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post #1 of 11 Old 08-13-2014, 12:50 PM - Thread Starter
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Slice - kickstarter media player

I saw this on Kickstarter today.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...layer-and-more

Simplified, customised xbmc interface using Raspberry pi with optional hard drive.
Looks interesting.
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seems a bit over prices for a case/remote and custom xbmc interface
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seems a bit over prices for a case/remote and custom xbmc interface

I just bought one to have it. Hopefully it doesn't suck. I will be putting plex on it through.
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So just like the Pi you can already buy, no True-HD or DTS-MA audio

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I just backed it.

After years of trying to find the right box, I've gone from an intel atom HTPC, to a fullsize HTPC which later became my gaming rig, then to a wdtv live, wdtv live hub, and finally to a Boxee, I really just want something that is simple devoid of all streaming options, can hold my media (able to take to friends homes), and has fast and beautiful interface.

HTPC was nice, but no one else could figure it out, wdtv live devices were nice but laggy input sucked. Boxee is great because it looked great, menus were fast for the most part, and it could pool all the media across various devices in one media library, and honestly still gets the job done.

I think the Slice plus Chromecast fits all the needs I have. Looking forward to messing around with the little box.
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I really just want something that is simple devoid of all streaming options, can hold my media (able to take to friends homes), and has fast and beautiful interface.
Have you used XBMC on RPi before? I wouldn't call it fast.

They can make it look fast in their video by carefully browsing around a very small library but if you actually use it day to day, with a decent sized library (ie thousands rather than dozens of movies), updating the library, installing addons etc, it lags pretty regularly.

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Openelec on a NUC will have exactly the same WAF as slice since they both boot into XBMC. Better since it won't hang/lag nearly as much.
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Have you used XBMC on RPi before? I wouldn't call it fast.

They can make it look fast in their video by carefully browsing around a very small library but if you actually use it day to day, with a decent sized library (ie thousands rather than dozens of movies), updating the library, installing addons etc, it lags pretty regularly.


Openelec on a NUC will have exactly the same WAF as slice since they both boot into XBMC. Better since it won't hang/lag nearly as much.
You are correct, XBMC either RaspBMC or Openelec on a Pi with any decent size library is not speedy by any stretch of the imagination.

I also got to thinking, I wonder if they are going to be unlocking the VC-1 & MPEG2 codecs or if that is something the end use will still have to pay for on top of the purchase.

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I also got to thinking, I wonder if they are going to be unlocking the VC-1 & MPEG2 codecs or if that is something the end use will still have to pay for on top of the purchase.

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Codecs will be included as standard.
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I saw this on Kickstarter today.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...layer-and-more

Simplified, customised xbmc interface using Raspberry pi with optional hard drive.
Looks interesting.
Overpriced, and that LED would need to be turned off permanently.

Looky here!
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These slice media players have been shipping for a handful of months now. Do any of the people who posted earlier to this thread have a review? Some of you said that you paid into the kickstarter.

I watched the youtube video with the british ninja guy showing off the UI. I was impressed by how responsive the UI seems in the demo. This device seems to be intended primarily as an internal storage type player. But as I've lamented the demise of HDD media players, this one might be right up my alley.
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This player offers nothing more than what 10 years old media player offers, it is outdated before it started, no HDMI 2.0 no 4K, and nothing mentioned about losseless audio passthrough, no thanks I went for the shield for $50 less and an extra game controller. Good luck.
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