appropriate search button. Sometimes nested items don't appear, but they can be located by using the file-management tool.

The unit runs reasonably warm after several hours of use. Its Realtek processor has a reputation for overheating, but that doesn't seem to be a problem here.

Conclusion

Crystal Acoustics' MediaMatchBox ticks all the boxes if you're looking for a pint-sized media player. It performs well and has very few peers when it comes to compatibility. While it's not particularly cheap, it does come with a two-year warranty and its performance is top-notch.

Edited by Charles Kloet 

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