This review is for the T8 Pro model. As background, I've been using Kodi (formerly XBMC) for quite a while on a Mac Mini in my home theater set up. It works quite well, but HD audio codec processing on Macs has lagged behind that of PCs, although processing of 7.1 Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA has finally made it to Macs with Kodi 16.0 Jarvis. So, my usage on my Mac set my expectations for a Kodi device like this, and my years of streaming Netflix and other services on my blu-ray player and TV set my expectations for those services.
My upfront summary is this: the hardware materials and construction are very impressive, it offers a lot in terms of connections (both wired and wireless), and it works pretty well overall. However, it is hindered a bit (I believe) by the current state of some Android apps, including Kodi and Netflix that don't have the same surround sound audio capabilities that they do on other devices. I think that it has a lot of potential, but it won't be...
There is quite a lot of similarly priced Android TV boxes on the market. This one stands out as it is made out of metal. It definitely has an upmarket feel to it but being a stationary piece of equipment it is a nice touch but not the most critical factor. It also has a small screen on the front to tell you the time and various other status options i.e. that Wifi is on, movie playing etc. In operation this TV box does not disappoint, it is fast, responsive and has everything you need. I have been using this TV box for over a week now and I am really pleased with it.
Description mentions that this box runs on the dated Android 4.4.4 however, when I started it up I was pleasantly surprised to find it is actually Android 5.1.1. It appears to be rooted as well, which is a bonus, as it comes with Titanium Backup (root) pre-installed. It also comes with Kodi and this is the newer 16.0 (Jarvis) although still the beta3 version so an update is recommended. Being Android TV box...
I purchased the converter after reading various online reviews and clearly made a great choice. The setup was very easy and the feature set is fantastic. I have two TVs in the house that will need conversion, but figured I'd start with one converter box to make sure I'd like it. I've now ordered another one for the other TV.
The picture quality is great. It has cleaned up the snow from the analog broadcasts and makes viewing much more enjoyable. I'm using unamplified rabbit ears that we've been using for years and they now work better through the converter than ever before.
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