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Topic # 183747 28-Oct-2015 20:48
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Must be able to handle all common formats, preferably small and something I can just plug a USB stick into. Only need HDMI as well. My current one looses sync with audio and video, very annoying.

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  Reply # 1415767 28-Oct-2015 20:55
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Can't think of any for less than $100 apart from the chrome cast which doesn't meet your USB criteria.

For that money you could get a cheap Chinese kodi/xbmc thing. But unsure on their quality.




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  Reply # 1415805 28-Oct-2015 21:51
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have one of these on the way from gearbest:

http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_193367.html

pretty darn cheap - reviews seem ok - will provide some comments once it lands / i have had a play with it

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1415854 29-Oct-2015 03:00
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driller2000: have one of these on the way from gearbest:

http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_193367.html

pretty darn cheap - reviews seem ok - will provide some comments once it lands / i have had a play with it


Thanks that would be great.



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  Reply # 1415855 29-Oct-2015 03:01
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davidcole: Can't think of any for less than $100 apart from the chrome cast which doesn't meet your USB criteria.

For that money you could get a cheap Chinese kodi/xbmc thing. But unsure on their quality.


Might have to find a decent one second hand on trademe.

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  Reply # 1415981 29-Oct-2015 09:58
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Raspberry Pi and Pi 2 are pretty good as media players.  You'll need to download an image and burn it to SD card so not quite just plug in USB but close.

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  Reply # 1415986 29-Oct-2015 10:15
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One thing that the Raspberry Pi (the Pi2 in fact) doesnt handle is the newer X.265 HEVC video files.
I bought a Pi 2 (had been using an original Pi) earlier in the year and was pretty impressed with it.
Have recently been seeing a few HEVC encoded files and impressed how good they look and the small filesize.
The Pi doesnt cope with these.

Just might be worth mentioning as this sort of codec will probably become a lot more common in the future.

That box from gearbest looks very interesting and extremely sharply priced. Will be interested in a review.




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  Reply # 1416034 29-Oct-2015 11:14
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driller2000: have one of these on the way from gearbest:

http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_193367.html

pretty darn cheap - reviews seem ok - will provide some comments once it lands / i have had a play with it
thanks. Never heard of this and had a look at reviews and just bought one. Total cost they charged was $48NZ shipped.  Under half the cost of similar units on Trademe. Thought worth the risk at this price




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  Reply # 1416071 29-Oct-2015 12:37
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I picked up a cheap Apacer media player from PB tech about 2 years ago. Now replaced with a new smart TV which can handle all media on a USB drive but the Apacer worked very well. Could not find a codec it could not play well

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  Reply # 1416072 29-Oct-2015 12:38
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Was well under $100 I recall

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  Reply # 1416108 29-Oct-2015 13:32
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jackfry: Must be able to handle all common formats, preferably small and something I can just plug a USB stick into. Only need HDMI as well. My current one looses sync with audio and video, very annoying.


Got just the thing at home - WDTV.  Have sent you a private message

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  Reply # 1416252 29-Oct-2015 17:33
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Get a 2nd hand wdtv live or roku




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  Reply # 1416304 29-Oct-2015 18:46
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I have an original WDTV Live that was going to go on TradeMe if OP or anyone wants to buy it:

 

https://imgur.com/a/fDwpu

Ive just tested and it works great

have messaged you  direct OP

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  Reply # 1416351 29-Oct-2015 19:25
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Buy a BluRay player on clearance that has a front loaded USB port, go from there.

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  Reply # 1416370 29-Oct-2015 19:37
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sxz: I have an original WDTV Live that was going to go on TradeMe if OP or anyone wants to buy it:


i have one of these and best money ive spent on a media player. Use to use it ~4h per day for abut 18 months via USB, and now its network connected and our media player in the bedroom.

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  Reply # 1417378 30-Oct-2015 21:57
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postie delivered my beelink x2 yesterday - initial thoughts:

 

     

  1. small lightweight unit (bright blue led may annoy some)
  2. silent i.e. no fan
  3. didn't get hot over the 3 or so hours i was using it
  4. played all local files fine in kodi (see below for other comments re kodi)
  5. kodi gui is smooth
  6. can access full play store
  7. i connected over wired to my server i.e. unRAID and it connected fine and played all of the files i tested
  8. tested wifi which was a bit slow - esp for larger movies - but i never rely on wifi for streaming big files anyway
  9. plugged in a wl kb and mouse - instantly recognised and worked properly
  10. supplied HDMI cable is handy
  11. supplied power supply is a bit chintzy and incl a dodgy "nz" adapter, like all imported products - so you may want to swap this out
  12. installed spotify / flickr / facebook etc - all work fine
  13. Netflix installed fine too - but i understand like all android boxes is limited to 720p
  14. kodi is based on 14.2 and incl a truckload of addons - some of which needed updating e.g. genesis
  15. while you can set the display output at up to 4k (in theory) - i couldn't test whether its real as i don't have a 4k display
  16. kodi is/was limited to 720p output : / - as a result the video quality was meh....  so i found a modified 1080p fw - and flashed it using phoenixcard and an sd card - which went fine and now kodi plays in 1080p and is better for it - incl 34G mt2s files - so very happy with that aspect now
  17. online streaming in kodi e.g. genesis is fine for sd and 720p (mostly) - but it does end up buffering sometimes - 1080p moreso - so this ain't so good - will dig more to see why
  18. YouTube - capped at 720p and i also have a lip-sync issue to look into

 



in conclusion:

 

     

  1. great value @ sub $50 - esp as a secondary media player
  2. highly recommend flashing it to 1080p to get the most out of kodi
  3. streaming local content is great
  4. netflix is ok at 720p
  5. streaming online kodi content is ok - ish
  6. full play store so all apps available

 


so yeah....there you go - hope the above is of assistance to someone :)








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