After The Little Black Box (TLBB), there’s now another ARM based media player that comes pre-installed with XBMC Linux: Jynxbox M1 Pure Linux. The device is based on AMLogic AML8726-M1 single core Cortex A9 processor @ 800MHz, and comes with 2GB flash, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, HDMI output, and more.
- SoC – AMLogic AML8726-M1 single core Cortex A9 @ 800MHz with ARM Mali-400 GPU
- System Memory – N/A (but likely 512 MB)
- Storage – 2 GB Nand Flash + micro SD/SDHC memory slot (Up to 32GB)
- Video Output – HDMI 1.3
- Audio Output – HDMI
- Video container formats – AVI, RM/RMVB, MKV, WMV, MOV, MP4, WEBM, DAT(VCD format), VOB(DVD format), MPEG, MPG, FLV, ASF, TS, TP, 3GP
- Audio formats – MP3, WMA, WMV, APE, OGG, FLAC, AAC, etc…
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet + 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
- Misc – IR Sensor, power, and status LEDs.
- Dimensions – N/A
- Weight – N/A
The box runs XBMC 12.0 (Frodo) with a 1280×720 user interface (rendered at about 30 fps), and supports 1080p video playback (
downscaled to 720p [Update: not sure anymore, see comments]). The box comes with a power adapter, an IR remote control, and a Quick Start Guide in English.
You can watch the unboxing video below, which also shows the first boot, and the default blue XBMC interface.
You may also check another short video review, which basically says the box works at intended, with minor downsides being 720p downscaling [Update: but this may not be the case], and the difficulty to open the back of the remote to insert batteries.
Jynbox M1 Pure Linux can be purchased for $90 on Aliexpress, and there’s a seller on Ebay too. It’s more expensive than Android boxes with superior hardware, but since it lacks Android overhead, it may run XBMC just as well, if not better. It’s also much cheaper than TLBB ($150) but hardware specs are lower, and TLBB includes an RF remote vs an IR remote with Jynxbox M1. Strangely, the device is not listed on Jynxbox product page, so you may not get firmware update like you do for LTBB.
Thanks to CSilie and Joe
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
16 Replies to “$90 JynxBox M1 Pure Linux XBMC Network Media Streamer”
below is a link to a video i made a while ago asking people if they know anything about a android box that i purchased going back a while and the hardware matches this box exactly i wonder if any one know where i can download firmware for this box and would i need to change the bootloader
i did it i installed xbmc on the neoniq i can not believe it i have a dedicated xbmc running on my neoniq this is efin awesome
when this box first came out as a neoniq i bought it for around $160 it was running gingerbread i think at the time it was the best thing going around i think and mk802 came out not long after this
Great! If you could share a link to instructions and/or the firmware you used with your NEONIQ GTV220 box, it would be nice.
its late now but tommorow i will make a quick vid explaining what i did and i will put up links of the firmware
You have to be kidding, right? They screenprint “Full HD 1080p” on the darned thing, you write it up and say it only does 720p and the accusation that they are lying liars who are lying isn’t the lede? Instead you bury it inside a neutral article?
If I complain for that one, I may have to write the same warning for 95% of the media players.
The problem is that it’s very difficult to know the truth without having the sample. I used to develop STBs with 1280×720 or even 800×600 user interfaces, that still decoded 1080p videos and outputted to 1080p. So it’s is not that simple.
This is just a Pivos Xios DS clone with copy of Pivos Linux image, exact same spec.
Pivos Xios DS render XBMC GUI in 720p but output 1080p, suspect that this does the same.
Don’t think Jynxbox have their own developers, instead they just use Pivos’s code.
this box was first introduced as a gtv220 aka neoniq smart tv box back around 2 years ago
hello people i made the video about how install xbmc to the neoniq and gtv220 aka aml8726-m1 box
bellow i will put two links where you can download the update.img files also i dont know why but i some how lost audio i fiddled around with the audio settings but no luck i am looking for my component cable’s i will see if i get audio through component cable i dont understand it i had audio through hdmi before
ooops i forgot to put in the instructions
#1 copy the extracted .img file to a sd or a usb card that formatted as fat32 and make sure it is on the root and not in any folders
#2 save any info you have in your box because we are going to format everything
#3 do not put in your sd card or usb just yet only plug in your keyboard just for now
#4 while holding the reset button (its located under the box) plugin your power cable and wait for the recovery screen to appear
#5 choose option factory reset or something like that when thats done choose the option below that clear partition cache
#6 now take out the power cable and plug in your sd or usb card and whitest holding the reset button plugin your power cable and wait for the box to reboot. once the update process is finished the box will reboot on its own
also if you are using a usb it may not automatically start the update process you may need to click into a folder and select the update.img file
if you get an error it may be because your box may be a m3 and not a m1 version it is very hard to tell the difference because at the back of my box it says model m3 but i know it is model m1 i think factory model is m1 and distributor model is m3 so another words neoniq company names this box m3
and GOOD LUCK PEOPLE
Instructions AND video! Nice!
thanks and sorry for the background noise my son was the camera man recording with my galaxy note 2
I own a Jynxbox M1 with stock frodo 12.0 how can i update to gotham or kodi as i’m getting no info on how to do this hope someone will point me in the right direction and it would be well appreciated