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Appeared on: Thursday, January 26, 2017
RikoMagic MK22 Android Media Player review


1. Features, package

Rikomagic is yet another Chinese media player manufacturer with a long tradition in creating small powerful boxes packed with many features. The Rikomagic MK22 Android TV box we have in our hands is powered by Amlogic S912 octa-core processor with typical hardware specifications such as 2GB RAM, 16GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, dual band WiFi and support for up to 4k 60Hz output.

The player's main features are listed as below:

The Rikomagic MK22 retails in the small package you see below. It can be found purchased online for 89 Euros, - a rather high price compared to other S905X boxes:

The TV box ships with a 5V/2.5A power supply, an HDMI cable, and an IR remote control that looks almost identical to the remotes we have seen bundled with other Android boxes.

As happens with many other boxes, no AAA batteries are included, while the user manual can be downloaded from this link.


2. Device details

The case is made out of environmentally friendly ABS. We‚??ll find a USB port, a micro SD slot, and the firmware recovery pinhole on one of the sides, and an external WiFi antenna, two more USB 2.0 ports, optical S/PDIF output, AV and HDMI 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connector, and the power jack on the rear panel.

 

 

The remote control has a minimal design with just a few orange buttons. It is generally comfortable to use and the player's response to each order was fast. The remote control worked fine for up to 8 meters, as further away some keys would be missed. The player could be powered on and off using the remote (long press), or even enter a standby mode.

Under he hood, the player's board features a relatively thin heatsink placed on top of Amlogic S912 processor, which is connected to a 16GB Samsung eMMC 5.0 flash, and two SKHynix chips (1GB RAM) were found on this side of the board. The board also features AP6330 wirelress module for dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as Pulse H5007NL and Realtek RTL8211F for Gigabit Ethernet.

The bottom of the board comes with two more SKHynix DDR3 chip to bring the total to 2GB RAM.

The CPU-Z Android app offers some information about the player.

The Amlogic S912 clocked at 1.51 GHz. The board name is q6330, the screen resolution is set to 1920 x 1080, and there‚??s 2GB RAM (1807MB due to hardware buffers), and 11.38 GB storage available to the user.


3. First boot

After having connected all the cables and accessories including a hard drive, we are ready to boot the device. It came alive in about 40 sec and the main launcher is what you see below. The Rikomagic MK22 has a straightforward GUI, and it is based on the Android 6.0.1 OS.

By pressing the "+" icon you can add shortcuts to the installed apps. Many apps are already installed, as you see below:

The built-in File Manager doens't support network folders:

Under settings you can access various sub-options:


You can also enter Android Marshmallow settings and access all usual options:

A single unified 11.38GB partition is used for both apps and storage from the 16GB eMMC flash, and the system runs Android 6.0.1 on top of Linux kernel 3.14.29. The firmware is rooted. The pre-installed apps occupy 0.89GB of the avilable user storage:

 

 


4. Firmware update, KODI

The Rikomagic MK22 features an OTA upgrade function, which worked pretty well for us. The app is called "Wireless Update". The player came with the latest available firmware installed but a small patch was available for download:

The pre-installed KODI is armed with tons of add-ons, such as the popular Exodus, which can be used to view online material (Movies, Series, etc).

Add-onds related to music were are pre-installed

The KODI is based on the v16.1 official build, dated 24 April 2016.

Under video settings, theAMCodec was disabled by default:

Under the Sound settings, only Dolby Digital (AC3) and DTS were available:


5. Video, audio tests, connectivity benchmarks

A/V Tests

For all the Audio/Video Tests we used the following setup:

For our compatibility tests, we used audio/video files available at the KODI Wiki. We connected the Rikomagic MK22 to the Yamaha RX-775 A/V receiver through an HDMI cable.

Below are our test results with bpth the included default media player (app called Movie Player) and the KODI version:

Audio HD Tests
HD Audio Build-in Movie Player Kodi 16.1
LPCM 5.1
No Sound PCM (2.0) at A/V Receiver
LPCM 7.1
AAC 5.1
AAC 7.1
Dolby AC3 5.1
Yes 5.1 Yes 5.1
Dolby Digital
Plus 5.1
Yes 5.1 PCM (2.0) at A/V Receiver
Dolby Digital
Plus 7.1
Yes (Digital + on receiver)
Dolby True HD 5.1
Yes TrueHD at A/V Receiver
Dolby True HD 7.1
Dobly True HD 7.1 Atmos
DTS-HD HRA 5.1
DTS (5.1) at A/V Receiver
DTS (5.1) at A/V Receiver
DTS-HD HRA 7.1
DTS-HD MA 5.1
DTS-HD MA 7.1
DTS:X 7.1
Flac 5.1
PCM (2.0) at A/V Receiver
Beck - Sea Change (DTS-HDMA 24-192Khz 5.1)
DTS 96/24 at A/V Receiver

The Rikomagic MK22 performed well in passing HD Audio through HDMI using the build-in Movie Player. While the player doesn't output 7.1 with DTS format, it does 7.1 with Dolby Digital movies. Using the KODI player will get you PCM audio with Dolby Digital formats, and 5.1 sound with DTS files.

Video Bitrate Tests

For this test we used test file from this page, which allowed us to test the playability of a up to 400Mbps files, using the available input methods (USB storage, LAN and WiFi):

Maximum Perfect Playable File with KOD 16.1
  USB LAN (1GBit) Wifi (802n)
Jellyfish H264 files 180 120 15
Jellyfish H265 files 180 120 15

The player supports playback of up to 180Mbps media files using an external USB HDD. The player's performance is lower through the 1Gbit LAN and the included Wifi module seems to have a poor performance, making us believe that out test sample could be defective.

4K Tests x264 (AVC)

Test Clips Build-in Movie Player Kodi 16.1
4K 10-bit H.264 video sample @ up to 160 Mbps Νο Video Jerky Playback
4K-HD.Club-2013-Taipei 101 Fireworks Trailer (AVC, High@L5.1, 29.970fps, 2 Channels AAC, 100mbps bitrate) Yes Yes
4k_QHD_RoastDuck_30p (AVC, High@L5.1, 29.970fps, 2 Channels AAC) Yes Yes
big_buck_bunny_4k_H264_30fps (AVC, High@L5.1, 30 FPS, 2 Channels Mp3) Yes Yes

big_buck_bunny_4k_H264_60fps
(AVC, High@L5.1, 60 FPS, 2 Channels Mp3)

A/V Not In Sync A/V Not In Sync
Ducks Take Off [2160p a 243 Mbps] Jerky Playback Jerky Playback
linkin_park_ultra-hd (H264, 50-60fps) Jerky Playback Jerky Playback
NoiseRed-25fps-SlowMotion-120mbs (AVC, High@L5.1, variable FPS) Yes Yes
Ducks Take Off [2160p a 243 Mbps] Yes Yes
Sony_Alpha_7R_II_video-test-4K (H264, up to 30fps)
Yes Yes
Snow Monkeys in Japan 5K Retina 60p (Ultra HD) (2160p 30fps) Yes Yes
BluRay 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 7.1 x264 file (AVC, High@L4.1, 6 000 Kbps, DTS-HD MA 8 Channels) Yes DTS-ES MTRX on A/V Receiver Yes DTS-ES MTRX on A/V Receiver
[1080p][16_REF_L5.1][FLAC_5.1]Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu BD OP No Video Yes

4K H.264 videos are playing reasonably well, although we encountered some small playback issues with specific media files.

4K Tests x265 (HEVC - 8 Bit)

Test Clips Build-in Movie Player Kodi 16.1

Astra-11112_H_22000-Fashion TV UHD Demo 42.6 Mbps bitrate (8Bit HEVC)

Yes Yes
Beauty_3840x2160_120fps_420_8bit_HEVC_MP4 Yes Yes
DivX-HEVC-UHD-4k_QHD_RoastDuck_30p Yes Yes
Fifa_WorldCup2014_Uruguay-Colombia (8Bit HEVC)
Yes Yes
Hispasat-10730_V_30000-Hispasat 4K HEVC 65.3 Mbps bitrate (8Bit HEVC) Yes Yes
Sintel_4k_27qp_24fps_1aud_9subs (8Bit HEVC) Yes Yes
LG Demo DolbyVision Comparison Yes Yes

The player had no issues reproducing the more demadning H265 4K 8bit videos.

4K Tests x265 (HEVC - 10 Bit)

Test Clips Build-in Movie Player Kodi 16.1

Astra_10994_H_22000-Astra H265 Tests 53.3 Mbps bitrate

Yes Yes, however not proper timing of the file
Astra_11023_H_23500 Test2 H265 51.2 Mbps bitrate Yes Yes
Astra_11112_H_22000-Fashion TV UHD Demo 42.6 Mbps bitrate Yes Not playable
Astra_11479_V_22000-Canal+ UHD Demo 42.6 Mbps bitrate
Yes Yes
Astra_12343_H_30000-Insight UHD Pearl TV 4K UHD 59.4 Mbps bitrate Yes Yes
Chappie 2015 (4K 2160p Web x265 HEVC 10bit AAC 7.1) Yes - No Sound Yes - PCM Audio
Samsung_UHD_7Wonders_of_the_World_Italy (H265 10bit, 50-60fps) Yes Yes
Samsung_UHD_Dubai-10bit-HEVC Yes Yes

The 10bit files are even more demanding but the Rikomagic MK22 managed to pass all the tests using the built-in player. However, the KODI 16.1 player had some issues, which could be ironed out with the upcoming KODI 17 version.

4K VP9 Tests

Test Clips Build-in Movie Player Kodi 16.1
4K Hawaii Sunset _ GoPro Hero 4 Black 4k@30fps (2160p_30fps_VP9 LQ-128kbit_Vorbis) Yes Yes
4KHD_VP9TestFootage Yes Yes
Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD (2160p) Yes (No Sound) Yes

We didn't have any problems with VP9 encoded files with either the built-in movie player or the KODI 16.1.

Other formats

Test Clips Build-in Movie Player KODI 16.1
sample_sorenson (Mov) No Yes
Big_Buck_Bunny (DivXHD Format) Yes
Hellboy2-Xvid (Xvid) Yes

Iron Man-Divx5 (DivX 5)

Yes
VC-1_23.976_sample TrueHD sound Jerky playback Jerky playback
VC-1_29.970_sample DTS Sound Yes No playback
[Underwater] H264 Hi10P 720p No Yes
[Underwater] H264 Hi10P 1080p Jerky playback
1080p_Step_into_Liquid (WMV) Yes Yes
Blu-Ray ISO Doesn't support ISO Full menus - perfect playback
DVD-ISO Full menus - sound skipping (probably due to DD Audio format)
Greek Subtitles Only UTF-8 subs are displayed perfectly Yes no problems

Moving on to more media format tests, we got pefrect playback for older formats (Xvid, DivX, DivXHD). We also tested the player with less popular codecs such as the VC1 and Hi10P as well. In adddition, the ISO format isn't playable using the internal video player, while KODI 16.1 also seems to have some problems with the DVD-ISO format (probably due to the file's audio track). Finally if you want to het non-english subtitles from the internal player, make sure they are encoded to the UTF-8 format to get they perfectly displayed.

3D Clips Build-in Movie Player KODI 16.1
Full MVC 3D ISO ISO format is not recognized Wasn't able to output 3D content
Full MVC 3D ISO #2 with 3D Subtitles
Full MVC 3D ISO #3 for Pop-out & Depth Evaluation

Full MVC 3D MKV

Yes, manually select 3D and TV returns to 1980p @ 50hz with 3D option
HSBS-3D (HSBS (side-by-side)
HTAB-3D (HTAB (top-bottom)

What about 3D support? Using the internal video player you must manually set 3D (either L/R or B/T) in order to make things work. On the other hand, the KODI 16.1 doesn't work so well and we couldn't get 3D format recognized automatically.

Benchmarks

Benchmark
Score
AnTutu 6.2.0
40332
AnTutu Video Tester v2.0
700
AnTutu Video Tester v3.0
858
3D Mark IceStorm Extreme
6022
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme
398
PCMark (Work 2.0 Performance)
2648
GeekBench 3 (Single Core)
436
GeekBench 3 (Multi-Core)
2207
BaseMark OS II (overall score)
853
BaseMark X v1.1
11824
GFXBench ( T-Rex)
17 FPS
Quadrant Standard Edition v2.1.1
9578

Read/Write Performance Storage Tests

We measured the following speeds during a drag and drop transfer test of a 716Mb file:

Source
Performance (Mb/sec)
USB To Device
30.15
Device to USB
7,25
Wifi (2.4Ghz) to Device
2,40
Device to Wifi (2.4Ghz)
0.5
Lan to Device
23,62
Device to Lan
3.60
Device to MicroSDHC
7.5
MicroSDHC to Device
29.15

Obviously, transfering a file to/from a USB storage medium is the fastest way to get it done, and once again, the player's WiFi performance proved to be very poor.


6. SUmmary

The Rikomagic MK22 is an Android-based media player powered by the the latest AMLogic S912 chipset. The device actually performed well, just like other entry-level Amlogic S912 TV boxes, with the advantage of having several bugs fixed. On the weak side, the Rikomagic MK22 isn't cheap, and can be purchased on the company's Aliexpress store for $93.90 including shipping.

The player's design is what we are used to see from Rikomagic. Nothing special here, rther than the device will stay hidden next to your A/V Receiver. The player's main selling points are its 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 1Gbit LAN and the Android 6.0.1. So far so good. Due to the used AMLogic S912 chipset, it supports HDMI2.0 and up to 4K @ 60hz AVC/HEVC playback content and with 7.1 (*) passthrough HD Audio capabilities.

The AMLogic S912 chip provided the necessary power to allow the player playback most of the H264/H265 test files. The maximum bitrate encoded file we managed to have a perfect playback with was around 180Mbps, which is higher than te typical media files you may meet. 10bit encoded media files are also not a problem for this player, at least if you shoose to use the included media player. The included KODI has many pre-installed add-ons and needs further tuning in terms of HD Audio passthrough, as our tests showed. Moreover, some 10bit files may not played perfectly, and Rikomagic needs to add the KODI 17 platform in the future to get you covered.

The player included three very useful USB2.0 ports, along with an optical output . What was not so great was the player's Wifi performance. For some reason we experienced a very low read/write performance, despite the player's external antenna. Rikomagic also sells the MK22 Plus model which supports the fater 802.11ac format. In addition, the player supports by stock ROOT and includes an OTA firmware upgrade function.

Positive

Negative



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