We recently started carrying the Dune HD Media Players and I finally had a chance to test the Dune HD Max out in the theater and D-Box over the weekend.
I had played with network media players in the past and have always been disappointed.
One of the challenges with the HTPC has always been that it will only output sound on one channel. I know some of you were using MPC and multiple sound cards to get around this issue...but I got tired of trying to make it work and wanted something that would just work right out of the box. The Dune HD Max outputs both sound and video on all available ports. This works out well for me where I'm feeding the Onkyo via HDMI and can get TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio sound, plus feed my D-Box motion platform via Coax or Toslink (which requires 5.1 to sync), plus feed my Russound Whole House Audio system via the stereo outputs. I also feed the whole house component matrix switcher via the Dune HD Max's component video outputs.
Add in it's IP (two-way) and IR control and it's really a power house. I was selecting movies from my iPad in about 5 minutes.
For anyone who is tired of dealing with the complexities and ongoing maintenance of an HTPC, the Dune HD Max is a great low price option. It's a great headacheless option to for trying to get both TrueHD / DTS-HD Master Audio and 5.1 for the D-Box.
I've posted a more thorough review in my own build thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1208912/the-cinemar-home-theater-construction-thread/2520#post_22714546Edited by mcascio - 12/17/12 at 12:08pm