Hello guys and girls in this community,
i’ve been wanting to buy a Mediaplayer for a few months now. the last 2 options were probably the best regarded boxes on the market: the vero 4k+ and the nvidia Shield.
After reading through this forum, seeing the amazing support that sam and everybody else is providing, and knowing a few issues that the Shield has, the choice seems pretty obvious
Currently i have this setup at home:
LG c7 oled TV, cable connected to my Router.
The Router has an external usb 3.0 hdd connected to it’s 2.0 port.
The Router is then cable connected to a PC (older i5cpu, gtx650 and 8gb RAM, 2Tb HDD), which serves as an Emby/Plex Server.
150mb down-/10mb upload connection (soon 20mb upload)
I have a denon x3400h av-r that will soon be installed (cable connected)
My goal was to keep this setup, buy the vero 4k+, connect it to the av-r and stream all my content this way with Plex (including MKV 4k HDR files).
Sadly it won’t work i’m afraid: with my setup as it is, 4K files take forever to load, skipping forward takes ages, and constant buffering. Even with the files on the PC HDD, removing the PGS Subtitles and higher resolution audio formats like Dolby TrueHD, didn’t help.
I dont 't think the higher upload Speed, the av-r or the Vero will fix that. And i’m OK with that. I understand that neither the Plex Server, nor the Routers USB 2.0 port are powerful enough for 4k HDR streaming with Plex. Strangely tho, when i stream directly to the TV (without Plex), using the TV’s own Mediaplayer, it works perfectly, even with Dolby TrueHD embedded in the file (Subtitles don’t load).
As long as i can stream 1080p to my other devices (laptop, smartphone, when i’m abroad, it’s fine).
But for the Oled TV i really wanted 4K HDR resolution + hd audio + subtitles…
So my questions are:
After buying the Vero, what is the best (bulletproof) way to playback my 4K HDR content, at the least amount of costs…?
Should i connect the HDD directly to the vero or leave it on the Router?
Would a SSD improve things?
Maybe buy a Router with 3.0 ports?
I have a New rpi3b+ which i use to run as a pi hole and pivpn… Since it has USB 3.0, can i connect it to my Router via Ethernet cable, plug in the content HDD and use it as a Plex Server for 1080p? (It’s less power hungry than a PCf to leave on all the time).
I’m aware that my setup has too many bottlenecks, but i’m fine with some shortcommings like not being able to stream 4K HDR over Plex, and needing to reencode some movies to 1080p.
A NAS would help, but NAS are expensive, and i’ve read that most of them struggle with transcoding too…
I hope someone could guide me in the right direction.
Sorry for the long thread.
Keep up the good work, happy to support it soon
Edit: there are some partition types that are supposed to work better than others. Ext4 (Linux type i think). Would this help with high bitrate files?