Following the wave of new small multimedia players and their shrinking in size, but expanding in the file formats they are capable of reproducing, is the new Crystal Acoustics with their Media Match Box. This player has quite small dimensions but it brings a big punch.
The player has dimensions of 54x84x16 mm, which makes it as big as a credit card and it comes with a remote that is as big as the player itself. The necessity of the remote is quite small and you wouldn’t need it on your travels, because the player has on board control buttons on the underside. The built is quite sturdy with good quality plastic and a glossy finish.
The file support is massive and quite astonishing for a player this size. From video formats it can support anything you can think of and a bit more, starting from AVI, MPEG, FLV, WMV, TS, Xvid an MKV. Also it offers a full subtitle support, with adjustable colors, text-size options and position adjustment. The video output can be up to 1080p/24
From audio perspective it also overcomes a lot of the competition. From the standard MP3 and AAC support up to FLAC, WAV, WMA, OGG and APE. It can even play DVD and BD-ISOs with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD master audio compliancy.
For picture support it covers JPEG, GIF, BMP and PNG files.
It comes with a Realtek 1055 chipset which doesn’t support networking and eSATA, but it supports USB and SD cards. The player through these two ports for USB and SD cards can read anything that you throw at it. It can even read external hard drives in standard formats like FAT32, NTFS even HFS+.
The player gives almost perfect image quality, with great details and vibrant good-gradated colors. During playback you can even adjust the brightness, hue and contrast, saturation and also zoom in.
For the price of £55, it is a great catch for anyone that needs a portable multimedia player.