Face-Off: Dune HD Max vs WD TV Live Hub

HDI Dune HD Max
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HDI Dune HD Max
Overview - Full review
Western Digital WD TV Live Hub
Overview - Full review
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Western Digital WD TV Live Hub
Score
5/5
5/5
User Score
2/5 (3)
4/5 (9)
Specifications
Specifications
Connections (HDMI/composite/optical/coaxial) 1 / 8 / 1 / 1
Hard drive bay (2.5''/3.5'') no / yes
WiFi Optional USB adapter / N+G - 300 Mbit/s
Ethernet 1 Gbit/s }
DVB-T tuner no
Chip Sigma Designs SMP8642
Firmware 101014_0100 - 14/10/2010
SD/HD video entries no / no
Screen (type) VFD
DVD / Blu-Ray yes / yes
SDHC yes
USB Host yes
Backlit remote no
Other 7.1 analogue audio out
Dimensions 429 x 299 x 65 mm
Specifications
Connections (HDMI/composite/optical/coaxial) 1 / 1 / 1 / 0
Hard drive bay (2.5''/3.5'') yes / no
WiFi Optional USB adapter / N+G - 300 Mbit/s
Ethernet 1 Gbit/s }
DVB-T tuner no
Chip Sigma Designs SMP8654
Firmware 2.02.16 - 29/10/2010
SD/HD video entries no / no
Screen (type) no
DVD / Blu-Ray no / no
SDHC no
USB Host yes
Backlit remote no
Other 1 TB hard drive included
Dimensions 198 x 154 x 32 mm
Conclusion
The manufactuer has done very well with this hybrid media centre. At ease with BRs and DVDs, as well as multimedia files, almost nothing is too much. We particularly like being able to create a video jukebox, especially as the available applications make this really simple to do.
This is a media centre stuffed with features and with a particularly good interface. With just a little more work from Western when it brings out the updates, it will improve even further. In the meantime, the WD TV Live Hub has the merit of being easy to use and offering a high quality experience.
Pros

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Blu-ray and DVD playback

+

Excellent support for various multimedia formats / Advanced audio and video configuration

+

Video jukebox (films and series)

+

SDHC reader / 7.1 audio analogue

+

Good SD upscaling / DTS HD MA and Dolby TrueHD support

+

Good quality interface: customizable, technically and graphically a success

+

Easy to create a video or audio jukebox

+

Good quality Internet services

+

Multimedia compatability almost every format supported

+

Network connectivity well handled / Good quality build and design

Cons

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Noisy fan

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VFD screen limited to 1 line

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Mediocre support for external subtitles

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Remote not up to standard / USB key required to play all BRs

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Basic interface unattractive / No advanced internet services

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Video jukebox doesn't work for TV series

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Audio tag retrieval from the Internet not working yet

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No Picasa

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External music album covers not recognised