Just yesterday I posted a brief update on some various tidbits relating to Dune HD. After digging around, I was able to come up with a little more information that I thought would be worth posting about.
Dune Base 3D, TV303D, and Zappiti Player
- You can now pre order these models over at Duneplayer.com. The site lists the Zappiti player but I don’t think it is up yet on the site
- One thing you may wonder, what is the difference (aside from form factor) between the Base 3D and the TV303D? Well, from what I can tell it appears the one main difference is the TV303D will not support HD Audio. It is not clear however what that means, will it only support just downmix to stereo of HD Audio? My guess this would be the case. The price difference is $100 so it really comes down to how important HD Audio support is. I could see the Base 3D being the player in your main viewing / home theater area with the 303D being great for a bedroom or as a secondary player. Either way I should have a TV303D here soon to test
Dune Max 3D
- It will be based on an Intel chip, but the final chip that will be used will not be determined until they get closer to launch
- It is NOT an HTPC. XBMC is simply being used as purely the front end, there will be a separate playback engine that will handle playback of all file types (so disregard anything you know about how XBMC handles file playback)
- There will be an optical disc that will be Cinavia enforced. This will affect people who are looking to play back copied discs (physical).
- There will be a separate playback engine for files. The question is really how unencrypted rips (i.e. BR ISOs or BR folder rips) would be treated. Would they flow through the Blu Ray engine (which would mean Cinavia) or would they bypass this (either via the alternate file playback engine or simply bypass the Cinavia checks if unencrypted).
- Price expected to be in the $500-700 range and expected release of Late Q2 / early Q3