Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player
Published: 12th July 2007 | Source: Icy Box | Price: |Video Quality
For this stage of the review I will be using a selection of MPEG, VCD and DIVX files to test the video playback quality of the IB-MP301. Each file will be played simultaneously on the IB-MP301 player and via Windows Media Player 10 on a test PC. Both devices will be connected via separate VGA cables to a Xerox XA7-19i TFT monitor allowing me to freely switch between the two VGA inputs for a direct comparison.
The following images are of the IB-MP301 device only, as photographing the screen produced inconsistent images and would make for an unfair comparison if I was to place the photographs side-by-side.
For completeness the IB-MP301 was also tested on a Sony Trinitron 100hz CRT TV with a selection of SVCD clips. Yet again, the IB-MP301 showed good colour reproduction and reasonable sharpness despite being connected to the TV via RCA.
Being heavily into music, one of the features that attracted me most to the IB-MP301 was its ability to play MP3 files. This coupled with the fact that a hard disk of up to 500gb in size could be installed meant that I'd finally be able to play music from my large MP3 collection without needing to sift through CD's or deal with the limited size of my current MP3 player.
Testing was performed using a Sony STR-DB1080 reciever, with the IB-MP301 connected to the CD input using the included RCA plugs. For comparison I will be playing the same MP3's on a Sony DVP-NS905V DVD/CD player connected to the receiver using a toslink optical cable.