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MarioTunes
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Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

**bleep**,

 

I have WD TV Live and it does support only DTS 5.1

Does WD TV Live Hub support Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel via HDMI or Optical cable?

 

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TonyPh12345
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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

No.

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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

How to read\understand this from WD TV Hub user manual:

 

Digital Pass Through via HDMI Only (HDMI) - Select this option if you are only
using an HDMI connection to output multichannel surround sound to a receiver.
After selecting Digital Pass Through via HDMI Only, select Auto to have the
media center detect receiver settings automatically. Or, select Manual (Except
DVD), then select one or more of the following options that describe your
receiver. Select Finish when complete.
- AAC capable receiver
- Dolby Digital capable receiver
- Dolby Digital Plus capable receiver
- DTS capable receiver
- Dolby TrueHD capable receiver
- WMA Pro capable receiver

 

 

Dolby TrueHD should be 7.1

 

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TonyPh12345
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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

[ Edited ]

You originally asked about DTS, not Dolby TrueHD.   TrueHD is supported.   Sorry, I misunderstood the later question.

 

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MarioTunes
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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

Ok If I have DVD or Blu-ray rip with DTS stream on it, can it play on my 7.1 Receiver  or WD TV Live and WD TV Hub are  support only DTS 5.1

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MarioTunes
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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

Is it possible 5.1 content to expand to 7.1?

Use Neo6 on the receiver for example?

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Miami_Son
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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA


TonyPh12345 wrote:

You originally asked about DTS, not Dolby TrueHD.   TrueHD is supported.   Sorry, I misunderstood the later question.

 



If it's in pass-through mode, what difference does it make what format the audio stream is in? It should merely pass the signal as-is onto the receiver for decoding. I don't understand why it can't do this simple task?

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MarioTunes
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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

I have found that this device (Xtreamer Pro) support 

Audio Passthrough 5.1 CH : DTS, DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HR 5.1 CH
Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

 

does it true for WD TV Live and WD TV Hub?

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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

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DTS-HD MA (or HR) is not supported due to lack of licensing.  The hardware supports it; it's just not enabled in the firmware.  Any DTS-HD tracks will only output their DTS 5.1 "core".

 

DTS don't offer a specific license for media streamers (try filling out their license application form: you can choose from AVR, BD player, games console or software).

 

DTS and WD's position seems to be that they cannot add DTS-HD support without a license.

 

Almost every other media player manufacturer on the market seems to have found a way around it.  I haven't seen a good explanation for how anywhere yet, other than in some cases the manufacturers might have submitted a licence application for a BD player (device supports external BDROM and / or BD ISO files I guess?).

 

The WD players now support lossless multichannel PCM in up to 7.1, I believe, so you could convert your DTS-HD tracks to multichannel PCM without loss of quality and get it working that way (yes, that IS a lot of hassle).

 

Alternatively, look into buying another media player that can meet most of your needs.  There doesn't seem to be anything short of an HTPC that can do everything for everyone (I've pretty much given up looking for now)..

 

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TonyPh12345
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Re: Does WD TV Live Hub support Audio Passthrough 7.1CH - Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA

I still believe (without any evidence to back it up, admittedly) that licensing is *not* required for PASSTHROUGH bitsreaming, only for DECODING.

 

I think that's how all the other vendors that do DTS-MA are interpreting it.

 

WD's legal department has (obviously) a different opinion.

 

 

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