Advanced home media server resource Zappiti U.S.A. announced its next line of products for 2021 with new feature enhancements including Dolby Vision support, are undergoing a thorough testing and evaluation process in preparation for introductions later this year.

In the meantime, those ready to for the company’s existing award-winning HD and 4K HDR players, and/or its new NAS server, will receive a limited time 10% discount on system purchases of $4,000 or more during the weekend of June 11-13th, the company announced.

Savings can be applied to a complete multi-room system combining a new Zappiti NAS SE with one or more of the company’s popular media players. This will enable users to organize their DVD and Blu-ray Disc collections with convenient remote-controlled access and playback in high quality to multiple locations with Zappiti media players in a home.

The savings will be available through the company’s web site from Friday June 11th at 5PM EDT through Sunday June 13th at 11:59pm. Total purchases of $4K or more qualify for 10% discount using coupon code: ZAPPITI4K, the company said.

Zappiti, with U.S. offices based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, offers a line of advanced 4K HDR media players and media services sold primarily through custom electronics integrators and AV specialty retailers for the residential market place.

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The company’s latest 4K NAS SE drive offers the ability to amass a large A/V library in a home server system providing reliable access to movies, music and TV shows using an array of modern hard disk drives without compression or loss of quality, the company said. The scalable 4K NAS Drive is designed to continue operating even after a drive failure, without losing any content.

The Zappiti Db database contains data for more than 1,200,000 movies titles including DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, 4K UHD, and 2,000,000 CDs from around the world, the company said.

Additional disks can be added over time to increase storage capacity. A single Zappiti NAS 4K HDR provides storage capacity for up to 120,000 CDs, 12,000 DVDs, 2,000 Blu-ray or 1,000 4K UHD Discs. Several Zappiti NAS servers can be grouped into a single system to store thousands of video and music content.

The Zappiti NAS SE 4K HDR uses RAID-5 professional disk storage technology. If a drive fails, data is automatically restored to the hot spare disk, without loss of content. The failed drive is replaced without turning off the server or disrupting playback in progress.

Movies, audio and video content are delivered over a standard residential network, simultaneously to Zappiti players throughout the home. Once CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and UHDs are stored on a Zappiti NAS 4K HDR, they can be played immediately from any networked Zappiti player.

Zappiti equipment is well respected around the world for delivering high picture and sound quality performance, as well as customization options to facilitate the organization of large media collections.

As for other new product plans, Zappiti operations head Raphael Tabutin said the company has made advances to support Dolby Vision in models to be released by the end of the year, but stressed the company will not rush products to market before they are thoroughly tested and ready to perform to the company’s standards.

He said the benchmark software used in the current range of Zappiti players is based on the Realtek 1295 decoding chip and offers no support for Dolby Vision, which has been a requested feature enhancement.

He said the 2021 Zappiti range will be based on Realtek’s 1619 chip, which natively supports Dolby Vision, in addition to other advantages, which are to be announced following integration testing, Tabutin said.

Explaining why the products aren’t ready yet, Tabutin said that some unnamed competing products with the new 1619RD chip did not follow an easy path from the 1295.

“Many fundamental elements have been completely redesigned, which means a lot of modification in the firmware for the players. It was not uncommon to have many firmware updates, sometimes correcting up to 20 bugs at a time, including stability issues and crashes in the middle of certain films,” he said. “Our policy is not to go as quickly as possible and launch a fullscale beta test, but rather to take the time necessary to deliver a product that is stable and works consistently.”

“In addition, as you already know there are certain functions specific to Zappiti such as the Magic Pixel which have earned us the reputation of our software. Because of Zappiti’s persistent “in-house” optimizations of our multimedia players, they were the most awarded in Europe and the USA in 2020, recognized in the EISA Awards, and CEDIA’s Best Product in 2020.”

Tabutin said Zappiti’s attention to operational perfection would not allow the company to rush the process.

“The additional time required for the development stage is longer than most other brands, which have chosen to integrate the new chip without adding additional processing and optimization layers (other than those already provided by Realtek),” he said.

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By Greg Tarr

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