: Z10 PRO Spec
: REALTEK RTD1619DR six-core ARM Cortex-A55 CPU and ARM Mali-G51
: 2 GB of DDR4 RAM and 32 GB of built-in eMMC storage
: ANDROID. : 9.0
: HDMI 2.0a
: BLUETOOTH : 4.2
: 2 x USB 3.0
: DOLBY VISION VS10 Engine
: DOLBY VISION Profiles Except 7 and 8.
: HDR10 +
: NETFLIX 4K HDR : DD + 5.1[can be Unsupported after firmware update ] edit No Longer Works
: YOU TUBE 4K : Audio 2.0
: H.T. : v4.0.51
: MUSIC PLAYER : v 6.0
: ZDMC : v 19.1 [ KODI 19.1 ]
: ROON READY
: GAPLESS AUDIO PLAYBACK
: LIVE BIT RATE READING VIDEO FILE
: Zidoo has confirmed that they are working on the SDK, and developing Dolby Vision support for MKV containers regarding profiles 4,5,8 & 9.
Mini Review :
Equipment used :
ZIDOO : Z10PRO
PIONEER : 500M Plasma Monitor 1080p
YAMAHA : Receiver Rx-V602 Dolby Vision
AUDIOQUEST : 2x Pearl 4K 18Gbs Certified HDMI 2.0 Directional High Speed
SAMSUNG : SSD 4Tb 860 EVO Internal Drive
Quick findings i prefer the look feel of the Z10 Model in Silver Finish
the Remote looks the same as previous versions and will not be using the supplied power adapter 12V 2.0 Amp instead using the Z10 power Brick 12v 3.0 Amp version .
The Zidoo Logo on front of Z10 PRO is Raised and a 3D logo as such plus
the Packaging box it comes in is a vast improvement than the previous model to.
The Unit did not ship with internal clock battery due to diff international shipping rights etc
But can be purchased easily and fitted . [ CR1220 3V ]
A few Snapshots to compare the looks of previous models .
As soon as i booted up it confirmed new Firmware and i updated
note boots quicker than previous Z10
Boot up time to Home screen is lightening quick at 22:89 seconds .
H.T.v4.0 did not find all my Movies so spent a bit of time manually updating them .
At moment configuring Visual settings to match my Monitor so work in progress but thats all the fun with a new Device
The Screensaver is a nice touch at long last plus visually stunning and of High Quality Photos the navigation o/s is nice & smooth using My Bluetooth Remote .
Weirdly powering off my Z10 pro with Remote powered off my Monitor even though all Cec is all off on the media box . ( a poss fix is to go to settings enable Cec then disable )
You Tube works in 1080p Great picture .
Cant fault Picture Quality or sound at the moment and unit seems more smoother and more responsive which includes using my own Bluetooth Remote it detects it and picks it up as soon as its booted to home screen .
If you want HDR10 + / Dolby Vision with VS10 support with Netflix / Youtube and other apps then its worth upgrading from previous Zidoo models .
Dolby Vision VS10 as its work in progress and what is the best settings to use for your screen the best results are coming through now slowly and i will update thread as we go .
Plus Zidoo are releasing firmware updates as we go to address any bugs which some are finding .
But overall a pretty stable unit im finding even with early firmware release
Just wished they kept the Silver finish look like the Z10 Model .
Its early days at the moment for this new Model out but in a few months time it will have numerous Firmware updates addressing bugs and adding new features like previous models before it and im sure it will just get better & better and im pleasantly pleased its been a solid and great visual playback unit in the few days ive had it .
Picture Quality seems to have taken a bump in Quality over my previous Z10 Audio as always is always down to your connected Receiver / Speakers etc as its just passed through .
As any new Device id say give it a few months to address issues as they get reported .
This Media Player is Best for use for High End playback of your stored Movies for Pic Quality & Audio etc with a Fancy but Lush Movie Poster Wall that improves with every firmware release .
If you want it for Streaming purposes get a seperate streaming device
for the likes of Netflix Disney Plus etc like Nvidia Shield or .......
This device is also is good for Projector owners im hearing & my thoughts if your not too techie and want trouble free Movie playback store your movies on a Ssd / Hard Drive to avoid the hassle of streaming to the Media Box & the never ending of SMB / Router issues headaches that come with it if it is possible .
If you use your Zidoo Device in a bedroom Enviroment or want total Silence Ssd are a good option with some coming with a 5 Year Gtee
Silent operation and no fan noise Req to be activated .
[ 4 + Year Tested on Various X10 , Z10 & Z10 Pro ]
at long last a request ive been asking for from years back we have finally got Live Bit Rate Reading on screen for Video Bit Rate .
These Z series will now all come with Roon Ready Certified & with the latest update you can now format a Hard drive inserted which is a nice additional feature .
MAIN BEST VIDEO SETTINGS FOR THE NEW Z10 PRO 1619
& New Z SERIES
Playback/Automatic frame rate/Frame rate mode: Switch frame rate and resolution *
Display/HDR: Auto **
Display/Color Settings/4K 50~60Hz: Priority YUV420 10BIT
Display/Color Settings/4K 23~30Hz: Priority YUV444 10BIT
Display/Color Settings/Non-4K: Priority YUV444 8BIT
Display/Color Settings/HDMI Range: 16-235 ***
Display/HDMI Mode: 3840x2160p 23Hz ****
Audio/HDMI Audio: AUTO *****
Audio/Downmix HD Audio output: OFF
* Personal preference - Switch Frame Rate only can be used to let the Zidoo scale and reduce
HDMI resyncs. (This is what I personally do)
** Can be set discretely - available options are EDID dependent see below.
*** This sets 64 - 940 for 10-bit content.
**** This is my personal preference to avoid HDMI resyncs but if resyncs are not a problem
and assuming auto framerate/resolution are both on, 1080p 60Hz might be a better option
since the GUI/HT4 is natively 1920x1080 and text scrolls more smoothly at 60Hz.
(Set this last since changing HDR mode resets HDMI Mode)
***** I recommend "Auto" but "RAW" can be used for bitstream only as a belt and braces approach
NOTE - If your display is HDMI 1.4 (300MHz, 8.9Gbps) then change the following to:
Display/Color Settings/4K 50~60Hz: Priority YUV420 8BIT
Display/Color Settings/4K 23~30Hz: Priority YUV422 12BIT
Display/MaxCLL and MaxFALL: ON *
Display/Colour Settings/Deep Colour Compatibility Mode: OFF **
* Some systems use MaxFALL/CCL, some don't. Generally leaving ON is fine because even if the system ignores it, there's no issue with the SEI message containing it. Can be useful to turn off for outboard gamma processing.
** Enables forcing of 4K50/60 4:2:0 10/12-bit even if EDID does not allow.
(Some TVs can accept this signal even though EDID says it can't)
If your EDID does specify 4K50/60 4:2:0 10/12-bit this setting will have no effect.
If your EDID does not specify 4K50/60 4:2:0 10/12-bit and does not allow it, setting ON will cause picture loss.
( thanks to Markswift)
Difference Models Explained :
- The color changed but the same non-removable antennas remained (matching color)
- One SATA connector was deleted and replaced by air holes for cooling
- The PSU was reduced regarding size to 12V 2A (was 3A) which will now just do with one SATA HDD connected. There is no spare power specifically if USB ports are loaded too.
Model Z10 Pro
- The color changed, the striping was deleted and the Zidoo logo on the front Raised / 3D look.
- The PSU was reduced regarding size to 12V 2A (was 3A) which will now just do with one SATA HDD connected.
- The Flash was increased to 32 GByte
Other specifications remained identical: HDD Slot, big Front Display and a Fan.
Model Z1000 Pro
- The model was upgraded to be a High End (like X20 before) including the fancy Black GUI/Launcher home page.
- The standard V7 IR Remote was replaced by the V8 BT Remote coming with High End models
- The Flash was increased to 32 GByte
This model went through a big number of changes despite looking almost the same as before:
- The PSU is actually a hybrid 66W version now: Switched mode for the HDD's power and a Linear PSU with subsections for DAC digital, DAC analog and mainboard electronics sharing a single transformer. Reducing power consumption / heat production.
- The cooling fan moved from the back to central at the bottom improving airflow
- The front display got an extra ICON for DAC on/off indication
- The DAC and PSU where upgraded to better designs and using better components.
- The SABRE DAC itself is upgraded to an ES9068 supporting MQA decoding in HW now.
- An USB-IN port for external DAC access was added.
FW features are currently identical for all 4 models but High End models may get some FW functional differentiation over time beyond the GUI I was told by Zidoo.
( thanks to NiceMonkey )
NOTE : After Every Firmware Update Always Reboot Your Box At Least Twice then Power Off From Mains & Un Plug .
Z10 PRO Firmware :
Z10 PRO v6.3.75
Z10 PRO v6.3.75_G
Z10 PRO v6.3.50
Z10 PRO v6.3.50_G (Google play）
Z10 PRO v6.3.40
Z10 PRO v6.3.21
Z10 PRO v6.3.21_G
Z10 PRO v6.3.12_G
Z10 PRO v6.3.12(without google play)
Z10 PRO v6.2.5
Z10 PRO v6.2.5_G
Z10 PRO v6.2.0
Z10 PRO v6.2.0_G
Z10 Pro v6.1.15
Z10 Pro v6.1.15_G
Z10 Pro : v6.1.05
Z10 Pro : v6.1.05_G(Build in Google play)
Z10 Pro : v6.0.90(Without Google play)
Z10 Pro : v6.0.90_G(Build in Google play)
Z10 Pro : v6.0.80(Without Google play)
Z10 Pro : V6.0.80_G(Build in Google play)
Z10 Pro : v6.0.66 (Without Google Play)
Z10 Pro : V6.0.66_G(Build in Google play)
Z10 Pro : v6.0.45_G
Z10PRO : v6.0.45
Z10PRO : v6.0.35_G
Z10 PRO : v6.0.35
Z10PRO : v6.0.22_G
Z10 PRO : Version : v6.0.6_G
How to flash Z9X
How to flash Z10 PRO
How to flash Z1000 PRO
How to Acivate & Use Google Play Store in new Zidoo Media Players
ZDMC : 19.4 http://apidl.zidoo.tv/app/zdmc-19.4_rtk.apk
ZDMC : 19.1 http://apidl.zidoo.tv/app/zdmc-19.1_rtk.apk
ZDMC : 18.8 http://apidl.zidoo.tv/app/zdmc-18.8_rtk.apk
ZDMC : 18.9 https://www.zidoo.tv/Support/release_apk.html#1606134480
ZIDOO App : v1.6.8.http://apidl.zidoo.tv/app/zidoo_controller_v1.6.8.apk
MKV : v1.16.7 https://www.makemkv.com/download/Setup_MakeMKV_v1.16.7.exe
Media Labels : http://forum.zidoo.tv/index.php?attachments/hometheater-media-labels-v4-pdf.6338/
INF - Tips
1 : Boot time : 22:89 seconds with background photo added
2 : When updating firmware download as is dont touch it and just copy paste to usb stick
and let zidoo locate it and it will test and unzip it for you .
3 : Once firmware is installed power off box then unplug from the mains for a few seconds then re-attach to the mains and power back on the Zidoo Box . ( just helps re-set the zidoo )
4 : Go to apps long click on Home Theater v4.0 app menu appears highlight Boot straight to Home Theater v4.0
and when you power on your Z10 PRO it will go straight to the Home Theater v4.0 screen .
5 : Z10 PRO can take a 3.5 inch drive or a 2.5 inch drive with a caddy .
Ssd Drive for Silent operation and no fan enabled . [ which i have tested ]
6 : Dont clog Z10 PRO with many downloaded apps [ Bloat wear ] it can make it struggle and cause issues try keep it minimal as possible as they use a lot of resources and run in the background and can cause crashes etc
8 : It pays to physically unplug the unit from the mains which re sets the unit and defrag it on occasion if you experience some odd issues .
9 : ROON READY All Zidoo are officially certified: Roon Ready ( NEO X/S still waiting )
10 : How to add Badge icons on H.T.v4.0 so add description in file name :
11 : Netflix 4K Make sure to set your HDCP setting to 2.2 for you to go above 1080p.
12 : If powering off Z10 Pro it also powers off your screen even though cec is disabled enable then disable cec in settings on the Zidoo should resolve it .
13 : Crucial you use a Quality Certified 4K 18gbs HDMI 2.0 Lead
14 : Installing a new Hard Drive Format first using windows set to Ntfs etc
15 : Deactivate CEC it will give you more Hassle long term than what its
16 : Tested 4tb ssd , 2tb ssd & 1tb ssd [ Samsung ssd Drives ]
17 : Hard drive up to 16tb ( at the moment for the Zidoo )
18 : After Every Firmware Update Always Reboot Your Box At Least Twice then Power Off From Mains & Un Plug .
19 : To Format Drive in media Explorer left click your drive and unmount / Format Drive appears
20 : The Zidoo can be left on and used as a Clock as hardly consumes power ( Higher End Models do though ]
21 : Zidoo Z9X – Media Player Reviews
22 : Zidoo Z9X.
23 : Best Upgrade Path for the Zidoo for ease of use & Quick Navigation is go for a Bluetooth Remote if it does not come with one .
24 : Any Hdmi Issues or Cec isuues
purchase a Lindy HDMI CEC Adapter
Strips CEC from the HDMI signal.
Useful to eliminate problems with CEC/ARC. Female to Male.
25 : DO NOT BUY THESE ZIDOO MODELS AS A STREAMING PLAYER THEY WILL NOT WORK !
To be used a local High End Media Playback Device Only .
26 : The Zidoo is for ever changing over time so some so the above comments may change due to firmware updates / functions .
H.T.v4.0 Badge Naming
Ghost in the Shell (UHD-HEVC)(TrueHD Atmos).mkv
- (4K) = 4K badge
- (3D-AVC) = 3D+H.264 badge
- (UHD-HEVC) = 4K+H.265 HEVC badge
- (AVC) = H.264 badge
- (HEVC) = H.265 HEVC badge
- (AVC) = H.254 MPEG-4/AVC badge
- (DTS-HD MA 5.1/7.1) = DTS-HD High Resolution Audio badge Dolby
- (TrueHD) = TrueHD badge
- (Dolby) = Dolby Digital badge
- (DTS) = DTS badge
- .iso = ISO badge
- .mkv = MKV badge
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