I’ve recently got a Vero 4k as I was getting sick of various issues with my Nvidia Shield that rendered it more annoying than anything. There are so many posts on the forum that cover some of these issues but I wanted to create one laying out the issues I have.
I expect you’ll want to see logs for all of this which is fine, I’ll follow the steps outlined in the guide and upload them once I’ve replicated the issues. I’m also going to note some one off or currently seem to be resolved issues in case they flare up again.
Before I start my setup is as follows:
Panasonic DX902B 4k HDR TV
Panasonic AE-4000 1080p Projector
Denon AVR X3200 Amp (4k)
2x Windows 10 servers connected via Gigabit ethernet (gigabit switch upstairs that both connect to, gigabit switch downstairs that the Vero connects to)
*** Refresh Rate switching**
I currently have the Vero set to 1080p60 and find this is often locked/greyed out and cannot be changed. Possibly because the Vero is turned on before my AVR? I’ve came back from holiday yesterday and switched on and the testing I’ve been doing today for some other issues with 4k files only give me 1080p/60 (albeit with HDR!)
Maybe this is just a simple reboot once the AVR is on and this will go away, though even still it’s less than ideal as I’ve not had any issues with the Shield exhibiting the same behavior (that I recall)
It’s happened on both the TV (testing some 4k content today) and a couple weeks back using the projector to watch some 1080p content - all set to 60hz.
Refresh rate switching is on.
Prior to the December update (OSMC was on the October update) lossy formats would not bitstream- AC3 and core DTS did not work. DTS-HD and TrueHD were fine oddly. Seems to be OK now but noting it in case of a recurrence.
*** 4k Playback**
I have similar playback issues with 4k content as reported here - John Wick 2 both over the network and locally via a USB3 stick freeze for several seconds around 1:50. I’m connecting via NFS (not via fstab yet but will set this up) but the same issue happens on the USB so it’s clearly not a network issue. It’s not just a micro stutter (not as above, refresh rate switching is on) but the screen freezes for several seconds the comes back having advanced the timeline.
The file is fine, plays no issue on my desktop or the Shield, unfortunately a freeze like that is not acceptable to me if it’s anything other than a fixable configuration issue.
*** 10 bit HDR**
More of a question - my TV triggers HDR with HDR content but there seem to be various thread about having to set this i.e.
echo ‘444,10bit’ > /sys/class/amhdmitx/amhdmitx0/attr
I know the settings for this are being worked on - is there anything I need to actually do here given HDR switches?
*** Weather screen**
Each time I power off the TV/AVR etc when I go back into the Vero it’s on a Weather screen with ‘Feels Like’ and F (as in Fahrenheit ) in the top corner - I have the Weather function off so it’s a little annoying to have to back out of this to get to the menu. It’s not a deal breaker but there must be a way to turn it off?
I think this covers the bulk of the issues I’ve had, I’ve only really managed to watch a few movies on the Vero so far, and when it does work it works well. I’d like to keep using it, the level of support is excellent and the fact that users get requested features implemented is superb, but ultimately I want a device that just works in all scenarios, or at least with minimal fuss and we’re not quite there yet.
Silent Bitstreaming (hopefully resolved), refresh rate issues and problem playback of high bitrate files are issues that I need to have definitely resolved before I can consider this the right device.