Eminent HD Media Player EM7195 review

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The EM7195’s file support is exhaustive too. Everything, from AVI and MP3 to FLAC and AAC files – and even Blu-ray ISOs – played without so much as a dropped frame. Impressively, we were also able to play raw AVCHD files direct from a video camera, a rarity by any standards. The EM7195 practically eradicates the need for re-encoding files.

Unfortunately, the interface lets the side down. Some menus are unnecessarily frustrating to navigate, the onboard file copy system is plagued by misleading instructions and translations, and the EPG felt half baked too. It’s impossible to view multiple channel listings at once and you’ll have to view channel schedules one at a time. The A-Listed WD TV Live’s menu system is much more slick and user-friendly.

Eminent HD Media Player EM7195

There’s a lack of sophistication elsewhere too. Although there’s a browser on board, using the internet is awkward. There’s a smattering of preinstalled web applications, including YouTube, Flickr and an RSS feed reader, but these feel tacked on, and there’s no sign of BBC iPlayer.

We also ran into problems trying to copy files directly from the HDD to a PC using the device’s USB 3 connection; although the box appeared as a drive in the Windows Explorer, it stubbornly refused to let us open it up. ([em]Since this review was originally published, Eminent has acknowledged this, and postponed shipments of the streamer; by the time it goes on sale, the problem should be fixed.[/em]) Finally, it’s disappointing that the Freeview tuners are only capable of receiving standard definition broadcasts.

It’s undeniable that the EM7195 is feature rich, and its five-year warranty is tempting too, but this can’t mask a serious lack of polish. It does a lot of things, but not many of them well, and the user interface is a mess. If you’ve got £179 to spend, there are better options out there.


Display typeNone

Software and OS support

Software suppliedNone
Operating system Windows 7 supported?yes


Dimensions width320
Dimensions height70
Dimensions320 x Unknown x 70mm (WDH)

Audio format support

MP3 supportyes
WMA supportyes
AAC supportyes
OGG supportyes
FLAC supportyes
ATRAC supportyes
WAV supportyes

Video format support

DivX supportyes
WMV-HD supportyes
WMV supportyes
AVI supportyes
MP4 supportyes

Ports and communications

Remote control?yes
UPnP media server?yes
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Ethernet interfaceyes
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports2
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports2

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