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good quality stereo streamer with HDMI video out ?

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Maybe what you need is one of these to extract audio from the Chromecast with Google TV?

 

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Why not just get a Streamer like Nvidia Shield Pro?

Is it accurate, as published on the website that this unit will virtually provide lossless or less compressed audio than streaming from my tv?

I see it’s on sale for prime day and even though the sale isn’t that good my physical media is limited. Will this provide close to physical bdp quality sound to my processor? Absolutely don’t like streaming from my tv no more
 

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At the risk of disagreeing with Amir…

If you want a great audio streamer with HDMI out, how about an Amazon Fire TV stick and an HDMI audio ripper?

Connect the HDMI out from the ripper for surround for material with multi channel. Connect the coax out from the ripper to a great DAC.

Have I missed something?
 

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Is it accurate, as published on the website that this unit will virtually provide lossless or less compressed audio than streaming from my tv?

I see it’s on sale for prime day and even though the sale isn’t that good my physical media is limited. Will this provide close to physical bdp quality sound to my processor? Absolutely don’t like streaming from my tv no more
You will have to decide that. Here’s another thread to research but you can always return it to Amazon for free if you don’t like it. Good luck.

 

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You will have to decide that. Here’s another thread to research but you can always return it to Amazon for free if you don’t like it. Good luck.

But you own one, right? Seems like that’s what that thread shows. Do you have a home theater and use it there too? I will ask over in that thread too
 

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But you own one, right? Seems like that’s what that thread shows. Do you have a home theater and use it there too? I will ask over in that thread too
Yes I use it daily. It’s the best Streaming device I have for Movies and Tv. It also works with Music. I just don’t want you to buy one solely on my recommendation.

Is it accurate, as published on the website that this unit will virtually provide lossless or less compressed audio than streaming from my tv?
I can’t directly answer this question because I don’t know the exact specifics/details of how you are streaming from your tv. The Shield is very versatile and has better Streaming chops than a typical TV. One example is the Applications installed. TV apps can become old and outdated because they were created specially for that Tv Manufacturer they don’t seem to be routinely updated because any update would need to go through the tv manufacturer for approval. Maybe for the first year or so but after that the apps will not get updated like they will on the Shield. This is not always the case and there may be exceptions. In my personal experience TV installed Apps become outdated and suffer from performance problems as the app ages and stops getting updated. You normally don’t have this problem with External Streaming Devices.

I hope that helps clarify. I have the Nvidia Shield Pro, ROKU Ultra, Apple 4KTV New one, Amazon Fire Cube Newest generation. I exclusively use the Shield unless I am streaming Amazon content then I use the Cube.
 

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I don't own a TV, but I set my mother's system up. I gave her my old laptop whose screen broke, with a wireless keyboard/trackpad, and a USB DAC. She had a Shield previously, but the flexibility of using a PC is unmatched. Shield is a great product and will work with USB DACs as it is android, but if I had to choose I'd grab a small fanless PC like Amir uses. It's also "futureproof" There have been many cases of a streaming or TV service not having an app on Android TV, which would be a non-issue on Windows.
 

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Yes I use it daily. It’s the best Streaming device I have for Movies and Tv. It also works with Music. I just don’t want you to buy one solely on my recommendation.


I can’t directly answer this question because I don’t know the exact specifics/details of how you are streaming from your tv. The Shield is very versatile and has better Streaming chops than a typical TV. One example is the Applications installed. TV apps can become old and outdated because they were created specially for that Tv Manufacturer they don’t seem to be routinely updated because any update would need to go through the tv manufacturer for approval. Maybe for the first year or so but after that the apps will not get updated like they will on the Shield. This is not always the case and there may be exceptions. In my personal experience TV installed Apps become outdated and suffer from performance problems as the app ages and stops getting updated. You normally don’t have this problem with External Streaming Devices.

I hope that helps clarify. I have the Nvidia Shield Pro, ROKU Ultra, Apple 4KTV New one, Amazon Fire Cube Newest generation. I exclusively use the Shield unless I am streaming Amazon content then I use the Cube.
Well with my AVR or processor it’s hdmi arc, before I had a bdp I found that to be great. But at the time I only had 5 channels. Almost any movie I play, especially those that have Dolby truhd which users on here told me is the only lossless codec I found to be the best. But all are better than what my TV puts out.

Never truly understood what compression does to audio in a movie vs the physical media. I know the physical media is providing a better bandwidth and probably in conjunction with the mixing is far superior.

My TV is a 2019, but it’s a Q90R which was the 4k flagship of the time. I got almost a dozen movies now. But since I am paying for all these services I want to be able to stream without experiencing that same compressed sound.

All in all I ordered it, I’ll give it a shot. Over the past 3 years the lowest price has been this besides once 2 years ago from a third party seller and it was 159.

Just maybe one last question but this covers all the apps right? Not sure where I can find that info. If you could link it and save yourself the trouble. Netflix, hbo max, Disney/Hulu, prime and paramount?
 

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Not sure where I can find that info. If you could link it and save yourself the trouble.
Partial list: Seems to cover all your listed apps. HBO is now MAX. It has a lot of apps. Look under Android TV apps. If it’s listed there I think the Shield can run it. And yes the Audio for Movies and Tv is far superior to ARC capabilities. You get full Dolby Atmos via HDMI to your AVR. If your AVR supports Atmos.

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Partial list: Seems to cover all your listed apps. HBO is now MAX. It has a lot of apps. Look under Android TV apps. If it’s listed there I think the Shield can run it. And yes the Audio for Movies and Tv is far superior to ARC capabilities. You get full Dolby Atmos via HDMI to your AVR. If your AVR supports Atmos.

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Sweet. Yea I don’t even mind if it’s limited to 5.1 or 7.1 just want to increase my library of available movies and utilize my equipment to the maximum potential and if that’s only 200 dollars why not.

Edit: Also thank you, I know my efforts come off as lazy. Honestly I work 65 hours a week on average and over 7 days. It’s got me super exhausted. I sleep 10 hours a day and my time is literally super limited can’t even enjoy everything I got. Fortunately things will get better towards the holidays and at least I am able to afford my audio expansion. Just want to say I’m not trying to be lazy!
 
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