Cheapest box for libreelec ?

  • I want to buy a cheap box to run Libreelec with Kodi, but i don’t want to have surprises, not to be able to boot from USB etc.


    What i want is the cheapest ( 4 GB RAM is enough ? ) to play 720p and 1080p from Kodi streams but to be able to boot and install a libreelec image with no problems ( almost out-of-the-box ).

  • 2 GB is enough for most devices. A Raspberry Pi 4B set should be fine. FYI, Kodi itself offers no streams.

    Just a heads-up: should you be referring to streams that offer the latest movies and tv series, then you'll have to find your support elsewhere.


    "No problems" is an impossible situation. Nobody can promise that there won't be a problem at some point.

  • RPi3B+ is even cheaper, and can play 1080p. Installation is pretty easy on microSD.


    Expansive box: no problems

    Cheap box: problems (but support is right here :))

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  • Pi 3B+ and 4B 2GB seem to be the same or similar price. I just upgraded my 3B to a 3B+, because I don't need the 4B's extra grunt at this time, and save myself a fair bit of money because I don't need to buy a new power supply and case. If I were to start from scratch I would pick the Raspberry Pi 4B 2GB as the "cheapest" viable option, at least for LibreELEC. Support is good and I'd say it's almost a turnkey solution.

  • So the 26 USD boxes like Vontar H96 MAX RK3318 may raise struggles while finding the correct .dts file and many other issues ?

  • We had the discussion about cheap China boxes a couple of times. Specs sound good, but they usually have a locked bootloader. A locked bootloader is a problem, because the OS can (if even possible) only run from an external device (USB stick). It's no easy installation by the way.


    Tell us what you wish to play on LE, so we can avoid that you double-dip boxes (not cheap anymore).

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  • If I were to start from scratch I would pick the Raspberry Pi 4B 2GB as the "cheapest" viable option, at least for LibreELEC. Support is good and I'd say it's almost a turnkey solution.

    Can Pi 4B 2GB handle 4k contents well ?

  • Can Pi 4B 2GB handle 4k contents well ?

    Handle well... 4K of what? h265/hevc: yes, h264: no, vp9: no, HDR: should do now.

    What kind of 4K are you looking for?

  • Handle well... 4K of what? h265/hevc: yes, h264: no, vp9: no, HDR: should do now.

    What kind of 4K are you looking for?

    4K h265/HEVC SDR, HDR to SDR Tone Mapping as I'm using 4K SDR monitor now

    4K HDR passthrough as I may get a 4K HDR TV in future.

    Thanks