I'm pretty sure that the sound & picture quality went off a bit after a few visitors stayed over a few months back, I think the monitor refresh rate & alsa audio device on boot went crackers about then too
So it must have been something out of whack - that the "Hard Reset" sorted out
those aktimate mini's fed by the stx essence should sound that good
The NAS was streaming to the HTPC via ethernet cable: NAS↭switch↭access point↭router↭HTPC
I know output should be identical with either a LAN connection, an internal HDD or a external HDD
But the picture & especially the sound quality difference has been confirmed by 2 other people
The reason all this happened is because I'm going away for a while, new hardware in my knees, and I definitely don't want others mucking around with my network servers, so the servers will be shutdown and all popular media in the household will be on the HTPC's internal HDD
I hard reset LibreELEC
Then before putting the HDD inside my HTPC, I formatted it to Ext 4 & loaded the media, all this was done with a QNAP server
Previously, when booting up the HTPC:
Settings / System / Display / Refresh Rate would often need attention as it would revert 30.00 instead of 59.94
And Audio / Audio output device would revert to ALSA: HDA NVidia, HDMI #
I always checked & corrected these on boot up
It's now consistantly booting to 60.00 reflesh rate& ALSA: Xonar STX Multichannel
Also indexing media went smoother & fanart, posters etc are different, but the main standout is the punch in the bass
I put a spare WD red 4Tb Hard Drive formatted Ext 4 inside my HTPC and uploaded some videos & music to it
Comparing NAS Stream to the internal HDD
With the internal Hard Drive:
Video appears better, eg: 4K has more clarity with better depth & slightly better colour & sharpness
Sound in video is different, loud action noises, etc are clearer & louder, where as vocals are a bit subdued by this
Audio is also better, HD music definitely has more punch in bass & high treble is slightly sharper and clearer
NAS: OMV 3.0.99 wired / intel G3258 / Asus Z97K
HTPC: LE 8.2.5 / intel i3-7100 / Gigabyte H270M-D3H
GTX1050 to 4K OLED / STX Essence to Aktimate Mini
Picture & Audio Fixed
The Concord brand HDMI cables have rather large aluminium looking plug heads, I had 2 of these in the TV's HDMI 1&2 inputs which are very close together & they were squashed in fairly tight against each other,
HDMI 1 : HTPC picture quality was down & audio was not synced ... but HDMI 2 : the Blu-ray player when I tested it out it had a weird overall strong purple/pinkish tint on startup, video playback etc?
so I plugged the Blu-ray into HDMI 3 & all the problems have gone
One more Question .. LibreELEC upscales my 720p & 1080p videos I backed up on the NAS, so if I installed a Blu-ray player in my HTPC would I get the same upscaling to 3840×2160 from my original blu-ray disks?
The HDMI inputs 1&2 ( these are recommended for 4K ) on new TV are on LHS, so I moved my HTPC to that side temporarily as a 2 metre HDMI cable was longest I had.
Today I bought a 3 metre 4K cable a $35 Concord brand from Jaycar & set it all up ... Whilst playing video the picture quality is quite noticably down ?
Video motion was smooth but looked like 720p & when scanning or moving through my Kodi library sideways motion was juddery & not smooth
LibreELEC settings showed 3840×2160 at 59.94hz - but TV info showed 3840×2160 at 30hz? and I couldn't find anyway in settings to change it
So I reconnected the 2 metre cable again (stretched it to HDMI 4 after squeezing everything up) .. video smooth and sharp + TV info back to 3840×2160 at 60hz and all is good again
I thought HDMI was good up to 5 metres ?
Also to make matters worse I have some speaker issues .. the powered speaker is on the LHS, 1.5 metre RCA cables worked perfectly ..
but 3 metre cable seem to give a slight lipsync problem which varies from very slight on lower grade video to very noticable on say 1080p etc
The 1.5 metre cable would fit if I made the LHS powered speaker into a RHS speaker & and the RHS passive speaker as a LHS speaker .. then running sound card RHS RCA output to the powered (now RHS) speaker's input & visa-versa for the passive speaker
Would this make for any problems ?? all powered speakers seem to be on the left hand side
I just bought a Panasonic 4K OLED TV
when I plugged in my HTPC to the TV, the only thing I changed was resolution from 1920×1080 to 3840×2160 at 59.9hz in LibreELEC settings
All my 720p & 1080p videos appear to be upscaled to 2160p ?
this really stood out with the 720p videos
My video card temperature used to run at 27 - 34℃ it now goes somewhere from 36 - 52℃
the CPU temp & useage is also up a little bit
My old TV is a Panasonic Plasma 1080p
MB: Gigabyte H270M-D3H
Video Card: Asus GTX1050 2Gb Phoenix
Minix Neo A2 Lite works great on my HTPC
comes with a little usb receiver about the size of a flash drive
the remote is well built and also has airmouse & a keyboard on back
$45 - $55 on ebay au
I've built a new PC to be my HTPC
MB: Gigabyte H270M-D3H
reusing my Asus GTX1050 2Gb Phoenix
Questions are about when installing LibreELEC
1: As the O/S will be on a SSD would 250Gb be too big ? - I have a spare one
2: If I install an extra internal drive as storage (it's been formatted EXT4) will it show up and be fully useable
+ changed back to Estuary for the nicer/professional look
No reinstall yet, left things as is .. except all TV Shows are now properly indexed
I changed Skin to Confluence to re-index .. for some unknown reason this always seems to do a better job of it?
But: a quick look in Systems / Video
GPU: GTX 1050/PCIe/SSE2
OpenGL version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 384.59
Obviously didn't look here before
Besides the H.265 10 bit, very old TV Shows from 1950-80's are clearer .. less noise, artifacts or shimmer etc
Now that you asked .. the "intel" in "10-bit HEVC support for recent Intel GPU generations"
I might be barking up the wrong tree .. that doesn't refer to Nvidia
I'll reinstall LibreELEC 8.0.1 and see if it's just the newer GTX 1050 video card that's done the vast improvement, I never though to test that out first as it was not supposed to have driver support .. the old video card might have been a bit
So far only problem is a couple of TV Show library indexing issues, either way off target or just won't scan to library
Purchased the Asus GTX1050 2Gb Phoenix for $160
compact @ only 192mm long & powers of the PCI express slot .. one less power lead for my intended Mini ITX HTPC build
Went out and bought the Asus GTX1050 2Gb Phoenix video card at $50 more than a GTX 1030, it's nice and small + runs off the motherboard for power
Fully wiped/uninstalled LibreELEC 8.0.1 & reinstalled with LibreELEC 8.1.0 beta with v304.135 Nvidia legacy driver to add 10-bit HEVC support
I now have really, really great video quality with abolutely no sign of banding, pixelation or artifacts what so ever
SWMBO said the overall picture is a fair bit sharper, I think it could be a little bit, but we both agree that the contrast is a quite a lot better as is the overall picture quality
In video setting there are now a sharpen & a noise adjustment option which I left alone
At the computer shop everyones pretty excited & hyped up about Coffee Lake
for now on my LibreELEC PC , if I replaced my GTX 660ti video card with a GT 1030 or a GTX 1050 ..
would this eliminate or even reduce banding, pixelation etc on H.265 playback?
With my Minix neo X8-H Plus I flashed it with Lollypop but went back to Kitkat
After many tests I put the MyGica? variant of Kodi with Estuary skin on it.. works great except for any HEVC .265 they make it run too hot (if they work at all) and gets the very mild judders
I was looking at either the U9-H or the U1 which takes LibreELEC okay