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Light Mi Neo Sync Box & TV Ambilight Kit US$96 (~A$131) Delivered @ Light Mi

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Endless Possibilities: Connect to a huge range of devises via HDMI. Works with Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation and Mac & Windows and many more. Just plug in and play up to 4K/30hz.

Stunning TV Lighting Experience: NEO box perfectly syncs the content on your screen with the backlights to create an immersive atmosphere.

Ultimate Control: Control with APP or voice commands through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant or via the Smart Thing App to change modes and adjust the settings.

Easy Installation: The LightMi NEO Sync Box is easy to set up and use. NEO connects seamlessly with your other devices via the HDMI port or extends your other smart lights via Wi-Fi using the dedicated app(only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi).

Extend your Smart Home: Connect other smart lights in your home to the sync box and control them to set the mood of any room. Even sync them all together when watching content on your TV to work alongside the LightMi TV Backlights.

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  • +4

    4k 30hz and no hdr is the killer here.

    • +1

      The way to get around this is to use a HDMI 2.0 signal splitter. One output will go to the backlight and the other will go to the TV, that way you can preserve your original signal.

      • -2

        Huh ?
        You can't magically send 4K30 from one side of the splitter and 4K60HDR from the other - your source device can only output ONE signal into the splitter.

        • HDMI splitters take the original input and multiply it over multiple HDMI outputs, usually 2 or 4. That way your original 4k60 signal is sent to all outputs, negating the need to pass the signal through the Light Mi device.

          • @FuRyZ:

            That way your original 4k60 signal is sent to all outputs

            Exactly ! This Light Mi device does not support 4K60. Your 4K60 signal is sent to all outputs, and the Light Mi Box won't understand it.

            Your splitter can't magically resample the 4K60 signal into a 4K30 signal just to send to the Light Mi Box….

            The way to get around this is to use a HDMI 2.0 signal splitter.

            No, this does not get around the lack of 4K60 support. Using a splitter, splits the same HDMI signal across multiple outputs. If you put 4K60 in, then all the outputs are also 4K60 - which this particular bargain posted device does not understand.

            negating the need to pass the signal through the Light Mi device.

            This does not mean the Light Mi device will suddenly start to support 4K60 HDR. Whether it's passing through or not, it still won't be able to process the video signal that it doesn't support…

  • Great if you have a 1080p TV, otherwise you are going to be limiting it by using this device.

    Hard to recommend when I doubt there are 1080p 65 inch TV's around anymore, unless you've had one for a while.

  • +1

    i always wondered if a HDMI splitter would work.

    One side of splitter to tv with full res, and the other side to these ambilight boxes, instead of passthrough.

    • Hi quasio, the HDMI splitter works.

      • +1

        I don't think they do, at least not a 'dumb' cheap splitter. Think of it … your output device (set top box / bluray player etc) is only going to do one resolution to a device it has negotiate with (HDCP content) the splitter is just going to mirror it to both not resize and resample your image up or down.

        So you will get 2x 4K image which this won't handle or 2x HDMI streams which will make your TV sad.

        I'm not saying there are not options that could do this. but i would expect them to be expensive and not your average $15 splitter.

        • With alternative setups, what they do is use something like this (there are cheaper ones) https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/all-in-one-usb-30-to-hdmi-video...

          Which has a passthrough hdmi, but then also a captured 1080p image that a raspberry pi can use to process and make it do the thing.

        • If it is working similarly to Hyperion, then you have just pass-through on the 4k in and out, and a USB grabber (internal), which can grab on various resolutions (I would think 720p? as you don't need 4k for the light strip).
          So if your HDMI splitter can do 4k60 it could work, you would just not use the out port of this.

        • -1

          HDMI splitters will definitely work, but with splitters you definitely pay for what you get, do not cheap out on them. Higher quality splitters can happily carry a HDR 4:4:4 signal and can do HDCP negotiation. It's well worth reading through the specs and checking reviews. I found a few higher quality splitters can catch people out where the outputs are still 4k60 but it drops the colour space from 4:4:4 to 4:2:0. Unfortunately as far as I am aware, no HDMI 2.1 splitters exist… yet.

          • -1

            @FuRyZ:

            Higher quality splitters can happily carry a HDR 4:4:4 signal and can do HDCP negotiation. It's well worth reading through the specs and checking reviews. I found a few higher quality splitters can catch people out where the outputs are still 4k60

            Dude, the device in this deal does not support 4K60 or HDR.

            A high quality splitter is useless in this scenario, it's going to send a nice 4:4:4 4K60 HDR signal that the Light Mi box cannot process….

            • @Nom: yeh that makes sense. the negotiation is gonna get all messed up

              • @quasio: Yep. The negotiation part is called EDID, and it will usually just default to what the first display says - so if that screen says it can take 4K60, that's what you'll get from all the outputs…

                If you had an actual video processor splitter that could resample the 4K60 down to 4K30 for just one of it's outputs, just for the Light Mi box, then I guess it would work - but these are called "scalers" and they cost $LOTS.

            • @Nom: Incorrect, Geek Street did a review on the Neo and he literally showed how to use a HDMI splitter to get around the 4k30 limitation. The Neo worked fine and the TV confirmed a 4k60 signal.

              • @FuRyZ: Oh, so this does support a 4K60 signal ?
                It specifically says that's not the case in the main post above….

              • @FuRyZ: Have you got a link for that? I cant find it

                NB I bought one of these and its pretty nice.

        • @Elijha Agreed šŸ‘

  • -2

    Phuk Mi.

  • +3

    Big (25 min) review here, but you can FF to the Conclusion from 22:22

    My TL;DW (Too Long; Didn't Watch) summary of the video:

    • Surprised by response time smoothness, precision colour sync
    • Limitation: HDMI 1.4 limits it to 4K 30Hz
    • Limitation: Single HDMI source unlike Philips
    • New HDMI 2.x version coming out to support higher refresh, HDR2
    • Worth it overall? At half the price of the Philips Hue Sync, Yes.

    (There may be more, but I didn't watch everything either šŸ˜‚)

    • Where can you get Phillips Hue Sync for $260??
      It is usually ~$400, I think the cheapest was $330
      For this price it rivals Hyperion - all the cost together (well, depending on which Raspberry do you want to use) + splitter (my 4k TV is 30Hz anyway, so would not need one for this) - this is very close.

      • Not only do you have to pay ~$400 for the sync box, but then you still need the gradient light strip or multiple Hue Plays. You end up spending well over $700 on a good Hue setup.

        I bought a Neo and will give it a try. Hoping to retire my existing Hue Plays because I am running very low on device storage on my Hue hub. Hoping this will free up storage and allow me to add some more complex button controls back into my Hue setup.

  • Yeah Iā€™d have to agree with the above, imagine dropping 3-4K on a beautiful 4K HDR hi res display and then limiting it with this. As soon as there is multiple inputs, HDR and hi res support you have a sale here.

    • Well you don't need multiple inputs - that's solved by placing the device between your AV Receiver and your Display. Or you could also use an HDMI switch.

      But the lack of HDR and 4K are deal breakers for me.

      This is still a bargain if you only want 1080p support though ! It's way cheaper than a Hue box.

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