START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Dec 2020)
(2019-05-28, 19:24)entity21 Wrote: I've been trying to find a suitable box for a few weeks now but it seems like the more I read, the more problems there are.
I had settled on a s912 box but I read that it doesn't support hardware decoding of H264 - MPEG-4 AVC (part 10) but I'm not sure if that's box specific or a problem with the chipset.

mpeg4, DivX, mpeg2 Hardware decoding & deinterlacing will be a problem if you run the Android OS on cheap Android devices.
If you run CoreELEC Kodi Leia on an AMLogic S9xx series device it will hardware decode everything properly.

Be aware 10bit h264 aka Hi10P Anime, is not a standard video compression format. You need a device like a Apple TV 4K, Intel i Series NUC, Shield or ODROID N2 to Software decode that non standard type of 1080p content. Some recent Rockchip devices can hardware decode Anime.

Quote:I'm looking for a box that can do:
720p, 1080p, 4K all with auto switching for the resolution and frame rates as well as HDR for the 4K.
Support for the most popular used codecs inc the above one.

Lossless audio formats and the compressed formats decoding or passthrough

Yes a AML S9xx devices running CE Kodi can do that.

For high bitrate 4K HDR Bluray Rips you need one with a Gigabit (1000M) Ethernet port (S905 only Chipset does not support HDR)

Quote:If it could use less than 4watts is it possible that this could be powered via usb 5v-12v without it taking up a plug socket.

I believe the new AML S922X ODROID N2 can be USB powered via a micro USB2.0 OTG port. I would have to check.

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