I finally dared to make the switch from Windows to LibreELEC and I am glad that I did it.
Not only the software is very good, but the community here seems to be very nice as well!
I was hoping to get some considerations from you guys, if my current plan looks okay, or if you have concerns.
My current setup looks like this:
An old Onkyo AVR (non-4k capable)
HTPC with Pentium G4400 and ASUS H170i PLUS D3
old Thecus NAS
LibreELEC runs very smooth (although in 1080p only) and Hyperion (w/arduino) + Tvheadend is a kind of a dream!
The Thecus however worries me quite a lot and I have to update it sooner than later.
So my current plan is to move the H170i with the G4400 into a Fractal Node 304 to intall FreeNAS with RAID z2.
The hardware is capable for my home use.
Regarding the HTPC successor, I am not 100% sure how to move on.
buying a RPi4 with 4GB RAM. I tested it already with a friends PI and the setup would work.
I just had to change the cabling: HTPC->HDMI->TV->optical cabel->AVR
Here and there it wasn't as smooth as my current setup, but this could be tweaked, I guess.
Using the existing M.2 SATA, 320GB HDD and Fractal Node 202 and buy a J5005-ITX (with a PicoPSU). I have 8GB RAM existing as well.
Sooner or later, I want to move to escalates RetroELEC. But I want to (...rather have to) learn more about Linux first.
I don't plan to emulate more than Sega Megadrive and N64 so I guess a RPi 4 would be sufficient.
My feeling sais, that I have a little more long-term freedom with the J5005. And the additionl cost in terms of EUR isn't that much of a bummer.
On the other hand I see that J5005 is quite old and I have no clue on CPU refresh cycles.
However, my demand isn't quite high. Smooth TV playback, 4k YouTube, 4k Netflix and viewing my photographs in max possible res would be fine for me.
Is there anything to take care of in terms of HDR?
Glad to hear your thoughts!