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RPi3 or imported WeTek Core. Though you will run into HEVC playback issues eventually with higher 8-bit bitrates when trying to decode HEVC on the RPi3. The WeTek Core is the most integrated solution with very fast Air delivery to Aus. even when using standard shipping.

The other outsider is the 10-bit HEVC ODROID C2, that is receiving some love from the LibreELEC devs. It's a fast little bugger with a few rough edges like no DTS audio passthrough currently in LibreELEC, tho 5.1 DD/AC3 passthrough works. Get one of those direct from Korea from the HardKernel website. eMMC 5.0 flash storage recommended.

Another option is the value packed HEVC capable Intel Cherry Trail's like the Tronsmart Ara X5 Plus. You can even boot straight into Kodi and bypass windows these days. There are OpenELEC images now becoming available for these devices as well.

These cheap ARM devices will need a proper power supply if you are connecting a 2.5 inch USB drive. Even then you will likely need an externally powered HDD to be on the safe side. Generally USB 3 HDD's are more power efficient. Also imported stuff will need a Aus. to USA power plug adapter as is always the case.

As a side note you can very easily turn all three devices into a TV tuner OpenELEC / LibreELEC Kodi PVR solution just by adding the old dirt cheap Play TV DVB-T dual tuner found on EBay.


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The right box for me - by tyem - 2016-01-13, 15:29
Jesus Box - by kellyvb - 2016-03-04, 20:18
RE: Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated March 2016) - by wrxtasy - 2016-04-22, 04:35
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