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AC Ryan Playon!HD2

AC Ryan Playon!HD2
alaScore 89

101 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 101 reviews of AC Ryan Playon!HD2. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the reliability and size. The price and design are also mentioned favorably, but comments are divided on the usability.

design, price, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the AC Ryan Playon!HD2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

AC Ryan Playon HD2 review


The AC Ryan Playon HD2 is more than just a high-definition media streamer: it can act as an external USB drive, a network-attached storage (NAS) device, a UPnP media server, an FTP server, a BitTorrent downloader, and it will even let you use Twitter...

With so many features, it's hard not to like the AC Ryan Playon HD2, but we can't help think that it could be a little better. A few interface tweaks, a little more speed and a much better remote control could make it one of the best media streamers on...

May, 2011


Expert review by : David Mitchelson (

AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Review


Transform your HD TV viewing experience with the HD2, a network media player supporting countless video & audio formats and much more!

Transforms viewing experience ; Looks professional and sleek ; Makes your HD TV internet ready (if it isn't already) ; Extensive list of supported video and audio formats ; Excellent value for money

Menu system in GUI can be slow ; HDD cooling fan should be temperature controlled

We’ve seen plenty of publicity surrounding AC Ryan's PlayOn! Range both at events and around the web but this is the first time we have come to consider one of their products for review – What impression has the HD2 left us with?

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : XtremeComputing (

AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Media Player


Plays all the common audio / video formats (mp3 / wma/mkv / avi / mpeg 1,2,4 / DVD vob etc)., Excellent Black reproduction, Easy to use and slick looking GUI, HDD easily upgradable (my nan could do it), USB 3.0 Slave port (for faster transfer from PC),...

Internet media options seem a little slow and un responsive, Had to mess around with audio on receiver side when Dolby 5.1 played out through the HDMI

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

AC Ryan Playon HD2 review


The AC Ryan Playon HD2 is a media streamer that's packed with features, but could use better functionality.

With so many features, it's hard not to like the AC Ryan Playon HD2, but we can't help think that it could be so much better. A few interface tweaks, some added functionality and a little more speed could make it one of the best media streamers on the...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Alex Kidman (

AC Ryan Playon!HD2


The Playon!HD2 is an unusual mix of excellent format support with terrible documentation, serious stability issues and whacky GUI control choices. It's inexpensive, but unless firmware updates can address the control and stability issues, it's a poor...

Wide range of format support, including BD-ISO ; In-built gigabit Ethernet torrent support ; Supports USB 3.0

There is, quite literally, no manual available at all ; Crash-prone ; Noisy fan ; Remote control and menu design still needs a lot of work

Sadly, though, we can't recommend it, simply because for the vast majority of the time we spent with it, we struggled to keep it playing files all the way through, dealt with a gorgeous-looking GUI undone by weird control choices, and ultimately found...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Paul Urquhart (

Review: AC Ryan Playon!HD2


This set-top media player includes an internal 3.5-inch drive bay for a SATA hard drive or SSD to store your movies, TV shows and music.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : techPowerUp! (

AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2


I've been an owner of the original AC Ryan PlayOn!HD for a while, so it was relatively easy for me to spot the differences/upgrades coming with the new PlayOn!HD2. First of all, what matters most not only to me, but also to many users out there, is the...

Supports all popular (and even more) video/audio formats, Very low power consumption, Managed to play even ultra high bit rate (80 mpbs) MKV files, EZ slot makes the swap of the disk an easy task, USB 3.0 port and a (supposed) Gigabit LAN, Good bundle...

Menu response sometimes sluggish, especially with high CPU or disk load, Fan is not temperature controlled, Gigabit LAN delivers only 100 mbit performance, BitTorrent client can be accessed only through browser and not through player menu (ver 3966),...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Anthony Garreffa (

AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Media Player Review


AC Ryan's PlayOn!HD2 - Does it meet the cut for quality, well rounded media players? With a beautiful UI, USB3.0 support and more, the odds are looking good.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by (

AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 review


AC Ryan last year released the first PlayOn!HD media player, which made a positive impact to the market due to its good performance and affordable price. This year, AC Ryan strikes again with the successor of the PlayOn!HD series, the PlayOn!HD 2 media...

If you can afford around €250 Euro, the PlayOnHD2! with 1TB HDD onboard could become your best friend in your living room next to your TV.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : CDRinfo (

Expert Review


If you can afford around €250 Euro, the PlayOnHD2! with 1TB HDD onboard could become your best friend in your living room next to your TV.

Jun, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround, Dolby TrueHD
Audio output channels:7.1


Energy Star certified: No


Colour of product:Black


Built-in Display: No

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, FLAC, LC-AAC, LPCM, MP2, MP3, OGG, PCM, RA-Lossless, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Subtitle formats supported:SMI, SRT, SSA, SUB, SUB+IDX
Video compression formats:ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, H.264, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPG, RM, RMVB, VOB, WMV, Xvid


Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Security algorithms:128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, WPA
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Fan:1 x 40mm

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Digital audio coaxial out:1
Digital Audio Optical Out:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.3
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
Video output - digital:480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p


Power Consumption (Standby):0.65
Power consumption (typical):17


Supported radio bands: No


Built-in storage media: No
Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC
Storage drive interface:SATA, Serial ATA II
Storage drive size:3.5
Storage media type: No
Supported file systems:ext3, FAT32, HFS+, NTFS


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Frame rate:24
Full HD: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080