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QNAP didn't exactly go back to the drawing board and build a completely new device, but it did add 1080p playback to its media box, prompting the release of the NMP-1000P Network Multimedia Player.
"NMP-1000P is truly the missing piece in today's digital homes for enjoying premium-quality picture and sound," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP Systems, Inc. "Today's users demand that contents be available on the fly and they don't want to deal with a multitude of different devices and interfaces to make it happen. NMP-1000P is the culmination of QNAP's extensive experience in developing network appliances and software applications which can satisfy the consumers' need to get the content they want from virtually any source, and play it with the best video and audio quality on the living room TV using a single networked device."
The NMP-1000P integrates into your home network via wired or wireless 802.11b/g/n. It can serve as a host to a 3.5-inch SATA drive (not included) up to 2TB, and also includes USB and eSATA connections for local content or connecting directly to your PC.
A 667MHz SMP8643 SoC powers the device, and there's also a built-in Wolfson WM8524 high performance DAC capable of delivering 106 dB SNR. It handles FLAC lossless audio files natively, stores and plays back video from your camcorder, and comes with a bunch of other tricks up its sleeve, which you can read all about here.
No word yet on price or availability.