Originally Posted by Sledgehamma
They just released a new firmware with very interesting aspects:
-HDR to SDR conversion (they don't specify which color space is being used though)
-Improved the algorithms of upscaling, denoising and edge sharpening
-Improved the rendering effect, sharpness enhancement and clearness
Too bad I had to give the device back. Would love to test if they really improved the PQ.
Well I still have it. now I NOT run it to test patterns and so.
First I have to confess I judge a player when using it every day. When I had the Zappiti 7 months ago, I also had the Zidoo for a while. A lot of people affirmed the Zidoo had the same picture, using the same Realtec. On my Sony VW 95 differences were obvious. The Zidoo needed more sharpening from the projector and was softer. But strange enough, I found the effect of depth, better in the Zidoo. The Zappity not gave me the impression of immersion.
Also difficult, due to the higher contrast to find a good balance, also for the details in dark scenes. A lot of people found the image breathtaking, but I kept seeing the flaws.
I take my mini Zappiti on holiday (I am 4 months a year at least in Thailand) I had hte last firmware there, and it looked better, but I not saw it on my projector. Until a few weeks ago.
WHat MY EYES, see, is a very important improvement. The what artificial sharpening, compared to my now older Oppo 93, has vanished. It looks much more natural then before. When before I did a comparaison with the OPPO, I missed the more natural feeling from that one. The Zappiti, even having a nice PQ , looked flat compared. But I not,understand how a new soft, can change things so much. Because finally I also have that feeling of depth that the player was missing and a more cinema feeling.
Now not all files have the same encodes, and some files can look good on both, but others can look better on the other. And now for me, the Zappiti is the better of the Oppo 93. Why? Because the issues I had before are gone, and mostly picture noise is better on the Zappitti. It is all cleaner.
There are some small bugs here and there, but PQ is now outstanding. But if you do keep in mind I use the player only in 1080 P, sometimes it looks like I am in 4 K already. I prefer the interface compared to Kodi, so even if it is more expensive then Zidoo (and I not know the improvements of that player, as I not have that one any more), when the basic settings are right, it is worth the extra price.
Yes, the only frustration is that it is not a good mediacenter, when using pictures and certainly for music. That it cannot give you an interface for that as good as Jriver on computer. But then to watch movies concerts, even HDTV caps, difficult to find better for the price.
I only use the Oppo 93 for music now.....