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Req SACD/DSDIFF playback in XBMC
I want to report my experience with listening to audio files with Kodi and the SACD ISO support SPIFF 1.0.4 add-on. I anticipate now that the problem is compatibility with multichannel files ... Here is the report:

NVIDIA SHIELD ANDROID TV
SW SHIELD Android TV 8.1.1 (32.7.301.99)
Kodi 18.7 (18.7.200) 2020-06-09
CPU: ARMv8 Processor rev 1 (v81)
Android 9.0.0 API level 28


Files *.dsf (DSD 2channel ) -  Playback is OK!
Files *.dsf (DSD 5channel ) -  Playback works but only in 2-channel stereo.
Files *.ISO SACD 2channel  -  Playback is OK!
Files *.ISO SACD 5channel  -  It doesn't work - High level electronic noise

ISo in the end we can say that the real problem, at the moment, we hope can be overcome, is that of multichannel audio files, both * .dsf (but in stereo 2.0 is OK) and SACD 5.1 audio files.

Hopefully it's a problem that will be resolved with an upcoming update and that there is no hardware incompatibility of the NVIDIA.
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I also want to specify that in case of audio-video reproduction (for example, Netflix) of 5.1 multichannel audio, it works perfectly and is processed by my HT Home Theater amplifier.
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Waiting for a stable SACD plugin appears to take longer than expected Undecided  - in the mean time DSD enthusiats can look forward to the next minor version of Kodi (v18.8).
Hopefully this update is going to incorporate ffmpeg version 4.3 (or was it 4:3 Undecided  ), which in turn will bring support for Wavpack v5, which supports lossless compression modes for DSD streams Wink .

WavPack-DSD is as much as a logical choice to compress, store & play DSD audio files as FLAC has become for PCM over the years.
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Sorry to burst your bubble... somewhat...
(2020-06-24, 22:44)ArminiusTux Wrote: Waiting for a stable SACD plugin appears to take longer than expected Undecided  - in the mean time DSD enthusiats can look forward to the next minor version of Kodi (v18.8).
Hopefully this update is going to incorporate ffmpeg version 4.3

It has already been incorporated into the latest Matrix nightly and I've confirmed it working. Track lengths are off by factor 4 at the moment, though. There don't seem to be any patches to backport the new ffmpeg to Leia at the moment.

I don't want to go into how to best convert your DSD files to WAVPACK, you can read about it HERE. Additional hints not found there:

  • Make sure that you've tagged your .dsf source files in Picard with ID3v2.3 and not ID3v2.4 tags if you want them to be automatically imported to the resulting WAVPACK file in APEv2 format.
  • If you have hi-res art incorporated as tag, you need to use --allow-huge-tags as additional option for your preset in BatchEncoder
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(2020-06-16, 15:06)nostroscontento Wrote: ISo in the end we can say that the real problem, at the moment, we hope can be overcome, is that of multichannel audio files, both * .dsf (but in stereo 2.0 is OK) and SACD 5.1 audio files.

Hopefully multichannel playback will be fixed soon by @spiff . In the Foobar SACD ISO component there’s a preference to play multichannel, I wonder if that’s what’s needed in the Kodi add-on?
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I'm just hoping to play bit perfect FLAC (cd quality) with Kodi on a Shield. I can get it to deliver 44.1khz to my Denon x3500 but Kodi has to be set to 5.1 which sends audio to all speakers.

I can put the AVR into stereo mode but seems that the audio is being processed at that point.
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