Best media players

We round up the top media players for your TV

If you've got a shiny new TV and a Blu-ray player, but want to play back music or photo or video files from your desktop PC or notebook, a media player is the way to go. You can load up these devices with media files and easily access them, or you can connect them to your home network and stream video easily. We've put together a list of what we think are the best media players in Australia.

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Olive Olive 2

While the concept - to make stored digital files easily playable at higher quality over a hi-fi system - is a very worthy aim, the Olive Media Olive 2 fell short of our expectations for a product at this price. It's limited to playing last century's 16-bit files, which it does competently enough once you've navigated its clunky interface. Ultimately though it's that awkward, dated and slow user interface, lying just below a cramped and insensitive small touchscreen, that deterred us from turning to the Olive 2 for regular music playing duties at home. In its present guise at least, this is not audiophile technology we'd recommend for your investment.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 25th Jan., 2010
  • Andrew Harrison
  • Olive
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 3.00
  • $ 1,799.00
  • Pros:
  • Silent, Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Cons:
  • Annoying user interface, design won't appeal to everyone, can't play 24-bit audio
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