[mythtv-users] Newbie DVD Ripping Question: AC3 audio?

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Sep 7 23:58:29 EDT 2004

On 09/07/2004 08:20 PM, Nate Carlson wrote:

> I'm a newbie to DVD ripping; it's working great with DVDRip; only 
> question I've got so far is about the audio. If I do the passthru AC3 
> audio, I know it'll work with my receiver, but what happens if I try 
> to output to a standard stereo device, like my TV directly?
> I'd like to have movie files with the highest quality audio possible, 
> and be able to play them on both my Xbox (crappy audio) and my other 
> frontend (SPDIF output to a receiver).

If you have an AC3 decoder on your system, it will be used to decode the 
stream (what your receiver normally does) to output via your soundcard's 
analog connections (2, 4, or 5.1 channels depending on your sound 
card/sound card configuration).  I would guess that your machine has an 
AC3 decoder on it if it has a DVD-playback support on it.


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