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The Kiss DP558 HDD/Ethernet DVD Player

Finally, a slick and sexy piece of useful hardware that isn’t made someplace in Asia. Please don’t hate me Asia baby, it’s nothing personal, it’s just that I’ve seen so much of you lately, maybe we need a break, a little breather, no?

In any case, I came across Danish company Kiss before, when I was shopping for a DivX capable DVD player. I ended up purchasing the great and cheap Philips DVP-642, but the Kiss equivalent stuck in my head for a while for the simple reason that it was the only one to be able to connect to a network.

Well, the company’s released another model, the DP-558, that also connects to a network, but includes a 200Gb hard drive, thus stacking on some PVR abilities. Sadly, it doesn’t come with a DVD burner, but that’s not a problem since you can probably just upload whatever you’ve recorded to your PC through the network and burn it there. It also makes up for this lack by being able to play virtually any format you throw at it: DVD, VCD, SVCD, MPEG-2, DivX, XviD, MPEG-4, Audio CD, WMA, MP3, OGG.

It should be noted that it only records to Mpeg-2, which makes for bigger files. Who cares though?

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