START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated May 2017)

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(2017-06-20 11:24)tmihai20 Wrote:  @Alejandro3: It is not recommended to keep your TV box always on, no matter what you buy. I would get one of the Android S905X devices and a RPi as a downloader.
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(2017-06-21 09:08)Alejandro3 Wrote:  Btw, saw that the creator of Pine A64 are releasing the Rock64, could this do the job?

Stay away from anything Rockchip who still use non standard Android API's - which is a big no no when using Kodi Krypton.

Your thinking outside the Kodi box here - and that will end up in the pit of doom along with all the other crap Kodi boxes.

AML S905(x) boxes running LibreELEC are quite a bit quicker running from fast Internal eMMC flash storage than a RPi3.
Plus everything is Hardware decoded by the VPU - the 4 CPU's do not much at all when playing video on the S905's.

There are a bunch of AML Utility LibreELEC Addons available from thoria
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(2017-06-21 09:27)wrxtasy Wrote:  Stay away from anything Rockchip who still use non standard Android API's - which is a big no no when using Kodi Krypton.

Your thinking outside the Kodi box here - and that will end up in the pit of doom along with all the other crap Kodi boxes.

AML S905(x) boxes running LibreELEC are quite a bit quicker running from fast Internal eMMC flash storage than a RPi3.
Plus everything is Hardware decoded by the VPU - the 4 CPU's do not much at all when playing video on the S905's.

There are a bunch of AML Utility LibreELEC Addons available from thoria

Thanks for the help! Big Grin Do you recommend any Amlogic 905x in particular? Mini, Beelink...?
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Help choosing 4K TV Box (LE forums)

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AMLogic S905(x) - LibreELEC / OSMC - Kodi Krypton - 4K Options
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(2017-06-21 15:18)wrxtasy Wrote:  Help choosing 4K TV Box (LE forums)

and

AMLogic S905(x) - LibreELEC / OSMC - Kodi Krypton - 4K Options

If you look at the user on the first post, it's me hehe

I'll check out the second one then. It's difficult to find something reliable under 50-60€.

The Xiaomi Mi Box supports Libreelec or similar?
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No - Android TV only and it has a bootloader locked down and secured with SELinux
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(2017-06-21 16:46)wrxtasy Wrote:  No - Android TV only and it has a bootloader locked down and secured with SELinux

Sorry to ask so much but which are the most recommended wifi chipsets on 905x boxes? Qualcomm?
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Broadcomm 2.4/5Ghz
- AP6255, AP6335 = ac WiFi
- AP6330 = b/g/n WiFi
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(2017-06-22 16:04)wrxtasy Wrote:  Broadcomm 2.4/5Ghz
- AP6255, AP6335 = ac WiFi
- AP6330 = b/g/n WiFi

I'll probably go with the new M96X Max then:
http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_649610.html

Thanks for your help man. It's nice to see people like you in communities Big Grin
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It's a minefield getting everything a person wants on a dirt cheap S905(x)...

I would be a bit careful, because from what I'm reading the M96X may not have a working reset button which will definitely be needed if you want to run LE from a SD card.

All this type of specific info should definitely be asked for over on the LibreELEC AMLogic Sub-forum, where someone will likely have the same device and you can get specific info.



The best WiFi you are likely to find on an AMLogic S9xx box comes from MINIX.
The S905 MINIX U1 has 802.11ac 2 x 2 MIMO Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.0GHz)
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(Yesterday 12:12)wrxtasy Wrote:  It's a minefield getting everything a person wants on a dirt cheap S905(x)...

I would be a bit careful, because from what I'm reading the M96X may not have a working reset button which will definitely be needed if you want to run LE from a SD card.

All this type of specific info should definitely be asked for over on the LibreELEC AMLogic Sub-forum, where someone will likely have the same device and you can get specific info.



The best WiFi you are likely to find on an AMLogic S9xx box comes from MINIX.
The S905 MINIX U1 has 802.11ac 2 x 2 MIMO Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.0GHz)

I'll follow your advice then. Hope I find the appropriate 905(x) box... Confused
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Trebor from Freaktab, posted about this (MECOOL M8S Pro+ TV Box Amlogic S905X Android 7.1 - UK PLUG + 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM BLACK) $46 Android box. Surprisingly, it says it does Netflix in HD with Dolby Digital, if true, it will be the first Chinese box that supports Netfix in HD.

Of course, there are bets if the advertising is based on alternative facts.

http://freaktab.com/forum/tv-player-supp...02-11b-g-n

Also, a coupon for $5 off, bringing the cost down to $40 or $41, with free shipping. I am tempted to getting one just to see, but have way too many now.....

Bets are being taken about whether this box actually supports Netflix in HD.
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