I was playing around with my X1X last night and because I simply do not use it for streaming local Rips from my NAS, I decided to check out the updated clients such as Plex and Kodi.
My Nvidia Shield is my "goto" device for pretty much everything, and my Oppo 203 has been a solid Roon Endpoint for streaming Audio. Both devices are subperb video players as well, with the Oppo having an edge regarding picture quality.
I installed Plex on my X1X, and as with my findings in the past, the performance was terrible. I was playing UHD Rips of Alien:Covenant and Blade Runner 2049. I checked the status of the player on my Plex Web interface, and while the video was set to "Direct Play" the audio was being transcoded. Plus video playback was choppy at times. So not much of an update with Plex.
I decided to Install Kodi (Leia 18.3). I didn't want to play around with NFS Shares to between my NAS and X1X so i decided to install the Plex addon for Kodi. A Major improvement in performance. Both audio and video were set to "Direct Play", BUT no HDR. However the HDR to SDR conversion looked very good, especially with Alien:Convenant.
So Plex Playback of UHD Content - Video - Direct Play
Audio - Transcode (Lossless Audio formats)
Poor playback performance
Kodi with Plex Addon Playback of UHD Content- Video - Direct Play
Audio - Direct Play (Lossless Audio Formats)
Excellent Playback performance
Now with the X1X of course, all audio is set to Atmos, as my AVR indicates this audio setting using various apps or games, but checking the status on my Plex web interface, Direct Play for both audio and video are present. This occurs when using the Plex addon for Kodi.
So I still cannot recommend the XBox One X as a Media Player if playback of Local BD Rips of both HD and UHD with Lossless Audio content is a requirement. But the Plex Add-on for Kodi is right at the finish line, if only HDR was supported.
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Last edited by groove93; 09-18-2019 at 07:18 AM.