AC Ryan PlayOn HD ACR-PV73100 review

The AC Ryan PlayOn HD ACR-PV73100 boasts exceptional file compatibility

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  • Great file support
  • BitTorrent client
  • Can be used as a NAS drive


  • No in-built Wi-Fi

This big, noisy streamer leaves no stone unturned, with hard disks available in various sizes (500GB to 2TB, or add your own). AC Ryan has also put a good quality braided 1.8m HDMI cable – along with many others – in the box.

Our 1TB review sample didn't come with built-in Wi-Fi, but an 802.11n USB dongle is available for a further £30. That seems Scrooge-like at this price point, though it's not that unusual in this market.

The same goes for the cheap remote, although on aesthetic terms its black, green and blue video navigation buttons lift it slightly above 'afterthought' status. Luckily, things improve when we get to features.

The device's heavy-duty feel carries continues in the performance, where the PlayOn HD boasts exhaustive media compatibility – card slots are dotted around its bulk, along with three USB ports.

Other rarities lie within; the PlayOn acts not only as a NAS drive if networked, but also as a direct download BitTorrent client for acquiring files. Legally, of course.

The UI compares reasonably well to its rivals', with a basic presentation of file lists for USB sticks and UPnP sources jazzed up by a large preview screen that comes to life if you roll the cursor over a video file.

We had no problem streaming a host of lossless music files, while video compatibility is also huge. As well as supporting WMV9 files, the PlayOn can play Real Networks files, such as RM and RMVB, up to 720p.

The PlayOn is also available as a 'mini' version (around £90) that does away with the hard disk and memory card slots. If you want it all in one though, this is an excellent choice.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Audio/Video Player
Internet StreamingYes
Brand NameAC Ryan
Audio FormatsMP2, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, ADPCM
Video FormatsAVI, TS, TP, TRP, M2TS, MPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MOV, M4V, VOB, IFO, WMV, RM, RMVB, FLV, XviD, DivX
Scan Format1080p
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Component VideoYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
Height60 mm
Width227 mm
Depth165 mm
Video SystemNTSC, PAL
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD
FeaturesPC Streaming
ManufacturerAC Ryan
Product ModelPV73100-1TB
Product NamePlayon HD 1TB Network Media Player
Product LinePlayon
Manufacturer Part NumberPV73100-1TB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Store thousands of photo, music and video files on the internal Hard Drive. The Playon!HD brings your music, video and photo library to life with unsurpassed audio and visual quality.

ProtocolsUPnP, DHCP, WEP, WPA, WPA2
Package Contents
  • 1 x Playon HD 1TB Network Media Player
  • 1 x AC Ryan HDMI 1.3 Cable (2m)
  • 1 x Composite A/V Cable
  • 1 x USB A to B Cable
  • 2 x AA Battery
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 1 x Y/Pb/Pr Cable
  • 1 x AC Adaptor
  • 1 x Power Cord
  • 1 x User Manual
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Weight (Approximate)1.60 kg