updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue October 10, 2006
Helios H4000 DVD Player
Those unafraid of persisting with DVD now have the option of a player capable of playing back virtually any common format without hurting its image quality. NeoDigits' Helios H4000 has a wide range of scaling support and can upscale its output to the native 1080p resolution of the most recent HDTVs, whether they accept NTSC or PAL signals. The H4000 can similarly adapt to smaller resolutions or even disable scaling altogether for external receivers that already upsample the picture. NeoDigits doesn't limit the scaling to particular connections and has incorporated component, HDMI, and VGA output.
Just as striking about the DVD player is the sheer number of file types it can play. In addition to the typical secondary role of an MP3/WMA CD player, the H4000 can display raw video files encoded in DivX, XviD, and MPEG-1 through 4. The VCDs and SVCD discs popular in southeast Asia also play natively. NeoDigits is taking pre-orders now for the Helios H4000 at $169 and should deliver it to customers on October 17th.