Originally Posted by Tom899
Thanks!! Appreciate it!
Being that you own all those, what do you prefer?
The D1 is the slowest. It still works quite well however. I somehow lost the functionality/support for running the Zapaiti juke box video wall. No fault of Dune or the unit. The D1 will run Dune's "My Collection" video wall but Dune wants to collect a monthly fee for using it and I refuse to pay for that privilege.
The Solo 4K does everything that the D1 does only faster in a smaller package albeit in a small plastic box. It adds support for UHD 4K video but it does not handle HDR very well. Dune uses their own algorithm for HDR-SDR; it works but there are problems. It does not support UHD menus. The Solo 4K does come with a full licence for Dune's "My Collection" juke box and it works quite well.
Zidoo. The Zidoo X9S/Z9S use the Realtek 1295/Realtek 1296 SoC's respectively and Android OS vs. the Sigma SoC's and Linux OS on the older Dune's. The X9S is using Android 6 OS and the Z9S with the newer Realtek 1296 is using Android 7 OS. The difference between the Realtek 1295/1296 is said to be additional I/O and memory support, otherwise on paper they are equal. Both units seem to work the same at the time of this posting with the Z9S maybe
operating a smidge faster. That maybe the difference in OS/memory between the two. It's rumored that Zidoo will perhaps update the X9S to Android 7 OS in the future. But it's really a moot point as you would want to buy the newer Z9S. Both units use a very nice aluminum case and are well built. Zidoo supports Kodi and has it's own movie wall software called "Home Theater 2" which works very well. I do not use Kodi opting for playback via "Home Theater 2". The Zidoo Z9S seems to be handling HDR meta data correctly.
The Dune HD Pro 4K is also an Android 6 OS Realtek 1295 SoC player. Zidoo is both an OEM/ODM supplier/manufacture and builds the Dune HD Pro 4K for Dune. Dune is doing their own programming on the unit and is quite far behind the curve compared to Zidoo's X9S/Z9S feature for feature. I had a Dune HD Pro 4K and replaced it with the Zidoo X9S.
To answer your question, buy the Zidoo Z9S if you plan to use it for UHD 4K. I really don't see any difference between the Dune HD Solo 4K and the Zidoo units for HD/1080 playback and the X9S/Z9S do a great job for UHD playback. Zidoo has, IMHO, excellent customer support, a website with a user forum, and very frequent firmware updates keeping the units current.