120 responses

  1. Wasted
    May 6, 2013

    CNX-Software, could you manage to do a follow up check and review on the composite/component output? If that doesnt work, then I am not interested; but if it does then Ive found something I would like to buy.

    I guess there is no point in waiting for a quad core G-Box, as that would take time to develop and stabilize. Its interesting that a dual core is coming out as a solid finished product now that quad models have started appearing.

  2. cnxsoft
    May 6, 2013

    @Wasted
    I’ve been told an OTA firmware update to 4.2.2, available within 48 hours, should fix the AV output issue.

  3. Wasted
    May 6, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    CNX-Software, wow, its good that they are willing to commit to such a quick fix. Please keep us posted, thanks!

  4. Ceroj
    May 6, 2013

    Note that G-Box Midnight does not contribute anything back to XBMC, they simply take what Pivos is doing and call it theirs.

    If want to support XBMC on Android/Amlogic development then buy Pivos, Gamestick or the The Little Black Box they all contribute back to Pivos at least, as it’s Pivos Scott Davilla who is the primary one developing the Amlogic brand of XBMC.

    Also Dolby/DTS have to be licensed for pass-through if the G-Box box doesn’t have that then you wont get any pass-through over HDMI/SPDIF and HD audio pass-through it not supported, it’s something Pivos are working on but a low priority.

  5. JT
    May 6, 2013

    AV works for me. Had to set resolution to 480i in settings and used the red AV wire instead of white. Odd, but works.

  6. cnxsoft
    May 6, 2013

    @JT
    CVBS “works”. So the signal are mixed, and we need to connect the red cable into the yellow connector into the TV.

    I don’t think YUV works, as I think I tried about all cable color combinations yesterday.

  7. Tweaveler
    May 6, 2013

    @Ceroj
    Ceroj…….you Pivos fanboys kill me as if they made XBMC….its open source and this is the best implementation so far I have seen from the review. How can you say that it doesn’t support DTS when the review clearly states so while Pivos is low priority. I saw the same with Tronsmart that doesn’t compare to this MX2, but was trashed for not having DTS nor AC3 and sure enough it was fixed. NOT by Pivos so your statements are irrelevant…..its more about XBMC and do they support them.

    I for one love the review and will definitely be purchasing this unit to replace my Jynxbox (using G-box firmware). I read their forums all the time and updates on the firmwares, love what they are doing and happy to be a future buyer when available.

  8. Konstigt
    May 6, 2013
  9. Konstigt
    May 7, 2013

    @Ceroj

    Now they have replied. So read the thread I posted earlier.

  10. JT
    May 7, 2013

    @Ceroj Ive already purchased pivos xios but dont use it anymore since pretty much everything else on the market is better. If theyre supporting xbmc so much then why does G-Box have to make their own version of it which pivos is inferior to? Seems to me they are only interested in their own products not xbmc as a whole otherwise there’d be no need for g-box to make their own version. G-box is probably doing same so when it comes down to it i’ll choose the winning team since its my hard earned bucks being spent.

  11. JT
    May 7, 2013

    @cnxsoft I tried YUV but it scrambles the signal for me. What’s it supposed to do?

  12. myfoolishgames
    May 7, 2013

    Left to the dram there are 4 solder pads, looks like serial.
    I’ve read somewhere that Matricom would “lock down” their future devices if this true and we stuck with Android then no thanks.
    I’ll be waiting for Pivos to introduce their dual core device.

  13. sinful
    May 7, 2013

    myfoolish…….highly doubt that when they have opened the first G-box more than any other unit. Its not locked down at all, as the company mentioned they are and will release source for enthusiasts. Its funny to see people wait, just like all did for the OUYA which touted XBMC, and failed like many others as cnx stated. Great job Matricom!!

    @Ceroj……you don’t own the unit but make these assumptions which is rather entertaining……to everyone pointing and laughing at your statements.

  14. cnxsoft
    May 7, 2013

    @JT
    YUV is component output. You’d normally use a cable with Green, Yellow, and Red RCA plugs, and plug it in the corresponding ports of your TV. You should be able to output to 1080p with this cable. But I get no signals in any combinations I tried.

  15. cnxsoft
    May 7, 2013

    @Tweaveler
    DTS downscaling is working, however I have not tried HDMI nor SPDIF pass-through since I don’t have equipment that supports those.
    I was not aware there was a separate license for downscaling and pass-through.

  16. cnxsoft
    May 7, 2013

    @Wasted
    Actually they found the problem earlier, that’s why the could fix it fast.
    I make a slight mistake with announcing the OTA within 48 hours. They did send me a test firmware today with 4.2.2 and AV fix, but the OTA should only be available on the 10th. I’m not sure I’ll have time to test before OTA release, and since I’d like to test OTA too, I may just wait.

  17. Dead G-box
    May 8, 2013

    G-box is hack products. They are only in for selling goods for money and no real quality. After having two die in under 3 days of use they where nice to refund my money after the second replacement died.

    top hat tv has done jelly bean on current m3 box with ota and think the hardware is the exact same as g box midnight. They have there own dev team that has fixed many problems with firmware that gbox china factory dev’s wont fix or break other apps like netflix.

  18. Martin Revert
    May 9, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    There’s no need of licenses for any digital audio passthrough, because it is a redirection of the pure audio stream to other decoder device outside the demuxer. You already payed for a licence in the device decoding the stream, if you have a capable one like a high end TV or a digital audio receiver.

    This was the way for ages, don’t let G Box haters fools you about this specific topic.

  19. Luc Verhaegen
    May 9, 2013

    I spy… With my little eye… Something beginning with a U… A UART, or at least the pins for it. Should make a nice amlogic kernel hacking device.

  20. cnxsoft
    May 9, 2013

    @Martin Revert
    I remember when I worked on STB a few years ago, we could just provide pass-through DTS and Dolby without licences, but new processors coming did not have this possibly by default, because licence for DTS or/and Dolby pass-through was required.

    I don’t know what the licence arrangements are now.

  21. Jan Pohanka
    May 9, 2013

    Hi cnxsoft,

    can you please share the output of getprop? Or at least the fields regarding the productl like ro.build.product, ro.build.board etc.?

    best regards
    Jan

  22. cnxsoft
    May 9, 2013

    @Jan Pohanka
    Sure I could do that, but aren’t those the two parameters shown in this screenshot: http://www.cnx-software.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/G-Box_Midnight_NX2_About_Mediabox.jpg ?

  23. Jan
    May 9, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    Thanks for reply.
    In mentioned screenshot there is ro.product.model. By my experiences in ro.build.product, ro.product.board or ro.product.device contains also name of the reference board on Amlogic platform. For GBox Midnight it was f16ref so I was curious what is there for MX2?

  24. cnxsoft
    May 9, 2013

    @Jan
    ro.product.device=mx2ref
    ro.product.board=mx2ref
    ro.build.product=g02ref

    Full build.prop: http://pastebin.com/k1Uvky11

  25. ACEMAXKEN
    May 9, 2013

    i once had one version, and run antutu benmark , the score is 8433
    but now the version can not run, even change my tv into a tablet, picture not a vertical….i have to power off it
    i got price 79.99

  26. ACEMAXKEN
    May 9, 2013

    my latest version is 0427
    factory will send me new sw soon

  27. cnxsoft
    May 9, 2013

    @ACEMAXKEN
    Based on the price and latest firmware version, I guess your player is not a G-Box Midnight MX2, but the same hardware base with a different firmware. Am I right?

  28. androidgadget11
    May 9, 2013

    How unbrick that device?
    Is there any way?
    After power on i have only blue led and black screen TV :(

  29. ACEMAXKEN
    May 9, 2013

    cnxsoft :
    @ACEMAXKEN
    Based on the price and latest firmware version, I guess your player is not a G-Box Midnight MX2, but the same hardware base with a different firmware. Am I right?

    ha, you are right…..
    same hw, even sw, just change logo….for OTA, i do not care….

  30. cnxsoft
    May 9, 2013

    @androidgadget11
    There seems to be quite a few people who brick their devices… A bit worrying.
    The best solution would be to check with Matricom directly, or ask in their forums.

    The other solution (not recommended, unless you have no choice), is to adapt the firmware recovery method for Droid Stick A2 which is also based on AML8726-MX – http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/03/28/droid-stick-a2-mini-pc-recovery-with-amlogics-hardware-flash-tool/

  31. Jan
    May 10, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    thanks

  32. androidgadget11
    May 10, 2013

    @Jan
    I know solution for Droid Stick A2 is very interesting,
    but i don’t know what can I short on MX2 board :(
    That is problem, where are TP14 pads to short?
    Without that information i can’t connect my MX2 with PC via USB.

  33. cnxsoft
    May 10, 2013

    @androidgadget11
    I can’t find it on the board pictures either. Sometimes there’s also a push button, but nothing… Could it be there’s no recovery mode on this hardware?

  34. cnxsoft
    May 10, 2013

    @androidgadget11
    Good news, I got more info:

    “There is a recovery system in the bootloader – to access it there is a reset button behind the AV port. It is safe to just put a toothpick inside there and press and old when powering on the device just until the boot screen(power cable). If you have the SD card in its a hard reset flash which resets all, if without the SD card it will simply show the bootloader options where you can access EXT flash for udisk (USB) or SD (sdcard).”

  35. androidgadget11
    May 10, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    I know that method.
    But it is only for upgrade firmware.
    I tried recovery my device with different versions of the firmware.
    I tried that many time without results.
    No bootloader options, no boot screen etc…
    Always I have black screen on TV.

    Must be other solution

    Greetings

  36. Aaron Johnson
    May 11, 2013

    @Dead G-box

    Top Hat is a hack of our product trying to strip certain parts from a JB firmware and manipulating their customers. If you download the firmware and use it on an m3 platform, anyone with common sense can see its not JB but ICS. To confirm go to Settings>About>Version – hit that option 7 times on the remote……you will see an ice cream sandwich and not Jelly beams. They just hacked our firmware and took the UI from it to mock and sell it as a Matricom G-box unit. Sorry it is a fraud and you should get your money back sir.

  37. Konquerian
    May 13, 2013

    has anybody seen a fix for the AV port problem yet? and does anybody know if AirPlay works on MX2?

  38. acemaxken
    May 13, 2013

    soon will be with mircast

  39. j1nx
    May 14, 2013

    Aaron Johnson :
    @Dead G-box
    Top Hat is a hack of our product trying to strip certain parts from a JB firmware and manipulating their customers. ….

    You say this, yet you guys do the exact same with the so called “Special” XBMC version !

    Not any worthy changes, at least not really made by the company. Just some replaced splash screens and updated addons! (Talking about deception?)

    You even go as far as removing the GPL license file and hence even the contributors file !!! So you don’t even comply to the GPL license, you are even willingly breaking it.

    So please do not speak of “hacking into” and “deception”. Like some smart people once said; Don’t shit in your own garden.

  40. JT
    May 15, 2013

    j1nx :

    Aaron Johnson :
    @Dead G-box
    Top Hat is a hack of our product trying to strip certain parts from a JB firmware and manipulating their customers. ….

    You say this, yet you guys do the exact same with the so called “Special” XBMC version !
    Not any worthy changes, at least not really made by the company. Just some replaced splash screens and updated addons! (Talking about deception?)
    You even go as far as removing the GPL license file and hence even the contributors file !!! So you don’t even comply to the GPL license, you are even willingly breaking it.
    So please do not speak of “hacking into” and “deception”. Like some smart people once said; Don’t shit in your own garden.

    I’ve got a graveyard of practically every android tv box made and the mx2 is the first box that Ive tried that plays hd content flawlessly. Your probably right about them slapping a logo in xbmc. I think what theyve done is developed a superior firmware that just works better with XBMC than all these other boxes. The reason I think that is because I’ve tried their xbmc on a bunch of my other boxes and it only works 100% on the mx2. It’ll run on all kinds of other devices but has sync issues and stutters but not on the mx2. Its proven to me that there’s something special about their firmware running on the box… not their version of xbmc.

  41. j1nx
    May 15, 2013

    @JT,

    Oh I do believe they did it right with the Android firmware, nothing less the congratz on that one. If you take the same as the others but make it better than that should be there unique selling point, hence might favor them above the others.

  42. acemaxken
    May 15, 2013

    j1nx :
    @JT,
    Oh I do believe they did it right with the Android firmware, nothing less the congratz on that one. If you take the same as the others but make it better than that should be there unique selling point, hence might favor them above the others.

    can u do one XBMC linux to run on the MX2?
    now the new mx2 is 0510e, i have got the latest…..

  43. j1nx
    May 16, 2013

    acemaxken :

    j1nx :
    @JT,
    Oh I do believe they did it right with the Android firmware, nothing less the congratz on that one. If you take the same as the others but make it better than that should be there unique selling point, hence might favor them above the others.

    can u do one XBMC linux to run on the MX2?
    now the new mx2 is 0510e, i have got the latest…..

    Oh, we ae already working on a linux vrsion for the dual core amlogic chipset. At the moment we already testing and developing on multiple devices, but at this moment I am more in favour to lock that firmware to be loaded on ANY box except the GBox MX2…

  44. dirkdeagle
    May 17, 2013

    I distribute the n2Box in Canada and G-Box is nothing but an amlogic m6-8726 box what anyone can buy on Alibaba for 55$. G-Box DOES NOT MAKE THE FIRMWARE EITHER, there’s a huge misconception of what gbox actually is. It’s nothing but the Android Smart TV Box from Alibaba with label, and custom cardboard, which is the same as n2Box. G-Box DOES NOT MAKE THEIR FIRMWARE, orders of 500+ units from China gets you free firmware of THEIRS with your name on it.

    We have the IDENTICAL firmware releases from the factory as we are IDENTICAL boxes in every way except n2Box isn’t lying and pretending. The only amlogic custom firmware for any box is licensed to n2Box by Amlogic. The demo firmware posted at http://n2news.com is the ONLY copy of actual AMLogic certified firmware bundled with XBMC included right in the software since OCTOBER 2012.

    While n2Box and n2News were developing m3 firmwares and creating an AD FREE site for help and support G-box has done nothing but flood the internet with BOX AFTER BOX. One week they are USAwholesalers, then matricom, then Exoon, then androidxbmctv, if you really look and see, they are nothing but logo’s on each china box available on the market, they are using the firmware that CHINA provides with orders for clients, and marking up the boxes as if they had something to do with it, when infact it’s all part of the package from the chinese manufacturers. All they did was create confusion in an already confusing & uncertain market.

    Android boxes are NOT fully functional yet. No brands have really been able to keep up with firmware, kernels, etc to improve on the boxes on the market. Instead the boxes just keep getting upgraded, dual core, quad core, … but the companies like AMLogic who LOCK their software along with geniatech (pivos) another case of misleading people into believing they created something geniatech does for you when you’re their client. these companies are the ones locking the boxes up and BRANDING them for us. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GBOX CLONE, it’s a term created by G-box themselves to act as if someone copied them when the real story is, they are just reselling a chinese manufactured box that is really quite common and marking them up extremely high considering they expect you to learn, setup, and figure out XBMC yourself. At least n2Box comes with addons & repositories preinstalled. And at least n2Box has never backed down when it comes to what they believe in, XBMC for Android on MX-Series Amlogic Boxes.

    G-box is amlogic, exoon is their rocketchip, g-box 2 is a rocketchip, slav (don’t know, don’t care).

    these guys are literally just shopping on alibaba, and marking the price up. They created an entire market around selling people boxes that are so DISFUNCTIONAL that communities grew and grew to improve. Which they have. The only thing G-Box did right was build community of people from all around the world working together and helping each other with amlogic m3 set top boxes. The following is amazing. But It’s not g-box that should be taking credit for any of this. This would realistically be something to thank Amlogic for creating.

    MX2 = n2Box Xtreme MX = Both MX BOXES with 1.6Ghz dual core processors, 1GB Ram, & 8GB Storage + Android 4.2.1
    XIOS = Jynx = g-box midnight = n2box (1st gen) = MiniX ALL m3 BOXES with 1.5Ghz processor, 1GBRam, & 4GBStorage + Android 4.0.3.

  45. JT
    May 17, 2013

    Im honestly not interested in linux on the MX2. The old midnight is plenty fast for it, not sure what new interesting feats could be accomplished by putting linux xbmc on it other than running a little faster. Since the mx2 seems to run xbmc perfectly fine for me in android why limit to only xbmc through linux? I understand the logic in the past – the m3 processor isnt very fast, optimize with linux because android is bloated. but that just doesnt seem to be the case anymore with hardware limitations removed.

  46. tigervivi
    May 17, 2013

    i agree with you, dirkdeagle

  47. Shippmy
    May 17, 2013

    dirkdeagle and the overpriced n2box is a scam noted all over the net – http://www.xbmchub.com/forums/lounge/3639-something-called-n2box-my-area-legit-over-priced-not-trusted.html

    It is no use for you to come here to try and down a great product because what your reselling is cheap and has no development. On the G-Box forums they have active development with their units for sure.

  48. JT
    May 18, 2013

    dirkdeagle, you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. The MX2 firmware is most definitely made by g-box devs. I know this because i have kept up with it very thoroughly and if you read their forum and kept up with their updates, the community supplying bug reports and feature requests along with actually talking to their devs and seeing these implemented then you’d probably already know this though. Considering they’re on schedule for updating their box using over-the-air, i am quite certain that your box isn’t running the same firmware. Also, everybody knows you can buy generic boxes in China that are unsupported and wont see xbmc/firmware updates and good luck with warranty when something goes wrong. I will never buy another box directly from china after all of my bad experiences and I certainly will not buy a box from you because your box is obviously just another china box with no support.

    To top it off I just did a search and see that this n2box company is a huge scam (thanks Shippmy for pointing this out). God bless anybody that makes a mistake and buys from this company.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=n2box+scam&aq=f&oq=n2box+scam for reference.

  49. tigervivi
    May 18, 2013

    JT
    funny

  50. jeff
    May 25, 2013

    I was sold on the n2box but they do not ship to( florida) do either of these boxes (G-Box Midnight MX2) work in the USA
    and if so does the midnight box have all the features n2 has im ready to try this after watching youtube it sounds to good to be true but thats what I said when I got my first descrambler in the 80s any info about this box in florida would be helpful if not maybe there is another alternative

  51. cnxsoft
    May 25, 2013

    @jeff
    Both n2box and G-box Midnight mx2 appear to feature the same hardware, but they most probably have different firmware. I can’t comment on n2box (I don’t own one), but MX2 firmware is pretty good. It’s working over IP networks (LAN or the Internet), so it can work anywhere. There’s no ATSC tuner in either devices. If n2box is indeed $180 as I can see on free-tv.ca, then it’s overpriced.

  52. jeff
    May 25, 2013

    that’s very good news how would the firmware being different affect?n2 says they download apps in the machine would that affect the programs you can watch maybe they have more?is it difficult to download im scarred when I do I get updates browsers etc also I still have a older tv so I would have to use the rca jacks anything else a rookie would need to know as far as what to download to get the most channels safelyI can including music thanks so much how much is this unit this is a awesome site your my new fav

  53. cnxsoft
    May 25, 2013

    @jeff
    I know the review is a bit long, but most answers are there, and in comments. MX2 costs $99 on Amazon, Android 4.1 firmware does not support AV output, but this is fixed in Android 4.2 firmware. So If you feel uncomfortable doing firmware upgrade (just put some files in a SD card, and press a button on the board), make sure you buy the model you buy has Android 4.2 pre-loaded.

    For music playback and videos, XBMC is included, so you could use that. Since you are in the US, you could also use Netflix. People in androidtvbox.us forums would actually provide better answer than me for links to online video services in the US.

  54. N2ripoff
    May 28, 2013

    @dirkdeagle

    How can someone write such rubbish!!! N2 is completely what is accuses others of being, N2 on facebook is full of people that got ripped off, search for it. N2 is nothing but a sticker!!! of a chinese box. Do your research people, these guys are thieves!!! Buyer Beware! plus they sell them for over $200 if you even got lucky to get one and not loose your money.

  55. G.G Stills
    May 28, 2013

    @jeff

    If your looking for a Canadian Dealer search for GboxCanada, I purchased from there and was very satisfied, became a regular customer, all their products are Authentic Matricom with Excellent customer service and reasonable prices. I’ve also purchased from Matricom but found it cheaper with duties and taxes to order from Canada

    my 2cents

  56. N2 beware
    May 28, 2013

    @JT
    Shippmy is right be carefull

  57. Ram
    May 31, 2013

    Does anybody know a car cigarette adapter that would work for this? Planning to use it in the car to play songs from USB drive.

  58. JT
    May 31, 2013

    @N2 beware – I agreed with Shippmy. I wouldn’t buy anything from n2news after googling. I got my hardware direct from matricom so I never ran into this problem. All these other companies seem to be taking a generic version of their box and trying to make a name out of it to ride on the wave of matricom’s apparent success. I’ve bought and been burned by too many Chinese companies. Point being do your research. Google the company and see what they’re about before you purchase from them. N2News is obviously fraud. It’s sad that they have a similar device. I hope for Matricom’s sake that their reputation doesn’t get ruined by scam companies trying to pass their products as theirs.

  59. Aaron Johnson
    May 31, 2013

    J1nx your full of it and we both know it – you state the same thing on every website trying to down Matricom so you can rebrand a reference design. Its old news like your linux offering – no one is interested when you have linux under android + XBMC. Go ranting somewhere else with your false claims all is there in the open and have been for a long time. The only reason Linux survived on these platforms is because no one took the attention to get android right, we have done so and plenty have bottled up heat and envy going on here. Keep it professional and speak on your little black box.

    TOP HAT has definitely used binaries which you can md5 from our firmware and sure enough its stripped. The point is they are selling these all over ebay and on their site as Jelly Bean and they are not. They also came here to false advertise to go against us, their ignorance doesn’t fall far from your methods. Try again – your already exposed.

  60. Liecen Rianto
    June 9, 2013

    I just purchase MX2 thru Amazon n want to see a movie with it. Don’t know how to set it up. Did I need to download any apps and how?? Please help. ,,

  61. cnxsoft
    June 9, 2013

    @Liecen Rianto
    There are many ways to play videos, e.g. online, from USB harddrive, NAS, so it’s difficult to answer your question. The pre-installed XBMC app should do most of what you need however. You can find how to use on the Internet.

  62. tom
    June 21, 2013

    i bought the g boxmidnight a few weeks ago .worked great for about 10 days but now wont come out of standby .tried unplugging it afew times but no joy.any help?

  63. j1nx
    June 21, 2013

    @Aaron Johnson Like I said above, I do agree with you on the Android part. Since you guys hired a skilled Android developer, things were rocketing. Nothing more than Kudo’s there.

    I do not agree with you on the linux part. I do not believe in Android for STB alike boxes. But that is fine, let us agree to dis-agree on that part.

    The only thing that bothers me, and not only me. Every official XBMC developer as well. Since XBMC for Android came out, people no longer give credit where credit is due.

    What is wrong with; “XBMC taken from the Pivos sources adjusted to includes some extra’s for usability”?

    People state they all have “Special Versions”. Where Matricom even goes as far as (and I quote); “The MX2 comes loaded with a Special Edition superior fork of XBMC. This fork is commercially supported, which means real development effort is being put into this amazing software to better the product.”

    1) It is not so special as the main lead developer checked you code.
    2) It is taken from Pivos, a commercially supported version already.

    Can’t you really not see that this type of things is pissing them off? Yet, if they really get pissed off and remove the amlogic support, what will that mean for us. Are the sales numbers than still be that high?

    Now, I am not stating I am better what so ever. Just don’t make such claims, give credit where credit is due and everybody lives happily ever after ….

    (It must be the “Apache license” world of Android that changed this whole attitude)

  64. cnxsoft
    June 21, 2013

    @tom
    Maybe you need to re-install the firmware. The best would be to check with Matricom.

  65. ian
    June 27, 2013

    the gbox mx2 midnight is good when working ,I have had 2 already in 6 weeks, with the same fault they work fine then with out warning ,
    you switch it on with the remote and it just freezes on the matricom logo and yes I have switched it off and put the tooth pick down the A.V. socket and tried to reset but no joy
    I have had a bluetimes box and never had a problem
    I am now waiting for my third one but not holding much hope ( the first xbox 360 was more reliable ) to say I am disappointed is a understatement (Warning don’t believe the hype )
    To me its just a expensive paper weight

  66. Mr.Ravens
    June 27, 2013

    I bought mine also through amazon and it tanked on me. It stopped working after 8 days. At first, it froze. Then it stopped rebooting. All I see is some alien green looking logo. I will get a refund hopefully I won’t buy this sh*t ever again. XBMC is a great program but this G-Box is really wack.

  67. al
    June 28, 2013

    same problem like mr raven comment

  68. me2
    July 4, 2013

    Trying to get Skype working with Logitec 9000 USB cam. So far a lot of difficulties when connecting the USB camera (sometimes only video and no audio or the other way around). Any solution for this. Already upgraded the 5v adapter to 3000ma, but no improvement

  69. JT
    July 7, 2013

    I’ve seen a few people having an issue with freezing at the matricom screen in the forums. I’ve got 3 of these boxes now. Was worried it would happen to me but all of them still running perfect . Looks like a bad batch I guess. Feel bad for you guys. I think they have a good return policy so I wouldnt worry.

  70. Mike
    July 7, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    Ill confirm SPDIF does not work and its something I need and am now concerned it will never work. I have a high end but older component video receiver. It would cost me around $800.00 today to replace my receiver to get the level of sound quality I currently have. Im forced to stereo output for now or picking up a $40.00 HDMI with Toslink switch to do what should be available from the device.

  71. cnxsoft
    July 7, 2013

    @Mike
    Thanks for the update.
    They must be aware of it as a bug is filed (http://androidtvbox.us/bugs/thebuggenie/gboxmidnightmx2/issues/88), but nobody is working on it for now.

  72. dirkdeagle
    July 14, 2013

    @N2ripoff
    haha, are you still running your mouth Twhiting? Sorry but I don’t mind all the other comments about N2News as they are people’s opinions and what they’ve read but know this, N2ripoff is simply a group of 4 employees who were fired for trying to steal member lists and ultimately forcing N2News to close down for 3 months and have since, instead of looking for jobs spent the last 8 months crying all over the internet about N2News, though the site has 21,000 members and grows by about 1000 members a week PLUS, N2Box Xtreme MX2 sales are through the roof because of the support offered. And you flat out lie about the price in your post? Over $200? I’m sorry but they are $145, and the only reason they are $40 more then Matricom’s exact same box, is because we don’t bother with worrying about linux vs android or any of the forums filled with debates and confusing material, we keep it XBMC and N2Box Android TV related and are more for the beginner XBMC user.

    The N2Box comes complete with addons installed, How To guides, and N2News has SIMPLE, easy to understand beginner’s guides that are there to help you watch TV, not be a tester and program a box day and night. Not everyone is interested in that.

    Some people just want an End-User type box that is more aimed at the plug and play aspect of XBMC and Android TV, not the program it yourself way which is personally my way, but I understand where so much confusion in this business comes from. Constant lies from companies like Matricom, USA Wholesalers, XBMCAndroidTV, Exoon, G-Box, or whatever their name is this week and even other sites like the Hub for example. The fact they ONLY feature Geniatech boxes which are NO different then g-boxes or n2boxes but somehow they will lead you to believe they are the better boxes? Maybe they are being paid to do this? 3/4′s of the site is ads, why is so hard to believe a site in the business of tricking people into clicking to make a dime wouldn’t trick people into buying a box for some sponsorship? This is the internet where anyone can make up anything and post it. And the lies that have been made in the Android TV industry are hilarious. They are directly in our faces and we just believe them.

    Also, if you look around G-Box pays for each spot he is placed on the internet. Ads, Ads, Ads, everywhere you look. He even breaks the law by placing 2 sites on adwords running simultaneously in attempts to BUY their monopoly over a market they’ve already LOST. If you have to pay to be noticed, and pay for PR release articles then you really aren’t doing that great of a job. I would bet money 50% of the posts you read about the box are paid writers and bloggers.

    Sad really.

  73. dirkdeagle
    July 20, 2013

    @JT

    Google it to look for complaints? haha, N2News is in it’s 12th year of business! Over 2.5 MILLION transactions and your talking about the 5-10 people who complained about N2News for being responsible for FTA not working anymore? Type in ANY company that’s done over 2 MILLION transactions in 12 years and try and find NO Complaints? Frig, there’s more complaints out there already that G-Boxes don’t work and are buggy. They’ve been around a whole almost 2 years? JT sounds a lot like your little right hand man TW. lol. Ranting and Ranting about N2News instead of maybe getting a job now that you’re both unemployed.

    haha EVEN YOU TWHITING have FOUGHT HALF OF THE BAD REVIEWS claiming N2News is NOT a scam! Now all of a sudden AFTER your fired, then N2NEWS is a scam but you were fine working there 7 years? Bottom line TWhiting, you tried to slip in and be distributor in USA, when you were told NO, you through a fit and took off on vacation for 2 months and still charged your $45,000/year for a server! Then you tried to take the members list, and got fired, DEAL WITH IT. Look for a job. Good riddance!

  74. dirkdeagle
    July 20, 2013

    @Shippmy

    all over the internet? haha… if you type in ANYTHING into google and sift through results to find the ONE complaint on the biggest XBMC addon site in the world out of the 5000 sold units this year then you are out to lunch bud. Ever typed, “Paypal Sucks” into google? You’ll get hundreds of thousands of “Stories” but they still have 50+ million active users. Why would that be? Maybe because people Like YOU. Some people love to put down something they have NO IDEA about. And sorry but it’s true, Matricom doesn’t make the firmware. I have the exact same firmware as G-Box, and it was made for N2Box by the factory in China it’s bought from. The same company that makes G-Box their firmware. OEM included with 1000 orders. Just because Matricom SAYS they have coders, means NOTHING. They pay bloggers to write stories, they can pay coders to answer questions. All a giant fraud. If they were just honest all along, I’m sure firmware development because N2News actually has the ONLY ANDROID BOX to have access to the Amlogic Development Servers to build it’s own custom M3 (downloadable at n2news) and M6 firmware (downloadable at N2News but no play store working yet). but instead, coders, users, testers alike fall for the lies. And read in forums that lie about EVERYTHING even from the fact they used to tell people they manufactured them. Then we busted that lie. Now you still want to believe that was the ONLY lie they told?

  75. dirkdeagle
    July 20, 2013

    there’s more complaints in this POST alone about G-Boxes breaking then there is on Google about N2News all together.

  76. dirkdeagle
    July 20, 2013

    @JT

    You’re talking about Over the Air Updates hahahaha, N2Box does OTA as well, and it’s provided to us by our manufacturer in China on a schedule too. VERY MISINFORMED you are.

  77. rick
    July 20, 2013

    Can I use this with a lg 50la6200 smart TV? Would you recommend this for a smart TV?

  78. dirkdeagle
    July 21, 2013

    @JT
    Generic versions of G-Box? Are you kidding me?!?!?! There is NO SUCH THING AS A G-Box. There IS an android smart TV box from china. It’s supported by different companies like G-Box and N2News. But one of those companies lies through their teeth and keeps expanding the lies to cover up the fact that they’ve played a HUGE role in ruining the thriving XBMC Android TV Box market. G-Box who was USAWholesalers under a year ago, now Matricom? They first claimed they MADE the boxes, that lie didn’t work out, on to the firmware, works… so next, they got their own XBMC which is just stolen code from Pivos’ XBMC version, now people are finally seeing the truth and should know the type of liars they are actually dealing with. I’m reading this post and there are SO SO many of you with busted G-Box Midnights it’s sad. If you check online, 5000 units sold first quarter, and I can literally find 3 people who ONLY had issues finding the firmware, which is at N2News, the Official Supporter of N2Box.

    I hope people understand the lies they’ve all been fed. Don’t buy in to a company that only used FLAT out lies to sell a box they have absolutely NOTHING to do with production, firmware dev, xbmc, or ANYTHING they claim except they are printing their own cardboard. $0.50/box from China. Do NOT buy from these scammers. They’ve lied to the point of actually slowing down M3 box development by acting as if they were doing it when NOT.

  79. bill
    August 4, 2013

    Good info!
    What I dont get, is reviews on Amazon state it outputs only 720P. You show 1080P.
    Whats the reality?

  80. cnxsoft
    August 4, 2013

    @bill
    The reports on Amazon are correct, video outputs only 720p.
    But that does not mean you can’t play 1080p videos (as I did in the review). They will however be downscaled to 720p.
    If you have a large TV and you sit relatively close, you will notice the difference.
    The following chart may help you decide whether 720p resolution is an issue for your setup – http://s3.carltonbale.com/resolution_chart.html

  81. HDMI
    August 8, 2013

    Which HDMI cable is recommended for g-box midnight?
    Standard HDMI Cable
    High Speed HDMI Cable
    does both of these have ARC?

    I am connecting gbox to 42″ Sony Bravia LED

  82. Rooster
    August 8, 2013

    Hi there. This review is really not accurate and needs updating. The device does NOT output 1080P and does NOT pass through HD audio, both of which make it unsuitable for most use cases I would have had for it. HD audio pass through does actually need to be licensed from Dolby and DTS, which has not happened here.

  83. cnxsoft
    August 8, 2013

    @Rooster
    The device does output 1080p, but it’s actually scaled down to 720p (UI resolution). My TV reports 1080p60.
    There’s indeed an option to let you choose between PCM (downsampling), SPDIF out, or HDMI pass-through, 100% accurate. If you had actually read the review, you would know I haven’t been able to test it. It happens that audio pass-through may not work, and a bug has been filled in the bug tracker.

  84. phil mac
    August 20, 2013

    how do you undrick this mine has blank screen and blue button HELP ????????????????????

  85. SomeDude
    August 24, 2013

    @Aaron Johnson

    Mr. Aaron Johnson, are you the same guy that tried to ripp of Visson Technology by selling them ‘your’ xbmc work? Didn’t you forgot to delete Prometheus logo in one of your mx2 xbmc apks?

    Do you also claim that activation that TopHat TV needs is also stolen from you or it is made because of guys like you, not to steel someone’s elses work and sell it under different name?

    Also how tophat dev could steel your work when he released his JellyBean firmware on April 22nd 2013, 13 weeks prior your announcement of mx2 and weeks prior to samples sent out of the worlds first box to soft brick in every home?

    Cheers

  86. Mitch
    September 2, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    Anything with DTS audio wont play through the MX2 SPDIF Channel
    If you go into XBMC you get Audio on SPDIF but no video quite the opposite of the matricom interface.
    Without this I have a 5 year old popcorn hour that outperforms this device.

  87. Mitch
    September 2, 2013

    @dirkdeagle
    Ive had Zero updates since I purchased it months ago. I see various sites mention beta updates but haven’t gotten one single update since purchase. I did the flash myself to get to the release all fixes the OTA update so it doesn’t error out any more but it still says no updates available and I see there have been 3 beta’s released how about they do an OTA already.

  88. marcus
    September 4, 2013

    Hei this box is waste of time and money mine was ok 3 days and then everithing gone bade,it doesent have stabel os and android xbmc is noth working stable,it was a nightmare to go from jb apple tv with xbmc to mx2,now i have buyed intel nuc celeron,os is openelec with usb woow it was even bether than my mac mini with i5.i have tried atv2-macmini-g-box mx2,intel nuc with openelec was a dream to use,Nuc plays every thing 1080p with true hd,dts and best of all it plays 3D sbs mkv 20gb with no frame droops ore stuttering,nuc plays everything with no issues,nuc is the best htpc with openelec for a cheap price,Dont waste your time and money this box sucks,buy raspberry pi instead much more cheaper if money don’t reach nuc.every body complains with this box hardware problems ore os,just check forums if you dont believe me.

  89. Mark Hansen
    September 9, 2013

    Can I watch all the regular TV on this box.
    Current episodes of Big Bang Theory?

  90. phil mac
    September 10, 2013

    my box still has blue light and blank screen ?????????

  91. phil mac
    September 10, 2013

    if some can help me would be grate full g box just got blank screen and blue light nothing else

  92. Rurh
    September 11, 2013

    I am trying to hook up matricom g box midnight mx2 android 4.2 jelly bean dual core xbmc streaming mini htpc tv box player. will not hook up to my wi fi. authentication problem. checked with my server and no problemsthank you

  93. GR Rick
    September 21, 2013

    What a POS! I bought a MX2 off amazon and it is loaded with bugs and would keep crashing. Called the number in usa asking how to get my netflix working and they wanted to help me save money and had me load 1 channel and icefilms. After i did all the movies where bootlegs and bad quality. I wanted netflix and they say just look around in those apps and you will never need netflix.

    I called back the next day and need help with getting netflix to work and they say it works fine but Mash up is better. I told them i don’t need that piracy stuff. I just need netflix and some android games. There reply was “Return the F**k thing netflix is dead” and hung up on me.

    Watch out they just take your money and run. Zero support and a faulty device.

  94. [email protected]
    September 28, 2013

    @Ceroj
    Image with company logo stand still and that was
    Have also tried with reset button does not leuft more
    Please Help
    Thank you

  95. n2n
    November 1, 2013

    hahahahaha are you joking? gbox buys adspace on xbmchub. and they are talking bad about gboxes biggest competitor? why is that you gbox must BUY his sales where n2box does NOT pay for advertising ANYWHERE and sells out every time it’s ordered. but gbox still disturbs the community with LIES with who? another liar we all know and love. 1channel is hijacked you say? hows the site up? and nobody andwhere is talking about a hijacking??? but your single sentence./@Shippmy

  96. effi lahav
    November 6, 2013

    I am trying to install the Israel channels
    I.E. (https://github.com/cubicle-vdo/xbmc-israel) And it don’t work. I am trying for 5 days now and it does not work.
    is there any way that I will contact someone for direct help (even for payment)?
    Or sent my backup card that will be upload with the data?
    P.S. I have the “G-Box Midnight MX2”
    Thanks
    Effi

  97. Reallly FAR OUT
    November 8, 2013

    A bad batch??! Are you for real JT??

  98. Aaron Johnson
    November 12, 2013

    n2nboxes are a big ripoff and its already well known for them to try to rebrand matrices g-box units.

    http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=159546

    In that thread there is a user that had a very bad experience with you guys and shows what your in the market for. Selling m3 boxes as dual core, ICS devices as Jelly bean with a prop change and its sad. We do not and never will advertise with xbmchub for the sake of legalities but google does a fine job of placing us on all relating websites so please get your facts straight first and not so unprofessional trying to bash a company that even helps your own offering.

    @effi get the latest firmware 1.1.6

  99. confusedcusty
    January 6, 2014

    Cannot connect my Bluetooth keyboard. Sup with that

  100. cnxsoft
    January 6, 2014

    @confusedcusty
    I haven’t tried Bluetooth, but did you connect a USB Bluetooth dongle?

  101. lostanddreaming
    January 7, 2014

    Just got into these mini pc’s because of xbmc…but now im not sure which on to buy for my tv. Im between this gbox mx2 or
    the ugoos ut1….which one is better?

  102. mervyn
    January 21, 2014

    The box is not loading at startup what can cause this to happen

  103. Rick
    January 25, 2014

    I Bought a MX2 Box and a Measy RC13 air mouse but have since found that the MX2 TV Box does not support audio (speaker and Mic.) on the air mouse. Can anyone help me with a firmware upgrade that would fix this problem? Rick

  104. ted
    February 13, 2014

    where can I find a list of the free channels and the pay ones?

  105. cnxsoft
    February 13, 2014

    @ted
    I’m not sure you’ve posted in the right post.. But if you really did, I guess you mean about IPTV,and watching online TV.
    Since the system is based on XBMC, it’s the same for all boxes, and depends on which Add-on you install. There are some that let you watch hundreds pf TV channels, and lots of movies more or less legally…

  106. adem
    April 16, 2014

    cnx can some one please tell me what would be the best box to install a linux based xbmc that runs good. i am thinking of selling to my friends and i might need about 15 of them so i am thinking it would need to be a cheap box maybe 8726-m3 or 8726-m6 i know pivos dont have a os for the 8726-m6 but g-box does. the box will be just 100% xbmc there will be no android it is only for xbmc purposes any help would be much appreciated.

  107. cnxsoft
    April 17, 2014

    @adem
    For minimum hassle, you could buy “The Little Black Box”, but price may be a little high.
    Otherwise, you may want to try a Matricom G-Box Midnight MX2, or similar device, with the firmware I mentioned @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/11/30/xbmc-mx-linux-v1-00-rc1-for-amlogic-aml8726-mx-devices/

    I have never tried myself however. Asking on xbmc.org forums might be a better, as I’m pretty sure others have tried over there.

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