Scanning of the jukebox in the background. While scanning the jukebox is already usable:
Menu of the jukebox. It is possible to edit movies or TV shows which the jukebox couldn't identify:
In case a movie or TV show has been wrongly identified it is possible to edit it:
In addition, you can edit cover and wallpaper of movies and TV shows:
In case a movie has several parts Zappiti automatically creates a collection (saga) for it where all parts are merged. Instead of having four entries for every Die Hard movie there is just one entry where all parts are included.
Filtering by "seen" or "unseen":
Adding of movies or TV shows:
Similarly to the explorer all devices on the network or local sotrage are being displayed:
Adding a device manually by IP address:
Miscellaneous settings of the media center. There are several languages available:
Only one skin available. There is one additional skin which can be purchased for 4,99€:
Setting up parental control:
Source from where the information (separated by contents and pictures) for movies is downloaded from:
Source for pictures:
Same options for TV shows:
While using the Zappiti Media Center it becomes very obvious that this is the main reason for buying a Zappiti player. The jukebox is very well designed and a joy to use. In case something is not clear the displayed tips are there to help. In particular, the great amount of options to filter or sort videos and the merging of movies into sagas separates this jukebox from the competition. The only downside is that there are few skins and that the layout for TV shows is the same as for movies. In addition, a future update should enable the media center to index music as well.
All in all the playback of the latest Zappiti generation is good. One has to take into account the fact that this review is largely based on the initial firmware whereas other reviews such as the PCH A-500 or Dune Solo 4K were made after several firmware updates. Therefore, future software updates to fix bugs are expected. This review will be updated accordingly.
In general, the start of a video is pleasantly fast (see also later mentioned problem). The same can be said about changing the audio language while playback or time jumps. The right audio language is always being selected, which can be set up in the settings menu.
Bitstreaming of HD audio such as DTS-HD or Dolby TrueHD is flawless. The same can be said about PGS subtitles (these subtitles are used in Blu-rays) inside mkv or BD.iso/folders. The fact that 2160p within H.264 and H.265 with a bitrate of 200 mbit are being played without any stutter and start basically as fast as a 720p video show how powerful the decoder of the RTD1295 is. Therefore, one can assume that the new generation will not have problems with playing back UHD videos once they become available (UHD BD videos have a maximum bitrate of 128 mbit). In addition to 3D BD.iso playback the latest FW (3.04) enables MVC playback inside mkv, so that there is no loss in quality when ripping 3D BDs. So the Zappiti 4K HDR series joins the small group of hardware players like the PCH A-500 or Mede8er 800X3D that can play that format.
Playback of Blu-rays with full menu is not supported, but a simple menu is available where one can choose titles, audio and subtitles. However, DVDs can be played back with menu.