Australian-based electronics manufacturer Zensonic just announced its new Z500 network media player. They’ve taken a CD/DVD player and gone nuts with the feature set:
•HDMI for connecting high-def displays
•Support for external hard drives via USB 2.0
•Built-in 802.11g wireless
•Access to internet weather and streaming radio
The list of supported media formats:
•Windows Media 9 video and audio (plus the DRM version)
•Audio codecs FLAC, OGG, AAC and MP3.
The company is including the Mac/Linux/Windows-compatible media server application Twonkyvision, in addition to Microsoft’s Windows Media Connect and Ahead Software’s Nero Media software. Zensonic says the Z500 will be available down under this November for AU$549, and ultimately stateside for $379 (when they find a US distributor). Europeans can get one for €329 Euros.