FAfter working for three days to get a stable setup with the Vero 4k - I gave up.
Even though the Vero 4k in the moment appears to be the best of the Kodi bunch, I still consider this not ready yet for prime-time.
Besides the audio issues (which have been fixed in the meantime) I ran across the following problems:
switching skins changed the internal settings of the player (sometimes certain settings only
appeared grayed out) - these are SKINS, they should not touch the settings at all!
playing H.265 files only starts the sw player (which of course cannot handle this), even
though all hw accelerations are turned on
repeating crashes of the system (then waiting for the watchdog to bring it back on)
when I wanted to correct wrong read scraper data, I could not do that from the normal
“Movies” menu, but had to go back to the “media” section and fix it there. With a lot of
changes required this is extremely time consuming
the scrapers always stopped when finding too much delay in accessing scrapers - and did not
restart - also found no direct command to get that going again. After a few seconds it
the keyboard was going back from German to English, even though I changed the layout in
the rc.local initializations. The setting for the locale settings had no effect at all
lots of little quirks, when starting and shutting down the box (console output), switching
resolutions, at the end or the beginning of a movie …
I will however still keep the box and revisit the sw in a year or so. Maybe until then this has stabilized.
I continue using my Dune HD 4k solo, which is in comparison rock solid. It does not have all the bells and whistles and beautiful user interfaces as the Kodi boxes, but it has not failed me a single time for more than a year. It plays everything with audio and video ALWAYS correct.
This is the minimum I expect from a media player. It cannot handle HDR nicely and also 4k only up to 30frames/s and it cannot zoom nicely. But I can live with that.
What I hope to see in the future for the Vero 4k are the following points:
- absolutely stable audio and video playback
- 3D MVC playback
- vertical shift option for the image also when using HW acceleration
- stable Bluetooth keyboard connectivity also for non-english layouts
- no crashes anymore. I mean NONE under normal usage conditions
I really appreciate all the work Sam does for this device and am really positive that this may become one of the really good media players in a while. But currently I just do not have the time to make the media player a “hobby”. This must work without problems.
BTW: the next generation of Dune Neo players is still in a much worse state. The Vero 4k is much more advanced and usable than these boxes. But I still hope that either the Vero 4k or the new Dune Neo boxes - both using the new AMlogic processor - will manage to tame that beast in the future.
I wish you all good luck and much fun with the Vero - I will be back.