The new Mediacenter from Loewe is a monster. It sets the benchmark for any cross-media platform. It’ll play your CDs and DVDs and can receive any radio via antenna, cable, satellite or the web…are you excited already? You should be.
With this beast any precious digital files that you’ve got stored on hard drives or within your own network can be accessed, as can those from your tech soulmates the iPod or iPhone. Rather conveniently it’s also possible to control the external Blu-Ray Player via this nifty gadget – all you have to do to get the most out of your Blu is push a button on the Assist Media remote control which will also help you browse through your collection with ease. Sweet, eh?
The Mediacenter is built to connect directly to the TV set and it’ll use the screen to display all music sources (and CD / DVD artwork) on a clear interface. The center can be used with any TV supporting an HDMI connection, and so it’s not only restricted to the Loewe range. Because of this, we’ve found that the Mediacenter is simply one of the more accessible multi-room platforms about.
Indeed, one of the highlights of this beauty (apart from the high-class shiny, sexy exterior) is that all audio sources can be streamed to secondary rooms, where the Mediacenter can be operated by means of the aforementioned remote control.
We’re not done yet – the Mediacenter has three versions – the Loewe Reference Mediacenter, the Individual Mediacenter DR+ and the integrated hard drive-less Individual Mediacenter. On the first two, all of your songs can be saved centrally on two integrated hard drives totalling 320 GB while the latter model comes without that luxury. The Reference one takes around seven minutes to “rip” each CD and the name of the artist along with track information that can be altered at any time. As an additional option, music files can be copied from a PC onto the Mediacenter hard drive via the network and, as an added bonus all data is backed up on the second integrated drive (160 GB) – so the loss of special music files is near impossible.
The device is made to be hung on a wall with a slick profile of just 74 mm, including the wall mount which is supplied – a table and floor stand are also available on request. For more information visit the official Loewe website.