Zidoo X9 Android Media Player Features an HDMI Input Port with PVR & Time Shifting Functions

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I’ve recently tested two Android TV boxes with an HDMI input, namely HPH NT-V6 and M-195, and with the firmware they had at the time of review, the HDMI input just acts as a dumb HDMI input port, and there was nothing much I could do with it. Now comes Zidoo X9, another Android TV box powered nby Mstar MSO9810 that also comes with an HDMI input port, but this time, they’ve implemented a PVR function, so if you have a low end satellite, cable, or terrestrial receiver, you can connect it to Zidoo X9 and record programs, which makes it much more useful.

Zidoo_X9Zidoo X9 specifications:

  • SoC – Mstar MSO9180D1R quad core Cortex A9 processor up to 1.5GHz with octa-core ARM Mali-450MP6 GPU Mali-450MP (2 or 4) GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Input –  HDMI output up to 4K, HDMI input with PVR and Time Shifting support, and AV port (Composite + stereo audio)
  • Audio I/O – HDMI Out and In, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • (Main) Video Codecs – H265, VC-1, WMV-HD, MPEG1/2/4 up to 4Kx2K, etc..
  • Audio Codec – MP3, AAC, AC3, DTS-HD Master, TrueHD 7.1 pass-through, etc…
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (MT7632 module), Bluetooth 4.0. Dual external antennas.
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 host ports.
  • Misc – ON/OFF switch, reset pinhole, LCD display on front panel
  • Power Supply – N/A
  • Dimensions – 187 x 127 x 27 mm (aluminum enclosure)

It looks very similar to Kaiboer F5, but they’ve added dual bad Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and I understand the firmware is completely different.

The device runs Android 4.4.2 with Google Play Store, a custom version of XBMC optimized for Mstar MSO9810, and an interesting user interface called ZIUI. If you are mainly interested in HDMI in function, jump to 5:49, where you’ll see the configuration menu for PVR function that allows to record in HD, VGA, FHD resolution and MP4 or TS container, and specific the starting date/time. H.264 is used to encode the video, and you can choose the recording path, for example on SD card or USB hard drive. Warning: If you are a member of the grammar/vocabulary police, this video may make you  faint / feel unwell.

Zidoo X9 can be purchased for $169 on Amazon US, but I can’t find it anywhere else. You may be able to find more information on ZidooX9 product page, and ask questions on the Forums. [Update: GearBest sells the device for $119.99 including shipping with coupon ZDX9CN]

Thanks to Harley for the tip.

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Jon Publix
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Jon Publix

Not everyone out there is looking to completely cut the cord of pay TV. For those who maintain a “basic cable” feed, the ability to record is a major selling point.

Are there any other media players out there with HDMI *input* and record capabilities?

onebir
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onebir

Yep – cable cos charge big money for PVR in their boxes. Hope this is first of many 🙂

John
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John

Hi, thanks for posting the review. I’ve tried a few of these HDMI-IN devices (amlogic, rokchip, realtech) and they all suffer from “judder” or sync issues with a set top box (comcast) as source. This is especially obvious on an HD news ticker (such as Fox news / ESPN) where it’s not smooth.

If it’s not too much trouble could u confirm if these models are smooth? Also I was looking for picture in picture function…do they do that? I don’t need recording function.

Tks again for post and informing me of these new models! 🙂

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mirror
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hi all,
We will be upgrade X9 firmware this week, it may include below features:
Fixed the PVR “judder” 🙂
A redesigned file manager, which utilizing more screen space.
A redesigned album app, reduce OOM occurence.
A redesigned MediaPlayer, making the operation easier.
Redesigned PVR function, easier and stable UI experience
A new version of KODI for Zidoo, based on new Kodi version.
A more powerful memory management system, increasing system efficiency

The upgrade will be carried out through OTA online, X9 will be notified for upgrade automatically.

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John
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John

@mirror
Thanks for the update!
Can you confirm if there will be a Picture in Picture feature with this new firmware?
Many thanks (and to you cnxsoft)

mirror
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@John
Hi,PIP function is in the making,maybe the next firmware version will be support

mirror
Guest

Hi all
We had a new firmware,You can get the download URL tomorrow

A list of updating softwares
System:
1, FIX removing the system promptS which hold resources.
2,FIX solving recording jitter
3, some unsupported ISOs lead localMM to be corrupted.
4,FIX advancing decoding,solving some problems that m2ts can not do
5, upgrading KODI(XBMC) from alpha to RC3
6, Upgrading teleswitches which can only cut definition of 4k30,4k25,1080P,720P .
7, upgrade: different kinds of repairs, upgrades, and revisions of native players.
8, Upgrading audio player supporting the file of CUE.
9, Upgrade system settings: setting languages without focuses, removing the unnecessary settings.
10, upgrading the compability of googleplay
11, Upgrading some play lag phases of 4K files
12, Upgrading the hardware that supports the format of GPT.

UI:
1、Adding tips that show the Bluetooth has been connected on the chief interface.
2、Searching on the chief interface more than 4 hours, BUG will make the interface be in a mess.
3、Changing setting- BUG of common settings can not use mouse.
4、Upgrading BUG which can make the applications update autonomously.
5、The problems of input method errors when searching on the chief interface.
6、The problems of search box that can not run its cursors when searching on the chief interface.
7、Upgrading the speed of interface.
8、Adding dynamic pushes of the major ICON on the chief interface.

Recorder:
1.The HDMI IN automatic poop-up screen window when it is applied into
2.Modified statu Chinese error under the status bar
3.Modified recorded input for real resolution
4.Add selections of the sampling rate:VAG1024000/ hd1024000*3/ Fhd1024000*5
5.When recording, the upper right corner of the recording will mark dynamic display
6.Modified the month-end selection time of BUG
7.The interface will be hidden after inoperating about 10s
8.Solve the problem of the screen shake when recording
9.Modified the BUG when the upgrade box is hidden by screen-recorder frame window
10.Modified the BUG when it came into the application error repeatedly

Files manager
1.Modified ways of the mouse sliding list so as to match the sliding speed and wheel slip
2.Solve problem of becoming white when file list pictures
3.Add entrances of direct files classification
4.Add video classifications of -ts suffix
5.It will play the BUG if you pull out/insert USB on the file interface
6.Add the cue playing songs entrance of flac wav file

Music player
1.Support the CUE + WAV, CUE + FLAC, CUE + APE and selecting play.
2.Correct no response from flying squirrel return key bug.
3.Increase the function of that it will access to media files automatically when you
enter the applications directly.

Image manager:
1. Comprehensive revision of application present a new face.
2. Solve not load due to entering and exit the folder frequently bug.
3. Add the random switching, vigor effect and many flash effect.
4. Not closed LWP after exiting the interface bug.
5. Out of memory bug.
6. Improve pictures’ clarity in the animation.7. Optimize the speed of loading pictures.

Video player
1. Comprehensive revision of UI present a new face.
2. Solve no response from multiple plugins subtitles selection bug.
3. Switch tracks no response bug.
4. Solve the part of MP4 files can’t to get the total time bug.
5. Solve a part of the ISO file can’t play lead to the player can’t play bug.

John
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John

@mirror
Hi,

I hope you had a good holiday over the festive period.

I have the zidoo X9 with me now and have done the OTA upgrade.

You have done a good job with the device. Hardware feels solid and the UI is nice and the OTA update worked perfectly, well done!

Some feedback on the HDMI-IN:

1) Your latest firmware breaks ‘pass through audio’. I only hear audio if I select “L-PCM’ instead of pass-through (previous f/w worked with pass-through audio).

2) When there is a lot of movement on the screen (ie. sports and a news ticker such as “ESPN”) the video struggles to keep up and we see some jitter / frame skip / non smooth video.

3) During system boot if there is HDMI-Input attached you can hear and see the source for a few seconds even before you choose the “HDMI Input” app.

4) When using 1080i (interlaced) source I guess you are doing deinterlacing. This needs some improvement as it suffering from some ghosting. Perhaps you can have some options of different deinterlace methods to choose from?

5) When starting HDMI-Input sometimes don’t want to record… so only show the recording UI if the ‘menu’ button is pushed perhaps?

6) Really would like the Picture in Picture function to be next.

Saying all that (which I hope you take as constructive feedback), I must say that you have the smoothest and best HDMI-Input I’ve seen on an Android device, so very well done to you! 🙂

I look forward to the next firmware update – please contact me if you would like me to test interactively with you (I have remote ADB and USB console tools if it is helpful).

Cheers

mirror
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@John
Thanks for feedback,We will strive to do the best.About test,Please give me ur email,my EMAIL [email protected]

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[…] Zidoo X9 Android media player is powered by Mstar MSO9180 quad core Cortex A7 processor, supports 4K video output and decoding, H.265 codec, a USB 3.0 port for (hopefully) fast external storage, and in HDMI input port that allows you to record video from another HDMI input device to a USB mass storage device, or micro SD card. GearBest sent me one of the first sample, so let’s have a look at the device itself, and its boards, because getting to the full review next week. […]

John
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John

@mirror
Hi there,

I sent you an email on 02-Jan 10:51am. Did you get it? Maybe in your junk mail?

Cheers

Mark
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Mark

@John

Can you post a sample recording on a file sharing site from a channel with a news ticker? I would like to compare the quality to other HDMI recording solutions like hauppauge hd pvr, etc. What format (H264, HEVC, etc) and bitrate does it use to record 1080i channels? Are they recorded in original 1080i format? Does it record AC3 dolby digital audio? Thanks.

mirror
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@标
zidoo x9 support hdmi in 1080p record by H.264 format

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mirror
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@John
v1.0.2.5 coming soon
System Update List:

1. Add the function of Bluetooth connects automatically after power on.
2. Smooth the dtshdma audio of Blu-ray 3d movie
3. Smooth truehd track occasionally
4. Modify the error problem of video interface when 4K output or inserting HDMI OUT line
5. Add the flip function of Remote key

Software update list :

1.The APK still shows recommended data even doesn’t get into the network.
2. Data keeps updated after the recommended data changed.
3. Add the dragging function of UI mouse
4. Optimize the font styles
5. Modify the error indicator problem when inserted USB devices.

Record screen:

1. Modify display styles of setting appointment time, change into specific time
2. Optimize UI disappears automatically when deleting appointment or recorded files
3. Optimize setting the accuracy of video length

File Manager:

1. Optimize SD also can display by press Up to unload
2. Add the function of circulation list
3. Add a key to flip

Music Player:

1. Optimize the accuracy of translation from the “Unknown” language

Picture Manager:

1. Optimize swithcing pirtures around when view pictures from file manager
2. Optimize the clarity when flashing
3. Modify the display position of UI
4. Optimize recycling of picture memory
5. Modify the memory overflows for some larger pictures

OTA Update:

1. Revise the APK
2. speeds download
3. more reasonable designature for UI
4. Support background download
5. Download from breakpoint automatically
6. Support local upgrade and background replication
7. View update blogs of 6 nearest versions

Video Player:

1. Optimize the continued saved function of ISO/BDMV
2. Localmm keeps on running when the system language switchs to others,like Russian
3. Delete the repeat function of the loop mode playlist options
4. Modify track after swithing track or video fast- forward.
5. Modify the problem of forward/back, when play/pause pressing around the key.
6. Optimize the display dimension when playing 3D
7. Optimize the unfull dimension when playing 3D-2D video
8. LocalMM keeps running when switching into cycle mode
9. After selecting track, maintain the selected track when re- enter the menu
10. Modify default display when inscribed caption

mirror
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mirror :
v1.0.2.5 download url:http://apidl.zidoo.tv/x9_ota/full_lemon-ota-1.0.2.5.zip

setting — about — update– local update then select the file,Done!

mirror
Guest

cnxsoft :
OTA does not seem to work right now. Any reason for that?

There is no online push now,You can download this file,then select local update.

mirror
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@cnxsoft
online OTA is ready,Please try it again.

mirror
Guest

@cnxsoft
Thanks for feedback,I has added this bug in our mantis,

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mirror
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@cnxsoft
You can insert a keybord then press “Print Screen” to take screenshots

mirror
Guest

@cnxsoft
hi,Please download PlayStore(version 5.1.11) or wait us update the fireware version:v1.0.26 ,sorry

mirror
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ZIDOO D1 Android box + DVB T2 user interface:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKHxG_5q6OU

mirror
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@cnxsoft
Hi,Around by the end of this month, we will update the specifications of D1 and model of 64Bit on our BLOG.

Manuel
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Manuel

@mirror
Hi Mirror, I find this product interesting and really want to buy one for some testing and if they reach our requirements maybe we could want to buy more.
If the machine works as we want, can we send you especifications to build a new product similar to this especifications, but with some more?
Also I need to know if we want to use the hdmi input to some more functions can we develop an android app that can use this hdmi input?
Is there some contact to interchange emails and ask you more detailed information

mirror
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@Manuel
Hi Manuel.my email:[email protected]
We can open HDMI IN API, however, maybe you need to tell us more details about your requirements .

boyet0173
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boyet0173

@mirror
Hi Mirror,

Do you have plan to have a isdb-t android box. Here in the Philippines is ongoing testing in digital tv broadcasting adopting isdb-t Japan. Please enlighten me if you have that box. Thanks in advance.

Regards,
Boyet

Tomb
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Tomb

@Mirror

Will it record game play from PS3 ?

Regards,
Tomb

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[…] Zidoo X9 is an Android TV box powered by Mstar MSO9810 quad core processor, with an HDMI input port that allows video recording up to 1080p, and that’s the only device that could properly display pictures and play videos at 4K resolution (Up to 30Hz) in a recent test. You can buy on GearBest for $120 with coupon, but GeekBuying has launched a promotion where the first 100 orders can get the device for just $99.99. […]

mirror
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@Tomb
As we know, I can’t talk more about the topic of HDCP. However, you can have a try, maybe you might enter the game first, then put HDMI to HDMI IN of X9 with the cable.

Tomb
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Tomb

@ HI Mirror

I got the point. Thanks for the answer. I have just ordered my ZIDOO at geekplaying.

Tomb

Damienzo
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Damienzo

This product looks good, I would probably buy one if you add Giga Ethernet connectivity!

TrunCkZ
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TrunCkZ

What is the difference with Kaiboer F5?

mirror
Guest

@TrunCkZ
Android 4.4, HDMI IN record, 5 g WIFI, BT 4.0, Better compatibility of media,a nearer western OPENGL UI, all of these are unique characteristics of X9

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[…] Zidoo X9 is quite a unique product on the market, as it’s the only low cost Android platform that I know of that features an HDMI input port with recording capabilities. The hardware is actually based on Kaiboer F5, with some modifications, but the latter focuses on the Chinese market, while Zidoo X9 targets oversea markets with an English firmware by default. I took pictures of Zidoo X9 and its board about a month ago, but a busy schedule and some initial issues with Google Play Store delayed the review. Finally, I’ve completed testing of the device, and ready to share my findings about performance, stability, and features in this review. […]

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Will it play 23,976 @ 24 hz or output true 23,976fps in Kodi ?