Dune Smart H1 replacement

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    Hi all

    The days of my dedicated cinema room are long gone (child plus Downsize!) but some elements of my set up remain .. Notably my monitor audio RS8s and Dune H1 box. I stream from a Synology setup to the box but while it plays stuff beautifully... There are more files that will play on my PC but not on the Dune so thinking it might be time for a replacement.

    Anyone point me in the right direction please? I'm a little out of touch to be honest. Don't want to spend a lot either!

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    What files won't it play?

    I have the BD Prime 3.0, a slightly earlier model, and the only files it won't play are 3D .mkvs (big deal) or files encoded in H.265.
     
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    Good question..... Might be helpful if I was to understand that first! I think I'd assumed there were a few types but I'll check. I'm getting lots that it suggests the file is corrupt or there is no audio (but they play using VLC on my PC)

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    Hmm, the only time I've seen the message suggesting the file may be corrupt is with a couple of ".wmv" files I've come across (music videos). It's a format that, like quicktime, I've always actively avoided though.

    I don't have VLC installed on any of my machines right now so I don't know what audio formats it supports. My guess would be that the files which play without sound have the audio encoded in a recent codec which the Dune doesn't support, like TrueHD/Atmos?

    If that's the case then yes you'll need a newer media player, though you could always get a copy of the file with a DTS or AC3 soundtrack instead.
     
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    Thanks Ensor. .. Very helpful. I'll take a better look at the files it doesn't like.
     
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    Actually, what was I thinking there? Although the Dune won't decode some newer codecs, it should still be able to bitstream them to your TV or A/V amp.


    You can easily check what codecs your files use by using "Mediainfo". It's downloadable here: MediaInfo
     
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    Both of these files play on my PC.....

    So, this file plays but there is no audi no matter what I try on the Dune.
    Audio
    ID : 1
    Format : AC-3
    Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
    Codec ID : 00002000-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71
    Duration : 1 h 42 min
    Bit rate : 448 kb/s
    Channel(s) : 6 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
    Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
    Bit depth : 16 bits
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 329 MiB (23%)
    Interleave, duration : 32 ms (0.77 video frame)


    ...and then this one comes up with "Error: file can't be played"

    ID : 2
    Format : AC-3
    Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
    Codec ID : A_AC3
    Duration : 1 h 47 min
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 448 kb/s
    Channel(s) : 6 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
    Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
    Frame rate : 31.250 FPS (1536 SPF)
    Bit depth : 16 bits
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 344 MiB (15%)
    Service kind : Complete Main
    Default : Yes
    Forced : No
     
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    This one appears to have an incorrect Codec ID.

    That long string of numbers is a Windows GUID referring to a codec installed on the machine that encoded it. That'll be why the Dune can't make sense of it.

    That all looks OK to me, I'd be looking at the video codec on this one for the source of the error.
     
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