WeTek Play2 - 4K PVR - HD Audio - Dual Boot - Specs & Reviews

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(2017-09-14 12:28)brtani Wrote:  Hi, i read almost everything about KODI devices, but i need help.

Firstly, I am looking for a device where i can play kodi, and movies from usb. I am ok with fullHD and basic sound, i do not need 4K.

Hiya,

The Android devices that run Android Kodi properly with 24p and working Kodi Krypton refresh switching for ultra smooth video playback are:
(these 4 also can do HD Audio passthrough in Android Kodi Krypton, inc Dolby Atmos and DTS:X)

Wetek Hub / Play2
MINIX U9
NVIDIA Shield

Out of the box the Play2's Android Firmware has a number of bugs for Kodi playback. One being broken 1080p 10bit HEVC video playback.

WeTek are dragging their heels fixing this 10bit HEVC bug - it's been ongoing for some four months now - far too long IMHO!

Thankfully most Play2 users are actually running the much easier to use and bug free Android TV ROM. This is a pretty nice ROM. Smile
This alternate ATV Firmware is easily installable from a USB stick.

Plus if you do not like Android with the Play2 you can dual boot to LibreELEC Kodi Krypton easily for a really good bug free version of Kodi Krypton.

The MINIX U9 will be faster than the Play2 due to a AMLogic S912 chipset, its tablet Android Marshmallow Firmware is better than the tablet Android MM Firmware on the Play2. 10bit HEVC video playback works properly with Kodi Krypton on the U9.

The U9 also has an unofficial Android TV ROM available for it but that is a bit buggier than the Play2 one. It can also dual boot to LibreELEC Kodi Krypton, and when it does that you have the fastest AMLogic Kodi Krypton device out on the market.

The RPI3 is good for 1080p playback. However its hardware is a bit dated and not very future proofed because it cannot Hardware decode the HEVC video compression standard. Forget about any 1080p 10bit HEVC video playback on the RPi3. It's right at the limit of what it can do.

If you don not care much about 24p & Kodi refresh switching for ultra smooth video playback also look at the Xiaomi Mi Box.

All depends on how much $$$ you want to spend. Wink
(This post was last modified: 2017-09-14 21:26 by wrxtasy.)
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Thank you very much. I will wait a few months to better version of LE on U9-H Smile
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(2017-09-14 14:22)wrxtasy Wrote:  
(2017-09-14 12:28)brtani Wrote:  Hi, i read almost everything about KODI devices, but i need help.

Firstly, I am looking for a device where i can play kodi, and movies from usb. I am ok with fullHD and basic sound, i do not need 4K.

Hiya,

.....

The MINIX U9 will be faster than the Play2 due to a AMLogic S912 chipset, its tablet Android Marshmallow Firmware is better than the tablet Android MM Firmware on the Play2. 10bit HEVC video playback works properly with Kodi Krypton on the U9.

The U9 also has an unofficial Android TV ROM available for it but that is a bit buggier than the Play2 one. It can also dual boot to LibreELEC Kodi Krypton, and when it does that you have the fastest AMLogic Kodi Krypton device out on the market.

What is LibreELEC status for the s912 chipset? I thought that they didn't recommet s912 for LibreELEC (yet)
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(2017-09-14 22:42)AnDas Wrote:  What is LibreELEC status for the s912 chipset? I thought that they didn't recommend s912 for LibreELEC (yet)

Please read this POST onwards as there have been some new bug fixing developments... Wink
(This post was last modified: 2017-09-15 06:27 by wrxtasy.)
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Thanks

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@wrxtasy how's the wifi on the Play2? I've given up waiting for the Play2s and i need something to replace the satbox in the front room, so I'm guessing it's either this or something from Minix with a usb tuner
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Its 2.4/5GHz b/g/n

WiFi is only just OK with a standard small internal Antenna. Not as good as say devices with MIMO AC WiFi and external antennas like the MINIX devices.

You are going to need to do careful research with USB tuners and AMLogic devices running LibreELEC. You cannot just pick any old Tuner and Plug N Play.
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Was also thinking it's better to go with something that has AC, as for the usb tuner i have this which I've been testing on a Beelink MINI MXIII II running LibreElec in the back room that works fine. I also picked up one of these too should the other one have an issues
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