mi mecool ki-pro (currently running amlogic-ng 9.2.8)served me well for the last ~3 years, but now the tuner board is broken, taking with it the power supply (you can see the tuner board in this topic, I posted a couple of messages there, one of them has been flagged and I don’t know why)
If I use a new power supply and remove the tuner board the box boots fine, with the tuner board it doesn’t (too much current drawn and the tuner board gets very hot and smells of burnt electronics).
My options are:
buy the same tuner board (I found it in a couple of online stores, it would cost me around 27€ shipped), which isn’t a very good performer but it more or less works.
buy an external dvb-s2 tuner (i.e. a mygica hdstar, ~40€ from the official store on aliexpress, ~20€ from some dodgy sellers on aliexpress).
If the usb tuner works (supposedly it is supported but seeing this topic I’m not so sure) it would be a more future-proof option (if the mecool box breaks I can always use it with another box) OTOH it is “yet another box” with another power supply in the power strip to take care of.
I read that the tuner on the hdstar isn’t really good, but then neither is the one in the current board.
What do you think?