I am a x86 fan. Started with a Celeron 1610 and Nvidia GT 610. That was great. Next Haswell NUC was great too. Now i3-8100 and it does it all in the most stable way except 4k with HDR.
For me x86 is not dead, it is working great except HDR (for now) and i will buy most likely a new x86 Board and CPU and put in in my Streacom FC8 Evo.
I was tempted more then one time to buy something for Intel HDR, but it is not yet ready and far from be stable to use.
I will not buy a new Intel before native HDMI 2.1 4k HDR 60 Hz is working and that is for sure not this year, becaues Hardware for that is not yet build. LSPCon are the worst.
I use Kodi every day instead of TV and i just want to use it stable
2 main Kodi player at the moment.
- most stable
- the least problems
- can use full software deinterlace yadif
- really fast interface
- really fast start playing also Streaming like amazon prime
- HBR audio does simply work
Vero 4k+, because i wanted 4k HDR now with HBR Audio (IIRC 18 month ago)
- plays HDR with 4k and passthrough just fine
- interface is a bit slow, when use x86 all the time
and for testing
RPi4 to see if it can beat the Vero 4k+
- it is getting there, but probably not this year (talking about stable and good for the wife with 4k HDR PT)
- today i tested successfully HBR Audio with the latest patches from HiassofT
- but that is with devel Kodi 19 and at the moment without 4k and no HDR (it will come)
- reference for the other 2 rooms where are RPi2 running
- interface is slow, but fast enough
- play H264 1080p fine if you dont need/want HBR audio
Meecool K1 Pro to play around with AML
- mostly off, because i wait that mainline kernel will do with full HBR audio