Meet EWEAT R11, the $1,200 High-End 4K Media Player

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.

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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
  • Video
    • 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)
  • Audio
    • 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
RTD1296DD Media Player
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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.


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