Zune HD AV Dock
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- Watch supported 720p HD movies, TV shows, and videos in high definition on your HDTV
- Send music to your home audio system
- Charge your Zune HD player while docked
- Control your Zune with the included wireless remote
- Allows syncing of supported HD videos
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This all-in-one package enables your Zune HD to charge sync and play HD videos on your HDTV. Send music and HD Radio reception to your home audio system and control it all via a wireless remote. (Zune HD player sold separately.)
- Display HD video and photos on your TV.
- For 720p HD video, plug the included HDMI cable to your HDTV. Zune HD player required.
- For 480i standard resolution, plug in the AV output cable to your TV. Zune HD, Zune 120, or Zune 80 players required.
- Listen to your music collection or HD Radio stations. Connect to your home audio system using the provided cables. (Zune HD player required for HD Radio reception.)
- Wireless remote control. The wireless remote allows you to control your Zune player from anywhere in the room.
- Small and convenient AC adapter. This small AC adapter easily fits into crowded power strips.
- Included: dock, three inserts (one for each Zune model), wireless remote, AC adapter, HDMI cable, and AV output cable.
Zune players sold separately. Zune HD player and HDTV are required to view supported video files at 720p HD resolution and listen to HD Radio reception. HD Radio is not currently available in Canada. Click here for more information about HD Radio.
Top Customer Reviews
Couple things threw me.
This needs a power source. You either power it from the USB power of a PC, or you use the USB to AC adapter which is included. You can't just throw the Zune HD in the doc with nothing for a power source.
If you use it with your PC's USB port for power, it duos as a sync dock. That means, Marketplace will auto start and want to sync with your Zune. And it's up to you to quit that software so that the Zune HD will display it's menu on your LCD or Plasma TV. It help s to read the manual, but who's kidding who here. Manuals? I thought those were just extra box padding, right?
I actually believe it's best to place this right next to your TV and use AC power. Leave the remote right next to the dock by your TV. Then all you ever have to do is place it in the dock when you want to use it with your TV. I'd rather keep using the sync cable that came with the Zune HD as the sync method, and leave this exclusively for the TV.
So enough of that hardware and on to the good stuff.
You won't get all of the menu items on your Zune HD on your LCD TV with this. I was actually hoping you would. I was hoping you'd get to browse the internet on it or something. Wouldn't that be cool. Here is what you do get:
I truly wanted this to watch video podcasts and movies on my 32" LCD TV.Read more ›
Now for the gripes:
For some reason, you have to completely power off the Zune before you place it in the dock. I realize this is an issue with the Zune, not the dock, but it still seems relevant. I had a couple days of frustration before I found the solution in some Zune forum. I would imagine this will be eventually be fixed in a software update at some point. It is not really a big deal, but it is kind of annoying.
The other issue is the price. It just seems a little high. Don't get me wrong, the dock does what it is supposed to and does it well for the most part. It just seems a bit high to me.
Overall, I am very happy with it and can't honestly say I wouldn't buy it all over again knowing what I know now. In fact, the A/V output capability of the Zune HD has resulted in it being used almost exclusively in the house, as opposed to the car for which it was originally purchased.
But build-quality is not the deal-breaking issue. Functionality and inconsistency is.
When the HD is in the dock and video-out is "off" (meaning that the device's screen displays the UI), you cannot navigate through the UI with the remote control. The only buttons that work are play/pause, track next/prev, vol up/down, and home buttons. Inserting a previous generation Zune device, like a Zune 80, shows that full navigation is still available to the device. (my conclusion is that it is the HD's firmware that is the culprit not any particular limitation of the dock)
When the HD is in the dock and video-out is "on" (meaning that the attached TV displays the UI), only Music, Video, Pictures, Radio, and Podcasts options are displayed. Internet, Apps, Marketplace, and Settings are not visible nor accessible. Remote control navigation is active however.
But... when using the remote to navigate, if you go to the Video section and browse the description of a video and press the PLAY button (instead of the center button on the upper direction rocker button) then MUSIC plays instead of the video that is currently being displayed.
The navigation rocker button and media control buttons perform separate functions... unlike previous generations where the buttons did double-duty.
Using the HDMI output presents a surprisingly good image on an HDTV. Even .mp4 videos that were originally encoded 320 pixels wide and 700Kbps bitrates look near-DVD quality on a 42" LCD tv.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't work at first then I checked the battery. It was weak so I replaced it with a new one and then everything worked great. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Kensonic
Got this as a late or never purchase. Does as stated and allows you to play the Zune HD on the TV. Good distinguishing feature on a product that is constantly underrated.Published 9 months ago by CORY D BROWN
Shipped quickly, item as described, works as it should... Zune screen shows up right on the TV.Published 9 months ago by Dsgnce
While the AV dock does connect to my tv with the HDMI cord and the AV cords, the remote does not work, which is extremely disappointing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tatyana Gordon