I finally got my replacement Zune AV Kit today, and I’m happy to report that the wireless remote works in this kit! It’s really nice to be able to scroll through the menus and control my Zune 80 from a distance with the remote.
Now, the older round Zune dock was designed for the 1st generation Zune 30 device, and the 2nd generation Zune 80 won’t fit in the Dock slot unless you modify it. Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort to do so. All you need to do, is push the small rectangular button that is located in the rear slot on the dock (see image below).
In doing so, the top plate will pop off giving you the needed extra room for your Zune 80 to fit in the front slot. The Dock with the plate removed still looks fine, as shown below.
The Zune 80 sits in the slot with a slightly snug fit, but it’s not too bad. Nothing to be concerned about.
Now, there is a small slot just behind the Zune slot for storing the wireless remote as shown below. This remote does have a magnetic back, so you could hang it on the side of your metallic computer CPU, refrigerator, etc.
Finally, some people might be wondering what other connector ports are present on the back of the dock, and other than than the USB sync cable connector, you have the A/V jack for RCA component output.
So the older 1st generation round dock will work with the newer Zune 80 model if you remove the top plate. You can buy these docks from Buy.com for $14.24 US and the complete A/V Kit (Dock, Sync Cable, AC Adapter, Wireless remote, A/V Cables) for $24.99 US. In contrast, the 2nd generation rectangular dock is priced at $45.99 US from Buy.com, so you can see why I decided to modify the 1st generation dock and get additional accessories for half the price!
All I can say, is that having my Zune sitting upright in the dock is much better than laying flat on my desk with the sync cable sprawled across it.
Note: If you buy just the Zune Dock, it doesn’t come with any cables. So, you’ll need to use your existing Zune USB sync cable for syncing and charging your Zune.