Zune HD Dock
Zune Video Dock/AV Kit (Sales Video)
The Zune HD AV Dock kit retails for $89.99 and works with all Zunes including the 30/4/8/16/32/80/120 GB sizes. To get the full 720p HD functionality you will need an HDMI TV or LCD screen. The Zune HD Dock will not output 720p to composite video cables, but it will work at regular resolution.
The retail box is shown above. The Zune dock can be purchased online from the ZuneScene.com store (Amazon Affiliate) or at a local retailer such as Best Buy.
Inside the box are adapters for second generation Zunes which can snap in and out of the dock. A remote, composite video calble, HDMI cable, and power charger are also included. No optical audio cable comes with the kit.
The remote is fully functional and even includes a trapezoidal home button for full control.
The rear of the dock has an HDMI port, AV port, Optical audio port, USB cable, and HD radio antenna wire (on the left of photo).
Without an HDMI TV the dock is limited to standard resolution output via a yellow video and red/white audio cable. We did not have a HDMI TV for testing, the difference is resultion and quality of signal, but otherwise the dock will function the same.
Once docked the user can set output in display settings to HDMI or composite out. We tested the composite cable by taking it out of the dock and inserting it into the headphone jack. This method did not seem to work, so it appears a dock is required for video out. Overall the Zune dock worked as advertized but clearly an HDMI TV is the only way to go with the Zune HD. The dock itself is cool looking with a backlit Zune logo at the base and high quality cables. Those who do not own a blu-ray may consider downloading HD videos as an alternative thanks to the Zune HD functionality.