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Old 12th March 2014, 10:37 PM   #1
vhopper is offline vhopper  United Kingdom
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Default Can anybody spot what setting I need to change?

Does anybody possibly know the answer to my problem?

My set up is windows 8.1, an Asus sound card connected to a receiver via S/PDIF. I have a set of 5.1 speakers connected to the receiver. Everything works as it should when playing games, movies, you tube etc. I get 5.1 sound. There is one program that will only give me stereo sound. Below is the screenshot of my options for the sound.

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I have a few choices for audio output device and passthrough output device but the only ones that will give me any sound are

Directsound: spdif - s/pdif pass through device (asus xonar d2x audio device)


Wasapi : spdif - s/pdif pass-through device (asus xonar d2x audio device)

Can anybody see from those settings why I am not getting 5.1 sound?

Via coaxial/optical out put the digital formats supported by the receiver are

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS 5.1

DTS 96/24 5.1

My receiver is a Sony STR-DH540
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Old 12th March 2014, 11:31 PM   #2
vhopper is offline vhopper  United Kingdom
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If it helps the program is called XBMC
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Old 13th March 2014, 12:04 AM   #3
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Could it be that the wrong audio track is played back (DVDs usually come with multiple ones, and you can typically select the one to be played in software)? Or that a downmix is performed? You may also have to set up the Asus driver (a current one, I hope?) to use SPDIF only.

BTW, you shouldn't be getting 5.1 audio on Youtube, at least it doesn't provide any - only upmixing would do this.
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Old 13th March 2014, 01:46 AM   #4
flexus is offline flexus  Austria
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is another surround source available with spdif output like a dvd player?
- to be sure about the settings on your receiver.

otherwise the latest beta rev. of xbmc is "gotham", maybe you got it already. (dont think its the problem)
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Old 13th March 2014, 02:01 AM   #5
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The settings look right to me. Are you playing a BluRay or DVD with surround on the computer? In other words, does the source have surround content? Is that content switched on in the movie title menu?
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