(12 / 10 / 2016)
The media player of the presentation is the first one that got us excited after a long time, and many tests.
The Zidoo X9S promises a lot of features and actually delivers.
Packaging – Specifications
The Zidoo X9S comes in an elegant package that ensures the product will arrive at your door absolutely safe and without bumps.
Inside we find the media player itself, the remote (without batteries), power cable, HDMI cable, eSata cable and the removable antennas for the wireless network (2 in number).
In terms of specifications, the Zidoo X9s stands out in most key areas.
The main processor is no other than the newest RTD1295 from Realtek , a company that is well known to power Med8er products with excellent performance and compatibility, especially in their latest implementations.
The processor promises 4K, HDR, HD Audio and 3D Among all the usual.
Since the X9S is considered a premium android player, it is equipped with 2gb ram / 16gb rom, WiFi AC with dual antennas, BT 4.0 , eSata port and gigabit lan usb 3.0.
Perhaps the most stand out feature is the HDMI IN that adds PIP and broadcast capabilities.
Android 6.0.1 is the selected operating system which modified in order to have a media player look.
Zidoo X9s impresses with its size and built quality.
It is almost twice the size of other media boxes, and is also made of aluminum, material that gives a premium feel and assists in heat dissipation .
The dual antennas also give a more serious look but are difficult to hide.
In the center of the façade we will find a small display showing the time and other data depending on the use.
The remote controller is certainly one of the best out there.
Sturdy, well made (plastic) with numeric keypad.
It has excellent feel in the hand and the keys are easy to operate.
There is also an option to control the media player from your smartphone if it is connected to the same network.
The menu is Zidoo classic, with beautiful design both visually and functionally.
User can make adjustments to make his life easier, although the initial setup is pretty comfortable.
In the settings menu we will find all the new options (4K, HDR, Bitstream) and setting it up for our test was very easy.
Zidoo provides excellent support via OTA. We updated the X9S to the 1.2.3 version with ease ,and all the test were made with this version.
When we review a media player that stands out in terms of pricing, we expect to find performance results that are similar alongside with more premium features that are not easily found in the competition.
Let’s start with the easy ones.
In the field of audio, reproduction of both mp3s and FLACs was done effortlessly.
Of course we did not expect anything less and we observed nothing unusual (bad).
The big surprises come in the video playback area (as usual in these cases).
In the era of 4K, all key files played perfectly fine. We are referring mostly to TV series (Netflix) releases since no other official 4K releases are out there, especially in 60hz. (for the ones who care , the UHD “release” of BvS:Dawn of Justice played fine)
We do not think it is right to take into serious account 4K clips of demos that had issues during playback. These don’t have real life application yet.
Especially in the field of 4K playback better results were through the Media Center app of the player, instead of KODI.
But in KODI we found the most beautiful surprises.
Apart from the basic (correct 23.976 playback, no weird gamma) the X9S showed full Blu Ray menus!
Both movie and music Blu Ray backups, had exemplary menu playback.
Note that if you want to play full Blu Ray backups with their menus, it is better to switch the resolution to 1080p because in 4K there were issues (stuttering, etc)
Via KODI auto frame rate correction was also possible.
In the field of 3D unfortunately we could not do tests due to lack of compatible equipment but the web references state that playback is exemplary (3d subs, 24p etc.)
In terms of bitstreaming, HD Audio passed normally.
Dolby Atmos passed and we believe that DTS X should too (we lack the equipment).
Networking wise, through RJ45 we managed to playback Blu Ray.iso backups with no issue at all.
Wireless network can comfortably stream 1080p bit rate medium files (~6-8gb releases).
No changes here compared to other media players.
Google’s Android platform is evident in all its glory and all the familiar apps are there. Play Store, Google account, Gmail, YouTube, Games, Apps are now available for you to make your free time easier and more enjoyable.
The 6.0.1 version accompanied by Zidoo’s frequent updates, ensure that your media player has most of security issues covered.
So it is actually an end game in terms of android media player.
If you want the best, both in terms of reproduction but also in features and built quality, look no further.
The features in video playback are directly comparable with stand-alone consumer Blu Ray players and also in par with Dune-Cloudmedia ones (without the VXP obviously).
The acquisition cost maybe higher compared to other simpler ones, but as it usually happens, if you want the best you have to pay a little more.
We would like to thank www.geekbuying.com for sending the player in exchange of an unbiased presentation.
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