Summary:

In this blog post, we will help you choose between the MAG 254 and MAG 256 with a quick and clear comparison.

MAG 254 and MAG 256 are two popular IPTV set top boxes from Infomir, a leading manufacturer of media streaming devices. Both products are known for their ability to stream all formats of content; EPG; ease of use; speed and compatibility with USB devices other than T.V.

Infomir’s MAGs are also equipped with Stalker middleware letting you connect to remote servers to watch live TV or stream on-demand films.

Which MAG should you buy? Should you purchase MAG 254? Or MAG 256 would be right for you? In fact, it is one of the most asked questions by prospective MAG customers or those thinking about upgrading.

We think that a quick comparison between MAG 254 and MAG 256 can help you find the right one.

Let’s start from the MAG 254 first...

MAG 254:

The MAG 254 has been customer’s favourite for years, thanks to its reliability, responsive interface and quick channel switching. Here’s a sneak peek into its specifications.

Processor and RAM:

The MAG 254 is equipped with STiH207 processor and increased RAM memory of 512 MB. Its operating system is Linux 2.6.23. However, the processing power is limited when compared to the 256 and other Android boxes. This is why it is just a basic cable box you can use to watch VOD content and stream TV. If you are looking to load dozens of apps onto this device or want to play game, it is not for you.

USB Ports:

The MAG 254 comes with two USB ports that allow you connect external media sources.

Functionality:

The MAG 254 supports playback of all video and audio formats including 3D video. It is also compatible with definitions broadcast over local network or from Internet. Besides, audio track choosing option is available.

Considering the MAG 254’s quality and reliability, it is still a good deal and better than many Android boxes under this price range. It delivers smooth IPTV streaming experience despite of its basic features.

MAG 256:

The MAG 256 gets an edge over the MAG 254 because of its processing power. The set top box lets you stream high quality video content with more velocity.

Processor and RAM:

The MAG 256 is equipped with a powerful processor STiH301 with the frequency of 1.5 GHZ. It has a RAM of solid 1GB.

USB Ports:

USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports let you connect external carriers and Wi-Fi adapters. USB 3.0 ports will also allow for faster read speed and browsing of folders on USB devices.

Functionality:

MAG 256 supports a video compression format known as HEVC for the playback of high resolution video. Its audio output S/PDIF lets you connect multichannel high-end system to the set-top box. It supports all latest audio and video formats.

For More summarized view, let’s have a look at the specs of both streaming boxes.

S.No

Features

MAG 254

MAG 256

1

Price

£69.00

£80.50

2

Width/Depth/Height

127/87/30 mm

132/87/26 mm

3

Weight

190 g

190 g

4

Processor

STiH207

ARM Cortex A9 1.5 GHz

5

RAM

512 Mb

1 Gb

6

Flash Memory

256 Mb

512 Mb

7

Operating System

Linux 2.6.23

Linux 3.3

8

Middleware supported

Stalker, Netup, SmartLabs, Netris,   Beenius

Stalker

9

Interfaces

Audio output S/PDIF. HDMI 1.4-output. Composite + stereo A/V output Ethernet 100 Mb/s. USB 2.0 (WiFi-adapter can be connected)

HDMI 1.4a-output, Composite + stereo A/V output, Audio output S/PDIF, Ethernet 100 Mb/s, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0,

10

Audio Codecs

MPEG-1 layer I/II, MPEG-2 layer II, MPEG-2 layer III (mp3), MPEG-2 AAC (optional), MPEG-4 AAC LC 2-ch/5.1ch (optional), MPEG-4 AAC+SBR 2-h/5.1ch (optional), Dolby Digital (optional), DTS    (optional)

MPEG-1 layer I/II, MPEG-2 layer II, MPEG-2 layer III (mp3), MPEG-2 AAC (optional), MPEG-4 AAC LC 2-ch/5.1ch (optional), MPEG-4, AAC+SBR 2-h/5.1ch (optional), Dolby Digital plus (optional), DTS (optional)

11

Video Modes

MPEG1/2 [email protected], H.264 [email protected] 4.1, MPEG4 part 2 (ASP), WMV-9 (optional), VC1 video, XviD; 3D and HD video supporting (up to 40 Mbit/s and above)

MPEG1/2 [email protected], H.264 HP[email protected] 4.1, H.265 (HEVC), MPEG4 part 2 (ASP), WMV-9 (optional), VC1 video, XviD; 3D and HD video supporting (up to 40 Mbit/s and above)

12

Image formats

JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, RAW

JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, RAW

Which One is Right for You?

If your purpose is to stream IPTV content, both set-top boxes do a great job. The MAG256 has more advanced features when compared to the MAG254. But the MAG254 is still a very robust and reliable streaming device. If you just want to watch movies and VOD, this is a great fit for your requirements.

If you want to take your movie watching experience to the next level with crisp graphics and real sounds, then consider the MAG 256.

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