Originally Posted by RickAVManiac
I have my Z9S for couples of week now and can say initial impression are still great.
In this particular context, we watch a lot of content and everything I send to the Zidoo it play flawlessly.
From last Star Wars bd folder rip to some mkv tv show and even old family souvenir in old iso dvd burn, all play without any bugs.
Since I got the player did not do one reboot. The basic functions seem pretty solid to me.
Every time I search for a function or try to change a option I found what I am looking for in short time and every time I am surprise how easy and straightforward this player is.
I like that little device so much I move it from my bedroom setup to my main family room setup.
I have a similar experience. I had initial issues with a first purchase which was returned (audio/video stutter and dropouts on some titles - not all), however my wife couldn't live with the alternatives (Zapitti, Shield Pro 2019) and I "double dipped" and bought a second, sure in the knowledge that I could still play most of the files and those that showed issues would hopefully be resolved in future firmware upgrades.
Happily the second unit I received has exhibited none of the previous issues. It can occasionally be a little unstable with ISO menu playback, but nothing that "backing out" and a re-try doesn't resolve.
I'm not totally convinced that the Z9S was the cause of the problems I witnessed, as I changed "all" HDMI cables during that troubleshooting phase. I had all "premium certified" cables already, but felt that there may well have been some that were failing, or working "at the edge" of their capabilities and causing the instability I was seeing throughout my system. After much consideration I plumped for these https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
and they have provided a rock-solid base since their introduction. A little more than I normally spend on cables - but so far worth the additional outlay. I also re-routed my sources, originally routing source > video processor > (splitting signal to) Projector/AV processor, changing to source > AV processor > video processor > Projector. All these combined changes and full shut down and re-setting of HDMI handshakes seems to have totally stabilised the set-up and I have had no issues with any sources since then.
I'm now a very happy camper