START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated January 2020)
If you don't need 1080p 3D or comprehensive VC1 Bluray playback then the Chromebox is a more powerful, solid Hardware solution than the RPi3. It will also have better deinterlacing for TV viewing and be able to software decode a lot more 8/10bit HEVC content going forward. The Chromebox will be faster too due to its SSD, a far better solution for a large media collection long term than the RPi3.

Ultimately even software decoding of 8/10bit HEVC will run into a bitrate Software decoding wall where you need 8/10bit Hardware HEVC decoding.
AMLogic, this year in particular have really hit the sweet spot with their excellent bang for your buck S905 SoC.
AML Linux Kernel and Kodi Jarvis / LibreELEC support has finally caught up to the Hardware.

If you don't want to upgrade Hardware for a while and spend around $100, then the WeTek Hub is the current bang for the buck choice for a Kodi only media playback solution.

I would use a FLIRC IR USB receiver on both the Hub or Chromebox, with a remote control of your choosing and run LibreELEC Kodi as well.

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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 April 2016) - by wrxtasy - 2016-07-08, 08:13
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