Talk:Audio quickstart guide

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1 Notes for jjd-uk

  • Enabled Dolby Digital transcoding doesnt exist in Linux in any view, is this a windows only deal?
  • you are missing e-ac3 settings
  • Is there a reason why you choose not to use the
Enabled Disabled N/A templates?
  • Why is there no distinction of these settings over Different OS like older table below??

2 wip table


Depending on how your equipment is connected together you'll need to adjust the audio setting.

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.
XBMC Settings PC Speakers
(2.0)
PC Speakers
(5.1)
TV AVR SPDIF AVR HDMI
(no HD Audio) ★
AVR HDMI
(HD Audio)
SPDIF
(Transcode to AC3)
Audio Output Analog Analog Analog Optical/Coaxial HDMI HDMI SPDIF
Speaker configuration 2.0 5.1 2.0 2.0 5.1 7.1 2.0
Boost volume level on downmix Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled
Output stereo to all speakers Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Dolby Digital (AC3) capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled
DTS capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Enabled Enabled Enabled Disabled
AAC capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
MultiChannel LPCM capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Disabled Enabled Enabled Disabled
TrueHD capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Disabled Disabled Enabled Disabled
DTS-HD capable receiver N/A N/A N/A Disabled Disabled Enabled Disabled
Linux / OSX - Output Device Settings
Audio output device Speakers Speakers SPDIF/HDMI SPDIF HDMI HDMI SPDIF
Passthrough output device N/A N/A N/A SPDIF HDMI HDMI SPDIF
Windows - Output Device Settings
Audio output device ★★ WASAPI/Directsound - Speakers WASAPI/Directsound - Speakers WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF/HDMI WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF WASAPI/Directsound - HDMI WASAPI - HDMI WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF
Passthrough output device ★★ N/A N/A N/A WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF WASAPI/Directsound - HDMI WASAPI - HDMI WASAPI/Directsound - SPDIF

Where AVR has HDMI inputs but can't decode HD audio

★★ 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.

3 Advanced settings

It is possible to modify certain settings of the AudioEngine via advancedsettings.xml. These settings are explained here: Advancedsettings.xml/audio