LaCie recently introduced the LaCinema Classic HD media player to their lineup. With a full terabyte of storage, the $250 price is looking pretty good.
Networked media players, media streamers, whatever you want to call them, they’re being produced at an increasing rate. It seems like every company with a few extra bucks to spare is throwing these together at the lowest price point they can.
LaCie’s LaCinema classic takes a bit of a different tact. To start with, it might be the only media streaming set-top that actually looks like a nice piece of hardware. It’s black, it’s shiny, and it’s got a nice little LED underglow. It’s just plain impressive.
It’s also reasonably priced, which is unusual for streaming devices with built in storage. While the terabyte hard drive certainly adds to the cost, a price of $250 isn’t at all unreasonable for the components.
Media can be played from an attached USB storage device or from any networked source. While LaCie’s media player doesn’t offer any online streaming services, it does feature an impressively full set of supported codecs.
On the video side, the LaCinema HD handles AVI, MP4, MKV, DivX, DAT, MOV, MPEG, VOB and several others including ISO. Audio formats including MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG and FLAC can be played back on the LaCinema HD, as well as JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF images.
At $250, the LaCinema HD is currently sold out from LaCie but is available through any authorized reseller.