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Old 30-11-11, 04:21   #11
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Smile Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

Same here I owned the a210, and now the a300, just love it, plays mkvs very well
and streams youtube perfectly with my setup, there will be a firmware update very soon, which will make it even better.
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Old 04-02-12, 03:42   #12
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Default Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

The Dune doesn't has a integrated movie jukebox unlike the C-300 which has one and fyi, the Dune uses 3rd party jukebox like Zappiti, yaDIS, Movienizer, Dune Explorer, etc.
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Old 06-02-12, 23:54   #13
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Default Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

You will always need a pc for the dune jukeboxes. In one hand it slows down the process, but in the other hand you're more flexible.

The smart is perfectly able to play 1:1 bd rips with full menus.
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Old 15-02-12, 09:13   #14
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Default Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

Originally Posted by 8bit View Post
I've also noticed that the A-300 had issues with BD ISO's but not with BDMV folders (with the very few titles that it would play with menus) and the Netgear 550 was the other way around. Strange. I'd prefer ISO if possible.
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The Netgear 550 does BR-ISO quite well, also 3D SBS. But the do only one more Firmware update in a few days. The say the unit works good enogh for the money and the Product end of lifetime is reached. A Unit that never works that good like Dune or Popcorn. This is not the way they should treat their customers. So i do not recommend to by a Netgear550.

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Old 17-02-12, 14:41   #15
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Default Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

Originally Posted by 8bit View Post
So no issues playing full menus with BD isos. Even the java based menus?
Correct!
My Dune plays all my BD rips fine, even those with an annoying Java menu

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Old 19-02-12, 14:23   #16
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Default Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

I currently have a Popcorn Hour C-200. I'm not happy with the support and the stability.

Question 1: Did Dune fixed the old color bug? It was a bug that REC601 was used for HD content, rather REC709

"The issue with REC601 vs REC709 for HD resolution video was resolved at some point in a new firmware, but cant remember the version. The issue only related to certain HD video files which lacked the proper colorspace flags but was resolved to also work correctly for non flagged files"
Question 2: Does the Dune support pass-thru of Video Signals without scaling?
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Old 20-02-12, 14:20   #17
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Default Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

Originally Posted by Shepardos View Post
Question 2: Does the Dune support pass-thru of Video Signals without scaling?
AFAIK no media player offers a source direct mode. The Dune players can be set to output a number of different resolutions manually, but all media regardless of its resolution will then be output at that set resolution - there is no way to get the player to automatically adjust its output to match the source media.

If only there was a player that could do this I would think it would become a big seller.

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Default Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

Originally Posted by 8bit View Post
I'm happy to say that the Dune HD Smart D1 has performed very well! It plays BD ISO's without issue, Zappiti works fine for my needs ( TV episodes were a bit of a learning curve ) and I now feel like I have a player that I can stick with.

Thanks for everyone's input and help. Also, where on MPCC can I vote for the Dune player?

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I had the A-210 for several months and it never handled the BD ISO's all that well. I was going to get the A-300 but the issues I had with the 210 turned me off. I bought the Dune less then a week ago and so far I have zero regrets.
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Default I actually have both the Popcorn Hour A300 and the Dune Smart D1

I actually have both the Popcorn Hour A300 and the Dune Smart D1 (needed two players so bought both)

My initial impressions:

Hardware: They are both pretty solidly built, of course the Dune Display is a nice touch.
Maybe the Dune has a very small advantage with respect to hardware. Dune wins by a bit.

Remote Control:
I prefer the Dune's RC - although the PCH has backlight which is a killer advantage. The Dune is in my opinion better designed. But... if I had to choose - I would go for the PCH because of the backlight. PCH wins.

Mobile Phone/Tablet Apps: Both have iPhone and Android Apps - the Dune has better Apps.
Dune wins by a bit.

Speed of interface: Seems like the Dune is quicker - not that the PCH is bad - but the Dune feels quicker. Dune Wins by a bit.

Apps: The PCH actually has Apps - good working YouTube App, Cnn etc... really cool. The Dune has (almost) no Apps which is a drawback, it does have a poorly working Youtube App.
The PCH wins easily.

User interface: Both have nice looking interfaces - no major preference here. It's a tie.

Jukebox - the PCH wins big time with the integrated jukebox. Really nice, works great. Perfect.

Video playback - I see almost no difference.

I guess they are both good devices.

PCH Advantages over Dune:
* Integrated Jukebox (no need for computer) - a serious advantage for Mac users (which don't have many options apart from DuneX which I personally find okish but needs further development)
* Backlit Remote Control
* Apps - Youtube, Cnn, Foxnews, some games, etc. a great touch

Dune Advantages over the PCH:
* a bit quicker GUI
* Front Panel Display
* a bit more solid hardware
* a bit better thought out Remote Control (but not by much)
* better control iPhone and Android Apps


So - I guess it's not a big difference between the two.
If I was a PC user - I would probably pick the Dune.
As a Mac user - the PCH with the Jukebox is a great plus.
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Default Re: Popcorn hour A-300 vs Dune HD Smart D1

Although I like the PCH A300 and the fact that it is more stable at release then when the C200/A200 came out, there are still some bugs I encounter that keep me using the Dunes (BD Prime and Smart D1) as the main players in my house. The main bugs that I encounter:

- HD Audio issues with certain movies (you get a nasty crackling sound). Star Wars Blu-ray was one example. Doesn't happen to all and switching to a secondary AC3 track fixes it

- A300 periodically loses connection to my network requiring a hard reboot

- HDMI handshake issues, where at times if I turn the A300 on before the TV I don't get a signal.

For the most part the A300 has worked well, but when I have zero issues with the Dune the bugs do stand out (and when it comes to having my wife operate a player the fewer bugs will always win out)
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