Originally Posted by blenky
What happened to good old @kadqs
? He used to pop in to keep us abreast of when the next firmware is expected to drop. Not seen him on here for awhile?
Hi Guys. I was (and still am) very busy last weeks. With my side business. But meanwhile I also had a chance to test Ultra4k.
Do not ask me about its firmware version etc, because it is still alpha, prerelease version.
In general it is same as at Pro4K, the effort and challenge is audio part. Done developed it for Ultra4k together with team of Hiby Music. See https://www.hiby.com/gsjs/index_52.aspx
It is good that they have professional partner for that. We also got first version of dedicated Hiby Music app at Pro4k. Still very simple, and without network access, as some of you had already found. That app shall solve problems with too simple music player app we had till now. Will allow DSD playback, gapless etc. In case of Ultra4k, it communicate directly with DAC, so can send DSD stream straight to DAC. Supports also 353kHz PCM audio files, and DSD512. What is more, we can use HiBy mobile app for audio navigation and playback - other element missing and desired by some (but I hadn't tried it yet)
But this is the beginning, and we have to wait for next version of HiBy app. Approach is good.
With latest firmware for Pro4k I also see the regression for SD playback. Dune decided to use Kodi and its native player for DVD and SD materials, as realtek engine plays SD very bad. Kodi uses own engine, omit some Realtek SDK, and for SD does it much better. It means, that DVD engine planned for BD player app from Dune is canceled or postponed. I will try to check.
Dune fights now with priorities.
Now players will come, but video part is same in all. We can assume that all the efforts to fix some video problems refers to all the players. Do not think that Dune will not support Pro4k, and focus on Max4k and Ultra4K only. Of course, they had to work on audio software much more last weeks. Without that Max4k and Ultra4k with their DACs would be useless.
I have no latest information about next firmware updates. I will try to find more information next days. Also about priorities. We all have long list of wishes, some of them are awaiting for long time, and shall have high priority.