Almost decided on a KodiBox and need help with specifics

Greetings everybody! Long time user here, almost first post. So glad the XBM-Kodi, the Kodi community is thriving!

So after 7 mostly wonderful years with Kodi it is time for me to dump Windows in favor of a better OS for HTPCing. The goal is to build or buy a “KodiBox” that I can just install and basically forget about. Just use it and be entertained! I operate my current HTPC with an IR remote, primarily. It is one of the nicer Sony universal remotes.

Requirements for my KodiBox are:

  • Uses Android TV
  • IR remote control support, does not have to be built-in
  • “Flawless” support for premium streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu
  • Set-top box experience, fast or instant boot times

Not required but would be really great:

  • HD audio output including Dolby TrueHD/DTS equivalent of DTHD
  • USB support so I can attach a hard drive if I need to (for backup media when Internet goes down)

I may be wrong on some points, but here is what I have found out on various devices:

  • Xiaomi Mi Box
    + Best box for the price
    + Works with Netflix HD and other HD streaming services
    + Has a remote
    – Has a bluetooth remote not IR (I think)
    – Can not confirm if it outputs HD audio such as Dolby TrueHD

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
    + Cheap, small, and fanless
    + Runs off of a USB port
    – IR Remote support?
    – Requires licenses for MPEG2 and VC-1 (is this really a problem?)
    – Does not output HD audio…or does it? I can not confirm

  • Wetek Play 2
    + Supports PVR and has a TV Tuner
    + Has a remote
    – Remote looks like wireless or bluetooth
    – Does not output HD audio

    Also, I want to avoid any devices that may require a lot of troubleshooting, or workarounds to alleviate a bug. I do not intend on having a device that has to be restarted once a day/week/month because Netflix breaks or something. The end goal, of course, is a reliable “set-top box” that plays Netflix and Kodi and does not use Windows!!

    Thanks everybody!