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Novatron iamm NTD-25 Multimedia Player

Multimedia Player
14th October 2005
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If the last century was all about developing new technologies, this century has been all about making them compact enough to take with us. From Apple's omnipotent iPod to the rash of mobile phones slowly taking over the earth, we no longer just want the technology in our homes, we want it in our pockets.

Laptops are probably guilty of taking away from the appeal of owning a genuine mobile multimedia player. They're cheap, well cheap-ish, they no come with great screens, ample storage space, decent battery life and enough processing power and flexibility to handle pretty much any file format you care to throw at them.

With the good though comes the bad. Even a cheap laptop will set you back around £500. The screens are great for one to view but not so great for groups. The sound tends to be tinny and unspectacular without using amplified speakers or headphones, and if it's also a work machine you're probably a little nervous about stuffing the hard drive with 50Gig of movies and music files. This plus the fact that I don't want to hump my laptop and movie collection up to my folks' house every Christmas so the assembled kids can poke the screen with chocolate coated fingers and stress test my DVDs by jumping up and down on them repeatedly.

Today I want to look at a handy little device that may just be the answer to your multimedia prayers. It's no bigger than your average 2.5" hard driver enclosure, but it comes with a whole repertoire of tricks up its sleeve.

Time first to cover the specs:



Supported Format


DivX 3.11 or Higher, Xvid, MPEG1/2(IFO,ISO,DAT)

MP3, OGG Vorbis, WMA, WAV


JPEG Stil(Max 1920x1080)

Output Interface (Connectors)

Video out

HD Component YpYbPr Connector
S-Video(4pin mini-DIN), Composite
Audio out

Analog : 2CH Stereo(Audio L, R)
Digital : Coaxial and Optical
(DTS pass through)

External IR

External IR connector

Display Output

Video out

HD Component (480p, 720p, 1080i)
Play-back Control

4:3, 16:9
0.5X ~128X Search Function
Subtile position, color and size Control
Seamless playback automatically

Hard Disk Drive

File System

FAT32, NTSF (Multi Partition Support)
HDD Type

2.5 inch IDE

PC Interface

USB2.0(480Mbps) Support

Subtitle Support

Multi-lingual support

English, French, German, Spanish, Portugese, Korean, Japanese.
Subtitle File Format


Genenal Product Info

Physical Dimmension


400(Excluded HDD)

AC/DC Adapter

Input : AC90V~250V
Output : DC 5V
*we supply special cigar jack adapter for car user




As you can see it's pretty much all there. Despite its meager proportions the NTD-25 manages to cram in full support for DivX 3.11 or Higher, Xvid, MPEG1/2(IFO,ISO,DAT), JPEG and on the audio front, ,MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WAV and more.

Add a fast USB2.0 (also USB1.1) interface, composite and S-Video outputs in 4:3, 4:3 Pan and Scan and 16:9 PAL or NTSC, and also 480p, 720p and 1080I HDTV outputs.

Additional features include the ability to display your pictures as a slide show with variable delay and transitions and, if you so desire, background music.

Audio outputs include regular stereo from the two channel analogue output or digital surround when fed to a suitable decoder from the coaxial digital out. The fact that the NTD-25 can aslo be used as a regular, external storage device for carrying your files around with you is very much the icing on an already fairly plump cake. Could this lightweight device be the Rocky Marciano of portabler media? Time for a closer look:


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