Originally Posted by rondi
Thanks for the reply Whirpool,
Did you mean X9s OK with MKV, but no forced subs---vs Z9s in your first line?
Any media players with the RTD 1295/1296 SoC have a problem with forced sub's with MKV rips's. For what ever reason, they do not read the flag. To mitigate this issue, I rip an ISO if the movie has forced sub's and they playback without a problem.
I have the X9S and have held off buying the Z9S because quite frankly, I cannot see any really difference on paper between between the RTD 1295/1296 chip-sets other than the additional I/O's and memory. I prefer to wait for a newer SoC than the RTD 1296 to see if it solves or better address 4K UHD playback.
The X9S with the v2.1.22 firmware is quite stable and plays back correct framerates which many of the other RTD 1295/1296 SoC players have a problem with including Dune HD Pro 4K. As far as I can tell the X9S is equal with the Z9S with regards to UHD 4k playback with an edge to the X9S menu support.
The only title that I had a problem with seamless branching on the X9S was "Incredibles 2". Interestingly, rewinding/resetting to the last chapter and hitting play again resulted in correcting the problem. That was on firmware v2.0.34 for me.
I've had no problems with Bluray HD menus with the X9S. I've also not had a problem with UHD menu's but I only have 2 rips.
I have a Dune HD D1 and a Dune HD Solo. The X9S plays back Bluray HD equally well compared to the Dune's. I would maybe give the Dune's a very slight edge to the Dune's for DVD. I prefer Zidoo's movie scraper over Dune's.
I had a Dune HD Pro 4K and became frustrated with it compared to the X9S as the X9S simply offered better performance. I sold the Dune HD Pro 4K some time ago.
I think the X9S is better from a firmware stand point at this time compared to the Z9S. I do think the Z9S will quickly catch up as Zidoo seems to be very aggressive and responsive to their users. I do believe that there are some problems with the RTD 1295/1296 SoC and or the SDK supplied by RealTek that will simply never be addressed or fixed.
The Z9S is the new and most popular box from Zidoo. That means that you can buy the X9S for less money and in my mind, that makes it something of a bargain. So far, the X9S continues to have good support from Zidoo albeit second place to the Z9S at this point in time.
There is an X9S thread here: