Several of you have checked in with me, wondering if or when I’ll be taking a look at the multi-function Vulkano — a device that is something more than a Slingbox-esque placeshifter, by also incorporating recording capabilities along with local media and Internet video streaming to a television.
And I can tell you my review loaner arrived nearly two weeks ago, yet I haven’t done much with it. Partially due to a vacation, but also as a courtesy to Monsoon Multimedia. You see, I expect them to handle the placeshifting functionality just fine (as covered on Gadling), given their history with the HAVA line… So it’s the new features I’m most interested in checking out. However, their single Internet TV app (YouTube, pics below) can’t seem to pipe audio to my television over HDMI and the one recording I took a look at on the iPhone was unwatchable given how far the audio and video were out of sync.
Monsoon’s reps say there’s a significant firmware update in the pipeline. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that they’ll work out some of these early issues, and I’ll revisit the Vulkano in a few weeks. In the interim, if there’s anything you’d like me to test or questions you’d like answered, hit me in the comments.
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