Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media – dune hd media player

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Dune hd smart d1 – a superb movie streamer and more. The dune streamer is a fairly unassuming little box, but is filled with clever surprises. Firstly, it plays a huge range of files natively, including my favourite good old fashioned isos, which not every player can. Secondly, it integrates so fantastically well with my av system. Okay, the native user interface is not exactly uber-sexy, but invest in the mymovies software and you can take this little unit to another place altogether. Thirdly, response times on my gigabit network, some hard wired, some using powerline, some wireless, is fantastic with no drop out – i store all my files on a cental server rather than locally on the dune hard drive. Picture and sound quality is excellent and the unit really looks good in a home av setting. Finally, i come back to mymovies and control integration – being able to integrate an app so well with the unit makes accessing movies a dream, with full dune remote control built into the app. Dune players also integrate beautifully with third party systems, such as control4, who use the extra vegetables driver to integrate the dune player. Build quality is superb, adding a hard drive just required removing three screws and set up was a doddle.

So delighted with this i am almost emotional about it. Well, i stumbled across this almost by mistake. My main reason for buying it was the fact that it will play blu-ray iso files with full menu support (rather than most media players these days would just play the video part – not the menus). I only ever play blu-rays i have created from my home video footage and so this means i can test the blu-ray before i actually burn a disc. Also, as my home video editing has become one of my major hobbies, this dune device means i can have all my ‘wonderfully stunning’ video epics all stored on a hard drive connected to this media player which is so convenient. I spend a huge amount of time editing my home and travel videos and this piece of equipment is now a fully functioning addition which i feel enhances my hobby. All my blu-ray and dvd files play flawlessly on the dune. I haven’t even bothered to do any firmware upgrade at the moment. It works so well with the firmware version that came on it that i am tempted to leave it as it is (if it ain’t broke. I never mess with commercially made dvds or blu-rays so can’t pass an opinion on how it would work with those. Pretty much all my dvd & blu-rays are created with sony movie studio editing suite and absolutely everything i have created over the last several years looks and plays great on the dune. I also use it as an mp3 player in the lounge, and also store digital photos from my camera. They all play without a hitch. If i was to be ultra-ultra picky then the only thing i wish it could play (and i cannot see any way to make it play them) is flv video files. Here are the specifications for the Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media:

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  • internal HDD
  • Blu-Ray license
  • full HD
  • Media streamer

This player ‘does what it says on the tin’. Has played just about all of my files. Before this i had a sumvision mkv enclosure which was excellent for the price. Also played everything thrown at it (actually plays a couple of non-standard mp4 files that the d1 plays with no audio) but had much cheaper build quality and overheated with the supplied hard drive. I’ve now taken the drive out of the sumvision and it’s excellent as a network player. Choose drive carefully for the dune d1. It definitely needs a ‘green’ eco-drive which is low power consumption and therefore low heat, as there is no fan in the enclosure. I bought a wd caviar green 2tb here on amazon which is recommended by dune and this works perfectly. Where the d1 really shows its class is in the build quality (solid) and most of all in the software of the transport controls. It’s fine being able to play anything, but if it’s difficult to get around a file it makes using it a chore. All menu actions are fast and smooth (not quite instant, but fast enough not to be irritating), with many ways of navigating the file.

Fantastic piece of technology. As i said in the heading, fantastic. I was looking for something that would connect to my home network, convert and stream movies, tv programs, music from my media server to an older tv that was not a ‘smart’ tv. I toyed with the idea of buying a new hd internet ready tv but at the time could not justify the spend. The dune hd smart d1′ is just great. I have it plugged into a ‘at the time’ quality toshiba standard def tv with composite connections and fibre digital audio. It plays back absolutely everything that i have on my media server, mkv, avi, mp4 etc. Even the items that are hd 720/1080 are converted and play which means my kids can watch what they want while i watch what i want on the bigger hd tv in the house.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • The best I have ever used
  • Great Media Streamer Becomes Awesome With Zappiti.
  • Dune is awesome network player

I have been using many different media players, both at home and for my work. So i have experience with probably 10-15 dvicos, 1 popcorn hour, a western digital hd, an xstreamer and probably others i have forgotten. And then i bought the dune hd smart d1. It is really standing out of the crowd. The support of various video formats is very good. It is robust, silent (unlike many others). The video quality is very good. Most do a very very crappy upscaling wiht loads of flicker remaining all over the place even on progressive 24 or 25p contents. The dune does a very decent motion adaptive upscaling. It is not as good as what you can get from say, a panasonic blu-ray player, which can do an outstanding upscaling, but it is way better than any other i have used so far, including the very select popcorn hour ‘c’. In addition, it is very easy to use jukebox software that generates very user friendly menus to access your video library (e. It plays blu-ray images with all java bells and whistles, and remembers where you were for each dvd/blu-ray. This is very convenient because you do not have to skip the tons of previews and ads that the dvd makers force you to watch when you insert the disc into a player. So overall the dune does its job very well and many things have been thoroughly designed by the manufacturer. Last but not least, the box is very complete. When i bought it, i opened it to put a hard drive.

If you are looking for a perfect hd media player, go for dune hd smart d1. It delivers a perfect digital video and audio and 3d effects, beside, other audio effect, it can also play dolby true hd and dts hd master up to 7. It can jump chapters, for example, if you press no 1 on the remote, it jumps to 10% of the movie, no 2 20% and so on. I have this device for nearly a year now with absolutely no issue.

So delighted with this i am almost emotional about it. Well, i stumbled across this almost by mistake. My main reason for buying it was the fact that it will play blu-ray iso files with full menu support (rather than most media players these days would just play the video part – not the menus). I only ever play blu-rays i have created from my home video footage and so this means i can test the blu-ray before i actually burn a disc. Also, as my home video editing has become one of my major hobbies, this dune device means i can have all my ‘wonderfully stunning’ video epics all stored on a hard drive connected to this media player which is so convenient. I spend a huge amount of time editing my home and travel videos and this piece of equipment is now a fully functioning addition which i feel enhances my hobby. All my blu-ray and dvd files play flawlessly on the dune. I haven’t even bothered to do any firmware upgrade at the moment. It works so well with the firmware version that came on it that i am tempted to leave it as it is (if it ain’t broke. I never mess with commercially made dvds or blu-rays so can’t pass an opinion on how it would work with those. Pretty much all my dvd & blu-rays are created with sony movie studio editing suite and absolutely everything i have created over the last several years looks and plays great on the dune. I also use it as an mp3 player in the lounge, and also store digital photos from my camera. They all play without a hitch. If i was to be ultra-ultra picky then the only thing i wish it could play (and i cannot see any way to make it play them) is flv video files.

Dune hd smart d1 – a superb movie streamer and more. The dune streamer is a fairly unassuming little box, but is filled with clever surprises. Firstly, it plays a huge range of files natively, including my favourite good old fashioned isos, which not every player can. Secondly, it integrates so fantastically well with my av system. Okay, the native user interface is not exactly uber-sexy, but invest in the mymovies software and you can take this little unit to another place altogether. Thirdly, response times on my gigabit network, some hard wired, some using powerline, some wireless, is fantastic with no drop out – i store all my files on a cental server rather than locally on the dune hard drive. Picture and sound quality is excellent and the unit really looks good in a home av setting. Finally, i come back to mymovies and control integration – being able to integrate an app so well with the unit makes accessing movies a dream, with full dune remote control built into the app. Dune players also integrate beautifully with third party systems, such as control4, who use the extra vegetables driver to integrate the dune player. Build quality is superb, adding a hard drive just required removing three screws and set up was a doddle.

If you are looking for a perfect hd media player, go for dune hd smart d1. It delivers a perfect digital video and audio and 3d effects, beside, other audio effect, it can also play dolby true hd and dts hd master up to 7. It can jump chapters, for example, if you press no 1 on the remote, it jumps to 10% of the movie, no 2 20% and so on. I have this device for nearly a year now with absolutely no issue.

The best available at the moment. This is my fourth media player and by far the best. It will play any video format i’ve thrown at it so far. Nice random function for playing music provided it’s all in the same folder. Lots of streaming radio stations. Try as i might i cant get the torrent program to work. It has a nice clock on standby, but the hardrive i fitted a 2tb keeps spinning.

Great media streamer becomes awesome with zappiti. . I have only had this unit for about three weeks but i spent about six weeks researching which unit to buy. I decided on this one for a few good points. It seems to play any file type i have thrown at it so far from blu-rays, dvds,. It is very easy to initially set up with an attached 2tb hard drive i also purchased, and after having copied some of my media to it, the dune was playing up-scaled video in 1080p to my tv in under ten minutes. I have mainly purchased this to play my dvds and blu-rays that i have ripped to the hard drive and so i also use one of it’s best features which is a jukebox media player skin. If you haven’t heard of it or don’t know what it is i would recommend everyone to look up zappiti on the net and read a few reviews and watch a few tutorial videos. It displays your video library in a very nice clear way, with ratings about the movie, synopses, year and actor information etc. It is very pleasing to they eye but is initially the only pain in the whole experience i have had so far (although you don’t have to use it and can just browse via the attached usb storage). This unit also accommodates an internal hard drive if you wish to put one in, and can also stream media from your network from attached computers and nas devices. All in all this is a very good media player in comparison to some awful ones i have had in the past. If like me you have spent ages on the net stressing over which to buy from the popcorn hour, wdtv and more, stop reading endless reviews on different units and take a chance and get this one, you’ll be pleased when you do.

If you want to watch russian tv, this is it. Great box, i installed kartina. Tv on it, and it works a treat. A great media player especially if you have russian connections. Good hardware, great quality picture, even has 3d support.

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  1. In 24 hours could not want or get a better service. What can i say deliverd in 24 hours could not want or get a better service. As for the unit so far has played every thing i have thrown at it i have installed vlc player on all my mobile devices and get no problems streemingmy only gripe is i can’t find a comprehensive manual to de able to load files to the hdd but i will figure it out.
    1. In 24 hours could not want or get a better service. What can i say deliverd in 24 hours could not want or get a better service. As for the unit so far has played every thing i have thrown at it i have installed vlc player on all my mobile devices and get no problems streemingmy only gripe is i can’t find a comprehensive manual to de able to load files to the hdd but i will figure it out.
  2. This review is from : Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media with 1080p Upscaling

    This player “does what it says on the tin”. Has played just about all of my files. Before this i had a sumvision mkv enclosure which was excellent for the price. Also played everything thrown at it (actually plays a couple of non-standard mp4 files that the d1 plays with no audio) but had much cheaper build quality and overheated with the supplied hard drive. I’ve now taken the drive out of the sumvision and it’s excellent as a network player. Choose drive carefully for the dune d1. It definitely needs a “green” eco-drive which is low power consumption and therefore low heat, as there is no fan in the enclosure. I bought a wd caviar green 2tb here on amazon which is recommended by dune and this works perfectly. Where the d1 really shows its class is in the build quality (solid) and most of all in the software of the transport controls. It’s fine being able to play anything, but if it’s difficult to get around a file it makes using it a chore. All menu actions are fast and smooth (not quite instant, but fast enough not to be irritating), with many ways of navigating the file.
    1. This player “does what it says on the tin”. Has played just about all of my files. Before this i had a sumvision mkv enclosure which was excellent for the price. Also played everything thrown at it (actually plays a couple of non-standard mp4 files that the d1 plays with no audio) but had much cheaper build quality and overheated with the supplied hard drive. I’ve now taken the drive out of the sumvision and it’s excellent as a network player. Choose drive carefully for the dune d1. It definitely needs a “green” eco-drive which is low power consumption and therefore low heat, as there is no fan in the enclosure. I bought a wd caviar green 2tb here on amazon which is recommended by dune and this works perfectly. Where the d1 really shows its class is in the build quality (solid) and most of all in the software of the transport controls. It’s fine being able to play anything, but if it’s difficult to get around a file it makes using it a chore. All menu actions are fast and smooth (not quite instant, but fast enough not to be irritating), with many ways of navigating the file.
      1. I ordered this after a long and rocky relationship with an asus oplayhd2 – long story but stay clear of that one, no support from the parent company. . Anyway, a lot of research and reading led me to this or the popcorn hour. It was at this point i rang my htpc (the amazon marketplace seller) and made my decision. Not only did they offer detailed and patient advice they also talked themselves out of a more expensive sale to recommend this over the popcorn hour. For the total beginner you can plug it in, point it to your stored movies (either nas/usb/external hdd) and play. The slightly more tech literate could add an internal drive (i choose a wd 2tb caviar green). The ‘green’ drives were recommended by the company as the box is passively cooled and they ‘shouldn’t’ generate a lot of excess heat. Using external drives or a decent network it’s pretty simple to dump movies onto the drive once the box has set it up for use.
  3. I ordered this after a long and rocky relationship with an asus oplayhd2 – long story but stay clear of that one, no support from the parent company. . Anyway, a lot of research and reading led me to this or the popcorn hour. It was at this point i rang my htpc (the amazon marketplace seller) and made my decision. Not only did they offer detailed and patient advice they also talked themselves out of a more expensive sale to recommend this over the popcorn hour. For the total beginner you can plug it in, point it to your stored movies (either nas/usb/external hdd) and play. The slightly more tech literate could add an internal drive (i choose a wd 2tb caviar green). The ‘green’ drives were recommended by the company as the box is passively cooled and they ‘shouldn’t’ generate a lot of excess heat. Using external drives or a decent network it’s pretty simple to dump movies onto the drive once the box has set it up for use.
    1. I like the player very much, i have not got round to useing the hard drive yet, i have had a busy few weeks. One thing i did not realise it could not do was to store music(mp3 and photo”s i must have misunder the spec. I will be trying to put movie”s on it as soon as i receive the usb stick. Please ask me againin a months time.
      1. I like the player very much, i have not got round to useing the hard drive yet, i have had a busy few weeks. One thing i did not realise it could not do was to store music(mp3 and photo”s i must have misunder the spec. I will be trying to put movie”s on it as soon as i receive the usb stick. Please ask me againin a months time.
  4. Some of the other reviewers have said picture quality is excellent but i have to disagree. The picture quality is not so good for upscaled dvd rips. For comparison i am using sony and samsung blu-ray players (both of which do a really good job of upscaling), a panasonic 42″ plasma tv and a optoma hd20 projector. The problem i have is that upscaled images are “over sharpened” (or perhaps it is more correct to say there is insufficient noise filtering) and this makes the pictures very grainy with prominent compression artefacts. When i did a direct comparison between the sony and dune (by pressing pause and switching av inputs on my tv), the differences do seem small, and yet i find i really dislike looking at the dune picture whereas i find the sony picture quite lovely. I should add that this problem disappears if you set the dune to standard def (pal 575i) and let the tv upscale but then the image is quite blurry compared with an upscaling blu ray player. I bought the dune so i could get rid of my dvds and recover some shelf space so for me, the dune is a failure.
  5. This review is from : Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media with 1080p Upscaling

    Some of the other reviewers have said picture quality is excellent but i have to disagree. The picture quality is not so good for upscaled dvd rips. For comparison i am using sony and samsung blu-ray players (both of which do a really good job of upscaling), a panasonic 42″ plasma tv and a optoma hd20 projector. The problem i have is that upscaled images are “over sharpened” (or perhaps it is more correct to say there is insufficient noise filtering) and this makes the pictures very grainy with prominent compression artefacts. When i did a direct comparison between the sony and dune (by pressing pause and switching av inputs on my tv), the differences do seem small, and yet i find i really dislike looking at the dune picture whereas i find the sony picture quite lovely. I should add that this problem disappears if you set the dune to standard def (pal 575i) and let the tv upscale but then the image is quite blurry compared with an upscaling blu ray player. I bought the dune so i could get rid of my dvds and recover some shelf space so for me, the dune is a failure.
  6. This review is from : Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media with 1080p Upscaling

    Very happy with the product as it does what it’s supposed to do. The picture and sound quality is great and the system is very easy to use. It doesn’t get 5 stars because the wifi didn’t work although it’s not important.
    1. Very happy with the product as it does what it’s supposed to do. The picture and sound quality is great and the system is very easy to use. It doesn’t get 5 stars because the wifi didn’t work although it’s not important.
      1. First of all, i’ll say this is a brilliant media player. It was fairly easy to setup, but i am very technical anyway. Others may find it not so easy and the lack of clear documentation could be a problem for some. Having said that, the online forums are brilliant and can tell you everything you want to know. I’ve installed a 2tb wd caviar green 5400rpm into mine, which is whisper quiet and fairly cool in operation. This unit doesn’t have any internal fans, so i don’t recommend 7200rpm drives as the heat could be a problem. I did try it with a 10,000rpm wd raptor and the noise and especially the heat was too much. So anyway, connecting it to my home network was a breeze and it picked up all my network devices straight away (nas etc) and i had no issues connecting it to my pioneer av.
  7. This review is from : Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media with 1080p Upscaling

    First of all, i’ll say this is a brilliant media player. It was fairly easy to setup, but i am very technical anyway. Others may find it not so easy and the lack of clear documentation could be a problem for some. Having said that, the online forums are brilliant and can tell you everything you want to know. I’ve installed a 2tb wd caviar green 5400rpm into mine, which is whisper quiet and fairly cool in operation. This unit doesn’t have any internal fans, so i don’t recommend 7200rpm drives as the heat could be a problem. I did try it with a 10,000rpm wd raptor and the noise and especially the heat was too much. So anyway, connecting it to my home network was a breeze and it picked up all my network devices straight away (nas etc) and i had no issues connecting it to my pioneer av.
    1. There ar a one or two things that could be better for this unit, the users manuel for one and the ui. I had more problems than most as i wanted to use it in conjunction with apple mac. In summary this is a first class product, but you do need to update the firmware from the start. I would recommend a visit to the following [.
  8. This review is from : Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media with 1080p Upscaling

    There ar a one or two things that could be better for this unit, the users manuel for one and the ui. I had more problems than most as i wanted to use it in conjunction with apple mac. In summary this is a first class product, but you do need to update the firmware from the start. I would recommend a visit to the following [.
    1. Dune is awesome network player. The dune hd smart d1 is an awesome network media player once you have set it up correctly, and really comes into its own when using it in conjunction with a ‘nas’ (network-attached-storage) external hard drive (using fast ethernet connection), and also connecting it to your home-theatre receiver using an hdmi cable. I use it mainly for my music collection, but also some video. The dune gives me perfect lossless sound quality with flac files, and it even plays them to my receiver in multi-channel 5. 1 at 96khz/24bit resolution. (nb to get exact ‘bit-for-bit’ lossless audio playback to your receiver you can even disable the dune’s internal volume processing, so it will output the exact original data to your receiver via an hdmi cable. )the video quality also is very good in 1080p resolution.
      1. Dune is awesome network player. The dune hd smart d1 is an awesome network media player once you have set it up correctly, and really comes into its own when using it in conjunction with a ‘nas’ (network-attached-storage) external hard drive (using fast ethernet connection), and also connecting it to your home-theatre receiver using an hdmi cable. I use it mainly for my music collection, but also some video. The dune gives me perfect lossless sound quality with flac files, and it even plays them to my receiver in multi-channel 5. 1 at 96khz/24bit resolution. (nb to get exact ‘bit-for-bit’ lossless audio playback to your receiver you can even disable the dune’s internal volume processing, so it will output the exact original data to your receiver via an hdmi cable. )the video quality also is very good in 1080p resolution.