Zappiti PRO 4K HDR Audiocom Cinema Version overview • Better of Excessive Finish

Colour me impressed. With Zappiti that’s. The usual Zappiti Professional 4K HDR scored a whopping 85 factors. I keep in mind describing it because the near-perfect high-end media participant within the conclusion. What occurred subsequent? I dug somewhat deeper within the Zappiti web site to search out on the market’s a ‘Audiocom Cinema Version’ of that very same participant. Audio what? Sure, Audiocom. Who or what the hell is Audiocom AV and why do they provide a modified model of the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR at €1.799 whereas the usual model sells at solely €799? We should be speaking main upgrades right here to justify that sort of value bump!? My sensors had been triggered. Since I’ve simply completed reviewing the usual model, I used to be very curious to see and listen to what all of the fuss is about. Prior to now I’ve encountered numerous modified audio and video gamers. Most often, there’s so much to be gained with correct upgrades. Curiousity killed the cat, so I acquired again in contact with Zappiti, with Mark Bartlett from Audiocom AV the identical day. Let’s get this overview on the highway!


About Audiocom AV Ltd

Audiocom AV Ltd is a British firm that distributes Hello-Fi and House Cinema gear and specialises in audio and video modifications. The corporate was based in 1996. They began by reselling audio grade elements to the DIY market earlier than shifting into the sector of aftermarket modifications and product improvement. Considered one of their spear merchandise is a ‘Superclock’ low jitter clock. In 2008 the corporate determined to concentrate on growing modifications for OPPO merchandise for the following 10 years. Subsequent up had been the most recent Pioneer UHD gamers. The previous few years Audiocom expanded into the distribution market of choose AV merchandise which incorporates the UK distribution for Zappiti. That’s that. Now you perceive that this isn’t their first rodeo. The Zappiti Professional 4K HDR Audiocom Cinema Version builds on the strong platform of the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR and takes very important elements to the following degree to supply the final word residence cinema expertise…to boldy go the place nobody has gone earlier than! 

Discs versus streaming

One of many first questions that I fired at Mark Bartlett was how do streaming gamers carry out as compared with conventional disc gamers? He got here up with a really fascinating reply!

Though streaming gadgets are a comparatively new platform in comparison with disc primarily based gamers, they are often designed equally effectively as their disc spinning counterparts. The design of the streaming system would decide any weak factors. Offering that the design is effectively executed and that care is taken with strong construct high quality, a streaming system (or HDD primarily based participant) can match and even surpass a UHD disc participant. One benefit {that a} HDD media participant has over a UHD participant is there isn’t a optical drive. By eliminating the optical drive we’re eradicating a supply of jitter.

Mark Bartlett from Audiocom AV



Modifications below a microscope

Which elements of the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR are modified? Right here’s an in depth overview…

Energy Provide upgrades

Audiocom’s Professional 4K Cinema Version options an improved energy provide utilizing elements specifically chosen to attain the bottom noise; together with excessive present Schottky diodes, audio-grade low ESR capacitors with further movie bypassing. The advantages are a discount in noise artefacts on the output leading to a cleaner energy provide. 

Principal Board and Zero Sign board Modifications

The usual SMD electrolytic capacitors on the mainboard for bypassing and decoupling are upgraded to the perfect low ESR OS-CON polymer capacitors. These capacitors present wonderful noise discount to the native regulation and built-in circuits for optimum knowledge processing.  The efficiency of the Zero Sign board can be enhanced by utilising OS-CON Polymer decoupling capacitors.

Femto Clock

Realising the significance of low jitter within the video area, Audiocom installs a really excessive precision reference clock for the Realtek RTD1295 processor (SoC) to optimise the video and audio knowledge processing. The brand new clock is very correct to inside 0.01ppm with an especially low jitter determine of 77 Femtoseconds RMS (0.077 Picoseconds) at a frequency measurement of 100 Hz to 100 kHz making it one of many lowest within the business.



New Energy Provide Filtering

Audiocom equips the Professional 4K HDR Cinema Version with enhanced energy provide filtering; for a cleaner AC mains provide. A really high-quality Furutech NCF IEC inlet with 6N Copper wiring is fitted to the ability enter board. Furutech’s NCF expertise offers the final word electrical and mechanical damping to the incoming energy line attaining a decrease noise ground. 

EMI/RFI Conditioning

A digital media participant is a busy atmosphere for electromagnetic noise. This high-frequency noise spectrum can pollute the delicate energy provide circuits and cut back efficiency. Audiocom applies a fabric that works to cancel out the unfavourable results of EMI noise and enhance the circumstances for video and audio sign switch.

Aim of modifications

What does Audiocom hope to attain with these modifications or upgrades? 

In an ideal situation with a video playback system all the information can be processed with none jitter with zero noise on the sign output. However the actuality is all video and audio elements have various levels of jitter and noise which limits the programs efficiency. The target with Zappiti is to take an already wonderful platform and launch its full potential. That is achieved by cautious evaluation of the circuit design and through the use of the very best high quality componentry and supplies to successfully cut back noise and jitter.

Mark Bartlett from Audiocom AV

The Audiocom Cinema Version is the one modification licensed by Zappiti with official guarantee. The gamers assist ft are unchanged from the unique unit. A number of forms of isolation ft had been evaluated with completely different gear racks and the outcomes had been diverse, inconclusive and in some instances the efficiency degraded. Zappiti recommends prospects to attempt their very own selection of isolation ft or platforms and determine if there are any efficiency advantages. Zappiti and Audiocom advocate a 400 hours burn-in to achieve the optimum video and audio efficiency.  

Video efficiency

The Zappiti Professional 4K HDR Audiocom Cinema Version raises the bar for video and audio playback, taking image and sound high quality to thrilling new heights. The video playback has improved image depth, deeper black ranges, larger distinction, elevated dynamic vary, extra pure tones and colours making film watching an immersive expertise.  

Audio efficiency

The sound high quality is equally thrilling, reproducing a fascinating sound each from the HDMI audio and digital audio ouputs. Spoken voice is cleaner and extra discernible. With movie scores the modifications supply an elevated sense of acoustic area, larger dynamics, improved depth and a extra pure tonality. 

Let’s see if the described efficiency upgrades match with the audiovisual actuality.

Retesting 1,2 … 7.2.6

If you need to know extra about on tips on how to function the unit, permit me to refer you to my overview of the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR. Let’s concentrate on evaluating the efficiency of each models with the identical film clips. Does that appear honest to you? 

Avengers – Endgame

The place the picture was crisp, shiny and stuffed with pure particulars with the usual unit, colours rendered extra vibrant, blacks appeared deeper and the general picture was extra secure with the Audiocom unit. Sound is extra detailed and focussed. What stands out is that you simply get a significantly better sense of the acoustical envirement. Now that’s what I name immersive! This Avengers episode bathes you in sound results, actually surrounding you with the soundtrack. Voices are offered in a extra open means and are a lot simpler to grasp. 

Maleficent – Mistress of Evil

That is such a improbable manufacturing! Colours actually come out of the display. As a result of this film has the character of a romanticized fairytale, it turned out a really colourful manufacturing. The Audiocom unit goes the additional mile, with deeper and richer colours. I’m not solely speaking about improved blacks right here. The picture may be very coherent and presents extra delicate particulars, whereas the usual unit produces a flatter picture. On the audio facet of issues, the modifications achieve creating a wonderful soundscape, a panorama stuffed with sound(s). It’s the sound bubble versus sounds hanging close to the audio system. That’s a significant improve!


Spies in disguise

As an alternative of getting a reasonably good illustration of the acoustical area with the usual unit, the Audiocom model presents a spot on copy of the unique acoustical envirement. It is a complete new degree of ‘audio’ expertise. As a listener you get pulled in additional to the story and get a greater understanding of the producers intent. Animated movies are full of sound results. You gotta love’m for that! All these entertaining sounds have elevated influence, dynamics and extra punch within the bass space. On the image facet…effectively, it’s all CGI or pc generated photos. The HDR provided a vibrant expertise. Colour accuracy was impecable. 

Jurassic world – Fallen kingdom

Steven Spielberg did a superb job producing the Dino saga. Fallen Kingdom stays my favourite due to the stability between the storyline, stress construct up and the correct quantity of dino’s. The Zappiti Professional 4K HDR Audiocom Cinema Version places you proper in the midst of each scene. Sooner or later issues grew to become very creepy! The elevated degree of authenticity intensifies the overal involvement and actually provides you the creeps in some scenes. Cinema at its greatest! Since there are numerous darkish scenes on this film, I seen that improved black ranges provided a greater HDR expertise. Variations between darkish and lightweight components in scene grew to become extra apparent.  

Ford v Ferrari

The place I used to be complaining that the audio wanted to be extra open, refined and holographic with the usual unit, the Audiocom model didn’t lack in any of those departments. Taking a look at Matt Damon driving his Ford traded locations with me driving the automotive. The following degree of engagement. The vehicles made much more detailed sounds. At some degree I’d introduce the time period microdetail. What a pleasant praise! Quite a lot of tv manufacturers parade with the standard that they reproduce the content material as intented by the producer. A part of that is good advertising and marketing. How can we reference the intentions of the studio? What affect do gamers and screens actualy have on ‘the unique’? For my part the much less something earlier than the display ‘provides’, the higher. LG OLED is reference for me when it comes to colour accuracy. However that’s a private selection. The Zappiti Professional 4K Audiocom Cinema Version seems to be a fantastic companion for the LG when it comes to being the right ‘cross by way of’.


On the time of the overview the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR Audiocom Cinema Version is priced €1.799.


Software program

  • Avengers – Endgame
  • Maleficent – Mistress of Evil
  • Spies in disguise
  • Jurassic world – Fallen kingdom
  • Ford vs Ferrari


  • LG OLED65C9
  • Lyngdorf MP-60 AV processor
  • Zappiti Professional 4K HDR
  • Zappiti Professional 4K HDR Audiocom Cinema Version
  • Genelec 8040 (7)
  • Genelec 8030 (5)
  • Genelec 8020 (7)
  • Genelec 7350 (2)
  • Vovox cables
  • Procab cables
  • Supra cables 

Zappiti PRO 4K HDR Audiocom Cinema Version overview

The 1.000.000 greenback query is that if the Audiocom Cinema Version is value the additional funding of a €1.000? Sure, sure and sure once more! The carried out modifications/upgrades to the already very potent Zappiti Professional 4K HDR platform remodel this participant right into a high-end media participant pur sang. Audiocom did a superb job in elevating the audio and video efficiency to reference degree to fulfill probably the most demanding residence cinema lovers. For those who would blind take a look at these models, I’m undecided you’d suspect that they’re from the identical model! That’s how distinctive the variations are. The improve is like shifting from a BMW 3 sequence with a three-liter engine to a magical M3. It’s all about efficiency and that additional horsepower. There’s nonetheless one factor lacking although: Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist. Perhaps we’ll get that with the following era of processors? Better of excessive finish AWARD!


Options | Performance [20]


Design | Construct High quality [10]


Worth | Efficiency [10]



  • Reference picture high quality
  • Excellent audio efficiency
  • Whole media answer
  • Intuitive consumer interface / operation
  • Ease of use first design
  • Heavy, strong housing
  • Loves nearly all codecs
  • Management app


  • No Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist
  • DSD assist utilizing third get together software program
  • No XLR outputs