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Essentially they are all based on the same chipset from Realtek, 1295/1296. Picture quality, and weaknesses such as no support for forced subs in MKV, is similar.
I had the Dune when it first came out and got rid of it in a week. Judging from forums it has moved on somewhat but still numerous issues. From Zidoo I’ve had the Z10 and Z9S which are essentially the same innards as what you are considering. Again multiple issues.
The Zappiti is in fact manufactured by Zidoo, who is the OEM. But the added software is superior. Media centre wise Zappiti has it by a mile from Dune and is ahead of Zidoo. I’m not sure who clips together Dune but it could well be Zidoo as well. Zappiti initially did the software for Dune but branched out into their own company years ago.
As it stands for me the Zappiti is least bad overall with a genuinely impressive media centre solution. MyCollection from Dune is highly limited and the HomeTheater app from Zidoo mighty frustrating, requiring much initial remedial work if you’ve got a big collection.
7.2 Yamaha RX-A3080, Monitor Audio (Apex & Silver), Seismic 110, XBOX, Intel NUC6CAYH, Sony X700, Panasonic TX65GZ950B
5.1 Denon X7200WA, Focal Dome, LG OLED (E6V)
In both Setups "Virgin Tivo V6, Zappiti 4K HDR, FireTV Stick 4K, Harmony Elite"