I’ve trying to find an answer to one question but no luck so I’m trying here.
I use WD TV Live to play FLAC files via optical out to a D/A converter and from there to an amplifier. FLAC files are 2ch 16bit 44.1kHz audio (D/A converter Beresford Caiman is only able to deal with 2ch PCM files). In WD TV Live settings I have for audio output seting as Digital. Hovewer, when I try to play an MKV movie with multi channel audio, all I get out from the D/A converter is cracking sound (and I think that is the way it should be).
Ónce I tried to change audio output setting of WD TV Live to Stereo - and all of a sudden I get for multi channel MKV nice clear stereo sound. FLAC files work exactly the way they worked before - or I do not hear any differences.
Now - my question is whether with the setting for audio output to Stereo there is some downmixing from 5ch to 2ch and then outputted as 2ch PCM via toslink optical out. Also, is there a difference for FLAC files between Stereo and Digital setting for audio output - I mean whether I get exactly the same signal out of the Optical out? Do I need to change that setting every time I am going to watch movies and play FLAC music?
I know it is quite a few questions but I am sure someone will have an answer for me.