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Topic # 183995 5-Nov-2015 19:56
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Wanting to buy a Kodi device for the bedroom. Prefer Amazon Fire TV, and would hope to spend about $100 considering mine cost me about $130 new.

Does anybody have one that they bought and never use?

Otherwise, I might look at alternatives.. Other android boxes, maybe an R-pi?

I'm based in Wellington.

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  Reply # 1421942 5-Nov-2015 19:56
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  Reply # 1422113 6-Nov-2015 06:59
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A few of my friends have bought this, and are pleased with the results
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=361369451128&globalID=EBAY-GB&alt=web

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  Reply # 1422116 6-Nov-2015 07:24
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R.Pi 2 works well for Kodi. I was running a V1 for a year, but the V2 is much much faster.




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  Reply # 1423189 8-Nov-2015 16:49
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Can also recommend the RPi2 - have been using it religiously for the last few months since purchase. The only thing I did run into was my TV's inability to pass-through DTS/Dolby signals. Not a biggie though, as I purchased a Hifiberry board and case, which gave me optical out.
Was able to do Stereo fine though (without the hifiberry), which may be all you are using in your bedroom.

I am now looking at setting up Live TV (DVB-T) on it. I use OpenELEC as my distro, which has tvheadend (backend) in their unofficial Repo which works well too, and the frontend client in their Offcial Repo.









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  Reply # 1423211 8-Nov-2015 17:24
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+1 for RPi also.  No HDMI issues since I have the Pi plugged directly into my AVR.

For some reason because the HDMI goes through the AVR and then to the TV, my CEC works randomly so I had to resort using a keyboard to control Kodi. Then I found an app that controls Kodi over IP which works pretty well. And since I am experimenting with using iRule to control all my HT equipment, I added Kodi to the iRule equipment list (there is device already setup for iRule) and now I can control Kodi using iRule.

And it passes the WAF as my wife now can control Kodi with iRule using the phone!




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  Reply # 1423285 8-Nov-2015 20:20
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Or just buy a Nexus Player - no mucking around, download Kodi from Play Store, into it.

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  Reply # 1423999 9-Nov-2015 21:07
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red_xsi: Or just buy a Nexus Player - no mucking around, download Kodi from Play Store, into it.


Definitely tempting. Didnt even know it existed till you mentioned it. 
Unfortunately wouldnt work for me :( there's no optical out on it. Otherwise, I would definitely be going through some effort to import one.







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  Reply # 1424012 9-Nov-2015 21:40
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have one of these - $48 NZD landed - purchased as a test / potential 2nd bedroom type media streamer:

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


it has hdmi and optical

wireless is a little av - wired is fine

i did need to flash the fw so kodi would play in 1080p - but this was relatively straightforward

full play store - so i deleted the supplied kodi version and dl latest version - and installed my favourite addons

kodi has played all the files i have thrown at it

pointed it at my unRAID server which has a tonload of movies on it - scanned away for quite a while - but kodi gui is fast even with all these loaded

pretty happy with it as a 2nd player esp for the price


notes:

1. minor lipsync issues - but this could have to do with the tv / amp combo i am using
2. youtube is limited to 720p - which i haven't managed to sort yet
3. kodi/genesis streams 720p fine ....1080p not so much



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  Reply # 1424092 10-Nov-2015 06:45
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Thanks all, have found a firetv. I'll be doing something in the garage soon and might try one of these boxes above seeing as WAF won't be an issue.

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  Reply # 1424093 10-Nov-2015 06:59
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driller2000: have one of these - $48 NZD landed - purchased as a test / potential 2nd bedroom type media streamer:

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


it has hdmi and optical

wireless is a little av - wired is fine

i did need to flash the fw so kodi would play in 1080p - but this was relatively straightforward

full play store - so i deleted the supplied kodi version and dl latest version - and installed my favourite addons

kodi has played all the files i have thrown at it

pointed it at my unRAID server which has a tonload of movies on it - scanned away for quite a while - but kodi gui is fast even with all these loaded

pretty happy with it as a 2nd player esp for the price


notes:

1. minor lipsync issues - but this could have to do with the tv / amp combo i am using
2. youtube is limited to 720p - which i haven't managed to sort yet
3. kodi/genesis streams 720p fine ....1080p not so much


Looks like great value for money.

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  Reply # 1424114 10-Nov-2015 08:06
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driller2000: have one of these - $48 NZD landed - purchased as a test / potential 2nd bedroom type media streamer:

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


it has hdmi and optical

wireless is a little av - wired is fine

i did need to flash the fw so kodi would play in 1080p - but this was relatively straightforward

full play store - so i deleted the supplied kodi version and dl latest version - and installed my favourite addons

kodi has played all the files i have thrown at it

pointed it at my unRAID server which has a tonload of movies on it - scanned away for quite a while - but kodi gui is fast even with all these loaded

pretty happy with it as a 2nd player esp for the price


notes:

1. minor lipsync issues - but this could have to do with the tv / amp combo i am using
2. youtube is limited to 720p - which i haven't managed to sort yet
3. kodi/genesis streams 720p fine ....1080p not so much


Ordered two of these yesterday. I noticed reports of the audio/video sync issue. I see gearbest.com had new firmware on their site that is supposed to help this and the 1080p issues. Fingers x'd that it does. But there appears to be community support groups as well that I will keep a tab on. At <$50 and free freight, its (hopefully) hard to go wrong...t




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