5.1 Channel Audit Output

Im planning to buy a WDTV Live SMP WDBGXT0000NBK model.

I have Sony LCD 40EX400 and Sony HTS DAV DZ610.

I plan to connect WDTV with my LCD via HDMI cable and with my HTS via Optical audio cable for sound.

Before buying it, I just want to know if WDTV would b able to play my mp4 or mkv with 5.1 channel audio properly through my HTS or would I get only 2 channel audio.

Thanks in advance for all the help!

Does any of those devices support DTS 5.1? If the manuals say yes, then the WD will output as such over HDMI.

On another note, the box says DTS 2.0+Digital out (Bottom). Does it mean 2 channel? 1.jpg

HTS manual says the following:

TV (Audio Return Channel/OPTICAL IN)
Input Stream: Dolby
Digital 5.1ch/DTS 5.1ch/
Linear PCM 2ch
(Sampling Frequency: less
than 48 kHz)

So i guess it supports DTS 5.1 via Optical port.

Thanks for all the help!

Wont it play 5.1 over optical audio cable? Actualky my Tv doesnt support ARC so audio via hdmi aint my option.

It does play 5.1 over optical.

I bought the SMP yesterday.

Having a hard time playing the DTS and DD 5.1 tracks.

None of the video files with DTS audio are being played in DTS. Home theatre doesnt show the sign.

Only one file plays with DD 5.1.

Cant understand why!

Post text output of Mediainfo for the one file that does and another that doesn’t show the sign on your home theatre.

DTS and DD are both working fine now and the sound is discrete and loud.

I had to tick both DTS and DD capability options in sub menus of ‘Audio pass through Optical’ menu. Never knew i can select more than one option there.

Thanks anyway!

Well, I didn’t ask because I’d expected you to have checked this before posting. Anyway, glad it’s working now.

Actually I was ticking just one of these options. Tried once with DD and then with DTS but the things didnt work. Then I read somewhere on this forum that more than one options may also be ticked. I went ahead and tried and it worked just fine.

Friendly advice, … Try the User Manual next time  (highlighted in case you missed it)

Yeah u r right!

Actually, I was so excited and I read so much over these forums already that I thought I knew all the settings.

But anyway, I learnt a lot during this whole process. 

Now downloaded and saved the manual for future use.

Another thing: while listening to music, the sound comes from the front two speakers only, for obvious reason that the music I have is 2 channel. But can I somehow get this 2 channel sound from all the front and back speakers? it would be louder in that case, I guess. 

For 2 Channel Music to also play through all the other speakers and subwoofer …

sorry … again see the User Manual for your Sony HTS DAV DZ610.

I have a simple Teac Amplifier and it’s  “Emulation” setting plays 2 Channel Audio through 5.1 Speaker Setup.

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OK so finally i have found that all AC3 5.1 channel audio plays correctly from all speakers, but AAC 5.1 channel audio doesnt. Im reproducing the medioinfo files below. Hope u can help!

AC3 5.1 channel that works:

General
Unique ID : 189745115073083367697470423622819352046 (0x8EBF9473CE19D31AB2071725E5BD8DEE)
Complete name : H:\Movies\English\Surround 5.1 Channel\Dark Skies 2013 720p BRRip x264 AC3-JYK\Dark Skies 2013 720p BRRip x264 AC3-JYK.mkv
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 2.17 GiB
Duration : 1h 37mn
Overall bit rate : 3 199 Kbps
Encoded date : UTC 2013-05-07 16:41:14
Writing application : mkvmerge v6.1.0 (‘Old Devil’) built on Mar 2 2013 14:32:37
Writing library : libebml v1.3.0 + libmatroska v1.4.0

Video
ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 5 frames
Codec ID : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
Duration : 1h 37mn
Bit rate : 2 750 Kbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 544 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 2.35:1
Frame rate : 23.976 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.165
Stream size : 1.82 GiB (84%)
Writing library : x264 core 130 r2273 b3065e6
Encoding settings : cabac=1 / ref=5 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x3:0x113 / me=umh / subme=6 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=0 / me_range=24 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=1 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=0 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=3 / lookahead_threads=1 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=0 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=5 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=1 / b_bias=0 / direct=3 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=240 / keyint_min=23 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=40 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=2750 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / vbv_maxrate=62500 / vbv_bufsize=78125 / nal_hrd=none / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00
Default : Yes
Forced : No

Audio
ID : 2
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Codec ID : A_AC3
Duration : 1h 37mn
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 448 Kbps
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 311 MiB (14%)
Language : English
Default : Yes
Forced : No

Menu
00:00:00.000 : en:00:00:00.000
00:04:21.470 : en:00:04:21.470
00:08:22.210 : en:00:08:22.210
00:14:43.716 : en:00:14:43.716
00:18:52.131 : en:00:18:52.131
00:24:34.014 : en:00:24:34.014
00:29:52.916 : en:00:29:52.916
00:36:28.144 : en:00:36:28.144
00:40:32.430 : en:00:40:32.430
00:45:40.404 : en:00:45:40.404
00:52:14.548 : en:00:52:14.548
00:59:41.244 : en:00:59:41.244
01:05:08.196 : en:01:05:08.196
01:11:59.482 : en:01:11:59.482
01:17:07.248 : en:01:17:07.248
01:22:48.172 : en:01:22:48.172
01:29:07.050 : en:01:29:07.050
01:33:03.244 : en:01:33:03.244

AAC 5.1 channel that doesnt work

General
Unique ID : 195821436930759474652630550580859061511 (0x9351D63FFB67B2A493E9015846F54507)
Complete name : H:\Movies\English\Alexander Revisited The Final Cut 2004 720p BRRip x264 RmD (HDScene Release)\Alexander Revisited The Final Cut 2004 720p BRRip x264 RmD (HDScene Release).mkv
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 2.98 GiB
Duration : 3h 33mn
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 1 999 Kbps
Encoded date : UTC 2011-04-15 09:27:59
Writing application : mkvmerge v4.6.0 (‘Still Crazy After All These Years’) built on Mar 10 2011 02:50:32
Writing library : libebml v1.2.0 + libmatroska v1.1.0

Video
ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 3 frames
Codec ID : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
Duration : 3h 33mn
Bit rate mode : Variable
Nominal bit rate : 1 773 Kbps
Maximum bit rate : 20.0 Mbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 536 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 2.40:1
Frame rate : 23.976 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.108
Writing library : x264 core 114 r1913 5fd3dce
Encoding settings : cabac=1 / ref=4 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x3:0x113 / me=hex / subme=7 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=1 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=1 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=6 / sliced_threads=0 / slices=4 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=3 / b_pyramid=1 / b_adapt=1 / b_bias=0 / direct=1 / weightb=1 / open_gop=2 / weightp=0 / keyint=24 / keyint_min=2 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=24 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=1773 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / vbv_maxrate=20000 / vbv_bufsize=20000 / nal_hrd=vbr / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00
Default : Yes
Forced : No
Color primaries : BT.709-5, BT.1361, IEC 61966-2-4, SMPTE RP177
Transfer characteristics : BT.709-5, BT.1361
Matrix coefficients : BT.709-5, BT.1361, IEC 61966-2-4 709, SMPTE RP177

Audio
ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile : LC
Codec ID : A_AAC
Duration : 3h 33mn
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Language : English
Default : Yes
Forced : No

 

Your audio reciever must support AAC Decoding. If it doesent … then you will either get No Sound or only 2 Channel Sound at the very least.

Solution: Convert AAC 5.1 to AC3 5.1 using software. eg. PopCorn MKV AudioConverter

More reading on the subject … (found by using the Board Search box at the top of every page :wink:)

http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Streaming-Discussions/AAC-5-1-audio-outputs-in-ordinary-Stereo/m-p/303708/highlight/true#M1945

http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Streaming-Discussions/MP4-files-with-AAC-audio/td-p/352033

http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Hub-Ideas/Convert-Multichannel-AAC-to-Multichannel-PCM-for-HDMI/idi-p/147992