Originally Posted by cenbit
Does anyone know if this box is better than the 1st Amazon fire Tv on performance? Thanks
I'd say it's a bit worse than the FTV gen 1. It's usable, though, and it is prerooted and has the play store installed.
I was able to install Amazon Underground and then the Prime Video app.
The real issue I'm having is with reboots. In Kodi, library updates consistently trigger a reboot but eventually complete. Very annoying, though. If you add a USB device with it plugged in, it will often decide it wants to restart - so swapping keyboards in and out is not advised.
Audio over HDMI is pretty bad compared to the FTV. I have it purportedly set to bitstream, but that doesn't look to be working. There's an SPDIF out that I'll try - I have a couple of cheap (but more expensive than the r-box!) d/a converters. There's also an a/v out that I'm going to look into just pulling audio with.
So, what do I mean by pretty bad: I run HDMI into an Oppo 103 player, then feed the analog outs from that to a multichannel integrated amp that drives a set of Thiel full range speakers and a sub.
The system will output 5.1 audio in bitstream mode, which has lots of dropouts and when it's not dropping out, it often sounds like people are speaking from inside a toilet.
Mixing down to 2 channel sounds just about as bad.
I'm trying to get the update now, but it's really ticking me off. The wifi on the unit isn't very good so I feed it from an ethernet handoff - which works for everything EXCEPT the stupid update app.
The only route I know of to get the system to treat wired ethernet as if it were wifi requires that I be able to run Xposed, and running Xposed requires flashing from recovery.
The stock recovery is promising, in that it supports an update from ADB, but it's not coming up as an ADB device.
I will try getting the Xposed installer on an SD card - that may be readable in recovery but there was no option for it when I rebooted into recovery without an SD card in the system.
I'd be much happier if I could find a firmware for this pup online - shipping a device with root active and a recovery is great, but with no visible option to recover in a pinch I'm a little concerned. (Of course, the recovery partition may be a viable source for a recovery as well.)