A few months ago, Zidoo released two high-end 4K media players based on Realtek RTD1296DD processor with Zidoo X20 going for around $500, and Zidoo X20 Pro for about $865. Those are quite expensive with dual hard drive support, large metal case, XLR connectors, and high-end audio chips.
EWEAT has upped the ante with their R11 model, also based on Realtek RTD1295DD SoC instead, and going for about $1,200 on Aliexpress, and also listed on Amazon US but with no price at the time of writing. [Update: GeekBuying has it for $699.99 shipped]. So let’s see what it has to offer.
EWEAT R11 specifications:
- SoC – Realtek RTD1295DD quad core Cortex A53 processor with ARM Mali-T820 MP3 GPU
- System Memory – 2 GB DDR4
- Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash, 1x SATA 3.0 bay for 3.5″ drives, external SATA port; FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4, and HFS supported on SATA drives
- 1x HDMI 2.0a output port
- 1x HDMI 2.0 input
- 1x RCA composite output
- Decode – HDR10, 10-bit HEVC / H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, VP9 up to 4K @ 60 fps, H.264 up to 4K @ 24 fps, automatic frame rate switching (23.976 and 29.94 fps supported)
- Support all 3D formats playback including MKV MVC 3D, 3D Bluray (DISC/ISO) or single-file(*.ts/*.m2ts)
- ESS9038PRO SABRE DAC with 140 dB of dynamic range, 8-channel, and HyperStreamDAC technology
- Via HDMI 2.0a output and HDMI 2.0 input port, plus one HDMI audio output only port
Optical and coaxial S/PDIF input
- Optical and coaxial S/PDIF output
- RCA stereo L/R audio
XLR balanced audio output and input
- 6.5″ headphone audio output jack
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac 2T2R MIMO WiFi up to 867 Mbps
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB type C port
- Misc – RS232 port, trigger in/out, IR Tx/Rx ports, front panel LCD display
- Power Supply – Built-in 110-220VAC input
- Dimensions – 430 x 310 x 71.6 mm (Aluminum case)
- Weight – 8 kg
The device runs Android 6.0.1, and by default ships with an IR remote control, a
HDMI cable, a power adapter, a warranty card, and a quick install guide. An optional 2.4G air mouse may be included with the media player.
As far as I understand what makes this type of media player expensive is really all the audio circuitry, with for example the audio DAC selling for around $100 itself. Then you add the hard drive bay mechanism, the large aluminum case, the other electronics parts, and the fact that this will be a niche product for audiophiles (i.e. a low volume product), and price goes up to several hundreds dollars, and in this case over $1,000.