Posts by Aroosha

    As far as i know the HDMI port of this NUC only support the older 1.4a standard so you can't get refresh rate beyond 30 HZ in 4k resolution. An HDMI 2.0 output can be added via converter from DisplayPort to get 60 HZ refresh rate output, but i don't know whether this will work in Libreelec or not.

    Perhaps you are using the wrong device tree,. download the device tree that suitable for your device and rename it to dtb.img then Copy and replace the renamed file to main folder of SD card. if you need proper help from forum members please provide full Kodi log as described.

    Well as far as HDR is your concern none of libreelec supported Amlogic socs can produce true HDR video nor kodi krypton is ready for that. HDR formats composed of many different parts, per pixel brightness metadata, wider color gamuts and more colors(aka 10,12 bits colors ) In other words, they're brighter and more colorful. none of libreelec supported Amlogic socs can do all aspect of HDR at the same time for example S905x soc you mentioned above output 8bits colors instead of 10 and produce fake HDR.

    Well ODROID C2 can decode 4k HEVC content with ease but keep in mind 4k without HDR is useless because most of 4k content available today are paired with HDR and has wider color gamuts which s905 soc can't decode correctly and the result is washed out colors. s905x/D soc can't output true 10bit colors depth and s912 doesn't support officially by libreelec. if you need true 4k HDR whether you should wait for new Amlogic soc or buy Apple tv 4k.

    How much does it 'actually' actually matter? I have a S912 (MINIX U9) and although I don't have a S905 device to compare with, I don't think you can get any better than that at the moment. With such a big size of a 4K + HD audio movies (for example), you practically/eventually have to store 'em on external storage to stream. Does it really worth having a better video driver and not gigabit? The total experience will be probably even worse?


    -San

    Well if you are happy with your device and it fills your needs that's fine. we all want to have the most powerful hardware but in linux universe having the most powerful hardware does not necessary translate to superior experience. in this case S912 soc is superior in every aspect but it crippled by its driver. there is no official linux driver for this soc and everything's works with hacks will eventually stop working, user reports several issue like subtitle rendering and so on while using s912's devices in LE. nobody knows the feature if V4L2 and 3d driver release for this devices they become perfect. and if the Gigabit Ethernet is your concern s905D has a Gigabit Ethernet and you can add usb2 Gigabit Ethernet to any s905x devices.

    I was all ready to pull the trigger on a s912 based device but saw wrxtasy comment down the bottom. I don't intend to use the device for netflix but have plenty of h264 720 and 1080p content. Based upon the sticky I thought this would play OK.


    From below this appears to not be the case?


    Thanks!

    you are wrong, wrxtasy comment is about Netflix adaptive streaming, if I'm not mistaken (correct me if i'm wrong) there is no hardware acceleration for netflix adaptive streaming available in LE/kodi/addons for now, your h264/265 720/1080/4k content play fine without any problem in s912 based device.

    Oh joy. Thanks for the info. Seems like I should wait until the next version of the AMLogic Linux Kernel or wait for Apple to add Atmos to the ATV4K.


    Any ETA for the new kernel and LE?

    No ETA for now, the critical part of SOC for new kernel remain untouched like Video Decoders and DVB TS Input , you can check the mainlining progress for Amlogic Meson SoCs hear Meson SoCs. I hope things get done before S9XX become obsolete, because new amlogic socs on the horizon.


    one more thing


    Various forks of Kodi are available for different platforms, For apple's tvOS you can use this fork of kodi MrMC, also there is an effort to brings Kodi v18 Leia to apple's tvOS and sooner or later this will happen. My advice is, stick to your odroid C2 and ATV until new kernel available for s9XX or something come up with HDMI 2.1.

    Thanks! I'm willing to spend a little more money to get better quality. What's the next step up from an S9xx device that meets my needs?

    The problem is not how much money you can spend, there isn't fully perfect device available right now. the most expensive device for LE is intel NUC which has its own problem like drivers, audio passthrough, Dp to hdmi converter, HDR support, wake up and suspend and so on. another option is to buy ARM devices, for now only Amlogic's S9xx devices is worth buying. S9xx family included S905x which doesn't have Gigabit Ethernet, S905D which has Gigabit Ethernet and DVB interface and more powerful S912 devices which doesn't have proper GPU driver as i mentioned above and you should avoid it. you have army of best of best tv boxes in your arsenal like apple tv 4k and odroid c2 the only thing i can recommend to you is MECOOL KI PRO but i'm not sure that it can support dolby atmos passthrough.

    Check this out MECOOL KI PRO
    S912 devices (TX92,MINIX U9 ) doesn't have proper GPU driver (for now) in linux and it may plays videos choppy with subtitles, Vero 4K has its own OS called OSMC not the LE.
    MECOOL KI PRO has a Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, support for HDR10 and HLG, Video Codecs: 10-bit H.265, and VP9 Profile 2 up to 4K60, H.264 up to 4K30.
    keep in mind all S9xx device which has HDR capability produce fake HDR 8 bit and not true 10bit colores.

    Your 6 years old Ivy Bridge NUC is quite capable for many tasks but not as HTPC, it's VPU is outdated and doesn't have Hardware accelerated algorithms for decoding common video formats like HEVC and VP9 and you should relying on software decoder and playing high bitrate videos in mentioned format may result stuttering and choppy playback. It has HDMI 1.4 display interface which can't output videos above [email protected] I think it is time to upgrade to cheap S905X devices.