Power Upgrade X96 Max+ Amlogic S905X3 4K TV Box Review

X96 Max+ TV Box Review

Sometimes we like to categories all TV boxes that runs on a particular CPU as the same, but there are times when one of those boxes shines out among the rest.  Today I got my hands on the new X96 Max+ Amlogic S905X3 4K TV box and the feel of this box from first start is amazing. Without  even testing this box I could tell that it is well optimized and built for performance. In this review the experience with box is really good with a few drawbacks. The S905X2 model was released in early 2019 and later updated their firmware to fix the drawbacks back then. It appears this new model will follow the same trend as it has the same issues as the first firmware.

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X96 Max in the box

X96 Max+ 2 Hardware

  • CPU – Amlogic S905X3 Quad-Core 1.9GHz
  • GPU –  ARM Mali G31 MP6
  • RAM – 4GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage – 64GB eMMc
  • WiFi – Dual Band 2.4GHa + 5.8GHz
  • LAN – 1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth – 4.0

X96 Max cpu info

X96 Max+ 2 IO Ports

  • 1 HDMI 2.1
  • 1 RJ45 LAN
  • 1 USB 2.0
  • 1 USB 3.0
  • 1 AV
  • 1 IR extender
  • 1 Micro SD TF
  • 1 SPDIF optical audio

X96 Max front view

X96 Max side ports X96 Max rear poprts X96 Max top view X96 Max bottom view X96 Max blank side

X96 Max+ 2 Benchmarks

  • Antutu – 77,997
  • Geekbench 4 – 804 single-core | 2,227 multi-core
  • RAM Copy Speed – 3,266 MB/s
  • Internal Storage Speed – 120 MB/s read | Write NA
  • Ice Storm Extreme – 5,599
  • SlingShot – 521
  • WiFi Speed – 2.4GHz MAX Mbps | 5GHz Max (100Mbps reference)
  • LAN Speed – MAX MB/s 1000Mbps  (100Mbps reference)

X96 Max Antutu

X96 Max+ Features Pros

  • Android 9 Pie
  • Rooted
  • Alternative launchers
  • 4K 60hz resolution
  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR display
  • Dolby Atmos/DTS audio
  • Good 4K video playback
  • Kodi compatible
  • Streaming APK/filelinked ready
  • Good 3D gaming
  • Gamepad keymapping
  • Open access to the Google Play Store

 

X96 Max Dolby Atmos

X96 Max+ Features Cons

  • No root switch
  • No Navigation/status bar
  • No Screen rotation
  • Netflix in 480p only
  • No Dolby TrueHD

X96 Max pros and cons

Conclusion

I am pleased with the performance and features of this box and recommend it as a good box to buy. Of course I am aware of the firmware drawbacks but like I said the previous S905X2 model had a firmware update that fixed these same issues, and there is no doubt in my mind that the same will be done for this model.

22 thoughts on “Power Upgrade X96 Max+ Amlogic S905X3 4K TV Box Review”

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the detailed review. I really like this box so tried using your links to TomTop and Aliexpress to purchase it however it is out of stock at TomTop and the one on Aliexpress shows DDR3 in some of the pictures and DDR4 in some others so I am confused. Do you for sure know if the one at the Aliexpress shop is DDR4?

    Thanks

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  2. Hi I just bought x96max plus. I use the default media centre or media player to play Dolby Atmos movies but either Dolby truehd is not supported or only dts sounds are available. I have used line out and manual choose Dolby Atmos settings but still no Atmos output. Please advise. Thanks.

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    • Hi the issue is with the player that you use Movie player and Media center cannot give you Dolby and DTS output. You have to use VLC player or Kodi media player but there are additional settings that you need to set in each player.

      In the VLC player go settings and under hardware acceleration, set it it to full acceleration. Then under audio settings, set it to Audio Passthrough. Then play video file.

      In Kodi got the system settings and tap on the word “Standard” until you get “Expert”. Under expert settings go to audio settings and set audio channels from 2.0 to 7.1. The scroll down to audio passthrough and enable it, Also enable all DTS options below that. Exit settings and go to video in the main page and select you flash-drive and play your Atmos and DTS files and you will get what you want.

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    • OK so it features all of the above, it should work you need to enter the settings and set the speaker configuration to multi-channel or whatever surround sound configuration you have. If mine is not set to that then it doesn’t show the format as Dolby Atmos or DTS

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  3. Thank you for the review.

    A quick note, here you say it has DDR3, but in the rank chart you list it with DDR4.
    I guess it has DDR3?

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  4. welcome Im from Poland I have reciver onkyo tx 555 dolby atmos and have the same problem sound PCM only 2.0 I can’t turn on dolby atmos what shuld do to fix it please an answer at mail pakerm@wp.pl thank you

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    • Well first Dolby Atmos works via HDMI passthrough only, strange enough optical can’t carry the signal. The second thing is to set the receiver to 5.1 or 7.1 or surround sound speaker configuration, or Atmos will not activate. The last step is to use a “real” Atmos video to test it. Download from here thedigitaltheater.com/dolby-trailers/

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    • The ADW Launcher 2 works best with Amlogic S905X3 chipset with all features working like drag and drop shortcuts and long click menu popups.

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