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Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

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Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by brammeijer » 27 Jun 2018, 22:44

Hi, guys, I'm new into media players, 4k and HDR
I've spent about 2 days googling stuff about this and can't get any closer to what I should get or keep
I just picked up a shield tv and tried it out for some time now and all I read is issues about frame rate and HDR and that upscaling 1080p content is crappie

I don't really like the android tv os and now I have like 30 chrome tabs open with forums about atv4k or shield
kodi vs spmc vs mrmc and how all the settings should be

I really like apple stuff and its the same price even a little cheaper and I read that it upscales 1080p stuff better than most tv's

this is my tv https://www.tcl.eu/en/products/uhd-p64-43dp640
I don't own a mac only an iphone and an ipad

I just use netflix, youtube and twitch
I torrent 1080p stuff mostly because netflix is limited here but now that I have a 4k tv im downloading those remux and other 4k hdr torrents some are like 60gb

so what would be a better option for me apple tv 4k or keeping the shield?

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by timstephens24 » 27 Jun 2018, 22:59

I have an ATV4K and Shield, and I use the ATV4K 98% of the time.

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by brammeijer » 27 Jun 2018, 23:22

ye, i really think im going to return the shield and just get the apple tv should i get the 64gb or is 32 enough? i understand it doesnt have usb storage option?

what do you use as server just a pc and plex?
i never use itunes

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by timstephens24 » 27 Jun 2018, 23:46

32GB is enough, there's nothing that really gets stored on the ATV4K that makes you need more than that. I use a Synology NAS with Plex.

And no, there's no USB storage, you'd need another device (like my NAS or a computer or even a router) to store your files and stream it to the ATV4K.

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by brammeijer » 28 Jun 2018, 00:02

sounds great

do you agree that the picture is better on the apple tv?
i did read that shield 7.0 fixed some of the issues but i cant really find anything about it
apple tv seems just easier just setup it up enable match content download MRMC and go
the shield is just settings upon settings and again settings in the apps them selfs

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by timstephens24 » 28 Jun 2018, 00:06

It upscales from 1080p to 4K a lot better than the Shield does, and there's no color space issues since it will automatically switch between them. The Shield does a conversion between the color spaces and no switching, but I couldn't notice a difference, so I can't really fault it there. Audio the Shield wins since it will passthrough Atmos and DTS:X but if you don't have an Atmos or DTS:X setup then it's not an issue. I have a 7.1.4 setup and still prefer the ATV4K, but I do play some movies on the Shield or just the UHD disc on my player.

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by brammeijer » 28 Jun 2018, 00:12

i just use the build in tv speakers as i dont really have space for a receiver and speaker nor the money
does that mean the atv can still play all the files just like the shield?
i tried some of the files direct on the tv with usb and it said Audio not supported

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by brammeijer » 28 Jun 2018, 00:20

i never got into speakers and stuff more of a headphone guy i didnt try the 3.5m jack on the shield controller yet but that could be nice for me
just all the issues with the shield the apple tv just seems the better option me
1080P torrents and some netflix and some of the 4k hdr rips

do you use airplay at al?

edit:
also google assistant doesnt work in my language and siri does so that helps i guess

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by brammeijer » 28 Jun 2018, 11:16

last night i did some a quick compare

shield at 4k req2020 with 1080p content looks fine?
shield 1080p req709 1080p seems fine?
i cant see any difference between the tv upscaling or kodi/shield or its just me
at 1080p kodi it switched to 4k when i play something that resolution and when i start something HDR the HDR10 logo pops up on the TV
frame rate switching also works fine

shield update 7.0.2 btw

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Re: Hi guys need some help Atv4K vs Shield

Post by timstephens24 » 28 Jun 2018, 12:25

If you're happy with it that's all you need.

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