Zune Dock &
Home AV Kit
The Zune Home AV kit includes the dock, remote, cables, and AC charger for a retail price of $99 (although it can be found online for about $80). The primary function of the kit is to put the Zune screen on your TV and the Zune audio on your home system. The dock also charges the player and has a stand in the rear for the remote control.
Docks with built in speakers can be expensive, and typically lack strong bass response so the Zune dock is well suited for people who own a nice component audio system. It's also fun to watch videos or slide shows with music in the background. In this review a 55" HDTV was used at 720p resolution, without any audio components except the integrated speakers.
Setup was simple as plugging in a new VCR, the yellow wire is for video and the red and white are the left and right audio channels. When the Zune is docked the menu appears on the TV and the Zune remote can be used to control the player. All buttons are included on the remote so navigation is just like using the player itself, but from a distance.
Photos appear reasonably well but are not crisp on the HDTV due to the low resolution. Videos look a little better because the motion hides the blurriness. Audio comes across with digital quality just as one would expect from a CD player or MP3 player.
Zune Scene was skeptical at first about paying $80-100 for the kit but it quickly showed it's value, and got used around the house frequently. Overall the AV kit gets an A+ for functionality and quality but a B- for price on the Zune Scene report card.
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Zune Dock is Dark Chrome on top
Entire AV pack shown with size 11 shoe
Base of Zune Dock is Transparent
Adding Zune Dock to TV Inputs
Preloaded Zune Video on HDTV