Zappiti PRO 4K HDR media participant assessment • Better of Excessive Finish

As soon as up on a time folks used turntables and vinyl to take heed to music, watched motion pictures utilizing DVD or Blu-ray discs. I child you not. Nowadays are lengthy gone. Or not? Pardon my French??? Because the introduction of the Apple iPad and Spotify we reside in several instances. Comfort is the brand new magic phrase. Who nonetheless needs to rise up and depart his cozy seat to placed on one other report or spin the following disc? Do you? I don’t. Nowadays, management is at our fingertips. With a distant or sensible system, we need to management our environment. Yep, that’s audio and video included! To fulfill these wants media gamers had been invented. Vive la France!!! Such units can centralize your music and flicks and stream it over your native community to any system you need. Hell sure! It’s 2020 and welcome to our assessment of the Zappiti 4K PRO HDR media participant. 


Zapping away

Zappiti is a sympathetic French model with a really respectable worldwide reseller community. Their mission is to supply merchandise that help you expertise dwelling theater at its greatest! They attempt for probably the most immersive, dimensional and emotional dwelling cinema expertise on the planet. Zappiti gives a variety of high-end multimedia gamers, engineered to supply nice image and sound efficiency. The model’s ardour for cinema and dedication to ship ‘the unique’ resulted in distinctive {hardware}, software program and a user-friendly interface. They need to ship an unbeatable worth to efficiency ratio to their prospects. Satisfied to get began? I used to be. Very. Mailed my assessment request and some days later the courier arrived with a Zappiti Professional 4K HDR in a field. Press play to begin! 


Spin your media 360°

These are attention-grabbing instances. Software program is regularly turning into one thing digital. Discs grow to be digital recordsdata. This transformation occurred a while in the past in cinemas. They’re now not burning 35mm roles however taking part in recordsdata domestically or streaming them remotely. That’s known as progress. Ought to we are saying no to that? After all not. We should embrace it! How can we deliver that progress dwelling? With a common media participant. Ought to that participant be capable of play discs? No, that may be a Blu-ray participant. Let’s preserve updated. Discs turns into storage. Do you personal a NAS? An exterior USB drive? If not, you possibly can put 2 x 3,5” SATA exhausting discs within the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR. Tada! As much as 32Gb of storage is able to go. An intensive rack stuffed with blu-ray discs is changed by a digital library, with detailed data at your fingertips. 

At first look the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR appears to be like very potent. If you happen to take the value into consideration, it is likely to be truthful to count on an total ‘plastic’ impression. None of that. Its heavy and durable housing instantly convinces you of the alternative. Excessive-end media gamers are quite uncommon as a product, as compared with for instance amplifiers or audio system. Can we qualify the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR as a high-end system? That’s the actual query of this assessment. The ‘Professional’ within the nametag refers to skilled. So, the place are the XLR connectors? I get it. As a ‘digital platform’ the primary focus is sending the digital bundle to the receiver. XLR connectors would require top quality DACs. This might open the door for DSD help. The marginally costlier Panasonic UB9004 comes with a devoted audio part with XLRs. I perceive the ‘digital first’ strategy utterly and approve it. Each connection is gold plated. Even the twin HDMI. Good. This implies you possibly can ‘separate’ audio and video. The truth is, that is obligatory if you wish to discuss high-end. So, what’s on the again panel? AC enter, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB Kind-C, LAN, IR extender, Wi-Fi antenna connectors, HDMI in, HDMI OUT (audio solely), HDMI OUT (fundamental), RCA outputs, digital coaxial output and CVBS. Actually, the design of the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR just isn’t the sexiest on the planet. The entrance panel might be flipped down, to ensure that the two large HDD ports to seem. Do you see the three fundamental focus factors? Storage, community and HDMI. The proper elements for a contemporary media participant? 


Testing 1, 2 … 7.2.6

There are just a few methods to function the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR. There’s the distant. You possibly can join a mouse and/or keyboard or go smartphone/pill. Seek for ‘Zappiti media management 4K’ or ‘Zappiti music management’ within the App Retailer or Google Play. What do you select: old style or…? There are just a few methods to navigate via your content material: music, video or explorer. Music might be accessed simply with out TV with the Zappiti music management app. The GUI is pleasant for the attention and works in a really recognizable means in the event you’re into streaming apps. Benefit from the high-quality film covers and detailed data whereas looking via your film wall. Accessing exterior USB-devices or NAS system seems to be youngster’s play with the explorer. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the Zappiti software program is futuristic and superior. No, it’s tuned to right this moment. In that respect, different manufacturers like for instance Panasonic (UB9004) or Oppo (203/205) nonetheless stay within the stone age. The Zappiti consumer expertise is simply flawless. 


Dim the lights. Juice to the LG OLED. Energy to the Zappiti. Lyngdorf MP-60: on. The LED lights on all Genelec screens flip inexperienced. Let’s load and play some film fragments. Time for some actual life testing! Avengers fills the display screen with motion. The picture is crisp, vibrant and stuffed with pure particulars. Thanks Zappiti MagicPixel v2.5 and the ‘Direct Output’ mode. Auto body fee matches the precise ‘frames per second’ from the film with the display screen. Sound is literarily in every single place through the intense battles. You’re sucked into the film in true immersive model. Dolby Atmos 7.2.4 to the max! Dialogues are clear and comprehensible however stay an excessive amount of within the heart speaker.   


Maleficent (Mistress of Evil) brings out the very best out of the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR. The image high quality is just jaw-dropping! HDR at it’s greatest. The film makers and the LG OLED additionally deserve an oscar right here. However the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR holds its personal. It produced an exquisite colorific splendor. For a second I believed I used to be watching Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material. Believers in true high-end would need to go that additional mile. No compromise there. Excessive Dynamic Vary or HDR is attention-grabbing as a result of filmmakers can add brightness, correct and richer colours and distinction to their productions. There are 2 differing types of HDR: static and dynamic. Customary HDR is static. Right here producers can advert just one worth to indicate the HDR content material per episode of a serie or film. Peak brightness is generally restricted to a 1.000 Nits, the equal of brightness a LG OLED can produce right this moment. Dynamic HDR like HDR10+ or Dolby Imaginative and prescient can crank up the brightness to a whopping 10.000 Nits. The colour data is 12-bits versus 10-bits with static HDR. The distinction? 1024 variations of shadow element and about 1 billion colours versus 4.096 variations of shadow and 68 billion colours. Dolby Imaginative and prescient is ‘future proof’ with its 10.000 Nits because the brightest LED can produce nearly 4.000 Nits. The large distinction is that with dynamic HDR like Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material creators can add HDR values per scene. So that you get extra refined nuances and a extra immersive expertise typically.

Spies in disguise turned out to be a really entertaining animation movie. Due to the character of the style, you are likely to focus extra on the audio (in my view). I bought a reasonably good illustration of the acoustical area, good dynamics and total tonality. They did a pleasant job capturing the voice of Will Smith. Nice casting! Watching an animation movie in HDR brings extra ‘mild or brightness’ to the desk. Color accuracy was spot on.


Dino time. Fallen Kingdom is among the greatest episodes within the Jurassic Parc saga. The way in which that the producers might construct up stress and have interaction the viewers is subsequent stage. I watched just a few scenes within the DTS:X format. This brings up the outdated rivalry between Dolby and DTS. DTS has at all times been superior. Once more the case with this soundtrack. The spaciousness was superior. The way in which the dinosaurs moved round bought me to show my head as soon as to look. That’s the way in which it needs to be! Proper in the course of the motion. Quite a lot of darkish scenes created a devoted ambiance. A number of the scenes had been very cinematic by way of composition. 

Ford versus Ferrari put me in the course of the motion. Once more. Publish processing the audio to 7.2.6 Dolby Atmos I discovered myself driving the Ford lots. Actually, I’d have most popular driving the Ferrari! The soundtrack of this film may be very participating. I didn’t know a automotive might make a lot totally different sounds and noises. All of it provides to the expertise. No remarks on the picture high quality what-so-ever. The Zappiti Professional 4K HDR performs its position as the final word ‘pass-through’ so far as the video is anxious. It acts like a studio monitor: what you set in, comes out the identical means with no coloration or addition. I like LG OLEDs as a result of they share that very same philosophy. In my ebook that’s known as reference stage. Audio efficiency just isn’t quiet on that very same stage. It must be extra refined, open and holographic. I actually need to weigh within the affect of RoomPerfect from the Lyngdorf MP-60 right here. That’s in all probability the explanation why Zappiti just lately launched the ‘Audicom Cinema Version’ of the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR. May that be the ‘final’ common media participant? An concept for a follow-up take a look at?



On the time of the assessment the Zappiti Professional 4K HDR is priced €799.

Related technical specs

  • Chipset: Realtek RTD1295
  • CPU: Quad core
  • Working system: 64-Bit
  • HDMI AV: 2.0a
  • HDMI audio solely: 1.4a
  • HDR: Sure
  • 10-Bit colours: Sure (even 12-bit if supported by display screen)
  • REC.2020 shade area: Sure
  • 4K 50p/60p: Sure
  • Auto framerate: 23.976/24/50/59.94/60
  • 4K HEVC max. bitrate: 400Mbps
  • Native community switch: SMB Server (as much as 115MB/s)/FTP
  • BD Lite: Sure
  • Blu-ray/UHD menus: Sure
  • Gold-plated ports: Sure
  • Wi-Fi 5G: Sure
  • Twin HDD Rack choice for 3,5” SATA drives as much as 32Tb: Sure
  • USB ports: 3.0 and Kind-C
  • Multichannel dwelling cinema audio: bitstream as much as 11.2.4, stereo downmix 
  • Hello-Res music playback: as much as 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Management participant and Android Apps with pc mouse and/or keyboard
  • Android 6.0
  • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • Backlit distant management
  • ISF Certification

Software program

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


  • LG OLED65C9
  • Lyngdorf MP-60 AV processor
  • Panasonic UB9004
  • Genelec 8040 (7)
  • Genelec 8030 (5)
  • Genelec 8020 (7)
  • Genelec 7350 (2)
  • Vovox cables
  • Procab cables
  • Supra cables 

Zappiti PRO 4K HDR media participant assessment

The Zappiti Professional 4K HDR is an actual discount. It’s a one-box-does-all resolution for music and film lovers, who need to handle their content material in a means, correct to 2020. First this implies digital storage on an exterior server or the interior HDD’s. Second you stream your digital content material over separate HDMI cables to your display screen and AV processor. The Zappiti operates as an intermediate to facilitate the ‘managing’ half in probably the most nice and easy means doable. Throughout this course of, the best doable picture and sound high quality is pursued. The Zappiti Professional 4K HDR checks off nearly all packing containers. So, ultimately, it’s the near-perfect high-end media participant. If they might gear up the audio efficiency and help Dolby Imaginative and prescient, then the ‘image’ can be full. In the meantime, put this media participant in your shortlist.


Options | Performance [20]


Design | Construct High quality [10]


Value | Efficiency [10]



  • Wonderful picture high quality
  • Whole media resolution
  • Pleasant priced
  • Intuitive consumer interface / operation
  • Ease of use first design
  • Agency, stable housing
  • Likes nearly all codecs
  • Management app


  • No Dolby Imaginative and prescient help
  • DSD help utilizing third social gathering software program
  • Restrained audio efficiency
  • No XLR outputs