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The C-200 will NOT pass all HD audio as of the last time I tested (3 weeks ago). It also stutters when playing BD-ISO files over the network.
I now have a Dune Prime 3 for testing. It is connected to my Integra 9.8 processor via HDMI. The Dune played back all of my video test files including BD-ISO files without stuttering! This is the very first player to do so! I was able to get full support of:
PCM at 96Khz/24 bit
PCM at 192Khz/24 bit
This is the first player that I have tested that will output all of these hi-res audio formats without down-sampling or passing the compressed core instead.
The user-interface is very configurable allowing me to show just the menu items I want. For me this is perfect as my family will only see:
Video Audio Photo
on their screen. I have no need for the IPTV, torrent, file browser, or internet radio components at this time, so I choose not to show them. The setup screen also stays hidden so that my family is not confused and will not mess with the settings.
Trickplay worked very well as did connectivity using NFS, SMB, UPnP, and HTTP.
The only major downside so far has been the poor implementation in the photo viewing section. You must browse with filenames rather than thumbnails and the zooming/panning options are not very good. There is a new firmware update out that is supposed to enhance the photo viewer and I will be updating to it once my preliminary testing is done.
The Blu-ray drive in the system itself seems to work well and is fairly quiet in operation using Blu-ray, DVD and CD media. The drive will not read DVD-Audio or SACD media directly, however, it can stream DVD-Audio media ripped.
When used with the My Movies application to index your videos, create cover-art icons and preview pages, the Dune Prime acts as a terrific video jukebox. I imagine that I can use the same layout for music artwork. I will be testing that in the coming days.
It looks like I will finally be able to retire my old Roku HD1000's and give my customers a solid recommendation for this product.