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Synology announces the DS415play, a 4-bay NAS for media-junkies


Synology has announced the DS415play. This is a 4-bay version of the DS214play giving anyone who has a big media-collection even more space to store it on. The idea with the “play”-versions of their NAS:es is that they are geared towards working as best as possible as a media hub offering to stream multiple HD-streams to various devices without breaking a sweat. The trick is that they come with hardware transcoding of various media formats making sure the CPU is not the limiting factor.

CPU Dual-core Intel Atom running at 1.6 GHz
Hardware transcoding H.264 (AVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1
System memory 1 GB DDR3
Drive Bay(s) 4
Max. Internal Capacity 24 TB (6 TB HDD X 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Hot Swappable Drive Yes
USB 2.0 Port 3
USB 3.0 Port 2
LAN Number (RJ45) Gigabit x 1
Performance Over 112.45 MB/s Reading, 101.21 MB/s Writing

The DS415play of course comes with the excellent DSM 5.0 (and you can look forward to an article soon on what is new in this version) as well as support for Surveillance Station which now comes with 2 free camera licenses. 

Read more about the DS415play on the product page


Washington, Bellevue—July 15th, 2014—Synology America Corp. is pleased to announce the DS415play, the four-bay follow-up to 2014’s popular two-bay DS214play. As the second Synology NAS to support hardware video transcoding, the DS415play delivers full 1080p HD video to nearly any media-streaming device. Paired with Synology’s award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM 5.0), the DS415play is a full-featured NAS acting as ‘the’ multimedia hub for any tech-savvy household.

Video Station for Every Display: The DS415play was designed to benefit homes, and media enthusiasts who have more than one display. It’s able to share multiple streams of HD content without being tethered to a single television, or computing device. Users can enjoy media via: DLNA, Apple TV, Roku Players, and computers; while iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices make it possible to enjoy terabytes of media on the go.

Multimedia Without Service Fees: DSM 5.0 is full of integrated multimedia capabilities, available at no additional cost through Synology’s Package Center. Multimedia-applications like: Audio Station, Photo Station, and Media Server, enable the Synology play, to serve-up audio, and photo libraries, in addition to video. It’s built to meet the flourishing demands of a mobile society; all without incurring the fees associated with traditional cloud-based content solutions.

Experience a Better Media Cloud: The DS415play can act as a personal, mobile, media cloud. DSM 5.0’s Video Station is Synology’s premiere application for play-listing, categorizing, and presenting video content. With Video Station, media doesn’t have to be locked to the home.

Synology’s mobile infrastructure includes apps such as: DS Video, DS Audio, DS Photo+ (and more). Each application provides context aware access where media can be cashed, or streamed remotely from a DiskStation, for any occasion with, or without a data connection.

Additional Features
• Supports up to 20TB of raw capacity
• Over 110 MB/s read performance and over 100MB/s write
• Two USB 3.0, and three USB 2.0 ports for external storage, and peripherals
• Native floating point processing for faster file previews
• Support for the pending series of Android TV Boxes

“The DS415play adds the one thing people wanted most in last year’s DS214play; higher capacity,” said Thadd Weil, public relations specialist with Synology America. “With hardware video transcoding, the ability to add up to 20TB’s of raw storage, plus the wealth of multimedia functionality integrated in DSM 5.0, media enthusiasts of all kinds will find a lot to love in the new play. It’s a great home server replacement.”

The DS415play is shipping now, and will be available in the United States in the next couple of weeks. Please visit for further details.

DS415play: $539.99

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