Is the first ever portable 4K video and hi-res audio player going on sale?
Stephan Jukic – August 22, 2016
Now here is an interesting Indiegogo crowd funding campaign for fans of 4K technology. A small U.S company called Cyberdrive (which previously went by the name of Forte Audio) has started and now completely fulfilled an Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of a compact pocket-sized (smartphone size) media player which offers not only 4K ultra HD video output but also offers high resolution audio for users who want the best possible high quality music on the go.
Cyberdrive is basically trying to fill in an oddly unserviced market niche in which these two cutting edge technologies are offered up in one single product despite the race to high-end mobile device innovations by big players like Apple, Samsung, Sony or others.
Basically, while we’ve already seen the development of 4K UHD smartphones like Sony’s Z5 Premium (and plenty of rumors about newer models down the road) and high-resolution audio-playing smartphones as well as hi-res music players, a phone-sized devices that combines both 4K display and this kind of high quality audio is something that nobody has yet started selling.
Cyberdrive’s Seiun player is going to try to fill that exact niche before anyone else does and the Indiegogo campaign is a clever way by which the company is trying to reach their financing goals.
What Cyberdrive is currently offering consists of the basic Seiun player, a Pro version and a “Pro X” version. The first of these offers only the high-bit-rate, 384KHz/32bit PCM + Native DSD Audio and the latter two devices deliver the same level of audio resolution but also output 4K video to larger 4K UHD external screens like TVs and PC monitors (the little audio players themselves would only come with built-in Full HD screens).
The two Pro and Pro X media players will also come with the latest in wi-fi connectivity and will also be able to stream content offerings from Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Prime Instant Video and others directly to their own display or through a built in HDMI 2.0 port to a third-party screen. We assume that part of their 4K capacities will include streaming of 4K content from these apps to UHD displays through that same HDMI 2.0 connectivity port.
The three media player models come with their own stylish docking case for while they play on a table or countertop and Cyberdrive is offering the three different models in prices ranging from just $199 for the most basic hi-res audio only model to $499 for the Seiun Pro X. There are also other still pricier packages being advertised on the Indiegogo page with additional bonus accessories like the docking case
If all of these features of the possibly upcoming Cyberdrive products sound enticing, the company Indiegogo campaign’s success at raising more than $ 753,105 for the development of the Seiun players makes their consumer market arrival look quite credible. Those of you who’d like to see more of just what the Seiun 4K media/hi-res audio player is all about can also check out the Indiegogo page itself here.
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