Audio

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Audio may refer to one of the following:


1 General audio help

Audio Settings

This page contains the options and settings to ensure your audio device functions correctly with Kodi. The settings chosen here can have a big impact on CPU load on lower powered hardware, so it is worth the time to understand the available options and how they should be configured.

The options shown in the images are from a Windows 10 HTPC and may differ from other hardware platforms. Some options change depending on whether an WASAPI or Direct Sound driver is selected in the Output selector.

If this is your first time adjusting the Audio Settings you may like to use the Audio Quick Start Guide.

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.
Audio troubleshooting
This page describes some of the steps you can take to troubleshoot audio problem and gives background information on audio concepts as a foundation for understand why some things work as they do.
AudioEngine
Audio DSP
The ADSP feature is deprecated for v17 and relevant code removed from Kodi v18. The reasons are explained in the following links.

Forum discussion detailing reason for removal - https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=252871&pid=2672651#pid2672651

Pull Request to remove ADSP code from Kodi - https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/pull/13723


2 OS specific help

Windows audio
This page describes how to set up audio for the Windows OS. It covers how to set up Kodi when using either Directsound or WASAPI, and when to use one vs the other.
Linux audio
This page describes how to set up audio for Linux-based systems. Primarily, it covers how to setup Kodi when using either ALSA or PulseAudio.
PulseAudio
This page goes into detail on using PulseAudio on Linux systems. PulseAudio is used when Kodi is installed in a desktop-environment rather than a dedicated/direct boot setup. PulseAudio allows normal video & audio playback in XBMC while at the same time allowing the user to get audio in their browser or other applications. It also allows Kodi playback of video or audio to be paused in order to run a game, Skype or similar. Kodi is set to only use PulseAudio if you have installed it and running.


3 Music

Music library
Visit the Music Wiki for guides to set up, navigate and play music in the Music Library.