Bang and Olufsen have the announced their new media centre PC, the BeoMedia 1, is now available in Australia.

The BeoMedia 1 features a hard disk capacity of 160GB, and is designed to interface with the television via the Beo4 remote control.

Unlike other media centres, the BeoMedia 1 is designed as a server and to be used “out of sight”. It uses B&O’s own front end, and not Microsoft’s Media Center Edition, which B&O says makes it easier to use.

Despite this, it’s still a very quiet machine, rated at a maximum of 23db. According to B&O, the dimensions of the cabinet effectively heat transfer away from the hard disc and the processor, with almost silent cooling.

The BeoMedia 1 is available now for an RRP of $3390.

Technical specs (as of Nov. 2005) include:
Fan noise Stand-by max. 20 dBA, active max. 23 dBA
Dimensions/weight 10 x 38 x 28 cm / 3,0 kg
Power consumption External adaptor 12 VDC, 50 W – typically 35 W
Operative system Microsoft Windows XP built-in
Screen resolution VGA min. resolution 800 x 600, 16-bit colour,
TV-output S-VHS, and supports composite NTSC/PAL-signal
Sockets – B&O related:
· IR-input
· Master Link (data + audio)
· Line-out – analogue stereo L/R
· S/PDIF-output
· S-Video + Video
Sockets – PC-related:
· USB 1.1 og 2.0
· Ethernet 10/100 MB
· PCMCIA-plads
· PS2-keyboard and mouse
· Serial COM-port


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