Best Plex/Kodi and netflix box

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  1. bruny

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    Hi all
    Looking for a decent box/stick for daughters bedroom. We use Plex and kodi in the house via a HP microserver and nuc. Also looking for Netflix with decent playback as I've read that Netflix can have some problems with stuttering on some devices. Not to bothered about audio, stereo would be fine in her room as I know that android has problems with HD audio. I'm not looking to spend a lot on this about £70 mark or less would be nice. Had a look at Amazon tv stick but read some users have problems with Netflix stutter. The tv is an LG 32'' with 3 hdmi and 1 usb socket. At the moment she uses a Nowtv box with Plex sideloaded but unfortunately doesn't do Netflix. Wi-fi in the house is pretty good but I'm thinking of adding some homeplugs so she can watch blurays, which stutter over wi-fi. Any advice would much appreciated.

    Cheers Bruny
     
  2. Matt_C

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    Same question - my 1st Gen ATV has served me well thus far, but looks like I need to change hardware now, as I'm stuck on the last iteration of XBMC, can't update it, and TheMovieDB API no longer supports my version - add to that that YouTube no longer works on either Apple OS or XBMC plugin, looks like I need a change. My list of criteria are;

    • XBMC/Kodi compliant
    • 720p in various format (xvid, mkv, etc)
    • must have optical output and support 5.1/6.1 DTS and DD
    Not meaning to hijack, just saves starting a new thread since we're both looking for similar recommendations!
     
  3. Jamie

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    For the OP I'd recommend a proper Amazon Fire TV.

    For Matt_c I'd look at either a NUC or Chromebox, probably running OpenElec.
     
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    thanks for the reply Jamie already ordered Fire TV box.
     
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    You only need the base celeron model and that's about the same price as a celeron NUC by the time you add ram and an HDD to it.

    If you're thinking of buying some cheap chinese £50 no brand android box then I'd be wary as a lot of them offer no support, don't do what they say they do and have a lot of issues.
     
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    Possible alternative for Matt_C could be an RPi2 with USB DAC for optical out, should be able to get it for around £40
     
  8. Jamie

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    Would a USB DAC do 5.1? I thought they were mainly were stereo DACS
     
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    I got one which did 5.1 via optical out - it was only dirt cheap, think it was from pihut
     
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    Another vote for chromebox, incredible little machines which will do everything bar gaming very well
     
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    For OP: Still won't playback 24fps content without stutter so I wouldn't bother.

    For Matt: Rasperry Pi 2 and this https://www.hifiberry.com/digiplus
     

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