START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated January 2020)
(2018-11-27, 20:02)jbowwow02 Wrote: I don't really know where to start looking. I've browsed the recommendations of this thread 5-6 times now and I still haven't been able to narrow down my choices.

I'm looking for:
  • HEVC hardware decoding 
  • something fast enough for Hi10P software decoding
  • Have android app support (or at least allow me to run netflix and amazon prime video in someway)
  • Capable of audio passthrough

Hi10P = NVIDIA Shield, Intel i series Iron and the Apple TV 4K. Forget anything else ARM chipset based - it won't have the CPU ponies for Hi10P playback reliability when CPU software decoding.
The Apple TV 4K is quite a bit more powerful than the Shield when it comes to CPU Software decoding capabilities.

The only reason to dismiss the Apple TV 4K is if someone needed to bitstream lossless Bluray Atmos audio passthrough because it does this:
Quote:AC3, DTS, Dolby TrueHD & DTS-MA or HRA audio is decoded to multichannel 24bit 48kHz LPCM, for no loss in audio quality.
and of course it does not run the full monty version of Kodi.

The ATV 4K - IS - the 24p Netflix platform of choice because it does Frame Rate Matching with that App. The only platform that can do so.
Plus it does DV and Atmos Netflix.

As always pick what is most important for yourself.

Personally I find a 4K OSMC / LibreELEC / CoreELEC Kodi device combined with the ATV 4K, a great dual box combo that covers everything I need.
Apple's tvOS Apps support is far superior where I live outside the USA vs anything Android TV has to offer.

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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
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
RE: START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Nov. 2018) - by wrxtasy - 2018-11-28, 01:44