Originally Posted by MlNDBOMB
One of the things I love about lav audio is how it decodes things very well. Is this aspect relevant if you bitstream everything? No, however, it is reasonable to assume that you won't be bitstreaming the audio on all your videos. For example, you if you try to play an anime with flac or AAC audio, if you try to play a video from a bluray with LPCM audio, or if you try to play a video from itunes with AAC audio, you can't bitstream the audio in any of these cases.
Great guide. Thank you MINDBOMB. I have been trying this for one week and it really makes a difference for blurays, which play far better than with anything else (got powerdvd ultra, that now I only use for 3d). I am no expert, but my ears and eyes can see and hear the difference. Some of the comments arguing that your proposed settings make not much difference remind me of discussions on what is the difference between mp3 and lossless compression. Delusional or not, those who can hear the difference, hear it.
One issue I had after implementing your settings was that I was unable to play DVDs - yes video, but no audio. The issue was bitstreaming in the lav audio decoder settings. Dolby Digital (at least) and Dolby Digital Plus (perhaps) need to be unticked. After testing, consider adding that to your guide.
There is one remaining issue for DVDs: once the movie is running, right clicking and giving a command (say enable subtittles) or moving the seek bar freezes all commands. I mean, the movie still runs fine -although either windowed or showing the seek bar - but you cannot rightclick, use the seek bar, access the menus or even close MPC (have to kill it with task manager) anymore. This does not happen when you open individual vob files in the movie, so I reckon the issue has to do with some glitch in the manner LAV interacts with DVD pagination.
Has anybody noticed that?
Anyway, thanks again MINDBOMB for making my movie watching so much more enjoyable.