Originally Posted by hawkster27
Hey, groove. I too have found Kodi to be kludgy and frustrating for audio playback, so based on your post I decided to buy MRmc. $3 is cheap enough, but I'm not sure what it really bought me. I've only had time to run through the setup, but it seems like MRmc is just a UI for Kodi, right down to the irritating app sounds. I don't want to go too OT here, but do you have any tips for getting the most from MRmc?
MrMC is pretty much a Vanilla version of Kodi, with limited use of Skins and no addons. Apps such as MrMC, and SPMC before it, are geared more towards the Shield.
I've gone back and forth between Plex, MrMC, and Kodi, primarily for Video Playback. Unlike Plex, both Kodi and MrMC have the ability to change display resolutions alongside Refresh Rate.
For me, the Video Playback issues I'm having with MrMC may be an Isolated one, and therefore may work perfectly for other users.
Kodi has the Plex Addon, which allows you to connect to your Plex Library without the need of Scraping Metadata of the same content all over again. MrMC has a built-in Plex and Emby plugin which allows for the same thing.
For a Music Streamer (or maybe a Transport in this situation), I found MrMC to be the best option, especially if you're wanting to playback Bit-Perfect audio. All of the other apps such as Tidal, Spotify, and Amazon HD all play at 48kHz, no matter the resolution of the audio track you play. So while some of these apps advertise Hi-Rez audio, you won't hear higher resolutions of said content because of the Android OS. Even my Chromecast Ultra resamples to 48kHz. You can install an external DAC if this device is capable of higher resolutions beyond 48kHz, but you will also need an app such as UAPP (Universal Audio Player Pro), and this app is not built for the Android TV Interface.
Roon does not have the ability to circumvent the Android Audio system, and therefore, all audio is resampled to 48kHz on the Shield.
I highly suggest paying close attention to your AVR. If it has an App or Web Interface which displays technical information for real-time Playback of your content, use it.
For 2-Channel Playback - Set up for MrMC is pretty identical to Kodi. In the "System" settings, go to Audio, and set the speaker setup to "2.0" or "2.1 (if you plan to use a subwoofer)."
Enable "Stereo Upmix". In my set up, enabling this setting immediately switches my AVR to "Multi Ch In". As a result, when I play Hi-Rez audio, my AVR displays the content being played at a Specific Resolution, as opposed to just 48kHz. This setting works for 2-Channel Hi-Rez Flac and DSD files.
For Multi-Channel Flac and DSD, set your speakers to "5.0" or "5.1" This will allow for Multi-Channel Flac and DSD files to play at the correct resolution and proper speaker set up.
You would think this would also work for Kodi, but not in the same manner. Too many adjustments within Kodi and my AVR is just too much work. MrMC, when configured properly, will play the files for you. For MrMC, the only adjustment you will need to make is adjusting the Speaker setup between Multi-Channel and 2-Channel audio.