I’m on HTPC ever for over 10yrs or so…
Previous streamers and network players hasn’t been as flexible and lacks an elegant the GUI interface for managing locally stored files on NAS as well as powerful enough CPU & GPU to play 4K smoothly.
My goto is KODI on Windows. However, there is still some challenges in terms of software bugs and maintaining versions and upgrades.
Lately I am seeing very promising streamers that are both powerful and with attractive GUI that makes it an attractive alternative to retire my HTPC completely.
Streamer experiences so far (last 3mths) are with 1st Nvidia TV Shield Pro where I started using its KODI app. It seems less buggy than on my HTPC though playback for some files does freezes up.
Subsequently Apple TV 4K. I switched over to ATV due to Apple Music… I missed having KODI on the Nvidia - thus, my HTPC has been revived…
My dilemma now,… I wanted to replace the ATV (for various reasons) and at the same time explore permanently retiring my HTPC.Another criteria is that I have a big collection of FLAC files (ripped from my over 500 CD collection) which I am using Jriver for lossless playback.
Any members gone down this road?