Zidoo is the New Media Player Name in Town
As far as media players go, Apple TV and Nvidia Shield have generally been the go-to products in the last few years. While they are great solutions for native video streaming apps, they each have their limitations for playback of locally stored media.
There's a growing trend and increasing demand for high-quality playback of backed-up movies, and getting the full uncompressed 4K HDR video and Dolby Atmos sound experience can be challenging from most devices on the market.
That's where the Shenzen, China-based manufacturer, Zidoo, is making quite the name for itself with its full suite of Android-based Media Players. With its own factory and a team of over 60 engineers, Zidoo has been working hard to deliver fantastic products, producing over 200,000 devices monthly.
Its flagship model, UHD3000 ($1,699 RRP), uses the new generation of Realtek RTD1619 chipset, supports Dolby Vision VS10 engine and advanced 4K 12Bit HDR10+/Dolby vision decoding. It also passes through Dolby Atmos, features an ESS 9068 DAC and supports MQA and DSD512 hardware decoding.
Zidoo's Home Theatre app and Poster Wall is the ultimate solution in quick and easy movie management, along with its support for BD/DVD (unencrypted) / CDs and CD ripping, BD/BD3D/UHD Blu-ray menu playback and Blu-ray seamless branching playback. Almost all standard 3D video formats can also be played, including MVC 3D (Blu-ray, MKV).
We've been trialling the UHD3000 in the StereoNET demo room for months, and we can't fault it. Zidoo is quick to push out a firmware update or patch when a bug arises, while constant development ensures more and more features are added all the time.
The good news for Aussie enthusiasts is Zidoo has appointed Fundamental Audio as its exclusive Australian distributor. Stock will be arriving shortly, meaning shorter order lead times and no risky overseas shipping, along with excellent local support now available. Prices start from $399 RRP for the Z9X 4K UHD Model, through to $1,699 RRP for the UHD3000 flagship.
Stay tuned for our StereoNET review of the Zidoo UHD3000 coming soon.
StereoNET’s Founder and Publisher, born in UK and raised on British Hi-Fi before moving to Australia where he worked as an Engineer in both the audio and mechanical fields.