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TESTIMONIAL FROM THEO KALOMIRAKIS -EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of RAYVA-
When you have a large collection and you want to see a particular title, trying to find the movie, load it on the Blu-ray player and having to sit through endless trailers and dull menus before the movie starts, can kill the urge to watch it. For me, the only way for me to enjoy a movie I am in the mood for, is when I have it at my fingertips. This is the reason why, for years I have been dreaming of digitizing my collection.
When I met Raphael Tabutin at ISE last year and he introduced me to the Zappiti server I knew right away that that is exactly what I needed. The timing was also right; I was building a theater for my new home in Athens and I had just moved my collection to Greece. The Zappiti server would add to the theater what every collector needs: fulfilment at his fingertips. But how do you start digitizing so many tiles without becoming overwhelmed? Well, the answer for me was to take a deep breath, make peace with the fact that I will be spending a long time in front of the server and then start the process, one title at a time.
I was born to catalogue things. Organizing my collection of videos with Zappiti has been fulfilling and fun. The process has allowed me to “manipulate” the data by making certain edits, such as making sure the selection is not a movie with the same title but from another year, changing the disc’s cover art with the original poster of the movie, entering the correct aspect ratio, etc. More importantly the process has allowed me to rediscover movies I did not even remember having in my collection. After playing with the server every day, I have a hard time stopping to do anything else. But that’s the obsessive nature of collectors. That’s me….
Theo Kalomirakis - known as the "father of home theatre" - is a leading creator of custom-designed theatres and one-of-a-kind entertainment environments, acclaimed for their attention to architectural detail. using styles that range from ultra-traditional to cutting-edge contemporary, he scales each project to fit the needs of each client. In addition to design and architecture, he is an expert in acoustics, lighting and the integration of technology into the house, as well as being knowledgeable about the history of theatre architecture
BEST HOME THEATER MEDIA PLAYER
Zappiti Pro 4K
This is a machine with a can-do attitude !
Zappiti’s flagship media player is designed for home theatre owners with extensive film and music collections, replacing the traditional disc library with a graphically rich interface that grants instant access to content. The beautifully designed full-width chassis houses twin bays for up to 32TB of HDD storage, plus inputs for local USB drives, while networking functionality enables streaming from NAS devices and PCs. Format support covers 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for movie playback, plus hi-res audio to 192kHz/24-bit. Backing up these AV credentials is the Pro 4K HDR’s flexibility – from running a multiroom 4K system to letting users customise its GUI, this is a machine with a can-do attitude.
SECRETS OF HOME THEATER
Zappiti NAS 4K
The ZAPPITI NAS is a breakthrough product with capabilities and ease of use that no one else offers. I want one in my home theater system.
In total, I tried four UHD disks, including Dunkirk, 2001, Star Trek Beyond, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind and Terminator Dark Fate. All copied without incident. Blu-ray movies also copied just fine. All the disks had the complete audio package as well, along with commentary tracks and tracks with different languages. Subtitles are ripped too. So really, everything!
I could see no difference in video quality and perceived no degradation of audio quality, which is what I would expect from a clone of the original. I also wanted to see if I could move a movie ripped to the Zappiti NAS to my own Zappiti storage. I mounted both devices on my network and moved the ISO file from the NAS to my Zappiti storage without incident. Even over my gigabit Ethernet network, 4K discs can take more than an hour to transfer.
Ripping speeds are similar. It takes about an hour to rip a 4K movie; about 25 minutes to rip a Blu-ray title.
Sound & VISION
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR
"Overall video performance was generally excellent and in line with my Oppo UDP-203." by Kris Deering
The player software does most of the heavy lifting to fill in all the title data needed for your library, including poster art, movie info, even soundtrack music, which cues up when you hover over a specific movie when browsing the interface. I didn't note any quality loss during movie playback compared with playing a disc directly using my Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, regardless of image resolution or frame rate. For the most part, I left the system output in source direct, which means the video was not being processed by the Zappiti software. When I set the player's output to a fixed resolution, I didn't see any glaring issues with the software scaling/de-interlacing. Overall video performance was generally excellent and in line with my Oppo UDP-203.
Secrets of Home Theater
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR
"Zappiti has included an excellent video processing solution and high-quality audio output" by Chris Eberle
The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR Media Player has gone where home theater PCs and DIY movie servers have failed to go. (...) Thanks to its 32TB storage capacity, you can add the contents of 600 Blu-rays or 300 Ultra HD discs. And through its networking capability, you can add more boxes if your library grows larger than that. Since it also serves up music and photos, it truly can be a one-box solution for delivering media in the home.Zappiti further adds to the Pro 4K's cred with the careful thought and engineering given to its audio and video output. While many other products stop after they get the software working, Zappiti has included an excellent video processing solution and high-quality audio output. Regardless of your content, or your display's resolution, images will always be sharp and clear with accurate color and maximum contrast. With the bit-for-bit representation coming from ripped discs, you'll sacrifice nothing for the convenience of simply browsing and surfing through your movie library. (...) Bravo Zappiti!
SPARE CHANGE Video Review
Discover what Shane Boilin thinks about Zappiti through his videos
In this case, size does not matter. 4K, HDR playback yet compact enough to fit behind a flat panel or other tight spots for multi-room enjoyment.
Sound Image Magazine
Zappiti 4K HDR Range (player / server) - Winner of Product of the Year Award 2018
We have watched Zappiti’s collection of movie players evolve from full-HD to Ultra High-Definition and now to delivery of High Dynamic Range too, all the while maintaining their effortless and attractive user interface which rivals the world’s most expensive server systems, yet comes together at a fraction of their price (the mid-level 4K HDR player/server is AU$550). They can be used with internal hard drives to store and serve both movies and music, and Zappiti also has available multi-bay NAS drives to provide enormous storage capacities for media which can then be served all around the home, and which can also come with a disc drive to rip your DVDs and Blu-ray straight to storage. For movie collectors, or for anyone wanting to clear their shelves of movie boxes and get things instantly accessible, we reckon Zappiti provides the most cost-effective high-quality solution available.
CEDIA Expo - Best of Show
Zappiti received the Best of Show Award for CEDIA Expo in Dallas by NewBay Media's Residential Systems and twice magazines ( formely published by NewBay media and now by Future Publishing). These awards honor outstanding products exhibited at the show. Manufacturers submitted products for nomination prior to arriving in Dallas, then a panel of anonymous professional integrator and journalist judges evaluated the entries based on written submissions and visual inspections on CEDIA show floor.
Zappiti NAS RIP "Best Buys Audio & AV 2017".
The Zappiti NAS and player are seriously impressive bits of kit. It's not just that they work, but that they work smoothly, with most aspects of the system thought through to deliver maximum convenience to the user. The NAS is flexible to grow with your storage needs, since you can start with a couple of drives (they can RAID for data protection) and add more as required. This is good stuff.
The Streaming Blog
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR
Kicks Ass Award - 10/10
Overall, the performance of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR was exceptional. Videos were clear, colors were crisp and vibrant, and there were no issues, lags, or problems throughout the whole testing period. Because of that, we’re giving the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR two solid thumbs-up (...). With this, we no longer need home theater PCs and DIY movie servers. Zappiti has an intuitive interface that is easy to use. It beats the UI of some of the best streaming devices around. Plus, it offers a secure and almost unlimited access to a vast range of content. All in all, it’s a single box that acts as a complete solution for home media. We loved how the company made the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR with careful thought and engineering. Aside from almost unlimited access to media and user-friendly interface, they truly delivered unmatched resolution and high-quality audio output. Regardless of your content, Zappiti will display your media files sharp and clear, with accurate colors and contrast. Overall, we enjoyed using the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR, and we highly recommend it for everyone who is looking for a full home media solution.
Media Player Reviews
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR
"The Pro 4K HDR is probably the best available media player."
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR is a top performer. Price may be high for many users (in the 700€ range), but this is usually the case when you get special features and a high quality build not usually existing in the (media player) competition. The beautiful aluminum quality chassis with the high quality power supply, the direct output video mode with the resolutions limiter, the great image quality, the three HDMI ports, the extended connectivity options and the excessive software tweaking is not something you can easily find. Even "branded" UHD disc players of equivalent pricing cannot match the local network streaming capabilities of this media player and usually lack most of the capabilities that Zappiti software has to offer (Movie/TV Shows collection, Smartphone/Tablet usability, Menu navigation). (...) As far as build quality (power supply, PCB board and quality components) and design is concerned, the Pro 4K HDR is probably the best available media player.
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
Zappiti One 4K HDR.
At U.S. $299.00, I consider the Zappiti One HDR a good deal. It's easier to set up than a PC or Mac dedicated to video playback, and it has as much storage as you want to buy. My calculations are that my 4TB hard drive would hold more than 200 Blu-ray movies. The Zappiti can take up to a 16TB drive. If you want to try additional units to distribute video around the house, the Zappiti Mini units are U.S $250.00 and have no provision for internal drives, although you can mount external drives. With no storage attached, they are a great way to view your collection on your main Zappiti in other rooms of your house, assuming your home network can support the speed needed.I can't think of an easier way to enjoy your videos, audio files, and movies. (...) However you use it, the Zappiti One 4K HDR media server has solid software and hardware, is being constantly updated, and the multi-room video and audio distribution features make it even more valuable.
THE STREAMING BLOG
Zappiti One SE 4K HDR - 4.7/5 Stars
The Zappiti One SE 4K HDR media player is a pleasant device to use and we did not experience any lags or issues when we tested it. We also didn’t experience any issues when we watched MKV 1080p AVC, as well as 2160p HDR 10-bit files; and while at it, our TV instantly switched to the HDR mode which was pretty neat. We also compared the image quality delivered by the Zappiti One SE 4K HDR media player with the one from nVidia Shield TV – Android TV player, and the Emby Android. None of these two featured a video post-treatment function unlike Zappiti. As for the Magic Pixel technology – which is always activated along with the Zappiti media player – offers you extra brightness and contrast, as well as allowing the image to benefit from more detailed textures without overdoing things. This is to make your entertainment experience more enjoyable. Overall, it’s a very good HDR media player and we’re definitely recommending the Zappiti One SE 4K HDR media player to you.
Zappiti Duo 4K HDR - Highly Recommended Award 2017 - Score: 9/10.
The build quality of the Duo is top notch with a metal casing that is passively cooled to avoid fan noise. (...) The processor is a bit of a monster and the networking performance of the Zappiti is excellent so we were treated to some excellent performance with video encoded at very high bitrates. (...) The included remote control is backlit - which we love - and sits easily in the hand, while offering a well planned button map and all the options you need, bar a dedicated stop button. (...) In terms of media playback, the Zappiti 4K HDR range is very, very strong in most areas. There is support for Ultra HD video, all the way to up to 60 frames per second as well as HDR 10 and HEVC decoding capability. (...) All in all, the Zappiti Duo 4K HDR is a cracking home media streaming solution which very nearly qualifies for the rare accolade of plug'n'play (...), it comes Highly Recommended.