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RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - Skank - 2015-08-19

(2015-08-18, 20:05)hdmkv Wrote: Thanks, I'd appreciate that... seriously considering switching to RPi2 for all 2D and 3D.

Well converting all iso to mkv is a no go for me
even losing atmos is a pain in the ass
Sad


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - 3dgeek - 2015-08-19

(2015-08-18, 20:05)hdmkv Wrote: Thanks, I'd appreciate that... seriously considering switching to RPi2 for all 2D and 3D.


Just a thought, have you tried deactivating HDMI CEC? Maybe that could help.


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - hdmkv - 2015-08-19

Yep, already tried that. Thanks though. I'll likely be getting a new 3D PJ (either a Sony HW40ES or one of the upcoming Epsons), so this will (hopefully) be a non-issue. I've already started converting my 200+ ISO's to MVC MKV's. Wish I'd saved my MKV's from the days I had my Mede8er 600X3D, but oh well. Saving my ISO's as well in case I decide to go back to them again.


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - movie78 - 2015-08-19

(2015-08-19, 19:54)hdmkv Wrote: Yep, already tried that. Thanks though. I'll likely be getting a new 3D PJ (either a Sony HW40ES or one of the upcoming Epsons), so this will (hopefully) be a non-issue. I've already started converting my 200+ ISO's to MVC MKV's. Wish I'd saved my MKV's from the days I had my Mede8er 600X3D, but oh well. Saving my ISO's as well in case I decide to go back to them again.

You are not worry about losing the correct HD Audio format and been limited to PCM with RPi2?


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - hdmkv - 2015-08-19

Nah... I don't have ATMOS, nor am I planning to get it (or DTS:X). To me, 7.1 is already somewhat of an overkill. Honestly, a great sounding 5.1 set-up is ample.

And, you're not losing any quality with PCM on RPi2 with 5.1 and 7.1 HD audio. You only lose the metadata in 7.1 tracks w/ATMOS and DTS: X for ‎5.1.2, ‎7.1.4, ‎7.1.2, or 9.1.2 set-ups. While I could appreciate going to 7.1 from 5.1, and with HD audio (from 640Kbps DD or 1.5Mbps DTS) with some movies, the new formats seem excessive to me. Just IMHO. I've been in a home theater meet where we did blind audio tests with standard DD/DTS vs. HD audio, and many of us couldn't often tell the difference. How well the disc was authored probably made a difference where we could notice a difference, even with good speakers, but we had to listen really carefully. And we'd often be fooled by some excellent standard DD/DTS tracks.


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - Milhouse - 2015-08-19

A senior Dolby engineer has stated in the past that most people with normal equipment can't tell the difference between HD and non-HD audio - if you've got "golden ears" and very expensive gear then it's more likely you'll hear a difference. HD is over-rated for most users, and that's basically the opinion of Dolby Labs themselves.


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - noggin - 2015-08-20

(2015-08-19, 21:16)Milhouse Wrote: A senior Dolby engineer has stated in the past that most people with normal equipment can't tell the difference between HD and non-HD audio - if you've got "golden ears" and very expensive gear then it's more likely you'll hear a difference. HD is over-rated for most users, and that's basically the opinion of Dolby Labs themselves.

But did he say you couldn't hear the difference between 5.1 and 7.1? You only get 7.1 with HD Audio set-ups, with DD/DTS legacy stuff limited to 5.1 (or 6.1 with a DTS ES track?)

And not all DD/DTS non-HD Audio is equal. I can definitely hear the difference between a 384k DD 5.1 mix (as used by BBC HD channels) and the same show in a DTS HD MA or DTS HD HRA mix on Blu-ray (I've compared them)... Whether I can hear the difference between a 1.5Mbs DTS mix and a DTS HD mix is a different matter (I've tried that too)...


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - hdmkv - 2015-08-20

Just my opinion, but I feel HD audio and 7.1 (bitstreamed or decoded to LPCM) is worth it... I'm just not sold on ATMOS and DTS:X. I mean, at what point does it start getting ridiculous?!


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - Milhouse - 2015-08-20

(2015-08-20, 00:44)noggin Wrote: But did he say you couldn't hear the difference between 5.1 and 7.1? You only get 7.1 with HD Audio set-ups, with DD/DTS legacy stuff limited to 5.1 (or 6.1 with a DTS ES track?)

No, you're right - he was specifically referring to 5.1 TrueHD and 5.1 AC-3.


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - noggin - 2015-08-20

(2015-08-20, 01:30)Milhouse Wrote:
(2015-08-20, 00:44)noggin Wrote: But did he say you couldn't hear the difference between 5.1 and 7.1? You only get 7.1 with HD Audio set-ups, with DD/DTS legacy stuff limited to 5.1 (or 6.1 with a DTS ES track?)

No, you're right - he was specifically referring to 5.1 TrueHD and 5.1 AC-3.

Suspect he must have been talking about high bitrate AC-3 as well. You can definitely hear the bitrate difference between 384k and 640k AC-3... (And 256k AC-3 5.1 sounds... err... interesting...)


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - Milhouse - 2015-08-20

Yeah, I imagine he had a "good" AC-3 mix in mind when making that comparison. If you fiddle with all the variables, I'm sure it's perfectly possible to hear a better sound from a "good" AC-3 mix when compared with a "bad" TrueHD mix, but in a fair fight his point seems to be that that most people simply can't tell the difference.


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - hdmkv - 2015-08-20

It's hard to hear the difference sometimes between 5.1 640Kbps and TrueHD tracks. Or, 1.5Mbps 'core' DTS track vs. MA. Just trying to be honest here. I have a pretty good AVR and 7.1 speaker system, but in blind tests, you could fool me (and others I bet).


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - noggin - 2015-08-20

(2015-08-20, 02:10)hdmkv Wrote: It's hard to hear the difference sometimes between 5.1 640Kbps and TrueHD tracks. Or, 1.5Mbps 'core' DTS track vs. MA. Just trying to be honest here. I have a pretty good AVR and 7.1 speaker system, but in blind tests, you could fool me (and others I bet).

Yes. The real gain for HD Audio is 7.1 vs 5.1 (and rare 6.1) tracks. You only get 7.1 with HD Audio. I'm sure people can hear that difference...

Personally, I don't have space for 7.1 - but don't see the point in NOT using HD Audio if I have it available to me.


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - 3dgeek - 2015-08-20

Hmm all this talk of 7.1 has wet my appetite... Maybe I will install extra speakers - yet my better half, would probably kill me...

Does it really make a big difference, or just nice to have? Sorry for going OT.


Ah well, but then again - it is our livingroom and positioning the extra speakers would be nearly impossible - without looking ridiculous. Guess I will have to live without.

Shame, because I already have 2 unused speakers in storage.


RE: Player Choices with Kodi + 3D ISO + HD Audio - noggin - 2015-08-20

(2015-08-20, 11:30)3dgeek Wrote: Hmm all this talk of 7.1 has wet my appetite... Maybe I will install extra speakers - yet my better half, would probably kill me...

Does it really make a big difference, or just nice to have? Sorry for going OT.


Ah well, but then again - it is our livingroom and positioning the extra speakers would be nearly impossible - without looking ridiculous. Guess I will have to live without.

Shame, because I already have 2 unused speakers in storage.

Same issue here. Would love to have 7.1 (or 7.0) - but don't have a compatible living room!


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