[mythtv-users] How to get 5.1 dts spdif out from ac3 sources?

Ryan Allen ryan at the-summit.net
Wed Jun 3 21:19:46 UTC 2009

* Steve Hodge <stevehodge at gmail.com> wrote on [06-02-09y 21:20]:
> On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 4:21 PM, Michael T. Dean <mtdean at thirdcontact.com>wrote:
> > Better stated, the 5.1 option is meant for /analog/ output *only* as S/PDIF
> > is inherently 2-channel (or non-audio) and has no support for 5.1 channels
> > (AC-3 and DTS are non-audio data, so channels don't apply).
> >
> This is correct but confusing to the user. Users don't care (and often don't
> know) what S/PDIF carries, they only care about what is output by their
> systems and AC3 and DTS are 5.1 (or higher) as far as they are concerned. I
> suspect a lot of users assume that the option causes downmixing of AC3/DTS
> to stereo. It would be helpful if the option stated that it was intended for
> analogue surround output only.

This is exactly what I thought when setting up my S/PDIF audio last
weekend.  I wanted 5.1, not "stereo".  The help box at the bottom of the
setup was blank. 

This is a serious user interface issue, IMHO



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