START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Dec 2020)
(2016-07-08, 04:21)wrxtasy Wrote: The RPi3 has no 8/10bit HEVC hardware decoding, no HDMI 2.0, no 2160p support, no HD Audio passthrough, weak 2.4GHz only WiFi, no IR receiver, no GigaE Ethernet, no heat sink, no fast eMMC storage and mpeg2 and VC1 licences have to be purchased separately. The SoC GHz clock rate is relatively slow as well compared to other hardware platforms.

I would still use the RPi3 for cheap multichannel FLAC 5.1 24bit 192kHz Audio, 5.1/7.1 Multichannel PCM Audio, 1080p 3D, 29.97fps VC1 Bluray playback and to attach all manner of external hardware and dongles - which will come with excellent Kernel driver support.
Added to that is the RPi3 has built in Bluetooth. That can be added (CSR 4.0) for ~$4 to the C2.

Some will say you don't need 10bit HEVC hardware decoding in a 2016 Kodi media layer. That may be fine for Joe public and the masses, but this is a Kodi forum where we expect better performance from Kodi hardware.

In the end it depends what A/V media you will think you will need to hardware decode and what externally connected additional hardware will need driver support.


Messages In This Thread
The right box for me - by tyem - 2016-01-13, 15:29
Jesus Box - by kellyvb - 2016-03-04, 20:18
RE: START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated April 2016) - by wrxtasy - 2016-07-17, 03:44
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