Arctic announces passive cooled Systems with OpenELEC installed

05 Feb 2013

We are pleased to announce that we have a new partner - Arctic and more specifically, their MC001 platform (EU Model, US Model) which is an ideal partner for OpenELEC.

Arctic is also known for their cooling solutions, with this experiences they developed a fully passive cooled Entertainment System - and OpenELEC delivers the optimal Multimedia OS for their systems.

 

With our next Release we will provide dedicated builds for the Arctic-MC001 systems.

The 1st Limited Edition Media Centre based on XBMC 12 (OpenELEC 3.0) is Now Available for Order.


MC001-XBMC –An Incredible Media Centre Combination.

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This full-system media centre fulfils all your home entertainment needs, based on the award-winning platform XBMC 12 (OpenELEC 3.0). For the past months, ARCTIC worked in partnership with OpenELEC, together we combined a media centre which has integrated with the most desirable features, equipped with the latest XMBC 12 (OpenELEC 3.0) platform that made the most perfect and user-friendly media centre to have.

The MC001-XBMC is easy and ready-to-use, it plays all popular audio and video formats and supports full HD 1080p. Pack all your videos, songs and photos into the massive 1TB storage. Control freely from your Smartphone or tablet using one of the many excellent remote control apps available for both Android and iOS or with the bundled Infrared remote. Watch TV directly on MC001-XBMC and, thanks to OpenELEC 3.0 PVR functionality, you can even record your favourite shows. A multitude of Add-ons will let you extend MC001-XBMC's capabilities beyond your imagination: Listen to radio, Watch online video (YouTube, Vimeo and others), Access your favourite Music on Demand service, show your latest pictures and Use a 1TB Network Storage.

AVAILABLE FOR ORDER NOW! Be the first to own the MC001-XBMC Limited Edition Media Centre as long as stock last!

 

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The MC001-XBMC is available directly from ARCTIC GmbH for EUR 199 instead of EUR 399 as long as stock lasts. Price includes VAT and shipping within EU.

The MC001-XBMC is available directly from ARCTIC Inc for USD 229 instead of USD 459 as long as stock lasts. Price includes tax and shipping within the US.

 

Specification:

CPU Dual Core Intel Atom D525 (1.8GHz) 
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430, 512MB GDDR3 
Chipset Intel NM10
Memory (RAM) 2GB DDR3 1333MHz
Storage 1TB 5400RPM 2.5" HDD, extendable by USB HDD
OS XMBC 12, OpenELEC 3.0
Supported Streaming Protocols AirPlay, UPnP/DLNA
Language English, German, Spanish, French, Czech, Portuguese(brasil), Portuguese(Portugal), Hungarian, Italian, Swedish, Polish, Slovak, Russian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Danish, Romanian, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Arabic, Hebrew, Croatian, Japanese, Chinese(simplified), Chinese(traditional Hong-Kong), Chinese (traditional Taiwan) 
ODD DVD-RW 24x
Wireless IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet 
TV tuner DVB-T or ATSC(*)
Audio 

On-board analog stereo high-definition audio (ALC892)
7.1- Dolby True HD or DTS HD Master Audio (HDMI) (*)
Optical Digital S/PDIF audio output 

Back Panel

3.5mm audio I/O jack x 6 (7.1 OUT x 4, LINE IN x 1, Mic x 1)
SPDIF port/optical x 1
VGA port x 1
HDTV interface x 1 (HDTV cable included)
Ethernet RJ45 port x 1
USB 2.0 port x 5
DC power jack x 1 

Front Panel 

IR receiver x 1
USB 3.0 port x 2
3.5mm stereo I/O jack x 2 (Headphone, Mic)
4-in-1 memory card reader x 1

Power supply  19V DC 60W 
Format  MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, WMA, MP4, WMV, AVI, MKV, RM/RMVB, DiVX, H264, ALAC, FLAC, OGG 
IR Remote Control  ARCTIC MCR2 
Volume  1.5 L 
Dimensions (Product) 

w/o stand: 143 L x 40 W x 266 H mm
w/ stand: 161 L x 65 W x 275 H mm 

Dimensions (Packaging)  205 L x 130 W x 329 H mm 
Limited Warranty  2 years 
Gross Weight  3.1 kg 
(*) not supported in OpenELEC

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Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by trickster #74076
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sraue wrote:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_%28company%29

"In 2001 Arctic Cooling was founded in Switzerland by Magnus Huber and Gebhard Scherrer. As the company name suggested, in the past, the business focused entirely on computer cooling solutions. Today, in order to expand the business into other areas especially in consumer electronics, by 2010, it began to develop a diverse range of products that spans beyond cooling into computer peripherals, audio products and home entertainment PCs. For this reason, Arctic Cooling was changed to ARCTIC in 2010."

so there is nothing wrong there, and as usual the companys goes there where they can produce better and more effective.

Saure: As far as I can see the wikipedia entry is pure advertisement and updated by the company itself. New sections are done by (what a wonder) a HKG IP (202.155.192.122) . The user edited the article first got some feedback from other wikipedia authors: "Your first edit showed a highly unusual amount of effort, and most new editors don't start by creating a new article....Are you associated with Arctic in any way?" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sachreeko) (Marketing of ARCTIC is still very unprofessional).
Your reference is though meaningless and is therefore not neutral. I absolutely dislike the way they are using a countries reputation to market cheap, sometimes just rebranded products, to us. I think we are not fools and shouldn't be treated as such. That is just my oppionion and I wanted to point that out.
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by trickster #74072
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ultraman wrote:
Everything comes from china :laugh: You can't expect the production in Europe.

From wiki:
Zotac International Limited is a computer hardware company based in Hong Kong

True, but Zotac isn't fooling the public with telling them it is a "Swiss" company by having a letterbox in Switzerland!
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by trickster #74071
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kappz wrote:
Very limited production indeed. Only 2.5 months. Seems like a lot of work with the collaboration and a special OpenELEC build for such a limited run. User experiences I've read are mostly positive. Maybe this was a trial run to see if the partnership is profitable for Arctic.

I hope there is a version two down the road as I'm due for an upgrade and this look like a great replacement.

This product is over 2 years old and sold very badly! Now they dropped the price dramatically and came away from their windows media center approach which was a failure from the beginning on. This collaboration here is just done so that ARCTIC can clear their stock! As soon as the stock has been cleared it is a EOL product! What you are basically buying is a product that needs to be cleared and will not have support from the chinese company anymore!
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by AllanMarcus #72278
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Well, amazon has a few left, so I ordered two. For one I will not need the tuner, but I'm hoping to use the tuner with the other. I know there have been some quality issue with the hardware, so I'm crossing my fingers ill be ok
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by kappz #72274
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Very limited production indeed. Only 2.5 months. Seems like a lot of work with the collaboration and a special OpenELEC build for such a limited run. User experiences I've read are mostly positive. Maybe this was a trial run to see if the partnership is profitable for Arctic.

I hope there is a version two down the road as I'm due for an upgrade and this look like a great replacement.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by AllanMarcus #72211
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Anyone know if Artic is still making the product?
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by trickster #72042
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saure: i am just saying that there is no Headquarter in Switzerland of ARCTIC and that the company is running totally autonomous out of Hong Kong (very close to chinese factories). Most likely people are buying some rebranded products.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by networkjack #72017
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znelbok wrote:
Does anyone have theirs sitting falt and if so is it cooling well enough ot getting hot?

I have mine horizontally (with metal down). I would get the BIOS thermal warning beeps after a few hours of use. I had some rubber feet around, so I put those under it. That raised it off the shelf about 1/4" and I no longer have the thermal warnings. You could also probably run it with the metal on top as that is where the bulk of the heat is transfered (vs the other plastic side).

I'm quite happy with it.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by sraue #71995
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_%28company%29

"In 2001 Arctic Cooling was founded in Switzerland by Magnus Huber and Gebhard Scherrer. As the company name suggested, in the past, the business focused entirely on computer cooling solutions. Today, in order to expand the business into other areas especially in consumer electronics, by 2010, it began to develop a diverse range of products that spans beyond cooling into computer peripherals, audio products and home entertainment PCs. For this reason, Arctic Cooling was changed to ARCTIC in 2010."

so there is nothing wrong there, and as usual the companys goes there where they can produce better and more effective.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by trickster #71994
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I am just saying it is a purlely china based company and using a letter box as "Swiss" Headquater and abusing the countrys reputation. Kind of trying to trick people believing buying a high quality product.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by ultraman #71980
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Everything comes from china :laugh: You can't expect the production in Europe.

From wiki:
Zotac International Limited is a computer hardware company based in Hong Kong
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by trickster #71977
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Anyone actually aware of the fact that Arctic Cooling is a Chinese company despite claiming having headquarters in Switzerland (which is not even true)?
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by znelbok #69298
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These boxes look good and Iam interested.

One question that I have is regarding the cooling. Since these are passive they rely on thermal currents to create the airflow etc (as can be seen in their diagrams). Every picture they show of the unit is in teh vertical position.

Does anyone have theirs sitting falt and if so is it cooling well enough ot getting hot?

An eralier post mentioned that DTS-MA and AC3-HD was not supported with the AMD GPU. Is this the case still or can we actually get the higher audio passed-through with this box?

Thanks

Mick
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by masterlock #69253
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Guess I'm gonna need to figure out how to SSH in...
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by chewitt #69228
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XBMC only shows a single interface which will be ethernet, so you probably need to SSH in and run "ifconfig" to see the wireless MAC
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by masterlock #69224
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Is there anyway to find the MAC address for the mc001? I need it to set up wifi via Mac airport.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by David.P #69191
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aaaalright!

Thanks heaps
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by fritsch #69187
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There are two.

one is systemwide and the other one resides in exactly your /storage/.xbmc/userdata directory. The systemwide will be overriden.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by David.P #69185
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OK thanks -- but then, how will the Arctic-specific settings in advancedsettings.xml find entry into "my" advancedsettings.xml? Will they be merged somehow?
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by fritsch #69184
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You will loose absolutely nothing that is stored in /storage/ so your advancedsettings.xml is kept, when doing the update that involves copying the 4 files.

If you update from 3.0 to 4.0 or something, it could be that some settings are ported.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by David.P #69183
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Sorry, but I am not a developer, I don't know what "Github" is, nor do I know that "options" obviously is a "project file", and finally and unfortunately, I can't see where the file "options" should answer my above question:
David.P wrote:
Regarding the "advancedsettings.xml": I have changed some settings there as well. If I update OE (or switch to a different build by providing the respective files in the "Update" folder of OE): will I lose my personal advancedsettings, or will they somehow be merged automatically?

Thanks
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by fritsch #69182
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github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/blob/mas...ts/ARCTIC_MC/options <- Please next time, consider doing two clicks before posting :-)
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by David.P #69180
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Where do I find the "project file"?
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by fritsch #69177
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Read the project file itself. The Arctic build is 64 bit ...
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by David.P #69175
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OK thanks fritsch.

seems that it is these differences then:


Regarding the "advancedsettings.xml": I have changed some settings there as well. If I update OE (or switch to a different build by providing the respective files in the "Update" folder of OE): will I lose my personal advancedsettings, or will they somehow be merged automatically?

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