HDTV

Dune HD - Base3D and TV-303D High Definition Media Streamers

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Setup of the Dune HD - Base3D and TV-303D

Both units have both a wired Ethernet connection that supports 1Gbit Ethernet. Both units stream HD video and in particular 3D Blu-ray, perfectly over a wired network. Both units also have WIFI and can either connect to the network over Wi-Fi or become a Wi-Fi Access Point for your network. Both are limited to a 65Mbps connection but I regularly got a more realistic 40Mbps from them.

Both units have multiple USB 2.0 connections, allowing you to connect additional drives or thumb-drives to the units for quick playback, as well as SD card support for playing back movies and photos directly from your camera or camcorder.

Both units have SPDIF support, but the Base3D also supports analog audio, headphones out and coax audio. Base3D also has component YPbPr support. TV-303D supports an iR wired connection (it also comes with an IR sensor and extender cord) so you can place it in a closed cabinet and it will still respond to IR remote control commands. Finally, both units fully support HDMI 1.4, including HD audio (DTS HD MASTER and Dolby HD) as well as decoding these formats into stereo for 3D TVs that do not support DTS or HD audio.

As far as formats go, these units will consume pretty much any video format you can throw at them, with the exception of motion JPEG (mJPEG), which is used sometimes on some of the older compact still cameras that supported video. These two units will work with DVDs, Blu-ray directories, Blu-ray ISO files, DIVX, TS, MKV or QuickTime videos. The units automatically sense 3D files either by name (side by side video files should contain 3DSBS in their file names to automatically be detected, or use proper 3D flags in the container file itself). This is not only important for automatically sending this information to your 3D display or projector, but also in how subtitles are processed and shown in 3D.