Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro Review

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Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro Review

Postby PCH » Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 1:40 pm


Signals in the real world are analog: light, sound, you name it. However, we often keep our music in digital format such as loss-less FLAC and DSD.

Turning the audio from little one and zero into continuous set of waves might break the bank!

When we couldn't find a product that fits that bill, we set out to build ourselves!

To maximize the sound to its full potential in high fidelity for the best auditory experience, we decided to use best in class ESS SABRE³² Audio DAC, ES9018K2M - a truer representation of actual sound.

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Hey there! We are a team of passionate, curious and determined people, driven by strong desire to make home entertainment easy and enjoyable. We develop fidelitous networked media players. And we enjoyed using our own networked media player.

Here, we made Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO because we want to own it ourselves.

A Great Media Player with Great Analog Sound!

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To merge high fidelity stereo audio for music and visual stunning media player into one – sounds like a plan!

VOILA! A versatile Networked Media Jukebox that could deliver astounding sound for music-listening and superior video quality for movie!

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Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is a Networked Media Jukebox designed by and for MUSIC and MOVIE lovers.

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The Glory of Superior Analog Sound

Sound accounts fifty percent of our auditory experience. That’s why our audio DAC is every bit as important as the resolution on our TV.

We want to synthesize good sound and together with you, we enjoy this greatest treasure in the world – The Sound of Music.

The sound that is full, warm, and airy - with best in class ESS SABRE³² Audio DAC, ES9018K2M. With ESS patented 32-bit Hyper-Stream TM DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator technology, the SABRE³² Reference Stereo DAC delivers unprecedented DNR (Dynamic Range) of up to 135dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, the industry’s highest performance level that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.

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Our goal at Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is to develop an output stage that is vibrant, great in resolution, better top-end extension and openness, greater bottom-end weight and control, and explosive dynamics with a clarity or ultralow distortion and transparency thereby it will weld your bottom end to the listening chair.

With reliability, consistency and accessibility in mind, our hardware engineers delicately design the analog circuit of the signal path for the outputs to convey the best possible impression, acoustically.

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This is the world first media player with XLR analog output! COOL!

Complement XLR in media player is a simple idea, but we believe it can impact the world in a BIG way.

WELL, WE know how annoying staring at fizzle display for hours! To ensure we all can enjoy an immersive cinematic experience, we have made the new Sigma SMP8758, 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual Core and VXP the part and parcel of Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO.

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SMP8758 SoC from Sigma Designs supports Ultra HD 4K resolution using HEVC (H.265) compression technology. We designed Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO with 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual core for 3D acceleration, flexible communication interfaces and robust display solutions. Good speed and transient response for immediacy or snap of live are all we ever needed! Satisfaction assurance on visual experience through the integration of VXP video processing for the best in class display! No worries!

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All we need is a HDD Docking Tray!

We understand that recent years, users have expanded their needs to store video and music files locally. Therefore, we’ve built in easy-slide HDD tray for hard-drive transportation.
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We can now plug our hard disk straight into the docking tray and benefit from a quick and easy means to connect and read data NOW!

Simple Design, Intense Content

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Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO employs fanless passive cooling strategies for a quiet and low energy consumption performance. Build with a passively-cooled, brushed aluminum chassis, Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is a stylistic design with tangible first class surfaces!

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Impressive hardware is only half of an equation. A good user interface (UI) is the other half. Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is designed with optimum performance in mind – as friendly and playful as it is easy and effective to use.

Movie Jukebox and Music Home Screen

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We want you to be more invested in what you are listening!

Without having to turn on our TV, we can now take our audio content and play them back from our mobile app!

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Hey! One more thing! Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is designed with dual-boot concept. We can now boot into Android to enjoy applications from Android ecosystem.

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