START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated March 2020)
(2016-04-25, 08:00)Sharpey Wrote:
(2016-04-25, 07:24)deaded Wrote: Sharpey,
How about this one?

Thanks for the reply.

I have thought about the Pi but always saw it as a low tech solution, but this was when it first came out, I'm guessing it has improved?
Yes - both Kodi and the hardware have improved. The latest Pi3 has integrated WiFi and Bluetooth and rather than a single 700MHz core based on an old architecture it now has a 1.2GHz Quad Core Cortex A53 SoC (now 64 bit - though current software is still 32 bit) It runs OpenElec/LibreElec incredibly well.

The original Pi was a nice novelty, the Pi 2 became a perfectly sensible Kodi box. The Pi3 is even better.

Quote:Does Kodi genuinely run smoothly on it, even with a skin like Aeon Nox?
I don't run Aeon Nox so can't comment. However Confluence and Estuary are incredibly fluid (though you may see a drop in rendering fps when the Pi 3 is playing back video)

Quote:Do you still have to buy codecs for it?
If you want to play MPEG2 or VC-1 then although some software decode is now possible, it is definitely sensible to pay the £3.60 for the pair of codecs.
Quote:Is video decoded by the hardware?
MPEG2, VC-1 and H264 are hardware decoded (the VC-1 and MPEG2 licences enable the OS to use the hardware decoders).

HEVC is decoded with a combination of CPU and GPU-compute decoding (not via the hardware VPU). As a result the Pi3 will decode almost all 720p and many, but not all, 1080p HEVC files.

Quote:Sorry for all the questions.

Most important to me is glitch free playback of HD MKV files (some have DTS 5.1 soundtracks), if it can do that then absolutely I would look at getting one. Ultimately I can't get a device that doesn't run smoothly as it is not for me, but for a technophobic family Smile

DD/DTS will either be bitstreamed over HDMI, or will be decoded to PCM 5.1. HD Audio will be losslessly decoded to 5.1/7.1PCM (other than the handful of 192kHz 5.1 tracks)

The Pi 3 happily plays full quality un-recompressed Blu-ray rips (so 40Mbs video streams with HD Audio) and has no problems with proper 23.976p output. It also handles 3D MVC decode and 1080p Full HD Frame Packed output - which is very unusual. I use Pi 3s as secondary viewing location players and they are excellent.

It really is very good indeed. And for the money it's amazing. (There are a couple of other very low cost solutions appearing - but the Pi 3 definitely has the most stable and most polished experience at the moment, and with multichannel PCM audio and 3D MVC+FP output it's close to impossible to beat in those regards).
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