I recently added surround speakers to my setup and now have a 5.0 setup running off a Marantz SR6008 AVR. I have a fair number of 5.1 FLAC audio files on my windows 8.1 laptop that I'd love to play through an HDMI connection to my reciever.
However, no matter what I do the output seems to only come in stereo. If I go into the sound devices settings in control panel and try to configure the HDMI output, it only gives me the option of 2 channel stereo.
I'm not super clued-in on computer part tech, but what can I do to output 5.1 FLAC through HDMI (or any other simple solution).
I also wouldn't be against buying a cheap external media player that would allow me to stream the files as well.
Thanks for any help!
I've tried Foobar2000, VLC Player, and Windows Media Player. All of which have the ability to play FLAC and supposedly multichannel (although WMP requires a proper codec that I installed). Everything plays the audio fine and Foobar2000 even shows that it's a 6 channel FLAC file, but the audio only comes out stereo no matter what the program.
I also tried a few types of video files with clips of movies in 5.1 to see if it was just the FLAC files, and even those only come out in stereo. I'm led to believe it must me something in terms of how my computer is actually transmitting the data through HDMI.
Does 5.1 output via HDMI require some certain criteria that my soundcard or video card might not meet?
As I originally said, I also would not be opposed to a cheap media player that I could either stream wirelessly to or hook up a hard drive to such as the Netgear NeoTV or a Roku or something of the like (but I haven't been able to find any confirmation that any of those work with multichannel FLAC).
What do your output settings look like in foobar?
Try this -DirectSound with an auto-channel switcher
Also I'd give Jriver a spin. http://www.jriver.com/index.html
This is my go to media player ATM.
I've tried every output setting in Foobar and still none of them seem to work, but I don't see where the "auto-channel switcher" setting is. Where do I find that?
I'll also give Jriver a try, thanks for the help!
So I gave Jriver a try and on any output setting it gives me the message:
"Playback could not be started using the format: 96kHz 24bit 6ch
This format would work: 96kHz 24bit 2ch"
So again, this is looking like a computer hardware issue?
So yes you'd probably need to look at a hardware upgrade for high-res 6-ch audio.
I've got an HP Pavilion G6. Looks like the graphics card is an AMD Radeon HD 6480G.
Very basic laptop, and I'm not finding anything about 5.1 capabilities with that AMD so I'm thinking that must be it.
Think I'm going to try out a Netgear NeoTV and see if that works out. Thanks everyone for the help!
When I connect my Dell XPS 17 laptop to my surround sound amplifier via HDMI, and visit the 'Playback Devices' option and 'configure' the 'Speaker Set-up'? I see this: -
If your HDMI output is able to pass a Dolby Digital bit-stream, another option would be to transcode your multi-channel flac sources to a DolbyDigital bit-stream. You would of-course loose quality....
Anyway, if you are interested look here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1522086/playing-multi-channel-24-96-flac-files-from-computer-over-s-pdif-coax/0_50
This one looks like it might work