Egreat A5...Quick review.

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  1. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    Hello All,

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    i made a quick review of the Egreat A5 on French forum :

    http://www.homecinema-fr.com/forum/...60-hdr-blu-ray-menu-navigation-t30077250.html

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    My equipment:

    Sony 65X930C (HDMI enhanced)
    Onkyo 656 (4k/hdcp 2.2/HDR)
    Cable Monster Ultra HD Platinum
    Focal dome 5.1.2
    NAS personal cloud / SMB
    Wired Gigabit Ethernet
    Egreat A5 (FW 1.1.0.7)

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    Himedia Q10 pro
    Zidoo X8
    Nvidia Shield TV

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    unboxing

    Usual cables are there. There is nothing in particular to remark

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    It is a black aluminum casing with good finishes, the Egreat logo on top of it lights up when the box is in function (Similar to a MacBook pro)

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    In the front of it, there is a display that shows time, remaining movie time, 1080p, 4K, pause, play, etc... unlike other boxes that only show time.

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    There is also an option for the display to shut off when the movie starts and goes back on when the movie ends. (only functional with the E great reader.)

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    The remote works well and is less directive then the zidoo to my liking. They are actually ecstatically similar with only a few buttons/functions difference between them.

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    There is only 1 wifi antenna that is not removable.

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    The usual input and output are on the side of the box.

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    The main menu is nice and is different then the usual tiles found on other boxes.

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    There is also an quick access for the settings.

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    The box is available in the network section of my PC. I did a file transfer of 1.1 go ( UHD demo) and the speed varies between 15 and 20 mo/s from my pc to the box.

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    Autoscan NFS/SMB finds all my devices in my network in 2 seconds. All works properly.


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    Subtitles work good with the reader (except with 3D movies but
    they are readable anyway)

    You have the choice of position, size, color, font etc...


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    Subtitles work good with Vidon xbmc, actually, it does not change the original version of Kodi

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    I will directly go to what highlights this box compared to other Chinese made boxes ( I am thinking of Hoimedia and Zido which I also have)


    interactive menus of Blu-ray with Vidon xbmc and Egreat player

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    Iso 3D with Vidon xbmc



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    Vidon xbmc used to read all types of videos while conserving characteristics and functions
    of Kodi such a the OSD menu with stop button that people who use the external Kodi reader miss.


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    The scrapper/reader of Egreat has a nice presentation and works very well.
    It finds and displays the good posters and information’s but sometimes in Chinese, refresh is needed to fix it.

    For the moment, it is not very personable for my liking and I am also very used to Kodi,
    so I use the Vidon xbmc but it could be a good alternative for those who are not satifsief with Kodi.


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    The box is very stable, no bugs to declare since I have been using it. Egreat beats Zidoo and Himedia.

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    Settings

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    My Egreat A5 boots up in just under 35 seconds



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    The videos show different screens and menus of the Egreat A5



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    Test :

    - Dolby Atmos and DTS X PASS

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    - Demo UHD/UHD HDR PASS
    (you have to put the settings manually like Zidoo or himedia)

    - Videos VP9 PASS

    - ISO 3D PASS (there are microstutters but there are very very discret)

    - Support 23.976 PASS

    - 3D flip eyes PASS with player Egreat

    - 3D flip eyes FAILED with Vidon xbmc

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    PQ with Vidon xbmc

    Very good, i used the following TV Sony settings (nettete: 55 / Reality Creation:35) and the picture is very sharp, the PQ is equal to Zidoo, it is just my opinion.

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    PQ with Egreat player

    it is similar to the Himedia series pro

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    Issues & Bugs

    3D flip eyes with player Vidon xbmc does not work


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    Problem with the code for region A,B,C (i have an issue with some ISO or BDMV movie and when i choose region B or C, it does not work either, whether with Egreat player or vidon)

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    Wrap-Up:
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    It is currently my main reader. It will be perfect once the small problems with the vidon xbmc will be resolved.


    Image quality is excellent and it doe snot freeze. The interactive BR menu and 3D iso reading with vidon/kodi without needing an external reader is a big plus.
    There is an excellent follow up by Egreat. There is a FW each week and one for each end of month. You can feel through their messages that they are committed to sell a good box and resolve a maximum of issues.


    See you
    OlivierQC
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2017
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  2. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

  3. vandalski

    vandalski New Member

    Great review! Could you please check is the CEC function working? And is Dolby Atmos ok when playing movie with Atmos track? Have you got any problems with DVD-ISOs? (I have lot of concerts:) ) Thanks in advance.
  4. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    Hello vandalski,


    - I must be blind, because i see no option CEC on this device...

    - About Atmos, i changed my setup for 7.1 Speaker System (instead of 5.1.2), i can not do the test at the moment.
    I await the return of Egreat Team to see what they say about Atmos issue with the last FW

    - I will test DVD-ISO this evening.

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    The Egreat A45 is available on Amazon.es (Spain)

    https://www.amazon.es/Smart-TV-BOX-Centro-Multimedia-Professional/dp/B01MQJT8QK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485778622&sr=8-1&keywords=egreat a5

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    I hope it will be available very quickly on Amazon.fr (France)

    see you
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2017
  5. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    Hello All,

    i tested some skins the last week end with Vidon xbmc.

    since 2 days, i use Aeon Nox Madnox for jarvis RC2 and everythings works properly.

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    See you
  6. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    Hello vandalski,

    i tested DVD-ISO, and they work properly at first sight



    see you
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  7. vandalski

    vandalski New Member

    Hello Olivier,

    Many, many thanks for your time and detailed answers (and video!). I was thinking about A10, but finally I've bought A5 (thanks again for your Amazon link). Hope I'll be happy with it as you are.

    Good night.
  8. Robert Ylvestedt

    Robert Ylvestedt New Member

    Hi! Does it work good playing 4k over network?

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  9. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    Hello Robert,

    Sorry for the delay,

    This afternoon i will watch "The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2", and i'll tell you if the UHD movie is working properly.

    Here is the NFO :

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    see you
  10. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    Hello Robert,

    My settings :

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    I watched movie and no particular problem with the network, but....

    The box switch to RGB 30bit and do not keep my setting ycbcr 4.2.0 10Bit when the movie start, i tried an another movie UHD and same things,
    whether with Egreat player or Vidon xbmc


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    I'm not an expert and I do not know if this is normal


    What do you think Egreat Team ?


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    See you

    OlivierQc
  11. Robert Ylvestedt

    Robert Ylvestedt New Member

    Thanks. The Egreat boxes seems to be the most promising. The RGB switching sounds like a bug to me though.
  12. Rita

    Rita Administrator Staff Member




    OlivierQc, this problems should be that your TV doesn't support 4k ycbcr 4.2.0 10Bit.
  13. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    My TV support 4K HDR, and therefore has no problem with the 4k ycbcr 4.2.0 10Bit.
  14. Rita

    Rita Administrator Staff Member

    Could you set up the solution as 4K firstly, and then set up the color deep in setting. It can work there?
  15. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    here is the input hdmi enhanced format of my TV :

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    i tried with the Zidoo X8 with the same movie and same settings, and when the movie start the TV switch on ycbcr 4.4.4 30Bit.

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    With UHD demo "wonderland" ycbcr 4.2.0 10Bit 23.976fps

    Egreat switch on RGB 4.4.4 30BIT

    Zidoo switch on ycbcr 4.4.4 30BIT

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    I think the egreat has the right parameter with a video YCBCR 4.2.0 10Bit 23.976fps,

    that is to say RGB4.4.4 10BIT
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2017
  16. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    Hello Egreat Team,

    Daxmen / 10 Fév 2017 18:53

    http://www.homecinema-fr.com/forum/...dr-blu-ray-menu-navigation-t30077250-195.html

    ''Je trouve ce lecteur incroyable, image à tomber sur un oled.
    Je possède le zappiti 4k hdr qui est superbe, mais brider.
    Merci à olivier pour cette découverte.''



    I find this device incredible, PQ is excellent on my oled.
    I own the Zappiti 4k HDR, it is good, but not enough settings possibilities.
    Thank you to Olivier for the discovery.

    see you
    OlivierQC
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  17. OlivierQC

    OlivierQC Active Member

    Hello all,

    Subtitle 3D works properly with the new Egreat TV 1.5.9

    see you
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  18. 808bluray

    808bluray New Member

    Hello all,

    I just stumbled across the egreat brand and I'm excited about this product. I've been using the vidon.me boxes and they are having some issues so I'm shopping for another box. so my question is, can this player (A5) do bluray menu navigation using bluray rips? and does the audio pass through work fine? I plan to use vidon xbmc, does anyone use this? or the built-in player already provide bluray menu navigation and hd audio pass through w/ all the audio formats?
    thanks so much!
  19. Rita

    Rita Administrator Staff Member


    Egreat A5/A10 local Egreat player can support Blu-ray Menu and HD audio passthrough, Vidon XBMC also can support Blu-ray and audio passthrough. You enough Blu-ray Menu and passthrough function in local player and Vidon. Also, we collected experience suggestions from all Egreat players fans for 10 years, and make ture all functions on our A5/A10, you will have a new experience on real 4K HDR HDD Media Player on Egreat A5/A10. ;)
  20. 808bluray

    808bluray New Member

    thanks for the information! I just purchased one on geekbuying.com
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