START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Dec 2020)
Yes you really are between a Rock and a Hard place, but there is an easy fix.

The most cost effective solution that will fit your needs would be to grab one of these HDMI to Optical Audio extractors and team that up with a Nexus Player, that I believe is on sale for as low as $25. I would check that those Apps you need are supported first. They very likely are.
You need to be aware that extra bits are needed for the Nexus to connect USB HDD's to the micro USB port.
Some people have been having issues I believe with WIFI as well, please check the Nexus player thread.

HDMI to S/PDIF Extractors:

J-Tech Digital Premium Quality 1080P HDMI To HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA Stereo) Audio Extractor Converter (Support Apple TV 4 Gen)

ViewHD HDMI Audio Extractor | Optical Toslink + L/R Stereo Analog Converter Outputs | VHD-H2HSAs


Messages In This Thread
The right box for me - by tyem - 2016-01-13, 15:29
RE: Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Jan. 2016) - by wrxtasy - 2016-02-16, 06:08
Jesus Box - by kellyvb - 2016-03-04, 20:18
Thanks for the Help! - by jmc15john - 2016-11-09, 16:44
Jarvis crashes and wipes - by gotthis2000 - 2017-01-10, 22:14
RE: Jarvis crashes and wipes - by nickr - 2017-01-10, 22:58
T95Z Plus Android TV Box - by gooner1971 - 2017-03-17, 13:04