Audio quickstart guide

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Depending on how your equipment is connected together you'll need to adjust the audio settings. The following is meant to act as a guide to get you started, thus you may want to do further adjustments for your own particular set of equipment.

Kodi Settings PC Speakers
(2.0)
PC Speakers
(5.1)
TV TV
(AC3)[1]
AVR SPDIF
(AC3/DTS)[2]
AVR HDMI
(no HD Audio)[3]
AVR HDMI
(HD Audio)[4]
Audio Output Device Speakers Speakers HDMI/SPDIF HDMI/SPDIF SPDIF HDMI HDMI
Number of channels 2.0 5.1 2.0 2.0 N/A 7.1 7.1
Output configuration Best Match Best Match Best Match Best Match Best Match Best Match Best Match
Stereo upmix Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Normalize levels on downmix Enabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Resample quality Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Keep audio device alive 1 min 1 min 1 min 1 min 1 min 1 min 1 min
Enabled passthrough Disabled Disabled Disabled Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled
Passthrough output device N/A N/A N/A HDMI/SPDIF SPDIF HDMI HDMI
Dolby Digital (AC3) capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled
Enabled Dolby Digital transcoding N/A N/A N/A Enabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
DTS capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Disabled Enabled Enabled Enabled
TrueHD capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Disabled Disabled Disabled Enabled
DTS-HD capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Disabled Disabled Disabled Enabled
  1. Where TV can decode AC3.
  2. Where AVR only has SPDIF which will support AC3 & DTS.
  3. Where AVR has HDMI inputs but can't decode TrueHD or DTS-HD.
  4. Where AVR has full decode capabilities.


Note: On Windows WASAPI offers best quality if connected to an AVR or DAC and MUST be used if trying to passthrough TrueHD or DTS-HD, however as there can sometimes be compatibility problems with WASAPI in certain circumstances the Directsound option may have to be chosen however TrueHD or DTS-HD is not possible with Directsound.

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