First Major Firmware Update For Dune Pro 4K is released!

Dune HD released today the first major firmware update ( Version “180426_1318_r13”) for their newest flagship media player, Pro 4K. It now supports Google Play Store, among other improvements and fixes.

You can read our review here and download the firmware from here, or via OTA from your device.

The changelog is the following:

Changes since 180320_1247_r13:
- New feature: Google Play Store and Google Services support added, with a
  unique possibility to easily enable/disable Google Services depending on
  user needs (when disabled, they are not installed, do not perform various
  things in background, do not consume system resources). Google Services
  are initially disabled and are automatically enabled when pressing
  "Google Play Store" icon in "Android applications" section for the first
  time. After Google Services are enabled, they can be disabled by
  resetting settings to factory defaults.

- New feature: Added a new setting "Audio / Digital audio connector" with
  options "HDMI (HD audio enabled)" (default) and "S/PDIF (HD audio
  disabled"). Should be set to "S/PDIF (HD audio disabled)" when outputting
  audio in bitstream mode to S/PDIF (or to HDMI equipment not supporting HD
  audio).

- New feature: Added setting "Setup / Misc / Encodings / Subtitles
  encoding" which allows to specify subtitles encoding (same as on Sigma
  models).

- New feature: REPEAT and SHUFFLE functions for playlists are now
  implemented (same as on Sigma models).

- New feature: Sleep timer is now implemented (same as on Sigma models,
  works only when working with Dune HD GUI). By default it is disabled. It
  can be enabled via the new setting "Setup / Misc / Power manamenent /
  Sleep timer".

- New feature: Discrete power-on and power-off IR codes are now supported
  (codes 5F and 5E, same as on Sigma models).

- Improvement: List of audio tracks and subtitle tracks now shows more
  information (and more correct information) about tracks.

- Improvement: YouTube icon (in "Android applications") now installs a
  newer version of YouTube, with 4K video support.

- Improvement: CEC is now disabled by default.

- Improvement: VFD display now shows current time in 24 hour format (same
  as it is shown on TV screen).

- Improvement: In initial setup wizard, the suggested by default timezone
  is now automatically detected based on GeoIP (when Internet is
  accessible).

- Improvement: In initial setup wizard, if the connected TV supports 4K, 4K
  resolution is now recommended by default.

- Improvement: When UI Type 1 is used, "Android applications" section is
  now also available.

- Improvement: When UI Type 2 is used, the "Applications" tab now has a
  proper title "Applications" (rather than "Dune HD Applications").

- Improvement: On power-on, an unneeded extra HDMI reinitialization took
  place.

- Improvement: In System setup menu, some unneeded and non-working
  Android-related settings are removed.

- Improvement: Debug dump now includes more useful information.

- Bugfix: It was possible to exit standby mode by various wrong IR codes.

- Bugfix: It was possible to exit standby mode by switching the connected
  HDMI equipment on/off.

- Bugfix: Some AVI files could not be played.

- Bugfix: Playback crash could happen when stopping or finishing playback.

- Bugfix: Player could randomly reboot in some rare cases.

- Bugfix: When saving debug dump to NTFS-formatted storage device, the
  system could hang.

- Bugfix: SD cards were wrongly mounted read-only.

- Bugfix: In some rare cases, GUI could stop responding to any RC button
  presses.

- Improvements for PHP plugins and PHP API:

   - New feature: New action "RESTART" is introduced, with parameter
     "reboot" (possible values "yes" and "no"), which allows the plugin to
     request GUI restart or full reboot. 

   - New feature: "PLUGIN_OPEN_FOLDER" action is extended with the new
     parameter "sel_id", which can be used to preselect the given item in
     regular folders (value is media_url of the item to preselect).

   - New feature: For TV plugins which support TV archive (catchup),
     LEFT/RIGHT RC buttons can now be used to switch to archive mode and
     seek in the archive even in Live TV mode. For TV plugins which do not
     support archive, LEFT/RIGHT RC buttons are now correctly ignored in
     Live TV mode.

   - New feature: "PLAYBACK_STOP" action now supports the following
     additional parameters: "plugin_vod_stop_position",
     "plugin_vod_duration", "plugin_vod_start_tm", "plugin_vod_stop_tm",
     "plugin_vod_prebuffering_end_tm".

   - Improvement: When loading images from HTTPS, the performance is now
     improved.

   - Improvement: When PHP plugin uses auto-resume functionality,
     "ip_address_required" setting is now enabled by default for this
     plugin.

   - Improvement: Icon archives are now loaded with improved performance
     and reliability.

   - Improvement: folder ".platform.android" can now be used to store
     Android-specific versions of platform-dependent plugin files (such has
     native executables) in the plugin (similar to ".platform.87xx" folder
     that can be used for SMP87xx-specific files).

   - Bugfix: "/tmp/run/ext_command.state" was not implemented; now it
     contains the information about current playback state (same as on
     Sigma models).

   - Bugfix: Playback timer did not work.

   - Bugfix: Saving/restoring playback position during auto-resume and
     setting initial playback position using
     PluginVodInfo::initial_position_ms did not work properly.

   - Bugfix: In "PLAYBACK_STOP" action, in rare cases,
     "plugin_vod_series_ndx" and "plugin_tv_channel_id" parameters could
     contain wrong information.

   - Bugfix: When switching to playlist item N, the next item (N+1) was
     actually wrongly used.

   - Bugfix: In TV OSD, crash could occur in some specific cases when
     trying to scroll through the list of TV channels.

- Updated/improved UI translations for some languages.

- Some other minor improvements/fixes.

NOTE: In comparison with the version 180317_0153_r13, this firmware version
also includes the following changes which were included in the version
180320_1247_r13:

- New feature: Added a new setting "Misc / Power Managment / POWER button
  behavior" with options "Power off" (default) and "Software standby".
  "Software standby" means that CPU and OS services continue running when
  the player is in standby mode (useful when NAS functionality such as SMB
  server is used) (same as on Sigma models).

- New feature: long-pressing "POWER" RC button shows a menu with options
  "Power off" (put the player in "Power off" standby mode) and "Restart"
  (reboot the player).

- New feature: Subtitles visualization settings (vertical offset, color,
  font) are now remembered (same as on Sigma models).

- New feature: Added a new setting "Video / Advanced / Preferred HDMI color
  depth" with options "Maximum" and "As in content" to allow even more
  precise control of all parameters of HDMI signal. "Maximum" (default)
  means use HDMI color depth supported by the connected HDMI equipment
  (according to "Maximum HDMI color depth" setting), even if content with
  lower color depth is played (e.g. output 10 bit when outputting to a TV
  supporting 10 bit when 8 bit content is played). "As in content" means
  use HDMI color depth as in content, even if the connected HDMI equipment
  supports higher color depth (e.g. output 8 bit when outputting to a TV
  supporting 10 bit when 8 bit content is played).

- Improvement: Default video settings and "Auto" logic of video settings
  now work in a way which ensures a better compatibility with some
  projectors.

- Improvement: In "Video / Advanced" menu, confirmation dialogs are shown
  when attempting to change settings which usually should not be changed
  without a reason.

- Improvement: When performing "Reset Settings" action, a message is now
  shown while the system is handling it.

- Improvement: On power-on, front panel LED indicator is now switched to
  blue color immediately.

- Bugfix: ISO with quotes in filename could not be played.

 

Official Specifications for Zidoo X20 and X20 Pro are Released!

We received an email from Zidoo with official specifications for their next two flagship devices. The Zidoo X20 and X20 Pro.

You can rest assured that we will review the Zidoo X20 lineup once they are actually released. 

Until the, you can check their specs below:

 

 

X20

  • Powerful Configuration:

  1. 430MM Standard cabinet Size, All aluminum alloy chassis
  2. New upgrade version Realtek 1296 Quad-Core 64 bit A53 processor,High quality high-power SMPS.
  3. 2G DDR4 Memory,16GB eMMC Super Built-in Storage,gigabit wired, 802.11 AC 2T2R 867Mbps WIFI,Bluetooth 4.2
  • Abundant Interface :

 
SATA 3.0*2, USB 2.0*2, USB 3.0*1, TYPEC *1, Coaxial Cable*1, Optical Fiber*1 , Left/Right Channels*1, AV Output*1, Infrared Input*1, RS232*1, HDMI OUT*2, HDMI IN 2.0*1
 
  1. Full function with backlight Bluetooth-Infrared-Learning three-in-one remote control, remote control without dead Angle.
  2. Super Lager front LED Display.
  3. Independent Dual SATA 3.0 Ports, NSS Patented metal hard disk extractor can Build-in two High-Capacity Hard Disk.
  4. Smart temperature control with dual Balls and High Static Pressure Fan.
  5. Dual HDMI Output ports (Audio and Video Separation) dispense with origin power amplifier and enjoy 4K with HD Audio.
  6. New quality optimization engine technology, Optimized HDR to SDR Algorithm. Play 4K HDR which Restoring primitive color even without HDR TV.
  7. Detailed Frame switching and resolution switching. (23.976,59.94,25,30,50,60)
  8. 4K 60P Point to Point Output, Color Region: HDR/HDR10, 10Bit Color Depth, 10.7 hundred million kind of colors.
  9. True 4K 60P decode, H.265/HEVC 10Bit Hard solution.
  10. Support 4K UHD Blue-Ray Navigation
  11. Powerful subtitle function, Support random change any fonts with different color effects; Support download subtitle online; Support SUP&ASS special effects subtitles
  12. Unparalleled Wall-Poster Function, Full automatic scan, Automatic classification and sorting movies and dramas. Customer Layout.
  13. Soundtrack support SACD, DFF, DSF, APE, FLAC, WAV and etc Free lossless audio formats; Support CUE track; Support cell phone control without having to open the display device to listen to music.
  14. Support NFS,SMB,V2,SMB V1 multiple shared protocols.
  15. Support HTTP, RS232(Control on-off), Control4 Multiple ways to control.

 
 
 

X20 Pro

  • Powerful Configuration:

  1. 430MM Standard cabinet Size, All aluminum alloy chassis
  2. New upgrade version Realtek 1296 Quad-Core 64 bit A53 processor,High quality high-power SMPS.
  3. 4G DDR4 Memory,32GB eMMC Super Built-in Storage,gigabit wired, 802.11 AC 2T2R 867Mbps WIFI,Bluetooth 4.2
  • Abundant Interface :

X20: SATA 3.0*2, USB 2.0*2, USB 3.0*1, TYPEC *1, Coaxial Cable*1, Optical Fiber*1 , Left/Right Channels*1, AV Output*1, Infrared Input*1, RS232*1, HDMI OUT*2, HDMI IN 2.0*1
 

  1. Full function with backlight Bluetooth-Infrared-Learning three-in-one remote control, remote control without dead Angle.
  2. Super Lager front LED Display.
  3. Independent Dual SATA 3.0 Ports, NSS Patented metal hard disk extractor can Build-in two High-Capacity Hard Disk.
  4. Smart temperature control with dual Balls and High Static Pressure Fan.
  5. ESS 9038 Professional DAC Audio processing Chip
  6. Dual HDMI Output ports (Audio and Video Separation) dispense with origin power amplifier and enjoy 4K with HD Audio.
  7. New quality optimization engine technology, Optimized HDR to SDR Algorithm. Play 4K HDR which Restoring primitive color even without HDR TV.
  8. Detailed Frame switching and resolution switching. (23.976,59.94,25,30,50,60)
  9. 4K 60P Point to Point Output, Color Region: HDR/HDR10, 10Bit Color Depth, 10.7 hundred million kind of colors.
  10. True 4K 60P decode, H.265/HEVC 10Bit Hard solution.
  11. Support 4K UHD Blue-Ray Navigation
  12. Powerful subtitle function, Support random change any fonts with different color effects; Support download subtitle online; Support SUP&ASS special effects subtitles
  13. Unparalleled Wall-Poster Function, Full automatic scan, Automatic classification and sorting movies and dramas. Customer Layout.
  14. Soundtrack support SACD, DFF, DSF, APE, FLAC, WAV and etc Free lossless audio formats; Support CUE track; Support cell phone control without having to open the display device to listen to music.
  15. Support NFS,SMB,V2,SMB V1 multiple shared protocols.
  16. Support HTTP, RS232(Control on-off), Control4 Multiple ways to control.

Zidoo X20 Pro Update

New photos and release date of the highly anticipated media player from Zidoo.

As stated in their Facebook page it will be released during May, and more product information should be released on their website soon.

Until then, you can see below the new official product photos (final design).

You can rest assured that we will get our hands on it for a detailed review as soon as it gets released.


OPPO Digital To Gradually Stop Manufacturing New Products

We wish it was a joke, but Oppo just made the announcement (April,3) to stop manufacturing new products.

Oppo was (is?) well-known for its high quality and performance DVD/BD/UHD players including higher end DACs and image processors .

Existing models will continue to be supported.

You can read below the full anouncement published at their website:


farewell
 
Farewell

 

It has been 14 years since we established OPPO Digital in the United States, and with the support of our customers, technical partners, and movie/music studios, we produced many award-winning Hi-Fi audio products and universal disc players, spanning three generations from DVD, Blu-ray, to 4K UHD.

As our latest 4K UHD players reach the pinnacle of their performance, it is time to say goodbye. We are proud to have made such well-regarded products and to have served the enthusiast community. Without our customers’ suggestions, encouragement, and support, we could not have accomplished these achievements.

Though OPPO Digital will gradually stop manufacturing new products, existing products will continue to be supported, warranties will still be valid, and both in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services will continue to be available. Firmware will continue to be maintained and updates released from time to time. Customers can rest assured that they will continue to receive the high quality service and support that they have come to expect from OPPO Digital.

We greatly appreciate the opportunity to have developed such exciting products for our customers. It has been an honor.

Best regards,

All of us at OPPO Digital