Originally Posted by Litlgi74
I am very interested in the Dune HD Base... Especially for its HD Audio features... Just hoping to clarify some things.
All of my DVDs and Blu Rays are ripped to MKV via MakeMKV... I don't really want to repackage them... is this a problem?
I am currently a Plex user... but the limitation of my Mac to output HD audio, stuttering video, dropped frames, and AV Sync issues has led me to look elsewhere... So far the Dune looks to be the best of all worlds! Am I wrong?
My plan is to connect the Dune to my Mac Mini via ethernet cable... All of my media is stored on two Drobos that are hooked to the Mini via Firewire (HD) and USB (SD). Will the Dune be able to access the data on my Drobos? I have read the the Dune now supports HFS+ Journaled (091229_1411_beta)... but it is not mentioned anywhere in the firmware updates... Would I be able to plug my Drobos directly into the Dune via USB ports?
I see that the Dune is able to play high bit rate files... 50+MB... How does it hold up with films such as Avatar, Transformers 1 & 2? Are there any files or Blu Ray rips the Dune can not handle? Does processing the HD audio hinder performance?
My wife and I very much enjoy the interface of Plex... Does Dune have a "pretty" user interface? I can't really find any pictures...
What Apps or websites are available... Hope Netflix come soon!
How does the DA conversion hold up over the multi channel analog... I will be hooking the Dune up to my Anthem AVM 20.... no HDMI.
Even though Anthem is coming out with a new line of receivers... I would like to hold onto my processor a little while longer... So if the the Dunes HD Audio decoding is comparable to my Oppo BDP-83... I think the unit will be right up my ally...
I can answer a couple of your questions:
The MKV files should play fine
Avatar and Transformers plays fine and I have not found a high bitrate file that cannot be played currently
The user interface is flexible enough so that you can hide most of want you want to and show what you would like. The way things look on the Dune is controlled by text files and art files that you put into the directory structure where your media files are stored.
Netflix is not natively supported yet, but has worked for a long time using the low-priced software called playon which is a UPnP application that allows for the Dune to play Netflix, Amazon VOD, Pandora, Youtube and many more.
Unless you use your Oppo to play SACD, you could buy a Dune 3 Prime and completely eliminate it.