Pick the Right Kodi Box (UPDATED FEB 2015)

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(2015-07-30 02:01)gene0915 Wrote:  H.265 file 1 was 720p and on her i3 NUC, the CPU went up to about 15-20% and the video played back perfectly. The 2nd H.265 file had a .265 extension and wasn't seen by Kodi and when I tried playing it in VLC, VLC CPU usage jumped to about 80% but nothing happened, just a black screen. I tried the nightly build of VLC (3.0.0) and same result. Guess the .265 extension just isn't ready for Kodi/VLC!?

The .265 file will be the raw HEVC/H265 video which will need to be wrapped in a container like a Matroska .mkv or an MPEG2 transport stream .ts file. (NB MPEG2 transport streams can carry video in codecs other than MPEG2. They are used to carry H264/AVC, VC-1 and H265/HEVC video in areas like broadcasting, and a modified .m2ts version is used in Blu-ray)

Looking at the Elecard site you need to download the MPEG2 Transport Streams NOT the Elementary streams (which are likely to be flagged .265) to test H265/HEVC in VLC, Kodi etc. (You may find some players correctly detect an .265 Elemental Stream, but many won't)
(This post was last modified: Yesterday 11:18 by noggin.)
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(Yesterday 11:18)noggin Wrote:  
(2015-07-30 02:01)gene0915 Wrote:  H.265 file 1 was 720p and on her i3 NUC, the CPU went up to about 15-20% and the video played back perfectly. The 2nd H.265 file had a .265 extension and wasn't seen by Kodi and when I tried playing it in VLC, VLC CPU usage jumped to about 80% but nothing happened, just a black screen. I tried the nightly build of VLC (3.0.0) and same result. Guess the .265 extension just isn't ready for Kodi/VLC!?

The .265 file will be the raw HEVC/H265 video which will need to be wrapped in a container like a Matroska .mkv or an MPEG2 transport stream .ts file. (NB MPEG2 transport streams can carry video in codecs other than MPEG2. They are used to carry H264/AVC, VC-1 and H265/HEVC video in areas like broadcasting, and a modified .m2ts version is used in Blu-ray)

Looking at the Elecard site you need to download the MPEG2 Transport Streams NOT the Elementary streams (which are likely to be flagged .265) to test H265/HEVC in VLC, Kodi etc. (You may find some players correctly detect an .265 Elemental Stream, but many won't)

I downloaded some .ts files and some played and others just showed me a single image and the audio kept playing. Eh..... enough with that.

So back to my main question....... what do you experts recommend I buy based on this: (copied from my original post)

....Could care less about 4K but want something that can: (made a few small edits)

1) Handle h.265 encoded 720p/1080p files. (Should hardware decoding of h.265 be a must have feature I look at? If so, feel free to add that to your recommendations)
2) Doesn't need to support 5.1 or any fancy sound gear.
3) Needs to have Bluetooth
4) Needs to support 802.11AC (ethernet jack would also be nice)
5) Small, like a NUC
6) Quiet, like a NUC
8) Sips power
9) Must be OpenElec/Windows friendly. Don't want anything Android related.

Would be OK with spending anywhere from $100-$300 (I know that adding RAM and an SSD to a NUC might bust that budget a little bit and that's OK)

Also, a friend of mine would like the same but she strictly wants a box that runs on Android. Her price point is $100-$200. (Think the NVidia Shield is the way to go for her?)
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Braswell nuc or perhaps chromebox. The wiki lists the chromebox capabilities.

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(Today 03:43)gene0915 Wrote:  Also, a friend of mine would like the same but she strictly wants a box that runs on Android. Her price point is $100-$200. (Think the NVidia Shield is the way to go for her?)
If she wants plug and play in a sorted out, stress free, elegant Kodi / Android device the recommended options are:
$140 - MINIX NEO X8-H Plus (does 4K / HEVC / 23.976/59.94Hz)
$85 - MINIX NEO X6 (1080p / HEVC / 23.976/59.94Hz)

The NVIDIA Shield will likely be sorted out with the desired features like 23.976/59.94Hz video ouput and others, sometime down the track for proper video sync and Kodi use. It will be a bit more future proofed than the MINIX devices.

I personally run an AMlogic S805 device that has the same SoC aka CPU/GPU/VPU as in the NEO X6. It runs Kodi Isengard quite nicely.

BEWARE: for an Android device - be very careful with the Firmware. Don't get a cheap device with rubbish firmware. There is a flood of Android Isengard users at the moment with problems with these types of cheap Android devices with rubbish Firmware.

See this thread for Android Firmware guidance:
http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=229161
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