4K: HTPC vs Android streaming box?
On the basis of cost and usability, what am I better off with? I'm basically just looking for a device to play local and streaming (Amazon & Netflix) 4K content. I don't need a disk player, a gaming machine, a file server or something to rip DVDs. I already have several different PCs to choose from (Lenovo M92p or Dell Optiplex 3020 low profile desktop, 3-4 years old, each with an i5 CPU, or a 2010 Mac Pro). I have plenty of memory for all, plus a USB IR receiver, and there is an Ethernet hub behind the entertainment unit, so I don't even need WiFi. Trouble is, none of these have a 4K video card, and as near as I can figure, it will cost more to outfit any of them with an HDMI 2.0 card (it may actually not even be available for the Mac) than it would for me to purchase a complete 4K Android streaming box. HDMI connection will be to an entry level Pioneer Elite 4K receiver to a 65" Toshiba 4K screen (I may also want to outfit a second system in another room, but I'll probably need dual HDMI outputs, since I have a second 4K screen, but the receiver is only compatible with HDMI 1.3).
Added to this, I'd like control to be fairly simple - I'll be using a Logitech Harmony hub. I want my family to beable to just push the Netflix (or whatever) button and have the remote be able to do everything so that they're automatically brought to the Netflix home screen.
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Last edited by swechsler; 09-26-2017 at 11:36 AM.