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<section begin="intro" />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'''.<section end="intro" />


Depending on how your equipment is connected together you'll need to adjust the audio setting.
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! Kodi Settings
{{greenv|'''NOTICE'''|The following is meant to act as a guide to get you started, thus you may want to adjust things to suit your own particular set of equipment.}}
! PC Speakers<br />(2.0)
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center; color: black;"
! PC Speakers<br />(5.1)
!style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;"|'''XBMC Settings'''
! TV
!style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;"|'''PC Speakers<br />(2.0)'''
! TV<br />(AC3)<ref>Where TV can decode AC3.</ref>
!style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;"|'''PC Speakers<br />(5.1)'''
! AVR SPDIF<br />(AC3/DTS)<ref>Where AVR only has SPDIF which will support AC3 & DTS.</ref>
!style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;"|'''TV'''
! AVR HDMI<br />(no HD Audio)<ref>Where AVR has HDMI inputs but can't decode TrueHD or DTS-HD.</ref>
!style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;"|'''AVR SPDIF'''
! AVR HDMI<br />(HD Audio)<ref>Where AVR has full decode capabilities.</ref>
!style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;"|'''AVR HDMI<br />(no HD Audio) ★'''
!style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;"|'''AVR HDMI<br />(HD Audio)'''
!style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;"|'''SPDIF<br />(Transcode to AC3)'''
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''Audio Output'''
|align="left"|'''Audio Output Device'''
|'''Analog'''
|Speakers
|'''Analog'''
|Speakers
|'''Analog'''
|HDMI/SPDIF
|'''Optical/Coaxial'''
|HDMI/SPDIF
|'''HDMI'''
|SPDIF
|'''HDMI'''
|HDMI
|'''SPDIF'''
|HDMI
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''Speaker configuration'''
|align="left"|'''Number of channels'''
|'''2.0'''
|2.0
|'''5.1'''
|5.1
|'''2.0'''
|2.0
|'''2.0'''
|2.0
|'''5.1'''
|N/A
|'''7.1'''
|7.1
|'''2.0'''
|7.1
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''Boost volume level on downmix'''
|align="left"|'''Output configuration'''
|{{Enabled}}
|Best Match
|{{Enabled}}
|Best Match
|{{Enabled}}
|Best Match
|{{Enabled}}
|Best Match
|{{Enabled}}
|Best Match
|{{Enabled}}
|Best Match
|{{Enabled}}
|Best Match
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''Output stereo to all speakers'''
|align="left"|'''Stereo upmix'''
|{{Disabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Disabled
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''Dolby Digital (AC3) capable receiver'''
|align="left"|'''Normalize levels on downmix'''
|{{NA}}
|Enabled
|{{NA}}
|Disabled
|{{NA}}
|Disabled
|{{Enabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Enabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Enabled}}
|Disabled
|{{Enabled}}
|Disabled
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''DTS capable receiver'''
|align="left"|'''Resample quality'''
|{{NA}}
|Medium
|{{NA}}
|Medium
|{{NA}}
|Medium
|{{Enabled}}
|Medium
|{{Enabled}}
|Medium
|{{Enabled}}
|Medium
|{{Disabled}}
|Medium
|-
|style="color:#000000; background-color:#ff9090;" align="left" | '''AAC capable receiver'''
|{{NA}}
|{{NA}}
|{{NA}}
|{{Disabled}}
|{{Disabled}}
|{{Disabled}}
|{{Disabled}}
|-
|align="left"|'''MultiChannel LPCM capable receiver'''
|{{NA}}
|{{NA}}
|{{NA}}
|{{Disabled}}
|{{Enabled}}
|{{Enabled}}
|{{Disabled}}
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''TrueHD capable receiver'''
|align="left"|'''Keep audio device alive'''
|{{NA}}
|1 min
|{{NA}}
|1 min
|{{NA}}
|1 min
|{{Disabled}}
|1 min
|{{Disabled}}
|1 min
|{{Enabled}}
|1 min
|{{Disabled}}
|1 min
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''DTS-HD capable receiver'''  
|align="left"|'''Enabled passthrough <ref name="SyncPlayback">If ''[[Settings/Player/Videos#Sync_playback_to_display|Sync playback to display]]'' is enabled, Passthrough is automatically disabled</ref> '''
|{{NA}}
|Disabled
|{{NA}}
|Disabled
|{{NA}}
|Disabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Enabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Enabled
|{{Enabled}}
|Enabled
|{{Disabled}}
|Enabled
|-
|-
!colspan="8" style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;" |'''Linux / OSX - Output Device Settings'''
|align="left"|'''Passthrough output device <ref name="SyncPlayback" />'''
|-
|N/A
|align="left"|'''Audio output device'''
|N/A
|Speakers
|N/A
|Speakers
|HDMI/SPDIF
|SPDIF/HDMI
|SPDIF
|SPDIF
|HDMI
|HDMI
|HDMI
|HDMI
|SPDIF
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''Passthrough output device'''
|align="left"|'''Dolby Digital (AC3) capable receiver'''
|{{NA}}
|N/A
|{{NA}}
|N/A
|{{NA}}
|N/A
|SPDIF
|Enabled
|HDMI
|Enabled
|HDMI
|Enabled
|SPDIF
|Enabled
|-
|align="left"|'''Enabled Dolby Digital transcoding'''
|N/A
|N/A
|N/A
|Enabled
|Disabled
|Disabled
|Disabled
|-
|-
!colspan="8" style="color:#000000; background-color:#DBDBDB;" |'''Windows - Output Device Settings'''
|align="left"|'''DTS capable receiver'''
|N/A
|N/A
|N/A
|Disabled
|Enabled
|Enabled
|Enabled
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''Audio output device ★★'''
|align="left"|'''TrueHD capable receiver'''
|WASAPI/Directsound - Speakers
|N/A
|WASAPI/Directsound - Speakers
|N/A
|WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF/HDMI
|N/A
|WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF
|Disabled
|WASAPI/Directsound - HDMI
|Disabled
|WASAPI - HDMI
|Disabled
|WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF
|Enabled
|-
|-
|align="left"|'''Passthrough output device ★★'''
|align="left"|'''DTS-HD capable receiver'''  
|{{NA}}
|N/A
|{{NA}}
|N/A
|{{NA}}
|N/A
|WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF
|Disabled
|WASAPI/Directsound - HDMI
|Disabled
|WASAPI - HDMI
|Disabled
|WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF
|Enabled
|}
|}


'''<big><nowiki>★</nowiki></big>''' Where AVR has HDMI inputs but can't decode HD audio
<references />


'''<big><nowiki>★★</nowiki></big>''' WASAPI offers best quality if connected to an AVR or DAC but may not always work, and Directsound offers better compatibility and should work in just about all equipment configurations. The only time WASAPI must be used is when trying to passthrough HD audio.


== Advanced settings ==
{{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.}}


It is possible to modify certain settings of the AudioEngine via advancedsettings.xml.
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These settings are explained here: [[Advancedsettings.xml#.3Caudio.3E|'''Advancedsettings.xml/audio''']]


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Latest revision as of 22:15, 31 July 2020

Home icon grey.png   ▶ Audio ▶ Audio quickstart guide

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 [5] Disabled Disabled Disabled Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled
Passthrough output device [5] 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.
  5. 5.0 5.1 If Sync playback to display is enabled, Passthrough is automatically disabled


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.