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START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Nov. 2018)
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If i want a player that can support and play from External HDD of 4TB+, which Kodi box would be suitable for me?
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Android, Windows or one of the Linux based boxes running Kodi ?

DIY or Plug and Play

Price Range ?

Extra include auto Frame Rate Matching for silky smooth video playback, and auto resolution switching to optimised output picture quality when used on a 4K TV.

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Android
Plug n Play 

My minimum criteria is that it has to play media files from an External Hard Drive of 4TB plus.
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Wrxtasy, what are the minimum specs to have for a mini pc to run kodi via LE?  I used to run (still am on my old 32" tv) LE  via a mini pc.
I came across a posting giving the minimum specs, but am unable to locate it again.

I recently got a bigger tv and now  i get stutter. 
So i assume i have to get better pc.?

Are those little mini pc suitable? thinking of  the beelink as an example.
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For Intel you want something these days that can hardware decode 10bit HEVC/h.265 and I think the entry level for that is Intel Apollo Lake microarchitecture onwards.

The older Cherry Trail stuff if I remember correctly is 8bit HEVC hardware decode only capable.

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(2019-03-18, 07:06)wrxtasy Wrote: For Intel you want something these days that can hardware decode 10bit HEVC/h.265 and I think the entry level for that is Intel Apollo Lake microarchitecture onwards.

The older Cherry Trail stuff if I remember correctly is 8bit HEVC hardware decode only capable.
 Geez that was quick. Thank you.   Im  very undecided  on what to do, i must admit.
I have currently a  minix h8plus, which thanks to Datrch, is now mostly working again.. 
no x265 etc.             I was tempted with a s912 minix box but with the 8plus working again pressure is off.    
I might  just  hold off and see how ongoing support  for the s912 pans out after leia
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Hi,

I am searching now already a couple of days for an improvement for my home solution:

My current Setup looks the following:

Server:
UnRaid Server with Emby

Client:
Sony Bravia 55XD8505 (Android TV with Amazon and Netflix App - Supports HDR10 over HDMI but no Dolby Vision)
Yamaha RX-V681 with 5.1 Speaker setup + 2x Height Speaker (Setup is prepared for Atmos/DTS:X)
Odroid C2 with Kodi and Emby Plugin
Harmony Remote

What I do not like on the current setup is the follwoing:
1) Android TV on the Sony. Buggy and slow
2) Bigger Upgrades on Odroid Kodi. After last update (Kodi 8 to 9) I had a long downtime until I got Emby Plugin again working

I would spend up 200 Euro (Price Range of Apple TV or Shield) if it would be a stable and long lasting solution.

First I thought that Apple TV 4K could be the solution. from other Forums/Posts I saw that it has one of the best Video Quality including HDR, but there are big limitations with Atmos/DTS:X, although I am not able to understand what exactly are the limitations. Only for MrMC App or also Amazon/Netflix?

Then I thought it might be the Nvidia Shield, no issues with Atmos/DTS:X as it is supporting Bitstream. But here I read something that it is not performing that well with HDR and also Framerate Switching.

My questions are now:
1) Will the limitations of the above solutions maybe adressed in future?
2) Maybe the limitations are not real limitations and I only do not understand it correctly?
3) Is there another solution on the horizon?

My "Plan B" would be to stay with the Odroid and live with the 4k/HDR limitations for the time beeing.

Br,
Johannes
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