Two media centers have been presented on the HDI stand at IFA in Berlin: the DUNE HD Max 3D and the Dune HD Connect and Dune HD Connect 3D HDMI keys.
The Dune HD Max 3D shows the outline of the previous one, the Dune HD Max. The case did not fundamentally change and only a few buttons are moved. The concept of the device remains the same, namely a hybrid multimedia box that comes with a Blu-ray drive that can read the media of the market and a rack to accommodate a 3.5″ hard drive.
The real novelty lies in the 3D support, and more specifically the MVC format video content on Blu-ray 3D. The rest of the media management always seems to be at an excellent level already achieved in the previous generation. We found as well the management of broadband HD video or DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD support.
However, the unit set demonstration was not lit and no detail is available on the nature of the decoder chip used. But, we bet that the interface remain substantially identical to current HDI products.
More intriguing, the small multimedia HDMI key, the Dune HD Connect, held in the hand and offers the decoding performances- at least on paper – of the Dune HD Max 3D. Here, the decoder chip used is mentioned (Sigma Designs SMP8672), but once again, we couldn’t see the unit in operation.
An enhanced variant, the Dune HD Connect 3D, also includes full 3D video support, HDMI 1.4 and MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) output.
Note the presence of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Z-Wave (optional). An Opera Internet browser is also present with the support of Flash Lite 3.1 in its review. The supplied remote is RF type, which is quite wise on a device that is intended to be connected to the back of the TV. In addition to these two media centers, HDI also announced the arrival of market applications for all its products. A system that is already on the Syabas media players (Popcorn Hour and Popbox) in recent months.