Ricavision PLIX EMC 3200HD Media Center Edition PC

May 26, 2005

If you’re looking for the “Three Ps” of Media Center Editions setups (Pretty, Pre-built, and Price-is-no-object) you might want to look at the new Ricavision PLIX EMC 3200HD Media Center Edition PC. eHomeUpgrade has the story.

The company actually has two models out now, but the one that caught our attention is the PLIX EMC 3200HD Media Center PC (retail $2,499). The 3200HD comes in a gorgeous jet-black enclosure, sporting a bright blue LCD, front panel volume control knob, a concealed fontside hot-swappable 2.5-inch 80GB slim hard drive for removable data storage, 3.2Ghz P4, 200GB of internal storage, and is equipped with a dual tuner NTSC and ATSC (over-the-air HD) card capable of 1080i resolution. But if over-the-air HD is not your thing, the slightly less powerful $1,999 EMC 3000 is steal for what it comes packaged with.

It’s pretty, but I still have trouble figuring out what market these boxes are going after. You can buy a pretty substantial standalone HD PVR for less than $1K — the more functionality you add beyond that, the more it seems that you are going after the serious tweak market — which are the people who’d probably be most inclined to build their own.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my MCE 2005 box, but most of the value to me over what I’d get from, say, an HD Tivo with Home Media, is the ability to dink with things with impunity in the OS underneath — and if I do that, I might as well roll my own.

Still, it is a way pretty box…

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