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Old 25-04-2019, 03:42 PM   #1651
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Zidoo device is kind of high end device and the primary use cases are for very for high quality rip of Blu-ray files, therefore they have harddisk interface. They also support the recording feature but this is a secondary feature.

Looking back at your requirement, I am actually not so sure if the recording feature of the Zidoo device actually meets your requirement. I have yet to come across reviews covering this use case in good details. So I have to say I am not sure whether the X9S is a good buy or not.

Ref: you can check out the old review here. But Zidoo keeps updating the FW so it should be better now.
https://www.cnx-software.com/2016/10...-broadcasting/

As for A95X, from what I know from the review, the recording is through screen capture, so do not expect high quality and it may not work with some apps. I will not recommend it for sure.

As for whether Zidoo X9S device is good enough for general streaming application (not Netflix), then the answer should be yes. 2GB/16GB is fine for general streaming application. FYI, Mi Box S is 2GB/8GB and it has a weaker CPU than Zidoo X9S.

Ref: Zidoo X9S review
https://androidpctv.com/review-zidoo-z9s/
Thank you for your quick reply, Xiaofan.
You mentioned not Netflix, are you saying Netflix Apps cannot work in X9s?
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Old 25-04-2019, 05:23 PM   #1652
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Thank you for your quick reply, Xiaofan.
You mentioned not Netflix, are you saying Netflix Apps cannot work in X9s?
If you need Netflix HD, then you have very limited choices from Android TV boxes. None of them will support recording by itself.

Read Page 94 of this thread for more details. Basically you can only choose certified device like Mi Box S, Nvidia Shield TV or Amazon Firestick 4K.

Read the review here of Zidoo Z9S as well (similar but better than X9S)-- Netflix will only be up to 480p when used with non-certified box including Zidoo X9S/Z9S. 480p does not make sense if you are paying for Netflix. There are maybe hacks to get 720p but the hacks may not work because Netflix actively blocks the hacks.
https://androidpctv.com/review-zidoo-z9s/

Edit to add: more recent review on X9S including the recording feature.
https://h-m-entertainment.com/zidoo-x9s-review
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Old 25-04-2019, 09:27 PM   #1653
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Hi all expert,

May I know anyone here tested on the tanix tx6 new update version?

Did it resolve the thermal issue?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 25-04-2019, 10:10 PM   #1654
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Hi all expert,

May I know anyone here tested on the tanix tx6 new update version?

Did it resolve the thermal issue?

Thanks in advance!
Not totally but it helps a bit. I have not encountered severe thermal throttle yet. Before the update I encountered a few times of thermal induced severe performance degradation -- the box will become not responsive after overheating.

Notification bar is not working -- not able to click on the notifications so it is rather annoying. Workaround is to disable notification of the offending apps.

Do not buy the box if you have not bought it. If you have bought it, you can upgrade to the latest FW and see if that helps. And use a fan. I believe the thermal issue can not be totally fixed using OTA FW update, there must be some flaws in the thermal/HW design.

Ref: people are using fans to cool down TX6 because the CPU temperature hits 90 degree C.
https://forum.freaktab.com/forum/tv-...ifi-bt4-1-or-5
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Old 26-04-2019, 02:43 PM   #1655
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Not talking about illegal app. Sometimes isp also block legal app, e.g chrome browser.

The isp have a list of banned ip address, if you are using their dns to access the addresss in the list, they will direct you to a special page.

If your app is using ip address in the blocked list, you will not get anything, not even the directed page because the page is meant for browser.

If you are not using isp's dns, then you are not affected by the blocked list.
Hi Gregory, can please tell me which Dns is good to change to so that it is not block?
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Old 26-04-2019, 03:38 PM   #1656
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Hi Gregory, can please tell me which Dns is good to change to so that it is not block?
google is very kind to help you.
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Old 26-04-2019, 04:13 PM   #1657
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Not totally but it helps a bit. I have not encountered severe thermal throttle yet. Before the update I encountered a few times of thermal induced severe performance degradation -- the box will become not responsive after overheating.

Notification bar is not working -- not able to click on the notifications so it is rather annoying. Workaround is to disable notification of the offending apps.

Do not buy the box if you have not bought it. If you have bought it, you can upgrade to the latest FW and see if that helps. And use a fan. I believe the thermal issue can not be totally fixed using OTA FW update, there must be some flaws in the thermal/HW design.

Ref: people are using fans to cool down TX6 because the CPU temperature hits 90 degree C.
https://forum.freaktab.com/forum/tv-...ifi-bt4-1-or-5
Thank xiaofan for your reviews....I was planning to buy Tanix TX6 but I read some reviews and I thought the updated firmware solve the thermal issue. Now I have to search for other Android box...and recommendation?

Thanks
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Old 26-04-2019, 04:40 PM   #1658
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Thank xiaofan for your reviews....I was planning to buy Tanix TX6 but I read some reviews and I thought the updated firmware solve the thermal issue. Now I have to search for other Android box...and recommendation?

Thanks
Tanix TX5 Max is much better. Very smooth and no thermal issues. Wifi is very fast.

I have it and like it. Reviews from other users are also positive.

Shopee is selling TX5 Max 4GB/32GB at S$74 now.
https://shopee.sg/product/66630778/1...456?smtt=0.0.9

Lazada price is a bit lower.
https://s.lazada.sg/s.e9ZZ

Not so sure about how good are the two sellers though.
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Old 26-04-2019, 10:15 PM   #1659
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The Beelink GT1-A is an android box with Android TV OS with Netflix 4K support. Good to have another alternative that supports Netflix 4K.

SOURCE: REVIEW: Beelink GT1-A with Netflix 4K support and Android TV

Beelink GT1-A Netflix Ready Andriod TV Box Review
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Old 26-04-2019, 10:30 PM   #1660
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The Beelink GT1-A is an android box with Android TV OS with Netflix 4K support. Good to have another alternative that supports Netflix 4K.

SOURCE: REVIEW: Beelink GT1-A with Netflix 4K support and Android TV

Beelink GT1-A Netflix Ready Andriod TV Box Review
I will not recommend this box as I have doubts for this box's Netflix certification. It is actually rooted box and how can that be certified (even though there is a setting to disable root)? I believe it is a matter of time that Netflix will block it if the certificate is fake or revoke it if the certificate is real.

If you need Netflix 4k, get a box like Mi Box S, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4k, both are actually cheaper than GT1-A. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K even supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos with Netflix.

In fact the author of the review you quoted has doubts as well.

The author says, "
As we can see Netflix works in 4K quality through some ingenious trick but unfortunately other services such as HBO or Amazon Prime Video can not be played despite having the DRM certifications, Beelink are checking these apps to see if they have a solution.

DRM: Google Widevine L1 / Microsoft Playready
Certification: No".


Quote from the other review here.
https://hometheatrelife.com/beelink-gt1-a-review/

"Netflix

As promised by Beelink’s marketing, the GT1-A supported 4K Netflix playback and has support Google Widevine L1 DRM. You don’t need to install Netflix from the Google Play store as its pre-installed.

However, I suspect that this works via a workaround rather than official Netflix certification so it’s possible it won’t be supported in the future."
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Old 27-04-2019, 06:58 AM   #1661
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google is very kind to help you.
Hi Gregory, I had found some of the free Dns servers. So do I just make changes in my Asus RT-Ac88U router in Advanced Settings/ WAN,
1. WAN Connection Type: change to Static IP
2. WAN IP Setting:
a. IP Address: 192.168.1.1 (is this correct?)
b. Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
c. Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
3. WAN DNS Setting:
a. DNS Server 1: type-in the free server address
b. DNS Server 2: type-in another free server address
Please advise. Thanks
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Old 27-04-2019, 09:18 AM   #1662
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Tanix TX5 Max is much better. Very smooth and no thermal issues. Wifi is very fast.

I have it and like it. Reviews from other users are also positive.

Shopee is selling TX5 Max 4GB/32GB at S$74 now.
https://shopee.sg/product/66630778/1...456?smtt=0.0.9

Lazada price is a bit lower.
https://s.lazada.sg/s.e9ZZ

Not so sure about how good are the two sellers though.
Thanks xiaofan for the recommendation....
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Old 27-04-2019, 10:02 AM   #1663
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Old 27-04-2019, 11:00 AM   #1664
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$66 at shopee.

https://shopee.sg/product/66630707/2115493979?smtt=0.0.9

Use SITEAPR2 code for additional $5 off and additional $5 off using CIMB or dbs cards.
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Old 27-04-2019, 11:07 AM   #1665
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$66 at shopee.

https://shopee.sg/product/66630707/2...979?smtt=0.0.9

Use SITEAPR2 code for additional $5 off and additional $5 off using CIMB or dbs cards.
It's cheaper if you are not getting the Tanix brand
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