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Best Movie Watching Experience Ever, Zappiti NAS + Zappiti Pro 4K HDR

Best Movie Watching Experience Ever, Zappiti NAS + Zappiti Pro 4K HDR

You finally get ‘Tenet’ or your favorite movie on a Ultra 4K Bluray disc. You can either pop it into your average player, or let the Zappiti NAS 4K Ripper do it’s magic. I vote the latter. If you are like many users out there, your mound of physical content is growing into mountains, you have looked at the Kaleidescape’s Strato player, but with only 10TB storage and a price tag of $6,000, there has to be a better solution…

Enter the Zappiti. Zappiti is quickly gaining traction in the A/V space for their phenomenal price points in affordability, top of the line build quality components, and simply making things, well… SIMPLE! 

Zappiti Pro 4K HDR (EISA Best Product 2020-2021 Award Winner) offers on-board storage options up to, 32TB and is a variation of Zappiti’s flagship media streamer. If you are looking just to stream, there’s certainly tons of options; Roku; Apple TV, NVIDIA Sheild, Zappiti mini 4K, etc. But if you are wanting a premium option this is it. ISF certified, Magic Pixel v2.5 for upscaling/ sharpening, and includes all the high-end components in the video and audio side at a more affordable price than its competitors. 

Priced at $995, this 16lbs beast, quickly puts those USB sticks and hockey-puck sized options in the dust. Let’s take a look at some specs:

ISF Certification: The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR is certified ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) to get the best picture quality for viewing both UHD and Full HD 1080p contents.

Dual HDMI: Use the second HDMI to separate audio and video for the best performances and enjoy the 4K HDR, while using an old-generation AV receiver or soundbar non-4K compatible. You can enjoy both HD sound and 4K HDR without having to replace your AV receiver or soundbar.

Zappiti MagicPixel v2.5: Enjoy outstanding picture quality – far better than the previous generations – with improved dynamics, accuracy colorimetry, increased contrast, solid deinterlacing and better upscaling (up to 4K resolution). Even on a Full HD 1080p TV or a front projector, you will be astounded by the image of your display! 3D also offers better image depth and an impressive, immersive effect.

HDR: Display your HDR video content, while also providing increased dynamic range on your HDR display (TV/projector).

HDR Conversion: Convert your HDR video content into SDR to display it on your 1080p TV or projector.

10/12-Bit: Enjoy powerful 10/12-bit YUV hardware decoding for professional-quality video display and benefit from increased nuances.

REC. 2020: Enjoy a wider color space for more saturated and richer colors.

4K 50/60p: Display your 4K 50p or 60p video content in 3840x2160p at 50 Hz or 60 Hz.

Real Cinema: Advanced auto framerate detection compatible with all video frequencies (23.976 / 24 / 29.97 / 30 / 50 / 59.94 / 60 Hz).

Up-Scaling 4K: Display your videos with an ultra-high quality upscaling Ultra HD 4K (3840×2160 and 4096×2160).

Direct Output: Display your videos in their original resolution and frequency without scaling processing.

3D Video Support: Enjoy all your 3D movies files (3D BD ISO, MKV 3D MVC) in true Full HD quality (Frame Packing) when linked up to any 3D-enabled TV or front projector for enhanced depth and improved on-screen image detail (two times better resolution than 3D Side-by-Side or Top-Bottom) with 3D subtitle support. Many 3D settings available including: 3D image depth, 3D subtitle depth, 3D interface depth, manual reversal of left-right images.

Network Player: Connect your Zappiti on your local network and enjoy your content from a PC/MAC or a NAS via SMB.

SMB Server: Access the contents located on the internal hard drives of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR (or a connected hard drive) from a computer connected via local network.

MKV Player: Playback SD, HD and UHD video content in MKV and other modern video file containers and formats, including top quality HEVC/H.265 video codec with very high bit-rates > 400 Mbp/s.

BD / UHD ISO: Display the DVD, Blu-ray and UHD menus and access to the additional contents, director’s cut or theatrical version, bonus and extras, bookmarks, etc. with seamless branching support.

Dual HDD Rack Option with Hot Swap Function: Easily and quickly insert and exchange internal 3.5” SATA hard drives up to 32 TB (2x 16 TB).

USB Ports: Conveniently connect HDDs, USB flash drives, USB card readers and other USB storage devices.

Ports USB 3.0 and Type-C: Read or transfer your files in ultra high speed. Note: USB Type-C and USB 3.0 ports cannot be used simultaneously.

Full Range of A/V Connectors: S/PDIF coaxial and optical audio output, audio analogue output (cinch), CVBS video analog output, HDMI 2.0a (Deep Color, xvYCC, 12 bits, and CEC), HDMI 1.4 (Audio Only).

Multichannel home cinema audio: Bitstream up to 11.2.4, downmix stereo.

Hi-Res Music Playback: Playback Hi-Res Audio quality (up to 24-bit / 192 kHz) music files in various formats (FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, WavPack, Monkey’s Audio APE, DTS, AC3, etc).

Many Shortcuts and Advanced Playback Features:

– 1-9: direct playback access to 10 – 90%.

– Direct access to 1 min rewind and forward with dedicated button.

– Direct access to 10 sec. rewind and forward with dedicated button.

– Cursor down and up: Fast rewind and forward (up to x32).

– Dedicated button for STOP function.

Playback Memory: Resume playback from the last position.

Backlit Remote Control: High quality backlit remote control with convenient direct access and shortcuts, wide range (60° / 26 ft) and recordable buttons to control another device.

Bluetooth 4.0: Connect your wireless devices via Bluetooth such as joysticks, headphones, connected speakers …

Computer Mouse: Connect a computer mouse to control the player and Android Apps.

Keyboard: Connect a keyboard and computer mouse to control third-party applications and more convenient text entry in Zappiti applications.

Complete File Management System: copy, cut, past (multitasking), delete, rename.

Zappiti Video Control: Control your Zappiti player with the virtual remote control via your tablet or smartphone.

Open GUI: Add apps shortcuts to the home page.

6.5 Headphone Output: Connect your high fidelity headphone using the 6.5 mm headphone output.

Hi-End R-Core Type Power Transformer: Top-quality power supply for ultra low audio/video noise.

Hi-Fi Coaxal Output: The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR offers an ultra-high quality coaxial output that provides extremely high efficiency and transparent high fidelity sound up when using an external DAC. The coaxial output also provides lower jitter than the optical output.

Zero Signal Output: Connect the Zappit to empty AV receiver connector to delete ground loop issues. Ground loops are a major cause of noise, hum, and interference in audio and video systems.

Now that you have your player in order, where do you get the media from to play the content back? Well, you can simply download the popular apps; Netflix, Prime Video, etc. But what about the disc you just bought. Well, this is where Zappiti completely changes the game. The Zappiti NAS RIP 4K HDR is essentially a computer, NAS system, and has a optical drive that lets you pop in that 4K disc, rips a 1:1 copy to a HDD drive that contains all of the disc contents. Starting menus, subtitles, virtually everything that is on the disc, is now on your NAS (Network Attached Storage) at the touch of your fingertips. Put the disc into the disc drive on the NAS unit, and 40min, each of your 4K movies can now all live together on the NAS so you don’t have to worry about changing discs on a blu-ray player. The NAS houses eight HDD bays up to 16TB in each. HDD’s sold separately. 

That amount of storage allows up to: 8 x 16TB = 1,600 4K UHD Blu-rays / 3,200 Blu-rays / 19,200 DVDs / 192,000 CDs

This can also be your head unit for whole home audio, movie server for different areas of the home, as long as the NAS is up on the network and at least a Zappiti Mini 4K is hardwired, you can access and have all your movies in full bitrate playback. The software on-board is minimal but stunning, and can easily detect the movies that were just ripped, updating them with their appropriate cover art, Rotten Tomatoes rating, audio and video formatting and runtime, quick movie summary. Giving the user a clean, quick look into the content they are about to enjoy but will surely impress friends and family with the premium movie theater feel.

Give us a call today to get that low price guarantee and nationwide free shipping on all of the current and new Zappiti products!

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Welcome to the Premiere! Samsung LSP9T Triple laser 4K ust Projector

Welcome to the Premiere! Samsung LSP9T Triple laser 4K ust Projector

As 2020 was a slower year for some manufacturers, Samsung took to market their vastly popular Ultra Short Throw Projector. The Premiere LSP7T (MSRP $3,499) and LSP9T (MSRP $6,499) are two new models that bring the BIG television experience to any home, bringing that next level projection technology into the living room.

For this review, I will be referring to the Premiere LSP9T for comments, pros and cons. At first glance, when unboxing you can quickly see Samsung’s design features that make this a piece that can be easily accepted into any accommodating space. It is a relatively slim, gloss white box. 

Setting up any ultra short throw for the first time can be a daunting task, but Samsung’s directions are pretty simple. With their documentation, it gives you the precise measurements to fill whichever size screen you have (in millimeters). I would have liked to have seen some type of jig, to make it even more simpler. This Ultra Short Throw projector can project 130” from only 9” off the wall! 

Powering up, you are greeted with the setup process that showcases Samsung’s Tizen UI and software that will feel very familiar to anyone that currently owns their products. It has Android built-in with Samsungs’ touch and navigation. Getting into the tech specs, The Premiere is powered by a triple laser system, capable of performing over 20,000 hours of home theater experience at 2,800 ANSI lumens. It is the first projector capable of HDR10+, and has Acoustic Beam technology firing out of the front of the projector, which sounds great! More on that in a second.

Picture Quality – 8/10 

Initially the Premiere is heavily weighted red which slightly sides more to the magenta side of things. The “Youtube” logo on the app inside of the builtin menu software looks hideous, but watching actual content the reds are more accurate especially in Filmmaker Mode (The Premiere can do 4K, HDR, HDR10+ and HLG) Filmmaker Mode turns off any enhancing features, and allows them to achieve full BT.2020 and DCI-P3 color gamuts for SDR and HDR viewing. When paired with an external player such as a dedicated 4K Bluray Player or the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR, it really comes to life. Be warned at close distances, you may notice some slight laser sparkle in bright scenes. But this can be avoided by sitting at proper seating distances. I never noticed any banding, or rainbow effect that some others have experienced. 

Sound 9/10 

As you do not often rate audio from a projector, the technology built-in to the Premiere is easily noticed and sounds incredible. Far better than most TV speakers you find in homes today. Their Acoustic Beam technology can throw sound to create a convincing immersive effect and is why I had to give this a high rating. With that being said, to any home theater enthusiast, you will look to pair this with a dedicated Dolby Atmos setup. But for the average living room, this is a solid all-in-one option that will give you a good experience and get the wifes’ approval in the living room without having to have multiple speakers scattered throughout the room.

In closing, the Samsung Premiere is the best all-in-one solution we have seen to date. There are certainly cheaper options but Samsung has done a fantastic job with this piece. 

The good: 

  • Vibrant accurate colors
  • Great dark room performance
  • Fully integrated Smart TV feel with Android and Tizen
  • Amazing and convincing sound

Not so good:

  • Can be a bit pricey, although any TV with similar performance at 130” will still cost tens of thousands more
  • Could be brighter
  • Better dedicated projectors out there

So is it worth your money?

In short, if you are looking for a big TV feel from an ultra short throw projector, this is it. If you’re wanting to dip your toes into the UST world this is a phenomenal option. It is certainly a little pricey but packs the performance and quality that you would expect from Samsung.

-Kellen

JVC RS1000 AKA JVC NX5 Quick Review: The Native 4k Starting point

JVC RS1000 AKA JVC NX5 Quick Review: The Native 4k Starting point

This is it. This is the Native 4K starting point for most people. Traditional 2-piece projection systems with a screen and a projector are a great way to really bring the theater experience home. JVC is a leader in the field and their D-ILA projectors have taken over since they were introduced. Today I will review the JVC RS1000, also known as the NX5 and the N5 internationally.

Lets start by clearing the air. You have probably seen the NX5 available at your favorite box store and you have heard of the RS1000 available only through custom integration companies like home theater installers. These are the same projector and the differences you may be able to pick out side by side are just normal variances that come out in production. In a blind test there is no way to discern one over the other. Neither is better than the other in performance. Now that we have that sorted lets talk about the RS1000

This is a monster of a projector. It weights 44 pounds and requires a sturdy mount to suspend this from the ceiling. You get the full 4K resolution supporting all 8.8 million pixels. This translates into an ultra-sharp image. You get 40,000:1 native contrast and 400,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with gives you the blackest blacks and a stark transition from light and dark. What this projector can do does not match just whats on the spec sheet. You get crisp 4K resolution, vibrant colors that jump off the screen and an ultra-realistic HDR recreation. It does all of this with just 1800 ANSI lumens too. This is all made possible by using the D-ILA engine utilizing 3 of the 0.69 reflective devices paired with a 65mm all glass lens. This projector is a convertible too. I mean to say you can use this in different aspect ratios with a click of a button. This is known as lens memory. You can have one setting saved as 16×9 format and the next as 2.35/2.40. You set these manually and have the ability to choose the zoom and lens shift to make this possible. This can be a little confusing so I will dive deeper into this a little later. The RS1000 has 2 full bandwidth 18gb HDMI ports, an ethernet port for control, a USB port for updates and a power port to make it all work. This does have the ability to 3d, but you need to purchase the JVC 3d emitter sold separately.

The biggest claim to fame that sets this projector above other native 4K variants is the Dynamic Tone Mapping or DTM. Dynamic tone mapping helps optimize your image no matter what the source or what the content is. That means your copy of Avengers will look as good on your 4K UHD player as well as on your 4K Apple TV. The magic that goes into recreating a perfect image every time is very technical, but the ease at which it does this is amazing. This dynamic tone mapping is available in the JVC firmware starting at 3.10. If you have the newest firmware (3.50) this enhances the projector even more. This update includes the theater optimizer feature that allows you to really pair the projector to your system perfectly. There are considerations for the screen size and screen material used as well as compensations for picture based on the projectors lamp life. All of this leads to an image that anyone would be proud to enjoy.

There are a few things you want your projector to do and the D-ILA series does them very well. You want a projector that recreates a stunning image without any of the drawbacks. Im referring to heat and noise. I have noticed the JVC to be very tame in terms of heat and noise. You will notice some fan noise on lamp high mode, but that is to be expected. The heat this projector gives off is very minimal in comparison to Sony projectors. This could be a consideration for hotter climates or rooms with cooling issues.

The JVC RS1000 is an incredible projector and the amount of performance you get with this unit is even more impressive. I have said a lot of nice things about this projector so far and I would venture to say the only downside is the initial price and the lower lumen output of the projector. Price is highly subjective, but a lot of times with electronics, the performance you want usually comes with a price tag. Knowing what I know now, I would save for the items I want versus compromising with products and have to rebuy later on. The brightness issue isn’t much of a concern when used in a proper light-controlled room. With the lights off and projected onto a well paired screen, this will rival some TVs in terms of performance.

To sum it all up I would recommend this JVC RS1000 to anyone that has a medium sized to smaller sized screen. To make this even better, I would say pair this with a higher gain white screen to maximize the picture quality. This projector should be used in light-controlled rooms only unless you have a really good ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen.  The picture quality is incredible with its wonderful color recreation as well as the well-known JVC inky black levels. It is more expensive than the 4K e-shift peers, but the performance is noticeably better than the lesser expensive models. This unit kicks out low noise and heat and very livable whether you use this daily or solely for the purpose of movie or game night. The RS1000 is the starting point for native 4K. Sony makes a projector similar to this on in price but not in performance. Not to mention the similar Sony model does not have the Dynamic tone mapping feature. You would be hard pressed to find a better projector for the price. So like I said in the beginning, for native 4K projection, this is it.