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We want to build a media player with great analog sound!
We want to build a media player with great analog sound!
240 backers pledged $105,954 to help bring this project to life.

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Signals in the real world are analog: light, sound, you name it. However, we often keep our music in digital format such as loss-less FLAC and DSD. 

Turning the audio from little one and zero into continuous set of waves might break the bank! 

When we couldn't find a product that fits that bill, we set out to build ourselves!

To maximize the sound to its full potential in high fidelity for the best auditory experience, we decided to use best in class ESS SABRE³² Audio DAC, ES9018K2M - a truer representation of actual sound. 

Hey there! We are a team of passionate, curious and determined people, driven by strong desire to make home entertainment easy and enjoyable. We develop fidelitous networked media players. And we enjoyed using our own networked media player.

Here, we made Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO because we want to own it ourselves. 

A Great Media Player with Great Analog Sound!

We think that you are going to love this idea. That’s why we are here – at Kickstarter, together with you, to make our dream comes true. With your help, we can deliver you this amazing Networked Media Jukebox that can boast greater detail and texture of the original performance. We believe that you’ll surely enjoy playing it for decades. We’re absolutely thrilled to be here and we hope that you’ll join us by pledging us!

At CLOUD MEDIA, we have always had a passion for visual experience. When we press play and watch our movie, we enable ourselves to be taken away to a place that transcends reality. Our senses are the most fascinating abilities we hold that they allow us to experience new and exciting pleasures. Over the course of the past decade, we have been striving to provide the best of the best visual technology to our audiences. 

 To merge high fidelity stereo audio for music and visual stunning media player into one – sounds like a plan!

VOILA! A versatile Networked Media Jukebox that could deliver astounding sound for music-listening and superior video quality for movie!

Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is a Networked Media Jukebox designed by and for MUSIC and MOVIE lovers.

The Glory of Superior Analog Sound

Sound accounts fifty percent of our auditory experience. That’s why our audio DAC is every bit as important as the resolution on our TV. 

We want to synthesize good sound and together with you, we enjoy this greatest treasure in the world – The Sound of Music.

The sound that is full, warm, and airy - with best in class ESS SABRE³² Audio DAC, ES9018K2M. With ESS patented 32-bit Hyper-Stream TM DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator technology, the SABRE³² Reference Stereo DAC delivers unprecedented DNR (Dynamic Range) of up to 135dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, the industry’s highest performance level that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.

Our goal at Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is to develop an output stage that is vibrant, great in resolution, better top-end extension and openness, greater bottom-end weight and control, and explosive dynamics with a clarity or ultralow distortion and transparency thereby it will weld your bottom end to the listening chair.  

With reliability, consistency and accessibility in mind, our hardware engineers delicately design the analog circuit of the signal path for the outputs to convey the best possible impression, acoustically.

Variations are always one of our top priorities! Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is designed with discerning audiophile taste in mind! We’ve made even further sonic strides!

With three analog outputs –

 Analog Audio Diagram

This is the world first media player with XLR analog output! COOL!

Complement XLR in media player is a simple idea, but we believe it can impact the world in a BIG way. This is a new start up, that’s why we need your help. All it takes right now is a PLEDGE on Kickstarter!

WELL, WE know how annoying staring at fizzle display for hours! To ensure we all can enjoy an immersive cinematic experience, we have made the new Sigma SMP8758, 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual Core and VXP the part and parcel of Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO.

SMP8758 SoC from Sigma Designs supports Ultra HD 4K resolution using HEVC (H.265) compression technology. We designed Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO with 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual core for 3D acceleration, flexible communication interfaces and robust display solutions. Good speed and transient response for immediacy or snap of live are all we ever needed! Satisfaction assurance on visual experience through the integration of VXP video processing for the best in class display! No worries!

Pledge now to make Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO comes alive and watch your favorite shows like a boss with Popcorn A-500 PRO that gives you a fine detail, greater texture an almost photographic emulsion of smoothness image clarity with 4K Ultra HD Display. 

All we need is a HDD Docking Tray!

We understand that recent years, users have expanded their needs to store video and music files locally. Therefore, we’ve built in easy-slide HDD tray for hard-drive transportation.

We can now plug our hard disk straight into the docking tray and benefit from a quick and easy means to connect and read data NOW!  

Simple Design, Intense Content

Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO employs fanless passive cooling strategies for a quiet and low energy consumption performance. Build with a passively-cooled, brushed aluminum chassis, Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is a stylistic design with tangible first class surfaces! 


Impressive hardware is only half of an equation. A good user interface (UI) is the other half. Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is designed with optimum performance in mind – as friendly and playful as it is easy and effective to use. 

Movie Jukebox and Music Home Screen


 

We want you to be more invested in what you are listening!

Without having to turn on our TV, we can now take our audio content and play them back from our mobile app! 

 Hey! One more thing! Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is designed with dual-boot concept. We can now boot into Android to enjoy applications from Android ecosystem.

Technical Specs
 

This is HOW we add spices to life

 
Our Team
 
 
We’re incredibly passionate about design, community, and lifestyles. There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. We believe that the pinnacle of contentment is watching TV and scoffing pizza at home!
 
We’re a team of engineers, designers, marketers and developers. We’ve made it our mission to create the best home theater experience for cinephiles, audiophiles, music enthusiastic, friends and families.   

We are a confident and strong team that builds great products. Over years, we’ve earned renowned recognition for products we built.

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We’re excited to bring Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO to life and we truly appreciate all of your support – every single pledge will help us to meet our goal!

Dear loyal Kickstarters, without you, none of this would be possible – every person you tell about Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO, every Facebook mention and social media shout out will give us the support we need to make this happen!

THANK YOU.  


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Risks and challenges

We have been working on final prototypes in hand. Videos and photos seen are real life products. We have a team of experts with experience in product and manufacturing to ensure smooth transition from ready-to-market prototypes into actual shipping products. While all efforts are made to ensure timely completion of software functions, any type of development can have unforeseeable delays. This may result in functions being delivered in a software or firmware update after a product is shipped. There are also risks from unforeseeable factors such as delays in component delivery and certifications.

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