I was surprised to discover that the iPad2 had significantly fewer problems than the Apple TV2 when playing a 1080p mkv. After a small amount of buffering, the iPad2 xmbc playing a very large 1080p file without a skip or bit of buffering later on. Both were accessing the same exact file (at different times) through the same source (FTP). The ATV2 (wired) had buffering issues or played the video in slow motion.
Does this seem normal? I know the ipad has a better chip in it, but I was surprised in the difference. If I hook up the ipad2 via HDMI to my receiver, will I get the full 1080p with 5.1 surround? As far as I can see, I can't do airplay mirroring.
iPad2 xbmc wirless vs. ATV2 xbmc wired - 1080p test
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2012-03-12 18:54 Post: #1
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2012-03-12 20:58 Post: #2
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2012-03-12 23:29 Post: #3
CPU is used for things like the network file transfers themselves, so when you're on a low-powered device like the ATV2, file sharing can take a hit as well. iPad2 also has twice the RAM as the ATV2, which can help with cache and a number of other things. Then there's the whole "ATV2 runs apps as 'plug-ins'" thing, vs a more typical application on normal iOS, which probably gives us less access to system resources on the ATV2 vs the same hardware on an iDevice (the devs would be able to give more details on that. I only know the basic gist of it).