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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #570 on: Aug 19, 2017 at 05:40 PM »
Can this play 4k movie files?
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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #571 on: Aug 19, 2017 at 08:03 PM »
Can this play 4k movie files?
yes it can, but there's not really that much 4k files except for those coming from netflix and amazon.

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #572 on: Aug 19, 2017 at 09:34 PM »
So this answers my question, which was if I could install iFlix. Haha.

Very tempted about this. I've stopped using a WD media player which I got many many years ago, because it couldn't play some files.

Questions:

1. Is it supposed to be installed to HDMI port in AV receiver? or on a TV? or either?
2. Is this only for video - can it play music files (flac) for example?
3. The main advantage over a chromecast (which I already have) would be its ability to play files stored in hard disk?

1. Either.
2. You must install a flac player.
3. It’s chromecast ready. You can ditch your chromecast already.


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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #573 on: Aug 19, 2017 at 09:53 PM »
yes it can, but there's not really that much 4k files except for those coming from netflix and amazon.

Sorry what i mean is "if this can play movie files out from external  hdd". Thanks
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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #574 on: Aug 19, 2017 at 10:09 PM »
Sorry what i mean is "if this can play movie files out from external  hdd". Thanks
it should. try installing VLC or Kodi and play a movie using those apps.

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #575 on: Aug 21, 2017 at 11:54 AM »
^does this mean that there are no pre-installed video players which comes with the unit? we have to download VLC or Kodi? Are these apps available from Google Play Store?

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #576 on: Aug 21, 2017 at 01:58 PM »
^does this mean that there are no pre-installed video players which comes with the unit? we have to download VLC or Kodi? Are these apps available from Google Play Store?

Yes.


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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #577 on: Aug 24, 2017 at 09:34 AM »
how to connect this to AVR w/o HDMI? if I use my bluetooth dongle, ma detect kaya ng AVR na DTS/Dolby yung audio and hindi lang stereo?

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #578 on: Aug 24, 2017 at 09:38 AM »
how to connect this to AVR w/o HDMI? if I use my bluetooth dongle, ma detect kaya ng AVR na DTS/Dolby yung audio and hindi lang stereo?

You'll need an audio extractor like this.

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #579 on: Aug 24, 2017 at 09:59 AM »
You'll need an audio extractor like this.


oh ok. looks expensive hehe. sayang wala palang optical audio out itong Mi Box :(

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #580 on: Aug 25, 2017 at 12:26 AM »
Got my Xiaomi mi box today. Installation was a breeze. Installed it via Hdmi to a Denon receiver. Testing videos from portable HD connected  via USB
Have question re Kodi.

1. Are there video or audio settings I must use?
2. I tried  playing 1080p file with DTS track (Eagles concert in Melbourne).  Video stutters and does not coincide with sound. Not 1080p quality. DTS is not displayed on receiver. It just says PCM.
3. Tried playing Winter Soldier, video is a bit dark. Parang it's not 1080p

I'm thinking it's a settings thing
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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #581 on: Aug 25, 2017 at 01:46 AM »
Got my Xiaomi mi box today. Installation was a breeze. Installed it via Hdmi to a Denon receiver. Testing videos from portable HD connected  via USB
Have question re Kodi.

1. Are there video or audio settings I must use?
2. I tried  playing 1080p file with DTS track (Eagles concert in Melbourne).  Video stutters and does not coincide with sound. Not 1080p quality. DTS is not displayed on receiver. It just says PCM.
3. Tried playing Winter Soldier, video is a bit dark. Parang it's not 1080p

I'm thinking it's a settings thing
Help anyone?

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try to change the settings.

settings -> playback settings -> display or audio

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #582 on: Aug 25, 2017 at 02:15 AM »
oh ok. looks expensive hehe. sayang wala palang optical audio out itong Mi Box :(

meron optical out ang mi box. yung 3.5mm female jack niya  is dual purpose. you'll just need a toslink 3.5mm adapter.
something like this. nabili ko lang to for 100pesos sa OLX dati.
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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #583 on: Aug 25, 2017 at 07:19 AM »
May benta si sir Philip nyan.  Either toslink-to-mini-toslink cable, or the adapter pictured above.  Just check out his thread.


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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #584 on: Aug 26, 2017 at 08:08 AM »
Question re audio - why is it that only PCM shows up on the display of the receiver instead of DD or DTS? (If I click info on Kodi, it says file is 5.1, DTS but display is just PCM)

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #585 on: Aug 26, 2017 at 08:28 AM »
Question re audio - why is it that only PCM shows up on the display of the receiver instead of DD or DTS? (If I click info on Kodi, it says file is 5.1, DTS but display is just PCM)

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You have to adjust hdmi pass through in the settings.


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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #586 on: Aug 26, 2017 at 08:31 AM »
You have to adjust hdmi pass through in the settings.


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(sorry for the noob question) The settings for Xiaomi? Or the receiver?

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #587 on: Aug 26, 2017 at 08:34 AM »
(sorry for the noob question) The settings for Xiaomi? Or the receiver?

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Kodi settings.


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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #588 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 09:53 AM »
enjoying this little box, got it from globe

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #589 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 10:03 AM »
Congrats, Sir @sparco!

Did you buy it with a data plan or outright purchase of the unit only?

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #590 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 10:12 AM »
Congrats, Sir @sparco!

Did you buy it with a data plan or outright purchase of the unit only?
thank you sir, i have a broadplan sa globe, di ko siya inavail before kasi 200 monthly. ngayon mura na, 100 na lang add sa bill, much cheaper hehe.

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #591 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 10:18 AM »
thank you sir, i have a broadplan sa globe, di ko siya inavail before kasi 200 monthly. ngayon mura na, 100 na lang add sa bill, much cheaper hehe.


Not a bad deal at all to add 100 in one's bill. Plus, it has local warranty. 

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #592 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 11:51 AM »
Not a bad deal at all to add 100 in one's bill. Plus, it has local warranty.
indeed, bang for the buck. using it mainly as a media player, w/ hd audio pass through. replacement for my old sony bluray player. sometimes streaming in netflix in full hd dolby digital+, i still dont have a 4K tv, matatagalan pa siguro

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #593 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 12:08 PM »
x x x sometimes streaming in netflix in full hd dolby digital+, i still dont have a 4K tv, matatagalan pa siguro



Update your Netflix app, if you haven't done already. The update improves adaptive streaming.

Although you are not using a 4k panel at the moment,  try turning on the DEEP COLOR setting in your Mi Box. You will see an improvement.
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« Reply #594 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 02:10 PM »
Update your Netflix app, if you haven't done already. The update improves adaptive streaming.

Although you are not using a 4k panel at the moment,  try turning on the DEEP COLOR setting in your Mi Box. You will see an improvement.
already done that sir, updated the firmware and apps after unboxing it. no problem streaming with netflix. and yes deep color is always on, picture quality is far better than my previous player one word...sulit

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #595 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 02:16 PM »
one question; is it ok if i just unplug the mi box after it went to sleep? no bad effect in the hardware or software in the long run? thanks!

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #596 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 03:53 PM »
one question; is it ok if i just unplug the mi box after it went to sleep? no bad effect in the hardware or software in the long run? thanks!


So far it's been okay. I have four Mi boxes installed in four rooms. I use an outlet switch with light indicator. I also use it because my boxes have Type C plugs (round, not flat). As soon as the Mi box goes to sleep,  I press the outlet switch to OFF. Two of these boxes have been under this power down routine in the last 10 months. No problems whatsoever.


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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #597 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 05:10 PM »
Hi, just got my mi box this week and read thru the thread. Aside from the usual Netflix, Kodi, PlutoTV, ES file explorer, Sideload launcher. What other must have apps have you guys installed even if I don't have getflix? Thanks.

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« Reply #598 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 05:52 PM »
So far it's been okay. I have four Mi boxes installed in four rooms. I use an outlet switch with light indicator. I also use it because my boxes have Type C plugs (round, not flat). As soon as the Mi box goes to sleep,  I press the outlet switch to OFF. Two of these boxes have been under this power down routine in the last 10 months. No problems whatsoever.


ok! thanks sir!

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Re: Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (International Edition): FIRST IMPRESSIONS
« Reply #599 on: Aug 27, 2017 at 06:36 PM »

Kodi settings.


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this worked! thanks for the tip.

I've tried a few files already, and there's only one file which the Xiaomi Mi Box still can't play well - the Eagles Melbourne concert which is supposed to be 1080p and DTS. The sound does not match the video - the video lags and it's like it's buffering (an indicator appears in the middle of the screen which says 80% then 90% then 100%  -sort of like when you first load Netflix except this happens in the middle of the file). The weird thing for me is that the portable hard disk where the file is stored is plugged into the USB slot of the Xiaomi and not streamed via wifi. Not sure why it would still need to buffer.