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I was hoping to be able to buy an Nvidia Shield TV since @coasterkid said he had found a way to get it past the customs and NBTC. I'm not sure whether he's been successful or not.

I need a new box and would like an ATV OS box , my alternatives are the Mecool km9 pro or the Mi Box S. The price is comparable , no big difference, the difference seem to be with the SOC. The Mecool having a newer 905x2 compared to the 905x on the Mi box S and the additional RAM on the Mecool.

I'm doing mostly Kodi and streaming of downloaded content from a local HDs on my LAN. No gaming. I'm a bit concerned about the support for Dolby and DTS sound. As it is I'm using a receiver with Dolby ATMOS and mostly using passthrough from my existing box. With passthrough there is no issues, but I would like to be able to connect to just the TV and still get sound from these sources. I haven't been able to get correct and reliable info as to how these two boxes support Dolby and DTS.

I would be interested in hearing how you think these boxes compare. I am hoping to be able to buy a new box in the coming week. If another ATV OS box would make more sense I'd be happy to hear about it.

 

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I think the mecool will receive no updates and new devices are now coming out with the x3 chip.

 

I have a mibox s and have no problems at all with it, can sideload the firefoxTV app for browsing the web, soon the firmware will be updated to androidtv 9

 

Refer this link for the mibox s specs, https://www.mi.com/global/mi-box-s/specs.

 

Mibox s international version is available on Lazada and shopee for about 1800 Baht.

 

You can look at some forums for the mibox s on Kodi forum, reddit mibox and reddit androidtv.

 

Do not know about the ATV but it is also available on lazada and shopee.

 

The Nvidia shield 2019 version is available for purchase on shopee for about 12000 Baht.

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Hi thanks for taking the time to reply. 

I agree that the mecool probably won't get many updates. I have a minix neo u1 that has been pretty good for several years, but I think it only received 3 updates that I know about. And no update to the OS. 

Ideally I would have liked to buy the Nvidia shield tv, but since it doesn't seem possible to get it past NBTC and I'm not willing to pay 9 or 12k for one locally sourced I'm probably going to have to give up on that idea. 

When you say that you have no problems whatsoever with the mi box does this include streaming 4k content with HDR and Dolby sound in 5.1 or even 7.1?

 

The mi box is pretty old, but if it's working OK now it'll probably do so a couple of years more. The mecool is a newer soc and more ram and should be a better box on paper, but I haven't been able to find out what kind of Dolby and DTS support there is. 

 

If someone has more info or just want to join the discussion I'd be glad to hear your views. 

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I've been talking with one of the sellers of the Mecool KM9 Pro on Lazada . Very helpful and knowledgeable he said the KM9 Pro probably would struggle with 4K streaming and that the wifi is a bit iffy . I'm going to hold off purchasing anf maybe go for the Minix Neo T5 when there are more reviews out on it.

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