I hope you are well. I'm here to receive your guidance on a potential successor to my popcorn A300.
I have used this fellow machine for about ten years to no fault. It has always done what I needed from it and more. Sadly, it seems that 4k is where the fun stops.
Recently after getting my new 4K Projector, I bought a 4K Chromecast, but it doesn't looks like the solutions to direct play MKVs (from a network HDD) are very exciting this way as far as I've seen (but maybe I missed something?). And I don't want to play films through a PLEX server as I like the planet and don't want my computer running for that.
So, right now I have been considering :
- Apple TV 4K
: I know a new one could be announced soon (I had hopes for yesterday but...), but this + infuse seem quite decent. It's a bit redundant with the Chromecast but also does the job for Netflix, Amazon Video Direct etc. I'm however skeptical I'll keep it as long as my popcorn... Although it gets great updates during its lifetime, I feel the average lifetime for an Apple product before being made redundant is quite brutal.
- Zappiti Mini 4K
: More expensive than the Apple TV + Infuse upfront, but I like the fact of buying something that I might use ten years like the Popcorn. Never used a Zappiti product however.
- Dune HD PRO 4K
: The most expensive, but same logic as Zappiti, if it's something I keep for 10 years then it sounds good. And I've often heard good things about this brand.
I loved my popcorn and it breaks my heart to let go of it while it still works. If only it was reading 4K files @[email protected]
Thanks for your input and kind opinions.