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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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  • Steve

    Hi,

    I have a Dp-588 80 Gb, which is actually quite sufficient, allthough more diskspace never hurst.
    Note however that it doesn’t support WMA, which is only a minor setback.

    KISS has been gradually releasing new firmware to make this thing do what they claim it does, and now it allmost does. I actually have gotten quite fond of it. And face it, how many people really record and then burn shows to DVD. There are people who do it, but they are better of with ftp’ing it to their PC, and using the mouse to compose their DVD.

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  • John

    The problem I have with the Philips 642 is that it doesn’t support shuffle mode of MP3 DVD’s. If you pack a DVD with songs, you have to listen to them in order. I couldn’t find firmware upgrades or hacks that allow this functionality. I wonder if the KISS player does.

  • Elton

    O come on…when will they release a player that plays RMVBs???

  • http://www.allontv.nl Mark Appel

    Gents watch out, KISS company just acquiored by Cisco/Linksys!!!!! Curious what will happen with this nice piece of consumer electronics within an enterprise networking company!

  • http://www.alpha-technica.org/ JJ

    Kiss has been selling the 558 for a while now, the biggest problems with Kiss products is buggy firmware, also they release the players before they are actually ready for the consumer market, sure they frequently do updates to the firmware but still their players doesn’t live up to what you would expect in 2005…

  • stephen

    Cisco plan to intergrate the KiSS line into the Linksys branding. Other than that KiSS will stay as a seperate Business Unit

  • http://www.iodata.com/usa/products/products.php?cat=HNP&sc=AVEL Rotax

    Just bought this player.. works with WMV9 as well as DIVX etc. Had a DP 500, remote was flaky and fast forwarding networked files crashed the box often. All is well with IO Data’s box so far.

  • Rotax

    Link for the IO data AVeL network DVD Player
    http://www.iodata.com/usa/products/products.php?cat=HNP&sc=AVEL

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  • geeky

    i’m assuming this box receives digital tv broadcasts in the uk and not just uhf terrestrial analogue?

  • Rich N.

    Can I get a DP-558 in the U.S. yet? I heard I’d have to wait till Oct. ’05

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  • pat pipet

    I have a DP558 since one year. Functionalities are numerous and wonderfull, but realisation is rather weak.
    – I’ve already return it for repair (2 monthes)
    – Remote control is weak, directive and slow response
    – DP558 bugs on non compatible divX and have to restart
    – Playing JPG pictures is horrible as there is only a non parametrable diaporama mode
    – Communication with PC only through a buggy FTP
    – Watching TV through the reader with some ms of delay for the sound is not fair!

    I’m waiting for a professional upgrade of the software including ergonomic aspects ( lets’s say an “Asian like” quality)
    Regards

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