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R_volution’s PlayerOne 8K vies for Top Spot in Providing Content Access for Home Theater Fans

At $899, the R_volution PlayerOne 8K is a high end media player and a media server capable of 8K resolution.

r_volution PlayerOne 8K

R_volution is pushing to elevate the home entertainment experience with the introduction of a line of versatile, high-performance, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision-compliant 4K and 8K multimedia players and storage hub at the Midwest AV Experience (MWave), June 21-23, at the Kansas City Convention Center

We previously reported on R_volution’s PlayerOne (4K) player, NAS (Networked Attached Storage Products), and Media Center.

In this article, we primarily focus on PlayerOne 8K and PlayerMini which are the most recent additions to the R_volution line-up.

The R-volution PlayerOne 8K and Player Mini

r_volution PlayerOne 8K front and back
R_volution PlayerOne 8K

Designed and engineered to function as the primary source component of a home theater system, R_volution’s flagship PlayerOne 8K and smaller PlayerMini are designed to intelligently retrieve, consolidate, process, and deliver A/V content of various file formats from a wide range of physical, mobile, and digital devices, including computer hard drives, Blu-ray/UHD Blu-ray disc players, online streaming services, and more. 

The PlayerOne 8K features an HDMI 2.1 output with support for HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision video processing; 4K and 8K upscaling and AV1 native 8K file playback.

For home theater audio DTS X, Dolby Atmos, and Aura3D surround-sound processing are supported. The Player Mini also has an HDMI 2.1 output but it’s limited to 4K output and upscaling resolution.

The PlayerOne 8K media player also includes 32TB of onboard storage with add-on capability. The Player Mini does not have onboard storage, external hard drives are required. 

r_volution PlayerOne Mini
R_volution PlayerOne Mini

The PlayerOne 8K and PlayerMini are also designed to support user-friendly operation enabled by a revolutionary automatic identification process.

Via the included R_Video Media Center, all movies and TV shows are categorized into specific genres and searchable alphabetically, by release date, duration, and other parameters.

You can also automatically tag each movie and TV show in the menu with a marque poster, film synopsis, technical references, and other information. On-screen navigation is smooth and intuitive which allows easy access to additional settings and content on other devices. 

r_volution TV on-screen menu

What Raphael Tabutin, CEO of Let’s Get Physical, R_volution’s U.S. distributor has to say: “Today’s savvy home theater owners have an endless array of content available to them from a wide variety of AV components, computer hard drives, mobile devices, and streaming services—so much so that selecting and retrieving a movie, program, or video can be a difficult and tedious process. R-volution’s PlayerOne 8K and PlayerMini have been purposely engineered and designed to streamline this exercise dramatically,…From a single AV component users can easily browse and quickly access all their physical and digital content on a customized user interface that automatically organizes and categorizes their choices. The PlayerOne 8K and PlayerMini function seamlessly as the heart of a home theater, changing and evolving organically as new media, technologies, and user preferences are introduced.

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Comparison

Model namePlayerOne (4K)PlayerMiniPlayerOne 8KPlayerOne 8K Signature Edition
Price$749.00$399.00$899.00Not Provided
ChipsetRealtek RTD1619DRAmlogic S905X4-KAmlogic ARM S928XAmlogic ARM S928X
ProcessorARM Cortex-A55 (6-core)2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 (4-core)2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 (4-core) + 1.9 GHz ARM A76 core2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 (4-core) + 1.9 GHz ARM A76 core
Internal Drive SupportHDD 3.5’’ up to 16TBNo – External Drives RequiredHDD 3.5” up to 32TBHDD 3.5” up to 32TB
System OSLinux + Android 9Linux + Android 11Linux + Android 11Linux + Android 11
Output ResolutionUp To 4K 50/50pUp To 4K 50/50pUp To 8K 50/60pUp To 8K 50/60p
Output Resolution UpscalingConvert low-resolution video sources up to 4K 50/60HzConvert low-resolution video sources up to 4K 50/60HzConvert low-resolution video sources up to 8K 50/60HzConvert low-resolution video sources up to 8K 50/60Hz
Video File FormatsUHD ISO, 3D BD ISO, BD ISO, DVD ISO, BDMV, M2TS, MKV, MKV 3D, MK3D, AVI, MOV, MP4 and many othersUHD ISO, 3D BD ISO, BD ISO, DVD ISO, BDMV, M2TS, MKV, MKV 3D, MK3D, AVI, MOV, MP4 and many othersUHD ISO, 3D BD ISO, BD ISO, DVD ISO, BDMV, M2TS, MKV, MKV 3D, MK3D, AVI, MOV, MP4 and many othersUHD ISO, 3D BD ISO, BD ISO, DVD ISO, BDMV, M2TS, MKV, MKV 3D, MK3D, AVI, MOV, MP4 and many others
Color SupportBT.2020/BT.709BT.2020BT.2020BT.2020
HDR SupportHDR10, Dolby Vision VS10, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR to SDR ConversionHDR10, Dolby Vision VS10, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR to SDR ConversionHDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision VS10, HDR10+, HDR to SDR ConversionHDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision VS10, HDR10+, HDR to SDR Conversion
HDMI Version2.0b2.1a2.1a2.1a
Auto Frame Rate DetectionYesYesYesYes
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)YesYesYes
Source Based Tone Mapping (SBTM)YesYesYes
Quick Media Switching (QMS)YesYesYes
120Hz Output Yes (experimental)Yes (experimental)
HDMI Audio Only Output Yes
Home Theater AudioDTS X Pro
Dolby Atmos
Auro3D
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD
DTS X Pro
Dolby Atmos
Auro3D
DTS-HD
Dolby TrueHD
DTS X Pro
Dolby Atmos
Auro3D
DTS-HD
Dolby TrueHD
DTS X Pro
Dolby Atmos
Auro3D
DTS-HD
Dolby TrueHD
BluetoothYesYesYesYes
Hi-Res Audio Playback YesYesYesYes
Analog Audio OutputYes – RCAYes – 3.5 mm Yes – 3.5 mm 
Headphone JackYes – 3.5 mm Yes – 3.5 mm 
Network Connectivity YesYesYesYes
R_Video Media CenterYesYesYesYes
USB Ports  (Front and Rear)YesYes (Side Mounted)YesYes
Custom Integration CompatibilityProControl, RTI, Control4, Crestron, Savant, Philips Pronto, Elan, URCProControl, RTI, Control4, Crestron, Savant, Philips Pronto, Elan, URCProControl, RTI, Control4, Crestron, Savant, Philips Pronto, Elan, URCProControl, RTI, Control4, Crestron, Savant, Philips Pronto, Elan, URC
Dimensions (WHD)43.0 × 8 × 28.5 cm 
16.92 × 3.14 × 13.5in 
16.0 × 2.4 × 11.8cm
6.30 × 0.95 × 4.64in
42.7 × 8 × 28.5 cm
16.81 × 3.14 × 13.5in
42.7 × 8 × 28.5 cm
16.81 × 3.14 × 13.5in
Net Weight6Kg / 13.22 lbs0.4 Kg / 8.81lbs6Kg / 13.22 lbs6Kg / 13.22 lbs
Included AccessoriesBacklit Remote Control 
8K HDMI Cable 1m
IR Extender
Wi-Fi Antennas x2
RF Antenna
Power Cables x4(EU, US, UK, AU)
Backlit Remote Control
Wi-Fi Antennas x2
RF Antenna
Power DC adapter
User card
Backlit Remote Control 
8K HDMI Cable 1m
IR Extender
Wi-Fi Antennas x2
RF Antenna
Power Cables x4(EU, US, UK, AU)
Backlit Remote Control 
8K HDMI Cable 1m
IR Extender
Wi-Fi Antennas x2
RF Antenna
Power Cables x4 (EU, US, UK, AU)

Tech Note: For complete features and specifications for each model, refer to their respective official product pages – PlayerOne, Player Mini, PlayerOne 8K, PlayerOne 8K Signature.Edition.

Warning! Netflix and Disney+ are not supported. Amazon Prime Video is compatible up to 1080p resolution. YouTube is compatible up to 8K resolution.

Caution! Streaming services may stop at any time depending on content providers’ compatibility requirements.

r_volution NAS and PlayerOne
R_volution NAS and PlayerOne

Tech Note: The Optional R_volution NAS provides additional storage of content and distribution to media players located throughout a residence. The NAS also incorporates a built-in optical disc drive compatible with 4K UHD Blu-ray/Blu-ray, DVD, and CDs. The disc content can be ripped to one of 8 installed 3.5 SATA drives (the number of drives installed is up to user discretion).

Initial Impressions

The R_volution system is designed to do it all, access and manage content from a variety of sources to deliver the best possible networked home theater experience, and at less cost than its more expensive competitor Kaleidescape

However, although it seems to have an abundance of options, including support for disc-based media, it does have some shortcomings, especially in the area of streaming.

Not only are Netflix and Disney+ not supported, but it is not guaranteed that you will be able to access other streaming services at any given time. 

Another issue with its 8K products. There is so little 8K content available, that the need to invest in the PlayerOne 8K or PlayerOne 8K Signature seems a little premature to say the least. 

That being said, R_volution is obviously making a big push to get their products into home theater setups, but can they succeed in the long run or does Kaleidescape already have the upper hand in this narrow market?

Price and Availability

The PlayerOne 8K and PlayerMini retail for $899 and $399, respectively through authorized dealers and distributors

In the U.S. the R_volution PlayerOne 8K, PlayerMini, and NAS are available to consumers and AV professionals from Let’s Get Physical Distribution.

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