I’ve had the Vero for a short while and I’d just like others to benefit from the rabbit holes I’ve been down. I like simple and not VERY new but I got the SBC bug in 2020 and have used them very successfully in my attic cinema setup and audio streaming.
However, in the sitting room we don’t want a 4k monster since we don’t buy 4k source or have subscriptions. My Humax HDR-T2 was getting long in the tooth with no s/w update and the ‘smart’ Sony TV is slow and buggy for IP TV services. I have been using One for All remotes to control this lot.
So, I bought the Vero to complement my Rpi3/TVheadend backend (RPi TV Hat + WinTv dual usb tuners). It is correctly configured for Kodi, has support and is a neat box. I would spend more to get an RPi4 even close - (puts on tin hat).
For remote control, what I did not expect was the absolute horror show that is CEC, Flirc and HDMI.
In the end, my best solution was to treat the Sony TV as a monitor and promote the Vero to the centre of attention and just push it’s video to the Sony and spdif audio to the amplifier.
It’s small remote does “just enough” which is great for the none-technical and the missing mute button is easily (and more conveniently) resolved by pressing Pause.
I have managed to set Kodi to force the TV to standby when the it is suspended and both come back again when a remote key is pressed - a ‘one-stop’ shop. My amplifier is not smart enough to take a suspend/wakeup call so I have to walk for that one. Shucks.
If your setup has all the things I’ve rejected and works, then be grateful. For everybody else, just think about what you want out of this technology before smacking your head on that brick wall one time too many. KISS wins most of the time and can certainly help keep you calm.