Dune HD 2020 Players Owners Thread

Bagapeas

Active Member
After much frustration and messing about with network settings on the NAS it turns out it was a simple solution and trying a different Ethernet cable did the trick taking a read test from 12MB/s to over 100 so no more choppy playback.
 

Nocturnal

Member
Hi all,

I have been using a 10 year old budget LG Bluray to play video files on my 22" (yes LoL) LG TV monitor. I have no internet connection at my house so I sometimes download YouTube documentaries in my mothers onto a 1TB portable HDD and play them back at the house, lately most of the MKV or .mp4 YouTube downloads will not work on my old LG BluRay player and I need to use my laptop plugged in via HDMI which is a nuisance...

All I am looking is a media player to play more modern video formats via my portable HDD drive, I don't use a NAS or anything and my TV is 1080p. I have been looking at these 4k Dune drives but maybe a bit overkill for my purposes...

I was wondering would the typical cheapo Chinese media players do me instead of forking out £150, I was looking into upgrading my Bluray player just for the more modern media playback but the 4k players are overkill also and I don't need a 4k UHD BD player as I have no 4k TV. I'm sure the Dune have a slicker interface etc. but would the Ebay cheapo ones do seeing as you can get the likes of a T95 H616 Android 10.0 TV Box 4GB+64GB Quad Core KD HD Media Player WIFI for less than £18?

T95 H616 Android 10 TV Box

All I want it to do is play the more modern video files although I was able to use my Bluray player remote control before for pausing etc, without fail. Maybe the remote supplied with this and the cheap interface or lack of it won't work or is a pain in the ass which I don't want.

The ability to play subtitles is important (I have tinnitus and hearing loss) and these seldom worked on my LG Bluray player with media files via my portable HDD. I reckon a more modern Bluray disc player could be the same.

I'm prepared to buy a Dune if it worked flawlessly with subtitles etc. even if I only use 1080p

I wish they had a co-axial output to input into my DAC as the HDMI through the TV then Toslink to DAC is very attenuated. I can't find a cheaper media player with a co-axial output but I'd love this.

Thanks
 

Sir Oled

Well-known Member
Hi all,

I have been using a 10 year old budget LG Bluray to play video files on my 22" (yes LoL) LG TV monitor. I have no internet connection at my house so I sometimes download YouTube documentaries in my mothers onto a 1TB portable HDD and play them back at the house, lately most of the MKV or .mp4 YouTube downloads will not work on my old LG BluRay player and I need to use my laptop plugged in via HDMI which is a nuisance...

All I am looking is a media player to play more modern video formats via my portable HDD drive, I don't use a NAS or anything and my TV is 1080p. I have been looking at these 4k Dune drives but maybe a bit overkill for my purposes...

I was wondering would the typical cheapo Chinese media players do me instead of forking out £150, I was looking into upgrading my Bluray player just for the more modern media playback but the 4k players are overkill also and I don't need a 4k UHD BD player as I have no 4k TV. I'm sure the Dune have a slicker interface etc. but would the Ebay cheapo ones do seeing as you can get the likes of a T95 H616 Android 10.0 TV Box 4GB+64GB Quad Core KD HD Media Player WIFI for less than £18?

T95 H616 Android 10 TV Box

All I want it to do is play the more modern video files although I was able to use my Bluray player remote control before for pausing etc, without fail. Maybe the remote supplied with this and the cheap interface or lack of it won't work or is a pain in the ass which I don't want.

The ability to play subtitles is important (I have tinnitus and hearing loss) and these seldom worked on my LG Bluray player with media files via my portable HDD. I reckon a more modern Bluray disc player could be the same.

I'm prepared to buy a Dune if it worked flawlessly with subtitles etc. even if I only use 1080p

I wish they had a co-axial output to input into my DAC as the HDMI through the TV then Toslink to DAC is very attenuated. I can't find a cheaper media player with a co-axial output but I'd love this.

Thanks
You'd better throw your 18 bucks in the sea or give it to me:D. This should do the job also :
- Dune HD SmartBox 4K
Good luck ;)
 

Nocturnal

Member
OK but that'll cost twice the price when 20% VAT, plus customs and import fees are added on. Where are these sent from? Hong Kong? I only see one retailer selling Dune in the UK and their cheapest model is £180 which is more than 200 bucks in your money.

Update... I see one on Ebay from Germany for about £90 but I'm also looking at a few used ones too including the older Dune HD Base 3.0 which has a co-axial digital output which I want plus an internal 3.5" bay which I could use. Maybe it is too old? What do you think? As I said before I only need 1080p but maybe it won't play the YouTube MKV and .MP4 files.
 
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Sir Oled

Well-known Member
OK but that'll cost twice the price when 20% VAT, plus customs and import fees are added on. Where are these sent from? Hong Kong? I only see one retailer selling Dune in the UK and their cheapest model is £180 which is more than 200 bucks in your money.

Update... I see one on Ebay from Germany for about £90 but I'm also looking at a few used ones too including the older Dune HD Base 3.0 which has a co-axial digital output which I want plus an internal 3.5" bay which I could use. Maybe it is too old? What do you think? As I said before I only need 1080p but maybe it won't play the YouTube MKV and .MP4 files.
All x264 files will play on that older units but no x265 files due to hardware limitations
 

Nocturnal

Member
Yeah I think I 'need' x265 capability, saves a lot of storage space and I could convert all my films stored to the format although it takes ages even with a 6-core 12-thread processor.

I am looking at another unit, only 3 years old, the Dune HD Solo 4k. Interestingly it has a DVB-T/T2 built into it which I could use as my TV has only a SD tuner and I could record too. I'm not sure how slick it is for recording. I definitely do not need the HDR features of the latest line-up nor 4k as I don't need it having a 21.5" TV... smallish lounge and a 42" TV would be ridiculous, I couldn't sit far enough away from it.
 

DracUK

Active Member
New firmware today for Realbox
This version is a minor update which only fixes the problem with menu
"Setup / Applications / Android Applications".
 

mtenga

Distinguished Member
New firmware today for Realbox
This version is a minor update which only fixes the problem with menu
"Setup / Applications / Android Applications".
Not showing OTA for me yet. The device is reporting 200415_0405_r14 as the latest.
 

Nocturnal

Member
Does anyone know if the Dune HD Solo 4K is a decent NAS server? The manual says it has NAS capability. I wonder do internal and external drives show up on the network?
 

mtenga

Distinguished Member
Does anyone know if the Dune HD Solo 4K is a decent NAS server? The manual says it has NAS capability. I wonder do internal and external drives show up on the network?
You are on the wrong thread, this is for 2020 Dune models. But if I remember it was decent as a server. They plan to add the server functionality to the current series but it’s not available yet.
 

DracUK

Active Member
Not showing OTA for me yet. The device is reporting 200415_0405_r14 as the latest.
Yes my mistake m8,thats the one I got, I must have missed an update while I was using my ATV for a while. So Fake News LOL.

Drac
 

mtenga

Distinguished Member

Sir Oled

Well-known Member
Ordered a PRO II yesterday straight from Dune Hong Kong:D Let's see what that new chip is capable off:eek:
 

Nocturnal

Member
You'd better throw your 18 bucks in the sea or give it to me:D. This should do the job also :
- Dune HD SmartBox 4K
Good luck ;)
Eventually won myself a Dune HD Solo Lite (the updated wi-fi one) apparently unused on Ebay. These players are still very popular it seems. I do have a powerful modern PC in a HTPC case which could have played any file but I had no remote control, I don't want to see Windows, and I'd have to use a 10m HDMI cable too running around the room... No no and no the media player was the smart idea.

BTW you should see HD movies played through a photography monitor, absolutely outstanding!
 

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