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ARCTIC MC001-BD Entertainment Center PC with Blu-ray Player Review (Page 9)

By Chad Sebring on Jun 5, 2012 11:16 pm CDT
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ARCTIC

Audio Relay Wireless Media Extender


The box for the Audio Relay shows the wireless media extender with the antenna attached for wireless passing of audio media from the MC001-BR to any other components that receive signal via digital optical cable or RCAs. It also shows that this device can be controlled via smartphone apps.


On this side it again shows the functionality with apps from Android Market and Apple's App Store. It also points out that this unit is for multi-room entertainment and that it is quick and easy to set up.


On the back of the package it shows all of the specification of the Audio Relay including the codecs that this unit will stream.


On the last side of the packaging there is a basic connection shown of how to wire this device. All you need is a wireless router and enough range to place the unit where you want it. ARCTIC also shows the connectivity on the back of this device.


Here is the Audio Relay in its entirety. The ARCTIC name adorns the shiny plastic black top of the device with just the simplicity of a power button to deal with.


The aluminum used on this device matches very well with the MC001-BD, even if it is in another room of the house, your buddies will easily put it together that they are somehow working together as you stream songs from the living room TV to a stereo in the garage or a bedroom, really anywhere with power and is in range of your signal.


The back of the unit has a few simple things you want to connect to get the stream going. There is the option to send the signal from this to another device via the RCA or the optical out. This uses a mini-USB connection for power and has a USB port activation software purposes. There is the ability for a wired connection via the LAN port or wireless with the gold port at the right. In the middle is the WPS button that is used for routers with WPS for auto-recognition of this device.


Under the unit is a large pad to rest on while not damaging the surface it is on.

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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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