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Playing up to 4k on dumb TV

Discussion in 'Audio Visual' started by Sledge, Nov 23, 2021.

  1. Sledge

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    Looking for a way to play up to 4k mkv files on a relatively dumb TV from a portable HDD
    Any ideas?
     
  2. JSmithDTV

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    So if it's a dumb tv, I assume it's older and not 4K native res?

    A Pi4 may fit the bill here, as can be setup as a video/music streamer etc.



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    Sledge

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    Atm no it's not 4k but I am considering getting a new TV but it still may not be particularly good..
    It's for in a caravan so will have its limits.. probably 32inch 1080p
    But some of the files I want to play will be 4k
     
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    1080p files would be easier to play and take up less space
     
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    Wow never would have guessed that...
    /sarcasm ;)
     
  7. rireland

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    feel free to shit on the people trying to help when asking for advice.
     
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    I'm pretty out of touch with AV stuff, but wouldn't the Pi or whatever you're using the output to the TV just scale down the resolution it's outputting to match the device it's outputting to? Bit wasteful of storage space I suppose but if that's what format your media is in then that's what it is. Am I missing something?
     
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    i would strongly suggest just acquiring lower resolution/bitrate files. it's not hard. if you get a new TV that would be even better as well you can get something that has a media player built in. Probably heaps lower power consumption too.

    Even better something like this with Android TV in it.

    https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/tcl-s615-32-hd-android-smart-tv
     
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    except not a TCL. they've been caught putting deliberate back doors into their products, and are sponsored by the CCP.

    never give them your money.
     
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  11. JSmithDTV

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    You could also get a UHD bluray player, which will accept an external USB HDD up to 4TB and down-convert to 1080p.

    This is actually quite a good price for this one;

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Panasonic-Ultra-Blu-ray-Player-DP-UB150GN-K/dp/B081L8SX68/

    Then you can play UHD BD's if needed and will have some apps for streaming on same so your tv won't be so dumb anymore. :)



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  12. Hi-end Head

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    JSmithDTV wrote ,, Panasonic-Ultra-Blu-ray-Player

    So the Been Counters have finally won the war, and completely stripped all connections from the rear of there latest player.
    leaving a lone HDMI and LAN connection. All they need to do now is replace the tray loader with a "Slot" load

    Correct , cheap price for a cheap product. Do people actually spend there hard earned on this rubbish.
     
  13. power

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    been a while since you've seen a BluRay player I take it? most of them that's all you get - because 99% of ppl that's actually one more port than they need. and they go wired because it's cheaper than putting in a wireless card.
     
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    It's the stripped version at a price... the top Pana UHD player sports all analogue audio connections missing on the basic product, however I wasn't going to recommend that for the simple use the OP requires this for;

    [​IMG]

    I do note composite/component video outputs are gone though... but then AVR's tend to still have these.

    https://www.apollohifi.com.au/panasonic-dp-ub9000.html



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    This is what I have and it works fantastic with an 18TB external HDD. Not the cheapest option however.
     
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    Yep... just want to make sure i can watch whatever i take with me...
    Shield TV or Shield TV pro?
     
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    RPi4 all set up, much cheaper and more flexible... just sayin'. ;)



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    It's the setting up that might be the issue for me...
    I've had no experience with it and it also has to have the WAF....
     
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  20. Hi-end Head

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    Yes, Old blokes like me tend to live in the past..

    I need something that will play DVD-A and SACD plus most of the DVD regains. So I'm afraid it's Oppo I have a 95 and a 105D plus a Harmon Kardon DVD 47.

    There is a Reavon X200 in my thoughts but I'll wait a while until they have the things fully sorted.
     

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