Please critique this HTPC configuration

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Have you compared with madvr on same anime source using same gpu/cpu power?
I think I told you that MadVR is literally not an option because I will use Linux.

EDIT: Looks like I forgot to list it in the top post, although I did mention that in the comments. Sorry about that.
 

whitestar_999

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I think I told you that MadVR is literally not an option because I will use Linux.

EDIT: Looks like I forgot to list it in the top post, although I did mention that in the comments. Sorry about that.
No issue, I thought you were using linux only because of mpv & that if you find madvr better than anime4k then you could just run kodi in windows.
 

Cool Buddy

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Might not be the best advice here, but I was just watching a 4k HDR10 movie with 5.1 DTS Surround sound on my Raspberry Pi running LibreELEC streaming from my Synology NAS. To be fair, the audio is set to pass through and is decoded by my AVR, but video is decoded on Pi and I did not experience a single stutter or frame drop in the entire movie. So configs like these are definitely overkill for an HTPC. Modern day processors are quite powerful and decoding 4K video is not that much of an ask.

You should also take into consideration the heat generated and power consumption if you're going to be running this setup often. AVR and projector themselves run quite hot. So overall, you'll be putting a lot of load on the AC.
 

whitestar_999

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So configs like these are definitely overkill for an HTPC. Modern day processors are quite powerful and decoding 4K video is not that much of an ask.
This setup is not going to be used for "simply playing" videos but rather use video processing filters to upscale 480p/720p/1080p content to 4k which is quite demanding on hardware. You can think of this setup as basically a 4k video editing rig working also as HTPC.
 
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Might not be the best advice here, but I was just watching a 4k HDR10 movie with 5.1 DTS Surround sound on my Raspberry Pi running LibreELEC streaming from my Synology NAS. To be fair, the audio is set to pass through and is decoded by my AVR, but video is decoded on Pi and I did not experience a single stutter or frame drop in the entire movie. So configs like these are definitely overkill for an HTPC. Modern day processors are quite powerful and decoding 4K video is not that much of an ask.

You should also take into consideration the heat generated and power consumption if you're going to be running this setup often. AVR and projector themselves run quite hot. So overall, you'll be putting a lot of load on the AC.
I have a lot of content which is encoded at H.264 Hi10P. That's 10-bit encoding but not on HEVC.

A Raspberry Pi doesn't have hw decode for it, nor does any stronger CPU.

The reason your Pi can play 4K without a stutter is the presence of hw decode capabilities for HEVC.

I happen to own an OSMC Vero 4K+ and I can 100% confirm with you that it is unable to play my H.264 Hi10P content because of the lack of CPU grunt. HEVC 4K content OTOH works just fine, although output to an SDR screen is unsatisfactory. Obviously I expect it to work better with an HDR projector since IIRC it has native HDR10 support.

This setup is not going to be used for "simply playing" videos but rather use video processing filters to upscale 480p/720p/1080p content to 4k which is quite demanding on hardware. You can think of this setup as basically a 4k video editing rig working also as HTPC.

This is actually a good analogy.
 
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This seems like a Tiger Lake NUC

thanks for the link.

I'm inclined towards a DIY because then I can fit an intel SFP+ NIC.

Decisions...decisions lol
 
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