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RE: Advice on Kodi Boxes, NASes, and Hard Drives - Superorb - Today 03:21

Is there a post somewhere for cheaper, fanless android sticks that work well with Kodi/OpenElec? All we do is watch 720p content from my unRAID server, and occasionally 1080p content.


RE: Advice on Kodi Boxes, NASes, and Hard Drives - poofyhairguy - Today 06:37

I would get a FireTV stick and put Kodi on there. Not a bad SoC and plays pretty much everything. With it being Amazon you get the other benefits like Netflix, Hulu, etc.

Thanks for the input, am adding to my first post.


RE: Advice on Kodi Boxes, NASes, and Hard Drives - bym007 - Today 14:25

I am on the lookout for a new HTPC. I have a Zotac with ION2 and its still working pretty well. Now I need to add another HTPC to my home. All of my media is on a DIY NAS on the local network. Very occasionally I stream sports on it. Usually it will be used to play music/videos.

Should I go for Chromebox (and which brand) or Fire TV ?

EDIT:
I forgot to add, I prefer a full on XBMC install. Currently I am using OpenELEC, and wish to have a system which boots to XBMC (or a fork) directly, rather than messing about.


RE: Advice on Kodi Boxes, NASes, and Hard Drives - hdmkv - Today 14:27

Didn't read through all 17 pages, but missing from post #1 (otherwise great recommendations) should be options for those who want 2D and frame-packed 3D support. Sans Kodi, that would be Mede8er's X3D series media players. With Kodi, that would be VidOn Box (for now at least) with caveats (as listed in my thread).


RE: Advice on Kodi Boxes, NASes, and Hard Drives - poofyhairguy - Today 15:42

(Today 14:27)hdmkv Wrote:  Didn't read through all 17 pages, but missing from post #1 (otherwise great recommendations) should be options for those who want 2D and frame-packed 3D support. Sans Kodi, that would be Mede8er's X3D series media players. With Kodi, that would be VidOn Box (for now at least) with caveats (as listed in my thread).

No automatic frame switching kills those VidOn boxes for me. I just can't see a person who prioritizes 3D THAT much over 2D to sacrifice what a Chromebox can do with 2D just to get frame packed 3D. Also I hate the jumping through hoops to get the HD audio. I mean, I like what VidOn is doing in that it is something new. Some people just flip out if they can't play Blu Ray ISOs exactly as they are, and to me the current VidOn is a bandaid for that until the open source options mature. I just think it makes too many sacrifices on what really matters (aka 1080p 2p 2D content and the GUI performance) to be worth recommending at this point for most.

I will add it as a special category.

Thank you for the feedback!!


RE: Advice on Kodi Boxes, NASes, and Hard Drives - poofyhairguy - Today 17:42

(Today 14:25)bym007 Wrote:  I am on the lookout for a new HTPC. I have a Zotac with ION2 and its still working pretty well. Now I need to add another HTPC to my home. All of my media is on a DIY NAS on the local network. Very occasionally I stream sports on it. Usually it will be used to play music/videos.

Should I go for Chromebox (and which brand) or Fire TV ?

EDIT:
I forgot to add, I prefer a full on XBMC install. Currently I am using OpenELEC, and wish to have a system which boots to XBMC (or a fork) directly, rather than messing about.

Chromebox. The Chromebox is the official replacement for ION anything.

And you can run XBMCbuntu on one. I do. Very little difference between that an Openelec though. Unless you know Linux I think Openelec has clear advantages like GUI wifi support.


RE: Advice on Kodi Boxes, NASes, and Hard Drives - bym007 - Today 18:09

(Today 17:42)poofyhairguy Wrote:  
(Today 14:25)bym007 Wrote:  I am on the lookout for a new HTPC. I have a Zotac with ION2 and its still working pretty well. Now I need to add another HTPC to my home. All of my media is on a DIY NAS on the local network. Very occasionally I stream sports on it. Usually it will be used to play music/videos.

Should I go for Chromebox (and which brand) or Fire TV ?

EDIT:
I forgot to add, I prefer a full on XBMC install. Currently I am using OpenELEC, and wish to have a system which boots to XBMC (or a fork) directly, rather than messing about.

Chromebox. The Chromebox is the official replacement for ION anything.

And you can run XBMCbuntu on one. I do. Very little difference between that an Openelec though. Unless you know Linux I think Openelec has clear advantages like GUI wifi support.
Thanks, I gathered that from the forums that the Chrimebox is a lot better approach compared to FTV. However, do I need to up the memory to 4 GB ?

Secondly, I am thinking about getting the FTV stick replacement remote (15$) from Amazon. What do you reckon ?


RE: Advice on Kodi Boxes, NASes, and Hard Drives - poofyhairguy - Today 18:14

(Today 18:09)bym007 Wrote:  Thanks, I gathered that from the forums that the Chrimebox is a lot better approach compared to FTV. However, do I need to up the memory to 4 GB ?

No, even at 4k I am finding 2GB is fine.

Quote:Secondly, I am thinking about getting the FTV stick replacement remote (15$) from Amazon. What do you reckon ?

I think the best remote for a Chromebox depends on your situation. I wouldn't get a FireTV remote for a Chromebox though.

You a bachelor? Just use a smartphone.I like Yatse on Android.

You have a wife and kids? Get an IR sensor and a Logitech Harmony 600+ and program it so all the hard stuff like input switching is hidden from them.