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Dune Player Issues
I have a Dune Base 3.0, a Dune Max HD, One working perfectly and one with a problem (Hardware) that I can not get repaired by Dune HD (more on that later).
I rip all my movies, Bluray and DVD, using MakeMKV to an unRaid NAS setup for SMB access. The rips are just the basic video and advanced audio files. No previews or warning messages, no subtitles unless English forced. I use a fixed template in MakeMKV to do this. Everything plays perfectly. The Dune feeds an Anthem AVM 50v which handles all the audio and passes the video, unmolested, to a JVC RS-58 projector which images on a 133" 1.1 gain screen.
Now on the Dune; the Dune was/is the best rendering system for movies I have seen, up till now. I have it on very good grounds that Dune has effectively discontinued support!! They are leaving the Consumer oriented business and trying to focus on the IPTV business.
I do not use any of the "Menu or graphic interface" options. I control the Dune over TCP/IP giving it the URC of the file to play. I was an Alpha/ Beta tester for the IP control portion of the Dune firmware, so I know it quite well. My theater is fully controlled by a PC which gets its commands from either a Pronto PRO or an iPad/iPhone over wifi. The PC controls every component in the room (TCP, RS232, IR) plus all lighting, callerID and HVAC. I have a full librarian that runs on the PC to select the Movie/Concert/TV Episode. The librarian displays on the main screen, think kalaidescape.
I have two DUNE MAX units, one of which is a brick. It will not power up after two years of unfailing service. Dune has been zero help in getting the unit repaired. No longer even answers eMails. If you go to the contact page, it provides a link for technical support. If you follow that link it tells you that the page does not exist. I have requested a place to send the unit, a replacement board, Schematics, . . . NARDA no support at all.
I took a raspberry Pi B+ and put up the OpenELEC version of XBMC Gotham 13. Overclocked the pi (from 700 to 900 MHZ, with some voltage uptick). Changed the PC software to form either the Dune IP command or the XBMC IP command. The Pi plays the movie as well as the Dune. The Pi System cost me $60 for the board, power supply, case and HDMI cable as a bundle (with a Wi-Fi/USB adapter which I don't use). If I didn't have my Librarian running on the PC I would just use XBMC in all its full glory.